Ten of the best 90’s techno tracks selected by Vil

Portuguese DJ and producer Nuno Costa, aka Vil, is renowned within the techno scene for exploring textual grounds based on inspirations from a range of genres including techno, electro and breakbeat. Kickstarting this project back in 2013, his debut EP followed a couple of years later via Portuguese label Extended Records. Shortly after, Vil was thrust into the limelight after dropping a stunning record on Lewis Fautzi’s Faut Section – an imprint focussing on techno and experimentations in electronic music.

In 2018, Vil teamed up with other Portuguese artists to create Hayes, a collective focussed on showcasing the distinct output of its artists through vinyl and digital releases. With some outstanding techno records already released, the group continue to make a huge amount of noise as they seek to embrace experimentation as a driving force for an artistic output devoid of prejudice, promoting art as a fundamental element of cultural incorporation and critical thought.

For his latest venture, Vil teamed up with rising star CRAVO as they unleashed a formidable, groove-ridden EP via esteemed label Klockworks. Best described as fusing funky techno with soulful vocals, the pair take influence from the 80s and 00s as they provide some of the deadliest grooves primed for summer motives. Listen to and purchase the record here.

Marco Carola & Adam Beyer – Zenit 004

“Carola and Beyer are one of my biggest inspirations from the late 90’s. For me they are one of the techno blueprints.”

Ian Pooley – Calipso EP

“This EP is one of a few which made my music go funkier.”

DJ Shufflemaster – Weekender EP

Shufflemaster is the Japanese Don, can’t get enough of his grooves.

Querida – Racket EP

“Hidden gem from the late 90’s. Fantastic rhythm and vocal work on this one.

Mhonolink  – Escalate EP

My favourite producer from the late 90’s, period!”

Percy X ‎– User Friendly EP

“Proper tribal grooves, rhythm and focus.”

Vice – Asylum Seekers EP   

“Jay Denham serving it up raw with “Asylum Seekers”.

Aubrey – Eternal Words EP

“I fell in love with Aubrey, especially with the Stressed Squares track. Funky tribal groove all over.

G Flame & Mr G – Da Soul EP

Two masters making the best Techno and house mix ever.

Diskordia vs. John Thomas – 9 Lives Cat EP

“John Thomas, French techno big boss being remixed by the Dutch Crew, Diskordia. I Love the drive and soul in it.”

Bandulo – New Foundation

The best mix between Techno and Jamaican Dub. Probably one of the best EP ever made.”

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