Playing tracks by
Luke Hess, Common Factor, Skudge, Ben Klock, Aphrohead and more.
Contrary to popular belief, America’s Midwestern dance music scene is much more than Detroit and Chicago. Two of its most vital contemporary talents, Silent Servant and DVS1, reside in Minneapolis, a city with a modest but quite vibrant techno community not beholden to any specific traditions or influences. Juan Mendez got his start under the guise of Jasper with steely, abstract techno sounds for his labels Cytrax and Delay. He reemerged again in 2006 as Silent Servant, a member of the shadowy Sandwell District collective which hosted many of the forceful, dub-damaged tracks that rebuilt his devoted following. Mendez is friends/neighbors with Zak Khutoretsky, an old techno hand who recently found acclaim under the moniker DVS1. His oily, classically-influenced techno tracks have since garnered the attention of Transmat Records and hordes of followers on both sides of the Atlantic. They have teamed up to create a truly unique and pulse-quickening techno mix for LWE’s 63rd podcast