The Best of Modern Techno Music

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A blog dedicated to the best of modern techno music. Find the latest tracks, albums and artists in the techno scene.

A Brief History of Techno

Techno music has its origins in Detroit, Michigan during the 1980s. A group of African American DJs and producers created a new style of music by fusing elements of European electronic dance music with African American rhythms and sounds. This new style of music quickly caught on and spread to other cities in the United States and Europe.

Where it all began

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a group of DJs and producers in Detroit, Michigan, USA, started making a new kind of electronic music that would later come to be known as techno. These artists--including Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson--were heavily influenced by the music of European artists like Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, as well as by house music from Chicago. They combined these influences with their own ideas to create an innovative new sound.

The first techno tracks were released on vinyl in the mid-1980s, and the style quickly began to catch on in clubs both in Detroit and around the world. In 1988, Atkins released his track “Techno City,” which is widely considered to be one of the earliest and most important techno tracks. This was followed by May’s “Strings of Life,” which became an instant classic and helped to popularize techno outside of Detroit.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, techno continued to evolve and branch out into new subgenres like acid techno, hard techno, minimal techno, and tech house. Today, it remains an important force in electronic dance music, with many of its original pioneers still active in the scene.

The sound of techno

Techno is a type of electronic dance music that emerged in the 1980s. It is characterized by a repetitive 4/4 beat and often features synthesizers and drum machines. Originally, techno was created by black and Latino musicians in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

In the 1990s, techno became popular in Europe, particularly in Germany. Today, techno is enjoyed by people all over the world.

The rise of techno

The rise of techno can be traced back to the 1980s, when a group of DJs and producers in Detroit, Michigan, USA, started experimenting with electronic music. This new style of music was different from anything that had come before it, and it quickly gained popularity in underground clubs and parties.

Over the next few years, the sound of techno spread to other cities in the US and Europe, and the style continued to evolve. By the early 1990s, techno was a global phenomenon, with dozens of different sub-genres and sub-culture scenes developing around the world.

Today, techno is one of the most popular genres of electronic music, with artists like Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, and Jeff Mills regularly performing to huge crowds at festivals and clubs all over the world.

The Best of Modern Techno

Techno is a type of electronic dance music that emerged in the 1980s. It is characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat and often has a fast tempo. Techno music is often used in clubs and rave parties. It is also a popular choice for video game soundtracks and movies.

The best techno tracks of 2018

2018 was another great year for techno music, with plenty of incredible tracks to choose from. Here are our picks for the best techno tracks of 2018.

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Nina Kraviz – Ghetto Kraviz
This track from Nina Kraviz’s debut album was one of the standout techno tracks of 2018. With its driving bassline and hypnotic vocal samples, “Ghetto Kraviz” is a perfect example of the modern techno sound.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Bell Blocker
Planetary Assault Systems is one of the most respected names in techno, and “Bell Blocker” is a perfect example of why. This track from his album The Messenger is a masterclass in minimal techno, with a catchy melody and a thumping bassline that will keep you moving all night long.

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Amelie Lens – Hypnotized
Amelie Lens had a breakout year in 2018, and “Hypnotized” was one of her biggest hits. This track sums up everything that’s great about her style: it’s huge, it’s atmospheric, and it’s absolutely relentless. It’s sure to be one of the defining tracks of the year.

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Reaktor – Tap Temple
Reaktor is a new name on the scene, but he’s already making waves with his unique brand of techno. “Tap Temple” is one of his best tracks, with its tribal percussion and eerie vocal samples. It’s a dark and atmospheric track that will take you on a journey into the unknown.

The best techno tracks of 2019

2019 was another strong year for techno.

The Berlin-based record label Ostgut Ton released a slew of fantastic EPs and albums, including “Nova” by Lakker, “SecondAbyss” by TAdv, and “Amnesia Haze” by Jonas Friedlich. The UK’s legendary record label Warp also had a great year, with releases such as Errorsmith’s “SuperlativeFatigue” and Kelly Moran’s “Ultraviolet”.

In terms of individual tracks, there were plenty of standouts. Below are some of the best techno tracks of 2019:

-Amnesia Haze by Jonas Friedlich
-Nova by Lakker
-Superlative Fatigue by Errorsmith
-Ultraviolet by Kelly Moran
-SecondAbyss by TAdv

The best techno tracks of 2020

The best techno tracks of 2020 are a mix of old and new, with some artists reaching back to the ’90s for inspiration while others forge ahead with a more modern sound. There are plenty of great tracks to choose from, but these are our favorites.

1. “Strings of Life” by Derrick May
2. “Axis” by Jeff Mills
3. “Release” by Tiga
4. “Be positive” by Dax J
5. “I am the Black Wizards” by Moritz Von Oswald Trio
6. “Kondiaronk” by setAfire

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