I got an interesting e-mail from Beatport today. Not exactly a chart, Bp proclaims Magda the "undisputed queen" of minimal techno (hey, I'm not arguing this), and attached a list of nine tracks which she feels provide a strong definite to the question: What is minimal techno?
1. DBX/Daniel Bell - Beat Phreak
2. Plastikman - Plasticity
3. Bruno Pronsato - Open Your Eyes
4. Eight Miles High / Roman Fluegel - In This Place
5. Basic Channel - Phylyps Track II/II*
6. JPLS - Combination 03
7. Studio 1 - Gold
8. Farben - Live At the Sahara Tahoe
9. Jens Zimmermann - C30*
*such a goddamn good song
I don't disagree with Magda's list. These are all classics and at least half of those mentioned are of legendary status now that minimal techno grows and grows in popularity. One artist worth mentioning here is Ben Klock. Lately, Boston's Make It New and NYC's Bunker have had some incredible guests over the last few months, but Ben Klock - whose recent album, One, has been released on Ostgut Ton - has me most excited. This Friday he'll be joined by an incredible lineup in Brooklyn for the April installment of Bunker. Below is the first track from his new album, which you can purchase here. If you've got good headphones, this will be a moment of pride for spending that large chunk of money.
Audible: Ben Klock - "Coney Island"
MySpace: Ben Klock