Well, we’ve just got back from another huge Sonar festival, and going by the Barcelona clubnights at least, big banging techno is back with a vengeance. A WEPLAYMUSIC favourite was the Delsin Records showcase at Moog – the peak time sound just kept peaking and peaking, five solid hours of percussive insanity, with the entire club just locked into the groove all night.
So home listening isn’t quite the same as throwing shapes in a dark sweaty club, but if you want a taste of what we’re going on about, check out this week’s guest mix by Nir Shoshani. Hot on the heels of his Punch Music label mate Yariv Bernstein, Nir serves up another full-on mix, floating dark atmospheres over chunky acidified basslines, with barely a breather in the whole thing as long blends combine with a relentless focus on the kick. And if you like what you hear as much as we do, check some of Nir’s own deftly crafted tracks (like The Dark Loft, released last December) where that tasty tech-acid really comes into its own.
Needless to say, we’re loving the direction that techno is going in right now. Slamming, kick-heavy rhythms? Meaty acid bass? An altogether more maximal, dance-centric sound? We’ll raise our miniature cans of Estrella to that.
JAKATA A – Minilogue [Minilogue] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
PAGAN IMAGERY (John Tejada remix) – Funk D’void and Sian [Octopus Records]
EXSITING THE MILKYWAY (Surgeon remix) – Traversable Wormhole [CLR]
UMLAUTS (Miki Litvak remix) – Muzarco [Punch Music] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
HEBREW ANGRAM – Funk D’void [Outpost Recordings]
DANNY BOY – Joel Mull [Enemy Records]
MACHINES MUST DIE (Nir Shoshani remix) – Anderson Noise [Noise Music] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
DEFECT (Perc remix) – Nico and Ed rush [Perc Trax] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
THE DARK LOFT – Nir Shoshani and Ido Ophir [Punch Music] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
MODELO – Paul Ritch [Quartz Rec]
THE ORGAN TRACK (Carlo Lio remix) – Samuel L.Session [Material] Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
THROUGH DUSTY WINDOWS – Gregor Tresher [Drumcode]
BLANCMANGE – Croon inc [Resopal Schallware Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)
HELENE – Andre Winter [From Jupiter]
ONE IN A MILLION (Robert Babicz remix) – Babak Shayan [Tronic Soundz Buy at Juno Download (Mp3/WAV)