Techno (Music subgenre)
Techno is a Style of electronic music that emerged in the 1980s. It is characterized by its 4/4 time, its rhythm orientation and repetitive pattern.
Techno in Features
Music − Column | posted 22.07.2021
LFO – Frequencie (1991)
With »Frequencies«, the low frequency oscillators LFO from Leeds created one of the first techno albums. Their high bleeps and low clonks made history in techno music. To this day, it is an invitation, er, order to dance.
Music − Portrait | posted 29.06.2021
The Techno and jazz meltdown
Hoshina Anniversary makes techno. But he would rather see himself as a successor to jazz and traditional Japanese music. And the Tokyo native is not alone in this. In this sense, jazz is less what you play than how you play it.
Music − Column | posted 11.06.2021
Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (1996)
When Porter Ricks released the album »Biokinetics« in 1996, it was more than just a collection of their first 12inches flanked by two bonus tracks. Over 70 minutes, Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig conveyed a version of dub techno in wide-reaching and finely modulated tracks that no longer mediated between two different musical styles alone, but between the body and the mind. It was a utopian attempt to expand upon tried and tested formulas.
Music − Portrait | posted 09.06.2020
For the better part of a decade now, the Dekmantel imprint from Amsterdam is successfully squaring the circle as label, festival and promoter of several events: Connecting innovation and underground with a quality standard that is by now globally recognized without failing its aspirations. An end? Even in times of crisis far away. Soon the debut of upsammy will be released and this could already be the next big Dekmantel thing.
Music − Portrait | posted 03.03.2020
Kalahari Oyster Cult
The best of all possible worlds
Diving for pearls in the mud, tracking down rave classics from the nineties and working with producers for whom it doesn’t matter if the record ends up in the Beatport charts: Colin Volvert’s label Kalahari Oyster Cult mixes up the underground with its DIY ethos. We introduce the Amsterdam label and there is a mix of Rey Colino with mostly unreleased music.
Techno in Reviews
Music − Review | posted 08.09.2021
With »Inertial Frame«, the third and last album by Gerald Donald’s project Arpanet, released in 2006, is now being reissued. The past catches up with the future.
Music − Review | posted 24.08.2021
Ebi (Susumu Yokota)
Space Teddy Collection II
More great tracks by Japanese producer Susumu Yokota, who passed away in 2015, are out now as »Space Teddy Collection II«.
Music − Review | posted 18.08.2021
With »Spiritual Machines«, Dutchman Samuel van Dijk once again presents a first-class album as VC-118A.
Music − Review | posted 07.07.2021
UK Electronics 1988-1994
Pretty cool tracks here: The compilation »UK Electronics 1988-1994« almost the best of the rarest of the electronic underground scene together.
Music − Review | posted 28.06.2021
LNS & DJ Sotofett
On »Sputters« LNS and DJ Sotofett bow down to their idols and transfer their sounds likewise into the present.
Music − Review | posted 31.03.2021
A highly informative odyssey into techno history: »Green Trax« collects gems by British producer Steve O’Sullivan.
Music − Review | posted 20.03.2021
After a series of EPs, Berlin producer Irakli releases his debut album on »Major Signals« on Dial. The mood is subdued, the multi-layered sound progressive.
Music − Review | posted 18.05.2020
Strings Of Fear
Without Jensen Interceptor, the electro hype of the last few years would hardly have been justifiable. Now a new Vinyl 12" has been released.
Music − Review | posted 28.04.2020
San Francisco-based producer Sepehr has released a thoroughly inspiring debut album with »Shaytoon«.
Music − Review | posted 15.02.2016
In Techno, you learn that you can be both deep down and on the surface. Latest example: »Nonharmonic Beautifault« by Positive Centre.
Music − Review | posted 01.02.2016
Skee Mask loves electronic music. That becomes very clear, if you listen to his second album »Shred« on the Munich label Ilian Tape.
Music − Review | posted 10.11.2015
With his fifth record, Kangding Ray is once again targeting the techno-floor. However, this doesn’t mean that »Cory Arcane« is simple – it’s quite the opposite, considering that it’s much more complex than it seems.
Music − Review | posted 14.09.2015
When it comes to Avalon Emerson, you shouldn’t be thinking in clichés! Thankfully, there’s nothing dinky to be expected from the dinky producer.
Music − Review | posted 04.09.2015
On her debut »Discreet Desires«, producer Helena Hauff from Hamburg is working her way through club music’s history. Successfully so.
Music − Review | posted 08.06.2015
Crackpot-polyrhythmics, hickup-groove, hip hop from hell: Container doesn’t give a damn. Hence, Ren Schofield’s third record is called »LP« once again – and it’s racy, frenetic and awesome.
Music − Review | posted 14.01.2015
Food Plus Drugs (II)
Opal Tapes keeps flooding us with dusty, clanky house beats from across the ocean, as recently shown with Masks’ debut release »Food Plus Drugs (II)«.
Music − Review | posted 20.11.2014
Clubmusic has hardly ever been as deliberate as Objekt makes it. And yet, in the whole of its ten tracks, »Flatland« is as complex as it is danceable.
Music − Review | posted 18.11.2014
Moment Only EP
Bass Clef very much appreciates the history of techno. That’s also to be heard on his »Moment Only EP«, which has just been released on Sneaker Social Club.
Music − Review | posted 01.10.2014
»Punish, Honey« sounds like a musical reflection of Shinya Tsukamoto’s »Tetsuo«-films, held together by Vessel’s feel for composition and song structures.
Music − Review | posted 01.10.2014
The four tracks on Lukid‘s »Crawlers EP« for Liberation Technologies might be his best release, so far – and still, he can’t live up to everyone’s expectations.
Music − Review | posted 30.09.2014
Energy Flash 12"
»Energy Flash«, Joey Beltram’s ode to ecstasy, remains to be one of the most important artefacts of a sub-culture which so often is accused of lacking historical awareness.
Music − Review | posted 25.09.2014
When choosing his name, Moiré caught a piece of zeitgeist. Now, with his debut »Shelter«, he’s delivering the fitting soundtrack.
Music − Review | posted 09.09.2014
Linear S Decoded
On »Linear S Decoded«, SHXCXCHCXSH have wrapped up 13 tracks in a leitmotif and have thereby refined and intensified their dark, multicolored techno.
Music − Review | posted 27.08.2014
Music like an adventure: »Neptune’s Lair«, the debut by the two exceptional producers James Stinson and Gerald Donald is now being re-released.
Music − Review | posted 18.07.2014
The re-release of Donato Dozzy’s double LP »K« is an exemplary etude of dub-techno, but it even reaches far beyond. Attention! Strictly limited edition!
Music − Review | posted 09.05.2014
With his project Prostitutes, James Donadio is moving along the border between techno and noise. In addition, »Petit Cochon« is somewhat tribalesque.
Music − Review | posted 09.05.2014
IS (Is Superpowered)
Kyoka’s easy going and airy-fairy proto-techno, as presented on her record »IS«, is a great contribution to classic boys’-label Raster-Noton.
Music − Review | posted 27.02.2014
It doesn’t happen often that a techno-record really works as a conceptual album. The first place for 2014 has officially been taken. Sorry for everyone who’s still to follow.
Music − Review | posted 21.01.2014
Ren Schofield a.k.a. Container carves out a new niche by glueing together techno and noise. It’s an interesting approach that’s not fully followed through.
Music − Review | posted 05.11.2013
Nancy's Pantry 12"
Tessela has taken on quite a bit with his debut on the Belgian cult label R&S. The good news is: His rough sounds and his dry humor are succeeding yet again.
Music − Review | posted 30.08.2013
Helena Hauff und f’#x unveil their shared fascinatin for analogue sounds on their EP with music as charming as a pair of ripped jeans.
Music − Review | posted 08.08.2013
Under the name of Special Request, Paul Woolford is striking a new path: In 21 minutes running time, he hits us with a broad spectrum of musical varieties.
Music − Review | posted 30.04.2013
Hackney Parrot/Helter Skelter
Very good entertainment: Tessela has released a musically gripping yet humorous 12inch on his newly founded label Poly Kicks.
Music − Review | posted 15.02.2013
In contrast to his remarkable debut, Bandshell now moves away from his unconditional lust for sound-aesthetics with his second record.
Music − Review | posted 17.08.2012
Change In A Dynamic Environment Pt.3
After the glorious first part and the down-to-earth second one, the expectations for the finishing of Untold’s excursions couldn’t be much higher.
Music − Review | posted 12.07.2012
Change In A Dynamic Environment Pt. 2
Untold’s amazing surprises on the first part of his »Change In A Dynamic Environment«-trilogy fail to appear this time.
Music − Review | posted 27.06.2012
The flip side is just an exercise in style. Which is just fine, as the front side is filled with tracks that could well set the benchmark.
Music − Review | posted 18.04.2012
Orbital want to show they´re still the biggest Techno-Act in the UK. Unfortunately, »Wonky« isn´t much more than average.
Music − Review | posted 24.09.2011
The latest release on Spectrum Spools, the label for synth-music curated by John Elliot, is an unconventional attempt in the field of minimal techno.
Music − List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-Year review 2021
Top 50 Albums
Much like every cloud has its silver lining, this year had some fantastic music to offer – something to hold on to in difficult times. These were the 50 best albums released on vinyl in 2021.
Music − News | posted 20.09.2021
Now on Vinyl: »Pandemie und Freunde«
Tracks against stress: Our HHV Label now releases the EP »Pandemie & Freunde« by Stuttgart based beat smith Dexter in a limited edition of 500 copies on vinyl.
Music − Review | posted 24.01.2022
Naima / Tiers Monde
With »Naima« by Ulysse, another well-kept secret of the French disco-boogie scene from the eighties was revealed.
Music − Review | posted 29.10.2021
Gate Of Klüna
Japanese trio Kuunatic debut on Glitterbeat with »Gate of Klüna,« a literally otherworldly psych-rock masterpiece.
Music − News | posted 01.10.2021
Das Große Ganze
Now it’s all about »Das Große Ganze". The songwriter Girlwoman from Bielefeld releases her debut on Staatsakt. Exclusively at HHV Records there’s a limited Red Vinyl Edition available.