We introduce our recommendations for the Best Techno Mixes & Podcasts for 2016. We’ve spent countless hours scouring through the immense multitude of dj mixes and podcasts out there so you don’t have to.
Our list for 2016 contains 46 mixes with 56 hours : 10 minutes : 32 seconds of music.
Because this is such a large list of mixes and podcasts, we’ve split into 4 sections. And for your convenience, depending on your particular techno mood, you can navigate directly to each section here.
Don’t see your favorite techno music mixes of 2016 on the list? Leave us a comment we’d love to hear from you.
Getting Things Started: Slightly Chilled Techno
This first set of mixes are a great way to get started, which can mean a lot of things. So whether your need some sounds on your morning commute, while you’re cleaning your house, just starting a vacation or hanging out in the afternoon before a big night out, these mixes will be great companions.
We start off with another Campfire Stories mix from Canadian label Silent Season known for soothing atmospheric ambient and dub-techno inspired by deep nature. Next we move into a beautiful chill-out live acid set from TM404 and follow that up with a nice, dynamic mix from Abstract Division live at Contrete, Paris. This first set of podcasts also includes a very inventive mix from Kangding Ray and caps off with Concept of a Thrill on the every-present PoleGroup Radio podcast
Campfire Stories 15 (Pilgrimage) by Wanderwelle
TM404 live at CTM Festival, Berlin 130129
Abstract Division @ Concrete, Paris
LumberRoom podcast 005 x ALPI
MondayOff Podcast Series 014 | Michal Wolski
RA.519 Kangding Ray
Upfront 060: Kontra-Musik
PoleGroup Radio/ Concept Of Thrill
Good Vibes: Smoother Tech-House Action
For our next section of mixes this is somewhat of a first for Djfrequencies, a small grouping of mixes dedicated to the smooth sounds of Tech-House. We typically have a few mixed in throughout our favs but 2016 saw a nice chunk that definitely deserved there own space.
For me, tech-house vibes can really find their way into many situations. Beautiful sunny afternoons are always a great fit, outdoor summer festivals of course, road trips or really anytime you need a little uplifting.
We kick it off with an XLR8R Mix from Momo Trosman and follow up with a mix from my homie Adam Stolz hailing from Chicago, IL. Next is on to none other than Detroit’s own Mike Huckaby with The My Life With The Wave Show # 2 which touches on some deep-house and of course some of that Detroit soul. Next is a diverse set from Lone and some party grooves from Nicole Moudaber. To close out this section is an upbeat studio mix from Tony Kasper which most definitely falls toward the side of techno rather than house.
Momo Trosman – XLR8R Mix
Adam Stolz – Building Impressions
Mike Huckaby – The My Life With The Wave Show # 2
Solid Steel Radio Show 20/5/2016 Hour 1 – Lone
Nicole Moudaber In The MOOD – Episode 98
Tony Kasper March 2016 Studio Mix
Things Pick Up: More Upbeat Techno with a Touch of Interstellar
This is by far the largest section for 2016 and that is simply because, like most great techno, these sounds are just too hard to pin down and categorize. These mixes will find your way into just about any time of the day, night or mood you happen to be in. If you’re looking for great techno with good diversity and plenty of surprises, you’ll have much to explore here.
There are so many great sets in here I’m just going to touch on a few and let the listening do the rest. We start things off with a Boiler Room Berlin 5th birthday Dj Set from Tale of Us which is a nice soothing way to get rolling but also a nice party set to get thing moving. Ulf Eriksson follows up with a very diverse set with everything from New Wave and Electro to Ben Klock. Benjamin Damage comes correct with tribute mix as a farewell to the 50Weapons label. We have lots a representation from PoleGroup Radio with sets from: Distant Echos, Keith Carnal, Oscar Mulero and a particular menacing mix from Eastern Renaissance.
Be sure to check out the Erratic Podcast from Wrong Assessment, I’ve listened to this one countless times throughout the year. Takaaki Itoh always comes correct with slammin mixes but I typically prefer his more subtle and thoughtful sets like the one we’ve included here. The Lo Shea mix from the Solid Steel Radio Show is a great listen and the Upfront mix is a nice window into the sounds of the Blank Code label. Annie Hall puts together a great set for the Subspec Podcast and we end out the section with two powerful mixes from the Reclaim Your City podcast with Electric Indigo and The Noisemaker.
Tale Of Us Boiler Room Berlin 5th Birthday DJ Set
IS 288 – Ulf Eriksson [Kontra-Musik]
Solid Steel Radio Show 4/12/2015 Hour 2 – Benjamin Damage
PoleGroup Radio/ Distant Echoes
PoleGroup Radio/ Keith Carnal
Reclaim Your City 195 | Glós
PoleGroup Radio/ Oscar Mulero
Invite’s Choice Podcast 353 – Reggy Van Oers
Erratic Podcast 109 | Wrong Assessment
TAKAAKI ITOH – Live at Nest Utsunomiya Japan
SNTS – 455 – Electronic Explorations
Invite’s Choice Podcast 324 – Refracted
FAL:X for Midnight Shift Jan 2016
PoleGroup Radio/ Eastern Renaissance
Solid Steel Radio Show 15/1/2016 Hour 2 – Lo Shea
PoleGroup Radio/ Ryuji Takeuchi
Upfront 043: Blank Code
Subspec Podcast 003 with Annie Hall
Reclaim Your City 183 | Electric Indigo
Reclaim Your City 194 | The Noisemaker
Peak Hour: Harder Techno to Dance Your Ass Off
This final section of mixes has been withheld for the hardest techno that is meant only for dancing your ass off or when you simply need to groove out to some darker, harder techno.
We first get you prepped with a Radio Dogma mix from The Black Dog chalk full of lots of different sounds and a Run It Red podcast from Ben Sims. Next we bring an absolute amazing set from a masterful dj Kirk Degiorgio. I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing Kirk live once and that set still sticks in my mind. We see a great set from Slam with the back half of the mix really pouring on the heat. I dare you to find a more energetic set than that from Detroit’s classic masked Dj Stingray. Fast-paced mixes, lots of early Detroit electro and classic underground. We start up the harder techno with South London Ordnance and see an amazing set from Xhin. Tommy Four Seven find his way with two back to back mixes first with a Rinse FM studio mix and next with his Reclaim Your City podcast which starts out very downtempo and groovy but turns to those dark and slammin tracks. To end out our picks for best techno mixes and podcasts for 2016 we have not the straight 4 on the floor techno but the layered dark sounds of Headless Horseman on Slam Radio.
The Black Dog Radio Dogma #59
Ben Sims – Run It Red 016
PoleGroup Radio/ Kirk Degiorgio
PoleGroup Radio/ Slam
IS 279 – Dos Lokos [Erratic]
Bunker Podcast 22 – Invite
DJ STINGRAY 313 – DJ Mix for ENSAMBLE & Festival NRMAL
Solid Steel Radio Show 28/10/2016 Hour 2 – South London Ordnance
PoleGroup Radio/ Xhin
TOMMY FOUR SEVEN – RINSE FM FRANCE
Reclaim Your City 200 | Tommy Four Seven
#SlamRadio – 219 – Headless Horseman