If you are a huge fan of dark and hard techno, this article is made for you. In this short blog we highlight eight dark and hard techno records that have been released on our label recently. Eight tracks a real techno fan just really can’t miss out on! We have bundled these tracks for you in this short overview, but these tracks can also be found in our techno playlist on Spotify.
Expert in hard techno
If you like hard techno with great melodies, then you should definitely listen to ‘Expert’. Alperen aka Nerepla is a music producer from Turkey, and this song he produced has a BPM of 125+. With this track Nerepla tried to capture his frustration about this quarantine into the melody and sound of the song, and made a meaningful piece of music for himself.
In fact, the biggest influence in its emergence was the COVID-19 quarantine, because Nerepla was stuck at home because of this virus that plagued the world. Nerepla made ‘Expert’ by translating his frustration and anger into the melodies and energy of this track. And while doing research on the internet, he saw the speech in the Movie ‘Big Prophet’ and thought about adding it. That’s why you will hear an acapella from the movie ‘The Big Prophet., ending in an interesting combination of sounds!
Debitae is a techno producer based in Munich, and who’s musically socialized in the 90s in Frankfurt. His genre-eclectic production approach is focused on melodic but still danceable sounds. Both tracks on the Sweet Dreams EP that he created feature the iconic sound of electronic music, the gnarly sound of the 303. Acid-style bass lines embedded in a warm, melodic and modern sound. The two tracks on Sweet Dreams EP resulted from playing around with a vintage Tascam tape recorder, bringing a bit of that LoFi vibe. Debitae was interested to see how this plays together with a 303 bassline – et voila!
Bang my drum
This EP is made up of three tracks that will take you on a low bpm techno journey. Starting with Bang My Drum, a track with a heavy atmosphere that will make your stomach vibrate with its bass and its cutting conductor Synth. Bang My Drum is followed by Bubblegum, a sticky track with a set of percussions and leads LFOs that will entangle you throughout its course. And finally closing with Nameless, a totally powerful and mysterious track with different ambients, worthy of the peak time.
Against my mind
A hard kick and melodic acid sounds characterize this EP. ‘Against My Mind’ is the hardest EP of Himmelfahrt so far. An hard techno EP that brings every floor to life with its pure techno sounds, catchy vocals and fast rises.
Dark techno emotions
In his Emotion EP, Dennis Hill incorporated a lot of his emotions and feelings from a difficult time in his life. The first track is called ‘Darker Emotions’, because the inspiration of this track came from dark thoughts and feelings. The second track of this dark techno EP has been titled ‘Deep Inside’, because these bad memories and feelings have driven him and made him who he is today. He overcame these bad times and negative emotions, and now there are only positive vibes.
Dennis Hill finds it is difficult to put his inspiration into words. He produced these two tracks at a time when he was very depressed. Music helped him in the past and will always help him through difficult phases in life. The production process of this EP was very fast, but it’s not always like that because Dennis his emotions inspired him and he had a very specific idea in his mind. Finally, he wants to so to all the listeners of his tracks: ‘This EP is just for YOU’!
Hard techno is a Toxic Combination
Toxic Combination is a dark, aggressive driving techno banger, utilizing the best elements of dance music. A warm low-end swell, straight forward pacing hi hats and mids, and mind bending soundscapes that when mixed together, provide the dance floor with a hungry passion to move. Toxic Combination is produced by Skye Domino, a producer living in New York, USA.
JMesa shares his Bitter Dream
Bitter Dream is a dark techno song with a strong kick and hypnotic synthesizers, and a track which is really suitable to dance on with your eyes closed at the highest peak of a party. The psychedelic dark vibe of this track produced by JMesa will help your crowd reach ecstasy in no time.
It has the power and darkness of music that JMesa likes, but he was trying to explore more melodic lines. In the end he just tried to make a good tune. JMesa made the melodies of the track while playing on his hardware, where he records his ideas when he finds something he likes. He likes to interact with the actual knobs and feel the timbre of the sounds changes as you move and dance in front of the synths. Sound design is all about small details. The end result is one to be proud of!
Time for Poetic Malfunktion
Bipashna & Dozzer are a techno DJ/producer duo living in the Netherlands, and who are mainly focusing on producing and mixing hard techno. On May 18th they have released their first track on our techno record label: Poetic Malfunktion.
‘Poetic Malfunktion’ is an atmospheric techno track with a focus on sub bass and lower frequencies. Bipashna & Dozzer are a duo with Hindu/Buddhist roots, and they tried to implement atmospheres from their cultural background in this track. They wanted to create something that has meaning by using chants and mantras, but which is driving at the same time. During the production process the track changed its initial sound quite a bit, but not all of the elements were substituted.
There was no particular source of inspiration for Poetic Malfunktion, it was just a feeling that found its expression in this track. The production process was a bit lengthy, since the elements needed a lot of balancing, especially with the kick and vocals. Experimentation and exploration were key in producing this track, but Bipashna & Dozzer were really satisfied once the hard work was done. A really awesome driving dark techno track was born.
If you are in for some hard techno, then you can buy or stream Poetic Malfunktion via one of the links below:
- Poetic Malfunktion on Beatport
- Poetic Malfunktion on Traxsource
- Poetic Malfunktion on Spotify
- Poetic Malfunktion on YouTube
Check our new techno playlist!
The tracks mentioned above can all be found in our techno playlists on Spotify, which is updated every other week with the latest tracks we have released. So, please take a look and don’t forget to like and follow the playlist.