This Week In Techno: Cosmic Boys, Jay Lumen, Faithless & Paul Van Dyk
Best New Track: Cosmic Boys - Reality
Sebastien and Gaby of Cosmic Boys are known for their unique blend of groovy techno, minimal, and electro. They typically perform live, mixing four tracks at a time and creating a sonic atmosphere that is unique to each performance. In 2018, they launched a label called Legend which has allowed them to release techno with impunity. “Reality” is a prime example of the Cosmic Boys sound. Heavy and synth-laden with a touch of funk, the vocals speak to listeners about distorted reality as a massive big room drop builds in the background.
Best New Mix: Jay Lumen Live from Fabrik Madrid - February 2022
Jay Lumen is lighting the techno world on fire. His track “Human” has held steady in the Beatport Techno top 10 for weeks, and this is nothing new for the prolific producer. With releases on major labels like Drumcode and Relief, Jay Lumen is known for his heavy techno sounds. A masterful DJ, his set at Fabrik Madrid is an example of his ability to play to any size room.
Techno Throwback: Faithless - Bring My Family Back (Paul Van Dyk Remix) 
The ever legendary Faithless has a history of classic house and techno tracks that still carry relevance decades later. When another legend in Paul Van Dyk remixes one of these tracks, it's important for any historian of the genre to listen. A crossover of techno and trance, the track carries its original vocals alongside a completely revamped acid synth line that gives the track massive pace and energy without distorting the original stems too far.