John Tejada is, by far, one of the most creative techno composers operating today. Certainly among the best in the United States.
In Aeternam Vale are a techno music project out of Lyon, France, and their music tends to be driving, but ultimately standard fare for the genre. What’s more interesting, however, is the choice of video material they used. It comes from a Russian/French production called Ograblenie po…, which is a play on American, Italian, French and Russian gangster movies.
I am off an on with techno, but if it’s cold and minimalistic, it’s going to have my attention. MTD and Tracy are two DJs working out of Verona, Italy, and are part of one of Italy’s finest minimal techno labels, Sonntag Morgen, one worth keeping an eye on as their releases have been so consistently good.
Two identities, one artist. Jönsson Tõll is a composer who is based out of Portugal. This release features some of his own work, plus more under his working monicker, Mauno Koivisto. Of of the most beautifully bleak techno albums I’ve heard in ages.
Fake Plastic Heads hail from Munich, Germany, but their sound brings together a disparate blend of styles. There’s little else out there which blends electronic music genres so well.
As if I don’t have a number of interesting reasons to visit Russia. The Day Of Life Forgotten is an independent net label operating, it seems, out of Moscow (though if it’s not the case, I’ll update the post). This release, by my friend Alexei Serebreikov under his monicker Скрижали сна, is a great balance of electronic music, mixing elements of psychedelic music and drum & bass, a touch of IDM, all the while keeping everything sounding balanced and rhythmic. Something worth pursuing.