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We are already past mid-2021, and considering the circumstances, the world of techno has treated us pretty nicely so far. No wonder we are excited to see what August brings!
But as we are getting ready for what is yet to come, let's take a look at what marked July.
Carl Cox transforms SOFI TUKKER's "Drinkee" into a techno thumper.
In 2016, SOFI TUKKER's debut single "Drinkee" marked the beginning of their career and blew the industry away, showcasing the talents of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. The track was featured on an Apple Watch advertisement and nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
Characterized by its Portuguese lyrics and tropical vibe, the hit got several remixes, with one of the reworks being done by John Summit and Vintage Culture.
Now, in 2021, "Drunkee" is about to get transformed into a techno thumper by the Father of techno himself, Carl Cox.
The new energetic techno version offers a steady and rhythmic march, as Cox takes the original vocals, distorting them in a way that gives them unprecedented class and makes the whole sound way more modern.
"Without Carl Cox, our whole industry would be different," SOFI TUKKER wrote in an Instagram post, calling him "an inspiration." "This man embodies the love of music."
"I really enjoyed the original mix, so doing this remix was a pleasure," Cox added in his own post. "Using new analog Moogs, vocal samples, and some lead guitar was a great challenge to create something special. A true journey of electronic music."
Billboard Italia welcomes Luigi Madonna in their "Origin" exclusive documentary series
One of the most active techno music artists of the past two decades, Luigi Madonna, debuted Billboard Italia's exclusive documentary series "Origin."
Luigi has already gained global recognition and is loved by his fans. However, this series offered a unique insight into his twenty-year-long career and served as yet another fantastic opportunity for the world to get to know him, his personality, and his approach to work and production.
The documentary, which premiered on July 7th, shows Luigi's role in advancing house and techno through the decades. It also features interviews with Adam Beyer, Charlotte de Witte, Eats Everything, Joseph Capriati, Pan-Pot, and Awakenings founder Rocco Veenboer.
The documentary's soundtrack consists of Luigi's many chart-topping releases and offers a charmingly nostalgic recollection of his stand-out performances for Awakenings, Sonus Festival, Dockyard Festival, and many more.
Berghain's Ostgut Ton label celebrated its 16th birthday with a three-day livestream
Ostgut Ton just turned 16! The Berlin-based label, which helped techno, house, and experimental club music become what they are today, celebrated its anniversary with an ARTE Concert, exclusively recorded at the Halle am Berghain. The broadcast of the 19-hour program of DJ sets began on July 28th.
The party began in the large hall of the former thermal power plant with collaborative live performances featuring the ambient and the experimental sounds.
The viewers had the opportunity to see some of the club's core artists, friends, and collaborators, including Ben Klock, Paramida, KMRU, Avalon Emerson, Marcel Dettmann, Oren Ambarchi & Konrad Sprenger, Lakuti, and more.
Last year, Ostgut Ton planned a 13-day tour for its 15th-anniversary, which was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Although Berghain recently reopened its garden area, Klubgarten, and held a few outdoor parties, the restrictions forced the club to use the space as a gallery. Halle am Berghain currently hosts an art installation inspired by "Berlin's origins as a swamp," commissioned by Light Art Space and produced by Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen.