It’s a process that’s taken an eternity to carry out due to the sheer depth and breadth of quality releases in techno last year, but we’ve finally put together what we believe are the best techno tracks out of the 1200+ included in our New Techno Playlist during the year. We have divided them into two playlists of 150 tracks each with the first 30 actually being in order of preference, they being — our Best 30 Techno tracks of 2019.

Congratulations to Kalamazoo artist and producer Tyler Dancer and London’s Don’t Be Afraid Recordings for the incredibly original, organic and functional left field creation “Kármán Line” from the EP 62 Miles High released in March. It is our best techno track of 2019.

It’s a strange yet instantaneously alluring musical specimen. The sub-bass is simultaneously buoyant but earthy with drums and hats fully focused on fidelity working in their own fascinating ways to create an animated rhythm of floating precision. Disparate melodies and treated chord progressions from the recesses of an intensely creative mind are then carefully introduced with a meticulous focus on the spatial character their overlapping relationships create. It makes an unlikely fusion of hitherto unrelated musical ideas seem like they’ve been mingling in each other’s company for eternity.

The 30 techno tracks you see embedded in the list below are what we believe to be the best we’ve play-listed on Spotify. Distinctively idiosyncratic in style and flavour, each has an eminently accessible and distinctive character and all extend the creative envelope. Whether sound or dynamics driven, focused on composition or threading together the unconventional, each of these tracks is demonstrative of an artist at the top of their game. One not simply working within the realm of possibility, but standing restlessly at its precipice determined to extend it. And for that we are eternally grateful to every one of them. Enjoy

The Best 300 Techno Tracks of 2019 (1-150 – displaying Top 30 below)

This playlist is divided into two parts. Part Two (151-300) is here.

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