Drumcode Records is a techno label founded in 1996 by Adam Beyer. Since then, with output from mostly Swedish producers, the label has gone on to establish itself as one of the most popular and revered names in the industry. Beyer, the Swedish legend behind Drumcode, is a successful businessman as well as a talented DJ. He runs two sister labels, Truesoul Records and Mad Eye recordings, and performs regularly around the world.
In an era when new labels are sprouting up faster than bud in Jamaica, it is reassuring to see DJs with a passionate mindset and a great example of this is Adam’s relationship with Drumcode. It’s his flagship label, he’s the father of it and he adores it. He puts in a lot of effort to keep standards high whilst being true to the original style and sound. This can be evidenced on the weekly Drumcode radio show, which Beyer hosts, and usually includes live sets from Beyer or his guests. You can listen to the show here to get a glimpse of their previous releases, preserved in its finest form since day 1:
The mindset that Beyer and his fellow and his fellow ‘accomplices’ share is simple- they are bold, brave and badass. Their events, like the recent show at the Gashoulder in Amsterdam, don’t hold back, and are known for their size and star studded line ups. They also like to book DJs such as Paul Woodford, who during a recent set at a house night in London, decided to drop in some jungle. Definitely something most DJs wouldn’t even dare to think about trying..
Their releases follow this pattern. One of the more recent ones, by Alan Fitzpatrick was The Tetra (DC 123). The release starts out with 1992, which reflects a much darker, heavier side of techno. The Tetra is more melodic. When listening, just wait for the amazing synth melodies to kick in. They’re a great example of the variety in Fitzpatrick’s approach to techno. Below is the full playlist of what he has released on Drumcode so far, including Tetra and 1992:
In previous years, the label has hosted unforgettable Halloween nights in the Great Suffolk Street Warehouse in London. This year, Drumcode have collaborated with Awakenings and London Warehouse Events to put on a massive Halloween event with a line up stellar enough for a decent techno festival at Tobacco Docks. Alongside the usual Drumcode DJs, you will also be able to enjoy the likes of Nina Kraviz, Dense & Pika, Joris Vorn, and Scuba. The event will also be the launch of our EarPeace x Drumcode product, so make sure to keep an eye out for it!
Sneak peak for the event below. Tickets for Tobacco Docks are sold out, but you can still grab some for the after party at Studio Spaces here.
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