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Teknofonic Recordings, a new label started by New York producer Adam Reifsteck, is getting a jump on the retrospective with its first-year compilation album, Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1. Reifsteck (Sonic Fear) started the label in 2015, and it’s already known as a destination label for all things EDM. The album is as diverse as the label, featuring 20 artists and their unique takes on dubstep, trance, deep house and experteknofonicimental electronica.

Despite the label being decidedly EDM, Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 is an album with some surprising formats. Sonic Fear’s own “I’ll Be Your World (feat. Veela), ” switches between minimal dubstep, rave-style buildup samples and deep house beats. This odd combination creates a track which is almost experimental in nature. Other tracks on this album offer surprises in the form of throwback beats. “Acid Dayz” by Trigger is a classic acid breaks rave track, hearkening back to the mid-90s for inspiration. “Below the Surface” by Upper Regions, similarly, would fit into the sunrise set at any 90s rave.

Despite these surprise formats and many experimental tracks, there are still plenty of characteristically modern EDM songs like “M!nts” by LFO. “Obama Goes to Cuba” by Derrick Anthony also typifies the big room tracks of today, with big bass breaks and a very modern arrangement.

With his first year and Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1,  Reifsteck and his compatriots have managed to achieve a diverse synopsis of the label’s music and, indeed, a decent cross-section of rave culture’s history. Many of the songs on Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 can be downloaded for free, so check out the label’s Soundcloud page. The rest are available to stream on Soundcloud and all tracks can be purchased on Teknofonic’s website.

Written by Layla Marino

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