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Turbo Recordings

Revolutionizing techno music and imbuing it with a fresh, upbeat party vibe is all in a days work for Turbo Recordings.

Started by the infamous Tiga of ‘Sunglasses At Night’ fame and his aptly named brother Thomas von Party, Canadian Turbo Recordings have risen to be one of the most revered techno labels today.

You probably already know that they transformed techno from intimidating Swedish music for Vikings to something trendy clubs and ‘Shoreditch warehouses’ could play, as well as facilitating the transition from the electro of ’06 with close links to Boys Noize and releasing D.I.M’s breed of electro techno to today’s scene.
The change allowed heavier genres to enter and dominate the blogworld such as ‘party techno’ inadvertently pioneered by much-copied Russian producer Proxy who created 40 Seconds looping an epic sample from Robocop, and also Raven, one of the biggest tracks of 2007/8 before it was even officially released, spawning 3.8 billion remixes.

However, far from releasing monotonously indistinguishable pounding beats as how established techno labels like Sven Vath’s Cocoon may be perceived, Turbo spans sub-genres of electronic music from acid house like Mike Mind’s Acid Machine with horrible 303 bubbling taken to the extreme, Lazersonic & Zak Frost, and DMX Krew to Israeli minimal tech-house via Chaim and Guy J’s ‘Isreality EP’, whom the latter’s Skin hit Number 2 on the Beatport mp3 chart.
Thomas von Party in his endless A&R dedication finds producers such as 16 year old ‘Steve’ from Bromley via the Turbo Mind Vacuum on Myspace, whilst discovered from the depths of Colchester, Matt Walsh and Steve Cook make beautiful tech-disco under the name of Clouded Vision often playing the T-Bar, London under their High Horse nights.

Like a close-knit family, touring and throwing parties with Bugged Out all over the shop, Tiga and the crew are full of in-jokes and nerdy musical references, as a response to Josh Wink’s era-defining Higher State of Consciousness, ZZT (Zombie Nation and Tiga himself) made the ‘Lower State’ counterpart during the Justice glory days, as remixed by the French duo.

The recent Omnidance Compilation crammed with legendary classics is more than a dinner party guide to techno, compiled to celebrate 10 years since Tiga started the label to release his own mix CD in ’98, complete with the legendary one-sheets bearing his dry wit as seen in his ridiculous and/or borderline mildly disturbing interviews and podcasts often featuring bemused guests.
His multiple aliases including The Dove, Rainer Werner Bassfinder with Jesper Dahlback, TGV with Mateo Murphy and ZZT as aforementioned, coupled with the fact that his own album was produced by Soulwax suggests a diverse network of producers are involved in his creative process. Reciprocally, whilst he is influenced by the proclaimed kings of techno, John and Jesper Dahlback who also work under the name Hugg & Pepp, they too are released on his label, with their recent Maximus EP, featuring blippy leads building up to heavy breakdowns that terrifyingly sample random Youtube clips.

The temptingly collectible blanket Dulux sample-swatch cover art suggests anonymity of the artists with only the introductive one-sheets to shed light on their mysterious backgrounds. Whilst with the consistently high production values through crisp sounding percussion and inventive samples across the board such as the disgustingly painful ‘sniff’ noises used in Kolombo’s release, it seems more than a combination of clever marketing and luck that secures their image. In releasing already well known producers like Brodinski, driving tech-house Popof who also has his own mini-label, Form, and current scene favourite Style of Eye, one of those on Moby’s all-star remixed release of I Love To Move In Here, Turbo have shot to popularity.

Still dominating the electronic music scene, they have kept the home of the music nerd, the forum on the Erol Alkan website (in between spending precious time guessing the identity of mystery producers on Phantasy) speculating their releases months in advance, and now have their own on the Turbo site for producer to mere mortal discussions.

As of yet unreleased Peanuts Club, Brodinski’s much anticipated effort with French producer Noob, who also recently remixed D.I.M’s Lyposuct has already been well received by crowds when played out on numerous sets across worldwide clubs. Ever dynamic, expect Turbo’s latest release No. 066 by Phonogenic to be a booming bass-filled ‘big room techno’ number, Bass Were The Days and to come, Proxy’s 8000.