Bingoshakerz has announced Underground Minimal, a sample pack featuring a collection of 500+ MB of dark, atmospheric and tech-driven production elements by Dubman F. From low-end sub bass, groovy drum loops and glitched percussion tech-workouts to dark, atmospheric pads, Detroit inspired chords, raw arpeggio grooves & synth hooks. Armed with the latest energetic minimal techno […]
Sample Magic has launched Deep Melodic Tech-House, a new White Label series sample pack featuring deep drums, pumping percussion and authentic analogue sounds. SM White Label returns with Deep Melodic Tech-House, a 450+MB collection of deep drum loops, pumping basslines, melodic analogue progressions, expertly processed percussion and detailed FX tools that combine the best of […]
Dabro Music has launched Industrial Habitat, a sample pack that is designed to perfectly suit computer game development, trailer production as well as creating a unique atmosphere for any music genre. Techno-aficionados will find lots of building blocks for their compositions, Drum and Bass lovers will find new inspiration source in evil Bass and Drum […]
Loopmasters has released Organic Elements 2, Black Octopus Sound’s follow up to one of its most successful sample packs for producers of deep house, techno, progressive, tech house, minimal, and other genres that look for a more mature organic sound. Weighing in at 2.2 GB there is no shortage of content in this pack; from […]
Loopmasters has announced the release of Robbie Rivera presents Tribal House, a new sample library featuring a collection tribal sounds from an established heavyweight. One of the first to popularize the tough, sexy tribal house sound, Robbie Rivera is an industry legend who remains at the top of his game. Rivera has collaborated and remixed […]
UNDRGRND Sounds has released Techno Machine, a new sample pack featuring 890MB of loops, samples, drum kits and sampler patches by Julian Laping. We delve deep into the heart of techno via pummelling grooves, dungeon acid and lean-mean machine rhythms! Dark, hypnotic and driving sounds for dusky, dangerous dance music. Crafted by scene veteran Julian […]
Datacode has announced it has launched its new website and to celebrate you can get a 50% discount on all FOCUS series sample packs for a limited time. Datacode Records is celebrating the launch of their new website and are offering everyone a huge 50% Off of their top selling “FOCUS” series! (excludes bundle packs) […]
Artisan Audio has released a second volume of Dub Techno, a sample pack that sees a return to the deep, reverb and delay invested world of the dark, dark dub. The oozing, bubbling undercurrent of the techno world. Smoke filled dancefloors of dimly lit clubs give the perfect backdrop for one of underground dance music’s […]
Sample Magic has launched Warehouse Tech, a new White Label series sample pack featuring a collection of chugging techno beats and dark melodics. Brooding beats, industrial atmospheres, and dark basslines. A carefully crafted collection of dubby FX, synthetic bass and synth stabs, ambient percussion, and hypnotic arpeggios. Warehouse Tech is 450MB+ packed with inspiration in […]
If Millennial electronic music had a poster child, tchntx would be it. Self-released techno meets Uber meets social media and … oh God we’re all doomed.
“Techno Taxi” (once you add those vowels back) is the personal diary of “akaysha” (as per her Snapchat ID, anyway). If the accent didn’t clue you in, one map puts her rides outside Melbourne, somewhere around Geelong, Victoria. I have no idea how I even found this account*, but I was suddenly mesmerized. Instagramming the saga of techno “bangers” melded with failed Tinder drama, all behind the wheel of an Uber between calls, the account would probably be repulsive if it were a gimmick. But it’s not. It’s totally honest and unedited, which somehow makes the results appealing.
It’s the social media apocalypse, and it’s everything you thought it was. And it’s somehow … funny? Like if Sex in the City were documentary, not fantasy, and if it were written twenty years later, like … now.
You can just needle drop and get pure gold. This is the latest post as I write it, which features the polyamorous doctor ex nicknamed “Scrubs.” (Like I said, eat your heart out, Carrie Bradshaw.)
It goes on like this, in a Tinder soap opera that takes place offscreen, trapped cinéma vérité-style behind the wheel of an Uber car, in the moments of life stolen by algorithms and the disruptive power of Silicon Valley’s taxi replacement.
That is, I find this poetic because I can relate. Anyone making music at this point may find themselves vying for the social media spotlight just to avoid invisibility – and from those Uber calls to SoundCloud plays, the Algorithm has us. Behind the gloss of social media success, I talk to an alarming number of techno producers who find themselves spending way too much time maintaining accounts as they pretend their careers are going better than they actually are. (I’m not being dramatic here, either – I’m super totally cereal.)
Techno Taxi just makes this self-referential and self-aware. But adding to the self-referential tragedy, then the result is kind of … an empty diversion. It’s a gimmick, but it isn’t working. (And so it tells this story even better in the process.)
On Instagram, you get the usual response and … the odd stalker response.
On SoundCloud, there are a few dozen followers. Somehow, she got into a collective, but… it seems the gig is still Uber. (Sound familiar?)
The tracks are fun, though – quirky and raw a bit like the videos. Perfect track names, oddly compelling production. “Beware” – awesome. (The mixes are dark, IDM-ish, relaxed apocalyptic lullabies, music to drive algorithmically-summoned cars to.)
I might ruin this and have it blow up, but for the record, as I’m writing this, no other press seem to have noticed.
I already had a food delivery guy give me a SoundCloud link. I’ve certainly randomly given out my own music. Maybe that’s enough. This thank-you note is nice, and I’d be happy to hitch a ride with a producer.
I can’t decide if this is a harbinger of our future, or if someday we’ll look back at Instagram, Uber, SoundCloud, and this entire piece in the way we look back on AOL, MySpace, and Napster – ancient history from the Bronze Age, less enlightened times.
Jeez, now I’m a little scared of winding up in an Instagram post. (Sorry, don’t take this meandering editorial too seriously! Hey, CDM bump, maybe?)
But kudos to the Techno Taxi for actually just saying what’s going on. If we’re going to survive social media at all, a little honesty might be necessary – or at least might let us entertain one another when we’re bored.
*Update: answer to this is, well, Melbourne circles / social circles / friends in common. Facebook uses your social graph on Instagram, so because I know people who know her, she showed up on Instagram somehow. See also her “ok sure whatever” project, which does have more likes behind it, plus the coveted “verified” status (which I couldn’t get – don’t you know who I am, Facebook?!):
And in fact meanwhile, she’s got a load of accolades to her name, as a DJ and remix producer. Plus a team of people did “SEO” for that site. And… yeah, okay, well, now techno taxi it is. More unintentional poetry from that site: “Add Ok Sure to your Spotify Playlist now pitched by PlayList Pump on behalf of Upside Music.”
I feel like I wouldn’t hire those people for some reason. But her music’s cool.
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