For this edition of our summer Thursdays, we welcome two Berlin techno legends, mavericks of the genre and giant pillars in the techno foundation of the German capital. For Berlin audiences, Heiko Laux hardly needs introduction. For those new to the city, Heiko is the driving force behind his legendary Kanzleramt label: although the first album wasn’t released until 1998, the label had already gathered some exceptional and progressive talent, the list of which has grown to very impressive lengths over the years. Heiko Laux’s last album “Fernweh” continued his reputation for cutting-edge techno. Alexander Kowalski is a true Tresor techno pioneer and legendary live artist who also founded his own Damage Music label in 2009, and who elegantly fuses elements from classic Detroit and historical Berlin techno. His affection for sophisticated bass lines, deep beats and challenging arrangements breathes new life into techno. He knows perfectly how to program his tracks to sound straight, deep, housy, dubby or funky – and this versatility is one of the reasons for his reputation with both ravers and underground-oriented techno nerds. It was in the early Tresor days that he got in touch with Pacou, resulting in his first releases on the Tresor label under the pseudonym DisX3. A techno producer and live performer since 1997, Alexander Kowalski has racked up an impressive volume of work including five solo albums, countless singles and remixes, for acts like Dave Gahan, Agoria, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sascha Funke or Len Faki.