KEPLER-16B’s previous track Civilization II became fairly popular in the socal media channels among low-fi tronica fans, now it is time for som even more minimalist tunes as we embark on a journey on their latest track called Infinte loops. Minimal techno is a minimalist subgenre of techno.It is characterized by a stripped-down aesthetic that exploits the use of repetition and understated development. Minimal techno is thought to have been originally developed in the early 1990s by Detroit-based producers Robert Hood and Daniel Bell. By the early 2000s the term ‘minimal’ generally described a style of techno that was popularised in Germany by labels such as Kompakt, Perlon, and Richie Hawtin’s M-nus, among others.
KEPLER-16B follows the tradiiton in minimal techno. The sound that emerged at this time has been defined by Robert Hood as “a basic stripped down, raw sound. Just drums, basslines and funky grooves and only what’s essential.
Only what is essential to make people move. As he ones stated “I started to look at it as a science, the art of making people move their butts, speaking to their heart, mind and soul. It’s a heart-felt rhythmic techno sound.” Daniel Bell has commented that he had a dislike for minimalism in the artistic sense of the word, finding it too “arty”
In recent years, the genre has been heavily influenced by the microhouse genre, to the point of merging with it. It has also fragmented into a great number of difficult to categorize subgenres, equally claimed by the minimal techno and microhouse tags.
Minimal techno has found mainstream club popularity since 2004 in such places as Germany, Japan, France, Belgium, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Italy, Ireland and the UK, with DJs from a wide variety of genres incorporating differing elements of its tones. The famed after-hours club DC10 in Ibiza is one exponent of the genre.
Record labels specializing in minimal techno are Traum Schallplatten, BPitch Control, Cocoon Recordings, Kompakt, Perlon, Clink, Plus8, and Sähkö Recordings, among others.