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Its been of interest to me for a while now on how the sound of today will shape the future.

Whilst the doubters are all announcing the death of this, that and the other, the pioneers are always searching for that new sound to incorporate, new way to push - or force - boundaries. We need the unorthodox rebels to propell us into orbit with their fresh ideas. The diehards have been trying for years to create the perfect sound, find that amazing beat or bass. Throwing in as much power and innovation as possible, the diehards never conform to the "rules". There are no rules here, just new ideas thrown into a mixing desk and churned out to create those crossover tracks. Sometimes it works. For those other times that it doesn't work, the drive is still there for all to see.

We've all seen sub genres chug along nicely without creating a mass of interest. They just seem to slot in nicely without every really banging on the door.�..then along came Tech Electro.

Influenced by Electro Funk, ELECTRO TECHNO is currently blurring the lines between, techno, funk, house and would you believe it ... the hard dance scene is taking note!
The whole electro scene began to rise in the early nineties and had relative success. It seems to have sat there for a while with a healthy but smallish following, but in 2005 it emerged again. This time it has a plan; out with the robot funk and in stepped the cool kids.

Electro is a house influenced genre that can be turned on its head to easily filter through the harder community. Squelchy beats, heavy synths and funkier than the grooviest house tracks, this genre is about to explode on the hard scene.

As techno was influenced in part by electro, the musical marriage of these two was always going to work. Techno brings the initial power and electro adds a funky spin to the arrangement. The best harder tech electro uses the lower end of the keynote spectrum with elongated notes and twisted synths, thicker sounds and throbbing bass. Seemingly it has the ability to pin you to the dance floor where you get lost in heavy mysteries and bleepy dreams.

Many clubs now have an electro room. The music is selling and the promoters are catching on fast. Electro is up in lights and boy don't we know it!

Electro tinged house has made me respond more to a scene that I was moving away from. The funky house scene wasn't doing anything for me anymore. I frequented House nights less as I was looking for something more exciting. I wanted something that would blow my mind. The filthy attitude of tech electro has made me rethink. While waiting for Eddie Halliwell to come on, after a recent trip to judgement Sundays @ Eden in Ibiza ,I was surprised to find myself going mental (along with the rest of the club) to Judge Jules, a dj who I was never really into. I was never crazy about the music he played a few years back but the stuff he's playing now is an awesome blend of techno/house and trance. I was up on on my feet through his whole set.

Tracks like "Plump DJs" - Electro Disco are tearing up dance floors and waving the electro stick at the house scene. Whereas tougher showings from producers such as Laid Back Luke, Cirez D, Sebastian Ledger and Steve Angello are teasing examples of what impact the genre is having on techno. It's now driving, knarly, twisted industrial filth, with an underlying buzz and its making an impact.

Marco V is a leading producer helping to define the harder sound. His thunderdub remix of "False Light" and monster track "Red, Blue, Purple" turned heads his way. I've heard (and played) both tracks at electro and hard dance nights and truly cannot decide which one the crowd responded more - they tore the roof off at both.

My one fear would be the way commercial bigwigs have grabbed at the chance to capitalize on the success of the underground scene. They are all for announcing the top ten hits, but the hits are all but "electro". It's just varnished with the glaze of electro to make it seem cool. I am only comforted, by the fact that whenever a dance genre becomes popular , purists will hold it to their hearts dearly, protect it from the money spinning dark corners of the corporate machine and say "hands off its good music, dont rinse it dry!!". The commercial industry has already dipped its toe, but I hope it gets bored soon.

I developed a taste for house and trance when I was really young. As I grew older, gradually DJs like Alister Whitehead, Tall Paul, Seb Fontaine, Tony Price, Sister Bliss and Faithless began to be replaced by techno and harder styles. One genre which did not do major damage to my speakers when I crossed its path though, was early hard house.

When it first emerged I was impressed by the trade DJs namely EJ Doubell and Tony De Vit. However, no other DJs in the scene were really rocking my socks, why? Because primarily it was bounce. My ears took note around 1999 - 2000 when Nick Sentinence's earlier works emerged. Tracks like 'Techno-State' made me realize how much of an impact they were having on me. Haunting vocals, trippy sounds and dark throbbing basslines arose. Around this time I heard of a DJ called Anne Savage. She became one of the leading ladies playing with a more techy edge - she's also one of the reasons I got to know and love hard dance. The Tonka toy basslines and beat structures began to be taken to pieces by intelligent programming from top notch producers. Then and only then did it become of interest. Soon, it crept up on me and has become the music I consider to be a huge part of who I am.

This brings me onto BK, aka Ben Keen, former Nukleuz king pin,a firm favourite of mine and countless others. Some would say Ben was a front runner and responsible for folding the techno element in to a hardhouse culture. Reliant and well fed on bounce, he so easily helped changed the face of the genre, and is at it again with electro-techno. One of his recent productions "Systematic", has bleepy synths and harsh bass mashed together on top of vocoder vocals to create this driving energy injected track. He has convinced me that he will be one of the main elements in the drive to keep the hard dance scene flowing at a time when it is getting all confused with itself. While others are reliant on the same elements, this guy is raising the bar at every opportunity, which is a good thing because when he talks, DJs and clubbers listen.

Hopefully hard dance is now evolving the right way. Some producers are cleverly incoporating these sounds and not reverting back to hoovers and horns. It is slowly but surely making its mark on the world and will continue to do so if it doesnt get stuck in the past. I'll be exstatic if a hand full of hard dance producers steer the genre into a gleeful blend of techno-electro-hard dance while still keeping the fundementals - the power and drive. After scouring record sites and shops over the last year or so, it's becoming increasingly taxing listening to the same old hoovers.

Bring on the revolution.
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