Groovetech Podcast 070 – Techno, House and Minimal

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.

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Record Store Day 2017 – Chart

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.

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The Strangest Material Used To Press Vinyl Records

For those who don’t know me, I have been collecting vinyl records since the mid-90’s, and playing gigs with some regularity for radio (online and terrestrial) as well as at clubs and events since 1998. So right from the start, I was fascinated by turntables and ‘underground’ releases in general; from vocal house to the quirkiest of techno you can imagine. When the digital craze took over the scene a dozen years ago, I had already been playing vinyl records for nine or ten years. I always knew, though, that it was going to come back around, so I stuck with vinyl while holding out on any temptations to go digital. After all, vinyl is back in a very big way, with sales in the United States reaching a 25 year high, and this market is expected to grow. The global vinyl records market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 55.15% during the period 2016-2020, according to a study by Research and Markets. Coloured, etched and shaped records have been a norm for vinyl as long as I have been a collector and I won’t get into the reason’s why vinyl records have experienced such a resurgence over the last 5 years in this article; today I’d like to share some of the strangest material used to press a record.

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