UK-born, Berlin-based producer BEC is fast becoming one of techno’s biggest rising talents. Having already released on Drumcode, Second State and Intec, 2020 looks set to be another big year, with releases lined up on Filth On Acid, Kneaded Pains, as well as a debut release on her own label, BEC. Today, BEC shares her top 5 influential tracks of the moment.
BEC is a relentless techno talent who has got to the top in a very short space of time. She was headhunted by Pan-Pot for their influential Second State label from her first release, then snapped up by Carl Cox’s Intec and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode. Not only has she put out her music on those labels, but has also played with them as a tour member at showcases everywhere from Burning Man to Tobacco Dock and Warehouse Project. Add in solo tours of North and South America, Asia, India and Europe and much talked about sets at Fabrik Madrid, Watergate Berlin and Sunwaves Romania, and you have one of techno’s brightest contemporary stars.
Read our previous interview with BEC here.
As a self-confessed “studio geek” with a dizzying array of skills and knowledge, BEC has worked with industry giants Roland and Novation doing demos and product videos. This means she very much has her own trademark sound: her tracks are perfectly weighted, well swung and built on high-pressure drums. Add in the spirit of where she resides, Berlin, plus powerful, all-consuming bass and you have the key ingredients that make her music stand out. It is those same qualities that will define her brand new label BEC. Reserved purely for her own creative output, it will be the unrestrained sound of this innovative artist in all her majestic uncompromising glory.
In 2020, BEC will also debut at Awakenings as well as playing the beloved Piknic Electronik Melbourne. As such, she is set to continue as one of the genre’s most exciting talents in the next 12 months.
With so much at stake for BEC in 2020, BEC shares her top 5 influential tracks of the moment. Enjoy the playlist below.
Such a beautiful track. So emotive. It opens with a speech from the film The Brood (1979). Then breaks into some broken beats, simple but majestically produced. Phased hi-hats and huge verbed delay on drum hits, tension starts to build up again with simmering pads, then the affected dialogue from the film comes back. One that you have to listen to from the first to the last second.
This is honestly one of my all time favourite tracks ever! Usually I would hate the sound of a trumpet on a techno track but somehow Nico gets away with it so easily with this track. It takes a while to get going but once it does and all of the elements are working together it’s magical. It’s a real journey, and I can imagine that it was recorded as more of a live jam than purposefully created.
I love this whole album (The Death Of Pragmatism), it was difficult to choose a specific track. The sound design is impeccable, and super unique. Usually combined with really nice rhythmic bass, and eerie pads building tension.
Absolutely love the way this track evolves. The fast arp is broken up when the sub comes in, then it breaks totally to a super atmospheric synth. It’s a real stand still moment on the dancefloor. I’ve played this track many times, but the time has to be absolutely right! Near the end of my set, that “almost over” beautiful track.
The beats are insane. I love the random snare rolls, unpredictable and refreshing rather than always hearing the same beats in a techno track. The haunting vocals are panned from left to right in the stereo image, and supported by tight drums and a wicked synth that creeps in towards the end of the track.