If you want a snapshot of where techno stands in any given year, and a preview of where its headed, look no further than Drumcodes A-Sides compilation. Since 2012 it has marked the label debuts of countless vital Drumcode artists and affiliates, from Layton Giordani, Wehbba and Boxia, to Amelie Lens and ANNA, no less. Every year, new names are unearthed, tried and true techno contributors serve up their best, and icons of the industry land their debut on Adam Beyers storied label. The 2020 edition hits with 13 tracks, eight coming from label debutants. For the fourth and final part, Tronic head honcho Christian Smith lays down a deep, layered techno journey Just Close Your Eyes, before Thomas Hoffneckts Code 1 hits you square in the chest with its pulsating synth blasts and menacing drums. On the flip side, Balthazar & Jackrock go dystopian with the tension surging Red Village Disco Hustle and a growing label favourite, Juliet Fox follows up Was Beautiful, her superb track on last years A-Sides, with Our Fantasy, reinforcing her skill for crafting anthemic techno compositions.
Various Artists – A-Sides Vol.9 Vinyl Four of Four
https://www.casavinyl.com/media/vinyl/DC223.4/promos/clips/DC223.4_A_1.mp3, https://www.casavinyl.com/media/vinyl/DC223.4/promos/clips/DC223.4_A_2.mp3, https://www.casavinyl.com/media/vinyl/DC223.4/promos/clips/DC223.4_B_1.mp3, https://www.casavinyl.com/media/vinyl/DC223.4/promos/clips/DC223.4_B_2.mp3
A1 – Christian Smith – Just Close Your Eyes, A2 – Thomas Hoffneckt – Code 1, B1 – Balthazar & Jackrock – Red Village Disco Hustle, B2 – Juliet Fox – Our Fantasy