Nils Frahm makes some of the most wonderfully crafted classical and ambient music, unique in its creativity and intensity. Echo 6, a newcomer from Montreal by way of Toulouse, has seized upon a chilling masterpiece by Frahm and built a masterpiece of his own.
French 79 are back with some of the deliciously crafted melodic Techno that has built their reputation over the last few years. A 2-track EP dropped last week, including this tidy cut:
Another standout performance for me at Reeperbahn was the Wednesday night set from Berlin-based Kalipo. He unleashed his special brand of melodic tech-house that was a welcome treat after a full day of pop, punk and post-rock bands at the showcase festival in Hamburg last week. He weaved a 90 minute set into a masterpiece with this relentless original mix at the heart of it.
A legendary score requires a legendary reworking. Infamous duo Tale of US are up to challenge, twisting Hans Zimmer’s unforgettable Inception theme into a piece of club-worthy techno.
Based on Max Cooper’s live visuals during his Emergence tour, I’ve come to expect nothing less than top-drawer videos from the UK producer. Animator Sabine Volkert supplies a music video inspired by the biological and molecular themes that Cooper seems to implant into all of his work.
Caught this track playing at a festival in Amsterdam on Kingsday and it blew my mind. Murphy Cooper brings the dark Techno vibes with pumping bass and shaking drums.
Heard this track playing at my gym. Guess that’s the norm if you live in Netherlands: quality techno is all around. Stunning reworking by the dutch master Joris Voorn of Sebastian Mullaert’s equally brilliant original.
LA-based producer Kastle is gearing up to drop is his second album, Reflections, in October and he’s showcasing his wonderful range of genre-blurring sounds. The above “Visions” is a cut from that album, as is the track entitled “So Faded”, below – the fact that they are both producer by the same artist is blowing my mind. Tech-house to Juke in just a couple of tracks.