Various Artists - I Love Techno 2010, mixed by Steve Aoki

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What is techno? That’s the theme explored by one of the bona fide godfathers of the techno scene, Steve Aoki, in the latest I Love Techno compilation. This legendary party has seen fans of the genre making a pilgrimage to Belgium of the techno scene since its beginnings in the mid-90s. Certainly, it was central to this reviewer’s discovery of techno and the building of a life-long love.

It’s no mean feat, then, that I Love Techno has managed to stay so cutting-edge, so relevant, so well-regarded, with live headliners including Klaxons and Hot Chip in recent years, culminating in 2009’s landmark compilation, mixed by Crookers. Truly, this party is showing the world that techno will never die, and true techno lovers will never sell out, and never compromise.

After announcing the Bloody Beetroots for the third straight year, one got the feeling that 2010 was going to be an extra special instalment of I Love Techno. But not in the wildest dreams of the worldwide techno community would anyone have dared think that ILT would be able to recruit one of the original pioneers of the sound to mix the annual compilation. When it was announced that none other than Steve Aoki would be in charge of the album, you could literally hear the cheers from Detroit to Berlin.

Boy, hasn’t he lived up to expectations. It’s fitting that this review comes at the end of 2010, because guess what? Just when you thought our chance had passed, we go and save the best for last. Aoki has delivered 20 tracks of music for the soul, a set so good that you just don’t want it to ever end, with replayability not heard since…well, let’s just say that it puts Live At The Liquid Room by Jeff Mills to shame, and Richie Hawtin and his DE:9 compilations might need to be downgraded from ‘techno’ to mere fluff.

So what is techno? Aoki has the answers. Behold its many guises. The ear-splitting electronic shrieks of KMA and yelled vocals of Mystery Meat. The Soulja Boy-esque chants of Told Ya. The impossibly filtered samples of Change. Aoki lets an Armand Van Helden-fuelled house beat interject, but purists needn’t worry, it’s quickly shoved out of the way with a cacophony of standard effects, and it’s back to the good stuff. It all builds to the glorious closer of the indie death metal fusion of Rifoki’s Zombie Attack. Who said you need machines to make techno?

In short, if it’s not either made by Aoki, or on Aoki’s Dim Mak label, it’s probably not worthy of being called techno. This is Underground Resistance, Berghain, Timewarp, Drumcode, and any number of Roland gizmos all rolled into one. This is pure techno. At its very best.

Plenty of chinstrokers have fallen by the wayside in recent years. They’re probably still listening to Technasia, Mathew Jonson, or god help us, Surgeon, who continue to put out music that just doesn’t cut it. These irrelevant vestiges of yesteryear should listen up. Steve Aoki is the master, and only true techno lovers know it. The rest of you should get on board. The future’s bright. The future’s fidget.

I Love Techno mixed by Steve Aoki is out now on Lektroluv/Balance Music, through EMI.

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SlicyDicer

SlicyDicer said on the 4th Jan, 2011

goodbye I love techno

Rimjob

Rimjob said on the 4th Jan, 2011

lol.... Who says sarcasm is the lowest form of humour?!!nice one!lol.... Who says sarcasm is the lowest form of humour?!!nice one!

noelw14

noelw14 said on the 4th Jan, 2011

When it was announced that none other than Steve Aoki would be in charge of the album, you could literally hear the cheers from Detroit to Berlin


lolololololololololololololol

muse

muse said on the 4th Jan, 2011

poor old Technasia, MJ and Surgeon - epic failures of the techno scene...Hey Holzmarktstr 25, I would be surprised if you could name even one UR or Drumcode release without googling, you muppet.

T-Boy

T-Boy said on the 4th Jan, 2011

I would be amazed if this is a serious review......

TRZA

TRZA said on the 4th Jan, 2011

one of the best reviews i've read. quality sarcasm!

muse

muse said on the 4th Jan, 2011

yeah k, was half asleep when i first read this.good one :)

Royal

Royal said on the 4th Jan, 2011

Come on guys, it's not a serious review. Just check out the reviewers other work. I say nice work in slagging off this piece of shit masquerading as techno.

Rimjob

Rimjob said on the 4th Jan, 2011

"These irrelevant vestiges of yesteryear should listen up. Steve Aoki is the master, and only true techno lovers know it."How could anyone think this was a serious comment?

djbricksta

djbricksta said on the 4th Jan, 2011

"The future’s bright. The future’s fidget." hahaha

muse

muse said on the 4th Jan, 2011

because some seriously retarded shit is written on itm at times...

JackT

JackT said on the 4th Jan, 2011

Haha, when I approved this I was seriously wondering who would be the first person to get all incensed thinking it was serious

i_have_ADD

i_have_ADD said on the 4th Jan, 2011

joke's on you then ehhhh muse

pomrocks

pomrocks said on the 4th Jan, 2011

best review ever :lol: brilliant

chestwig

chestwig said on the 4th Jan, 2011

cringe cringe anger anger.....ohnowigeddit lol!

Mickstah

Mickstah said on the 4th Jan, 2011

Hahaha brilliant review for a piece of shit album!

muse

muse said on the 4th Jan, 2011

:P i lose. poss best piece of itm journalism to date...can we send it to i love techno?

discocaine79

discocaine79 said on the 4th Jan, 2011

I was about to lose my shit at this review until I read the comments

beats

beats said on the 7th Jan, 2011

Fken golden. Top review, cheers.

engooyen

engooyen said on the 12th Jan, 2011

this review is trying a bit too hard to be sarcastic. also, its barely a review, just a tirade of opinion but without an argument? techno means something different to everyone, some people think its Scooter which come on, everyone loves in one way or another, and some people think its Surgeon (who I find kinda boring?). greets from karl-marx-straße

yani_s

yani_s said on the 14th Jan, 2011

Keep the rubbish the the forums. I just read 7 and a bit paragraphs of someone trying to be funny. You got your opinionated point across but i think the fact ILT Festival is not about techno anymore has been discussed in full without some sarcastic article. not mad just sayinBad review brah

System_J

System_J said on the 14th Jan, 2011

You guys are missing the point. The album's a joke and so's the review. The man's working on levels.

engooyen

engooyen said on the 14th Jan, 2011

yeah we missed the point, thats exactly what happened :)hmmm "working on levels"I suppose you're right, its good practice to stoop so big respects system_jyani_s totally agree mate, peace pizza ppl