Very few DJ’s are quite as empassioned about Vinyl and Techno music as I am. There’s also something I love about the ritual of packing a crate of records before a gig. It pushes you to know your music really well. When you only settle for the best, you have to go to the record store (or shop online) and pick up the good stuff, mainly because it’s available on vinyl. This is a list of current, relevant releases as selected by me. You can point out the ones I missed out in the comments section below.
I came across an interesting article on Scientific American this week which details the science behind why vinyl sounds better than any other format. I always found that playing vinyl loud to be more comfortable to listen to than lets say a mp3, but I believed it had to do with its production value, compared to unmastered tracks one comes across on beatport.
2017 sees Techno on the move again, while the underground electronic music vinyl-only boom represents the opposite of commercial dance music’s insatiable drive for success and exposure. With so much music released every day, it can be a challenge to pick out a banging track. Below are the ten tracks I have picked out as standouts for the month of August 2017.
2017 sees Techno on the move again, while the underground electronic music vinyl-only boom represents the opposite of commercial dance music’s insatiable drive for success and exposure. At the half way mark of the year, these 25 vinyl releases are my best Techno and House tracks I have heard so far.
For audiophiles and DJs, Record Store Day is kind of like our superbowl. Now in it’s 10th year, Record Store Day has become a big commercial boon for music retailers. 10 years ago I remember having heated debates with other DJs about how Digital will kill vinyl. To some extent I would say digital is winning the battle, but I think it’s a futile war to fight to begin with. I won’t get into how digital has turned indie record labels profits of several thousand dollars into a loss of several hundred but will focus on the positives. Vinyl record sales are rising; in a big way as we first discussed more than a year ago. Before we get on to my selections for Record Store Day 2017, special thanks must be sent out to Play De Record, Invisible City Record Store, Rush Hour and Juno for providing the records, and all the artists bucking the temptation to go only digital and keep the vinyl DJing tradition alive.