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
Records Revisited
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
Hoshina Anniversary
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
Records Revisited
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
Dekmantel
Infinite Holidays
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
Arpanet
Inertial Frame
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
VC-118A
Spiritual Machines
With »Spiritual Machines«, Dutchman Samuel van Dijk once again presents a first-class album as VC-118A.
Music Review | posted 07.07.2021
Various Artists
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
Sputters
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
Steve O'Sullivan
Green Trax
A highly informative odyssey into techno history: »Green Trax« collects gems by British producer Steve O’Sullivan.
Music Review | posted 20.03.2021
Irakli
Major Signals
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
Jensen Interceptor
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
Sepehr
Shaytoon
San Francisco-based producer Sepehr has released a thoroughly inspiring debut album with »Shaytoon«.
Music Review | posted 15.02.2016
Positive Centre
Nonharmonic Beautifault
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
Shred
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
Kangding Ray
Cory Arcane
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
Avalon Emerson
Shtum009
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
Helena Hauff
Discreet Desires
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
Container
LP
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
Masks
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
Objekt
Flatland
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
Bass Clef
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
Vessel
Punish, Honey
»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
Lukid
Crawler's EP
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
Joey Beltram
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
Moiré
Shelter
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
SHXCXCHCXSH
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
Drexciya
Neptune’s Lair
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
Donato Dozzy
K
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
Prostitutes
Petit Cochon
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
Kyoka
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
Kangding Ray
Solens Arc
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
Container
Adhesive 12''
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
Tessela
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
Black Sites
Prototype EP
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
Special Request
Hardcore EP
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
Tessela
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
Bandshell
Caustic View
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
Untold
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
Untold
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
Bandshell
HES021
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
Wonky
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
Container
Lp
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.
Recent Articles
Music Review | posted 20.09.2021
Jan Jelinek
The Raw And The Cooked
With »The Raw And The Cooked«, Jan Jelinek has cooked up a nice soup for us. His work, originally composed for SWR, is now available on vinyl record. Delicious!
Music Essay | posted 22.09.2021
The Beat Era in the GDR
Hostile takeover
Records from the Amiga label are widely available in Germany. In addition to pressings of international stars such as Michael Jackson, the Beatles or Bob Dylan, there was also a lot of music from the GDR itself that was released. Some of it is worth to be rediscovered.
Music News | posted 17.09.2021
Ross From Friends
Green Vinyl Edition: »Tread«
On November 5, 2021, the new album »Tread« by Ross From Friends will be released on Brainfeeder. Exclusively on HHV Records, there will be a limited green vinyl edition.
Music News | posted 16.09.2021
Das Lunsentrio
Exclusive: »69 Arten Den Pubrock Zu Spielen«
The new album »69 Arten Den Pubrock Zu Spielen« by the Lunsentrio will be released on Tapete Records on October 22, 2021. Exclusively at HHV Records, the record will be available in a green vinyl edition.
Music Column | posted 23.09.2021
Records Revisited
Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
1991 – what a year for rock music. The albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers released September 24, 1991 made rock become popular again. But »Screamadelica« by Primal Scream changed the whole genre.