The journey begins in 2018 when two artists from the European techno scene join forces to found Mercury 200. Behind their mask hides two musical mercenaries. Without rules or conventions to respect they were mandated to elaborate a raw, sharp and exhilarating music with stirring and puzzling textures in order to apprehend the fundamental relationship between spirit and sound. Therefore Mercury 200 must hit the guts and emotionally capture its audience because they will do everything to tame the animosity slumbering in each human being with their machines. A quest thereby without boundaries but with for reward -if well executed- an audience that offers them a clue, a path to follow in their research.
Young producer and DJ from Belgium, Jan Vercauteren productions are definitely a fresh surprise when it comes to Rave music. Born and raised in the suburbs of Brussels, Jan became interested in techno and rave music at an early age. Soon started experimenting on his own productions it quickly became clear he has a talent and passion for making straight forward dance-floor bangers. When asked, he describes his style as "fast, old school techno with 90s inserts”. He soon got noticed by the legendary Belgian ‘Rave Alert’ label and joined them alongside like-minded artists such as DYEN, VCL, Jacidorex and X&trick…pushing the sound which they call ‘Neorave'. Keep an eye open for this talent, this ain’t the last you’ve heard from him.
Leidy van ‘t Leven, also known as LVTL is Colombian born and currently based in Amsterdam. Founder of Tenebrism Records and Pechera events in Amsterdam. Whereas a late bloomer considering Techno, she is certain of her destination. Since visiting her first Techno festival at age 22 the two have been inseparable. Ultimately she has decided to take her stand behind the decks to be able to share her passion with like-minded explorers. Berlin is her main source of inspiration and she proudly presents this by using her refined dark, industrial but still groovy elements in her dynamic sets.
Oposition is Louis Quelin's first project, inspired by the rave old school. He stands out with a style that comes from his perfect mastery of his turntables. Refined choices, great shows and technicals mix have brought him to many warehouses and clubs such as Contrast and Fée Croquer.
Following a string of releases on his Involve imprint, as well as Figure, Enemy and BPitch, Regal is one of Techno’s most exciting talents of recent years. Since 2012 he has quickly established himself as one of Techno’s most in demand artists, remixing renowned acts like Nina Kraviz, Ellen Allien, Emmanuel Top and more, not to mention collabs alongside Len Faki or Amelie Lens. Further bolstering his reputation as one of modern Techno’s most prevalent names, his own productions have been remixed by heavyweights such as Mark Broom, Jeroen Search and Radio Slave. Known for his ability to move between influences and sub-genres, his style is eclectic as he draws from pockets of sound across the electronic sphere, with tinges of Trance and Acid undercurrents at the centre of his ever-evolving sound, tailoring the perfect mix between strong rhythms and melodies that enchant the soul. As a DJ’s, besides playing renowned clubs and festivals like Berghain or Awakenings, Regal also is a core resident at KHIDI, one of the key clubs at the forefront of Tbilisi’s thriving techno scene. In 2019, Regal joined forces with fellow acid head Alien Rain for their ‘Acid Affair’ EP, and had a heavy involvement across Ellen Allien’s BPitch imprint. He marked his debut on the label with the rave-esque EP ‘The Eyes’ and a track on the first compilation of her newborn UFO Inc. Carving his legacy deeper into the global techno scene, 2019 saw Regal’s second stint at Boiler Room in addition to featuring as DJ Mag Spain’s October cover star.
From relentlessly aggressive Techno to macabre, ambientesque Noise, from rough and energetic Breakbeat straight into virtually violent Industrial – Peryl’s style doesn’t do boundaries. Neither does he put them on himself nor his audience. He rather takes on each musical moment, be it in the studio or in the club, as an approach to play with those stylistic boundaries, to pull them apart, to extend them to a degree that the audience can’t find the genre-pigeonhole to put it into.
In 1987, Raffaele Attanasio was born with music in his blood—thanks to his father, a musician, he began taking piano lessons from an early age. At the age of 12, he took his first steps in the world of djing, strongly influenced by rap, hip-hop and the g-funk culture. Five years later, he released his first production: a style characterized by the fusion of techno, electronic and classic-contemporary influences. In 2007, he completed his studies and obtained a graduation in piano. Raffaele is a pianist, arranger and producer. His label, Letters from Jerusalem, was then released obtaining a collaboration with Douglas J. McCharty (Leader of the glorious band "The Nitzer Ebb"). Under his alias, X-501, he has released several productions on Buenos Aires based label, Krill Music. In 2014, he succeeded in making one of his greatest artist dreams come true: dueting in a Jam live \ b2b with Jeff Mills in Naples, and then went on to play his glorious b2b with Octave One. Lately he has been focusing on himself for the realization of the project called "L'estasi dell'Odio,” intended to be presented in live theatrical performances. In the meantime, he co-founded "The Sacred Weapons," a band and group of artists, strongly influenced by the ‘70s psychedelic rock and electronic music of the ‘90s. Over the course of his career, Attanasio received the support of a large range of appreciated artists in the industry, including Len Faki, Luke Slater, Ben Sims, Kirk Degiorgio, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Oscar Mulero, Dustin Zahn and many others.
The Berlin based DJane Callush is known for her rebellious and dynamic journeys. Inspired by the energetic nights in the techno scene, Callush combines her dark and industrial selection with elements of EBM, Acid and Trance – usually from 140 BPM till open end. She has played in different clubs around Germany, such as Loft Club and Griessmühle, and will attend her first international gigs in future.
Recognizable through his productions always very muscular and rhythmic, Basswell brings us back to the 90s, where the rave was at its peak. Basswell continues to surprise with his perfectionism and ambition. His recent label "Homicid Records" has just released its first vinyl with Dave the Drummer, Chris Liberator and Sterling Moss, available for sale in a few weeks.
Vergil has emerged to serve his audience some sorely needed sonic clarity. Over a lifetime of musical studies and performances in the more analogue fields of percussion, the young DJ and producer was already able to fabricate an intriguingly recognizable body of sound. Over the course of a few years the resident of Strictly Forbidden, one of Berlin’s hedonistic insider tips, has constructed and nurtured his very own vision of electronic music in his studio to serve the raving nation some serious business. Technoid sounds framed in raw textures and welted in gloomy soundscapes, creating an almost morbid atmosphere. Delicate sonic aesthetics set in strict and stringent form, pushing its audience’s heartbeats continuously straightforward.
Frank Heise is the Co-founder of the Berlin-based imprint Space Trax, a fresh new label which is mainly orientated into trance and rave sound. This is also what you can expect from his DJ-sets: fresh rave attitudes with old school trance vibes. Also he’ll be part of the first Lebendig compilation - you should definitely keep an eye or both on this one.
Balrog is a NeoRave Industrial Techno Producer and DJ from the UK. Hailing from the Yorkshire Dales just outside of Leeds, Balrog has supplanted himself in the darker and grittier side of the genre with a focus on heavy unrelenting drums, driving bass and obscure distorted vocal. His tracks look back to the classic hard rave style and grooving techno of the early 2000's, but with a fresh injection of modern industrial power. This young producer has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with multiple releases on exciting techno labels including The Meaning Of Rave, COUP, Green Fetish, Taro, Blacklapse, Måinmise, Archivio 01 and Gobsmacked. These releases and unreleased tracks have received support from some of the biggest in the scene including Dax J, Rebekah, Paula Temple, Stephanie Sykes, Manni Dee, Gijensu, Tham, SHDW & Obscure Shape, Dahryl and many more. 2020 is shaping up to be his biggest year to date with huge releases lined up on Occult Rhythms, Pitch Dark, SKUXX and others yet to be announced. He has also runs his own record label Khazad Records which releases music from the very best young industrial and hard techno talent in the UK and Europe. Keep your eye on this young British prospect as he gets ready to take the scene by storm.
Up until meeting and forming Noneoftheabove in Rotterdam in 2015, with the direct purpose of their first mutual show, Nigel and Yoeri had been playing and producing techno independently since their mid-teens. Sparking together creatively as well as getting to know each other was equal parts of creating the trademark sound that now is Noneoftheabove. “Straight forward techno”, is how they describe the sound themselves, better even is to throw in hardcore, industrial, acid, and one of their main sources of inspiration: schranz. Coined in Germany in the first half of the 90s, describing a merciless type of techno. Literally mix these ingredients together and you get what Noneoftheabove represents. The pair sees electronic music as a tool for breaking limits, always aspiring to create new innovative ways not just in the studio but also as DJs. Valuing the difficult art of actually getting people to dance, they come as an experienced b2b-team, handling festival- and club venues globally with a precise manner, preferring to fill their sets with the same kind of raw energy as their own productions. Instead of working together from scratch in the studio, the boys produce their own material separately, then meeting, trying and testing, finally yielding and restructuring the tracks into what becomes Noneoftheabove. Respecting each other’s creative processes, understanding that it brings in unique distinctiveness in the project. Since 2016 the pairing has through their platform, TheAbove Records, shared their own vision of electronic music. Sharply curated non-genre bound tracks influenced by the same hard, machine-driven, infected techno they love. Their debut album “Cuz I’m Saying So”, was released in 2018; a fine varied affair, displaying the duo’s ability to compose not only techno, but breakbeat and ambient, showcasing a more gentle side yet echoing their signature throughout. If last year was about tightening their output, focusing on exploring new production ground together, this year is about preparing new singles and remixes for Noneoftheabove, unveiling a new (more genre strict) label, as well as readying new artists for TheAbove Records. Together with D.Carbone, they also form the production/DJ-act The Executioners, working more spontaneously in the studio, recording live to create a more powerful and noisy sound.
Cologne’s underground shredders Johannes Schuster and Strokr teamed up for more of their already well known noisy Techno-mania, and created PLAINTIFFS. While digging deep into the music they love, the creation and production of it was only the next logical step to their adventure. Which already brought out some serious releases on Labels like Emerald.
As a Danish original, Resonant Pole has already more than proven his position at the very forefront of this Northern wave which has been flooding record shops and dancefloors around the globe. The musician who, despite his young age, already has wandered through various styles and genres of music, from Black Metal to Trance to Drum ‘n Bass, isn’t known for a delicate take on his craft. As a worthy emissary to the Scandinavian sound, he brings his vision of hard and unrelenting Techno straight up to his audience, both as a producer on quality imprints, and as a DJ, infusing his sound directly to the dancefloor. Hammering kicks and resounding percussions build the frames of his sonic palette which represents the current state of Northern-fused electronic music more than most others.
Falhaber is a young producer and DJ based in The Hague, Holland. He is inspired by many different genres which can be heard in his releases and throughout his sets. His sets include interesting build ups and overwhelming breakdowns composed with Ambient, Electro, Breakbeat, Techno, Acid, Industrial, Rave, Early Trance & Hardcore. All these elements are perfectly brought together to take over the dancefloor and get the audience going until the sun rises and beyond.
Keepsakes, the moniker of British-Kiwi producer and DJ James Barrett, has been going from strength to strength in the murky world of techno in the past few years. With EPs pressed to wax on Ansome and Ossian’s South London Analogue Material and Germany’s Mindcut, appearances on the last two instalments of Mord’s Herdersmat compilations, plus European tours in 2016 and 2017, Keepsakes has been working hard to push his crunchy sound and diverse DJ sets internationally. Furthermore, Barrett co-founded the Haven club night alongside Jaded Nineties Raver in 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand - aiming to introduce a new generation of Kiwis to the weirder and harder side of house and techno. At the beginning of 2018 this also expanded into a vinyl-focused record label, launching with an EP of screechy bangers from the Haven co-founder and also featuring appearances from Ansome, Ayarcana, and Tommy Holohan in its first year. Now residing in Berlin, Keepsakes is now focused full time on bringing a tough and eclectic vibe to dance floors worldwide - utilising his productions, DJ sets, and label to push a techno focused sound with flickers of house, electro, bass music and breaks while still maintaining a distinct crunchy character.
Since its beginning in 2009, Grounded Theory has grown from a bracing new idea in Berlin techno to an institution of artistic nightlife both at its home and around the continent. Directed with acute vision and unerring judgment, its philosophy extracted from Henning’s long years at the front lines of electronic music, it remains diverse and cutting edge. Mirroring Henning Baer's DJ sets, Grounded Theory combines music from different eras and areas, remaining rooted in techno while shedding light on sounds less frequently heard on Berlin dance floors: forward UK music, experimental electronics, and underground techno names from across the globe, both new and established. Following on years of closely-synchronized work with fellow resident Milton Bradley, Henning Baer is now asserting greater independence with innovative new production styles on a recent EP for Taanstaafl Planets. The launch of his own MANHIGH imprint buttresses the foundation of his own work, to be built up alongside a select few whose productions meet the curatorial acumen of one of techno’s finest ears. After esteemed releases on Sonic Groove, K209 and elsewhere, fans worldwide have much to look forward to from a label whose standards match those of Grounded Theory. Already a respected artist, Henning’s diligence has transported him from the counter to the shelves of Hardwax and from the floor to the booth of Berghain in regular appearances. Now he is building further upon these impressive accomplishments, profoundly shaping contemporary techno from recent memory into the foreseeable future.
One of the promising talents of France's ever-blossoming techno scene. Ravn present a radical and intense style, raw and overdriven 90ies-infused beats. His debut EP, released on the Berlin label BFT received support from Dax J, Regal, Snts and many others.
There’s no denial the Belgians have a fond taste for the darker side of the spectrum. There are not many artist’s which prove this as much as Radical G. With his strong dedication to dark EBM sounds he delivered a special mix for our weekly podcast series and once again is presenting the impressive atmosphere and groove of the genre in his very own way.