What happened to Techno? What happened to the Underground? I suppose when a movement enters the limelight, it tends to get commodified, its roots be scorned. I went to a party over the weekend where DJ Godfather played an unbelievable set – just the type of Techno I grew up loving and got me into the scene. Nowadays most records sound like flubber to me. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that they aren’t hard or fast; tempo and aggression isn’t what I am referring to. It’s that too often, my peers seem to play bland boring sets of minimal or near-minimal tunes. The rudimentary “producer-gone-dj” formula of “buildup, peak, buildup, peak, repeat” with literally no disruption within the set. Yawn.
I’m currently vacationing in Cyprus, where I spent my teenage years and early days as a DJ. Although archiving and uploading my older DJ Sets, Radio Shows and other Mixes was on my radar, I put 31 fantastic Techno tracks from the late 90s and early 2000’s together for you. Remember the old school vibe?