In less than a week, myself and approximately 100,000 techno lovers will return to Hart Plaza in Detroit for Movement Electronic Music Festival. Since 2000, the event has been a cultural and musical capital for techno and other underground forms of dance music, and if last year’s festival is any indication, we’re in for a wild and crazy time in 2015. This week’s edition of The Technodrome, featuring new techno music from Skream, Nicole Moudaber, Stephan Bodzin, and more, should hopefully serve as a solid precursor to the madness of Memorial Day weekend.
Fur Coat – Seven (Original Mix) [Crosstown Rebels]
The closing number on the upcoming Berlin Chronicles compilation, Fur Coat’s Seven is a haunting and dramatic trek through rumbling basslines, forbidding chords, and stunning percussion. Made for the big room, the dramatic build-up and subsequent drop are electrifying. Pick it up May 18.
Skream – Littler (Original Mix)
Skream has sure come a long way since his dubstep days. His latest is, in his own words, “not for the feint hearted,” and he wasn’t kidding. Inspired by artists like Mark Broom and Len Faki, Littler is an unabating blast of pitiless percussion, severe synths, and booming bass. No release date yet on Skream’s latest “warehouse” production.
Nicole Moudaber – Her Dub Material (Original Mix) [MOOD]
The Queen of Techno returns with a deep, elegant groove on her own MOOD imprint. Effortlessly hypnotic and oh-so inviting, it is the perfect addition to any late night/early morning playlist. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Stephan Bodzin – Birth (Ja Mix) [Herzblut]
Need a breather? Germany’s Stephan Bodzin delivers a subdued and cinematic soundscape full of organ-like synths and melancholy vibes, making for a great cooldown track. Pick it up on Beatport here and make sure to keep your eyes (and ears) open for his upcoming album, Powers Of Ten, out July 12.
Throwback: Lluis Ribalta – Belial (Original Mix) [Gate Null]
I stumbled upon this 2014 gem while rewatching one of deadmau5′ in-home techno sets. It’s a relentlessly dark and pounding track that is perfect when used as an opener or a peak-time weapon. Pick it up on Beatport here.