If you want a snapshot of where techno possibly stands in any given year, and a preview of where it’s likely headed, Drumcode’s A-Sides compilation may be worth checking out. Since 2012 it has marked the label debuts of Drumcode artists and affiliates, from Layton Giordani, Wehbba and Boxia, to Amelie Lens and ANNA. Every year, new names are unearthed, tried and true techno contributors serve up their releases, and various artists land their debut on Adam Beyer’s label.
The 2020 edition hits with 13 tracks, eight coming from label debutants. There’s Eats Everything’s ‘Organico’ and Dubfire’s offering ‘Deadbug’, both artists landing their maiden contributions to DC after long affiliations with Beyer.
With three EPs in less than two years on Truesoul, Oscar L steps up to DC, showing the breadth of his sound palette with ‘Dark Fate’. Belgians Joyhauser featured at last year’s Drumcode Festival paving the way for their track, ‘Fierceness’.
Anfisa Letyago is another first timer with her contribution, ‘Are You In’. A growing label favourite, Juliet Fox follows up ‘Was Beautiful’, her track on last year’s A-Sides, with ‘Our Fantasy’. Thomas Schumacher & Victor Ruiz link and the result is ‘Intuit’. Other highlights come from longtime Drumcode cohorts Reset Robot and Harvey McKay.
It's out 27 April 2020.