Techno legend and frequent Tresor guest Adam X dates back to 1990 in New York City, where he teamed up with his brother Frankie Bones in running the first all-techno record shop in America ‘Groove Records (later named Sonic Groove Records)’ with DJ Heather Heart joining ownership shortly after. Now one of the longest techno labels running, Sonic Groove refuses to push the sounds of the past, instead preferring to define the sound of the future. Known in contemporary times globally for his pioneering working in crossing the parallel of techno and industrial music, Adam X is also behind the production of the well known deep sci-fi techno project “Traversable Wormhole” on CLR. Nurtured by a wide variety of influences, Robert Leiner has never confined himself to a single genre. The Source Experience comes as the tech/trance emanation of the aspiration, as the eponymously titled double 12-inch which appeared late 1993 illustrated so well. Various reviewers hailed it as Robert’s finest work, with Record Mirror using the phrase pure unbridled techno-magic and Echoes discovering the long-lost singing robo-penis (!?) rearing in the breakdown of the track Elektra. Later Robert released Different Journeys and the single Point Zero under the Source Experience moniker, they contained the ultimate in sensurround techno. As both creator and DJ, Robert Leiner gives breathtaking visions of a far higher and different level than just the norm. His commitment to exposing us all to stimulating and challenging music marks Robert Leiner as a major figure in modern music. MÆDON’s debut EP, Against His Will, is out now on Sonic Groove Records. You may not know MÆDON, the artist formerly known as pulsewidthmod, but you will soon; she has been pulverizing select dance floors with live sets since her arrival in Brooklyn late summer of 2018. Shrouded in mystery, there is one thing known about her, she’s a wizard with the hardware-driven by some fierce passion for the music. As one of the hinges of the 90’s rave generation, Italian DJ and Sonic Groove artist Max Durante’s sound and his presence have been fundamental for the early Italian Techno scene. Well respected as a DJ, thanks to his great mixing abilities, as well as a producer for his precious creativity in his recording productions, Max Durante is a true innovator of dark, industrial techno. In Globus: returning artist Nastia is a DJ from Ukraine, who began DJing around 2005 and eventually started a weekly radio show called ‘Propaganda’, which is also the name her new label, launched recently in 2013. Now she barely finds spare time while touring the world. In 2011 her first release was a collaboration with Sasha (Alexander Pavlenko / Sunchase) named ‘He & She’ on the label Musik Gewinnt Freunde. Until today it’s their only release, because both remain very busy. Since 2010 Nastia has been a resident DJ at Arma17. Maayan Nidam, an artist in flux, continues to change, evolve and challenge boundaries both in her Berlin studio and on stage. She has built a reputation as a fine DJ and producer who favours a subtle approach towards mesmeric moments. Maayan’s DJ sets, predominantly based in stripped-back, deep sounds, utilize an intriguing vinyl collection, using obscure interludes for re-contextualization. With a flexibility evolving range of hardware, Maayan Nidam re-creates the spontaneous frame of her productions, delving deep into the possibilities of live dubbing and improvisation, keeping the performance exciting for both the crowd and Maayan herself. Ruben Üvez aka Konduku is a DJ and producer based in Amsterdam. His album, released by acclaimed Dutch label Nous’klaer in the spring of 2018, not only announced Üvez as a major musical talent, but also delivered a percussive and atmospheric distillation of the newcomer’s artistic influences. His style is percussive and high energy, offering a blend of “quick mixes” – long the dominant DJ style in British bass music – and long, drawn-out and layered blends that ratchet up the hypnotism and create alluring new hybrids. Alongside Konduku’s British influences, you’ll also hear intoxicating dub techno, mid-2000s Italian techno, locked-in Eastern European minimalism and classic, turn-of-the-century tech-house, when the expression of Detroit’s futurist influence was at its height.