North American techno imprint Heist Mode packs a punch with 15 energetic tunes on the second volume of their self-titled compilation series.
Techno is a genre that has only continued to thrive in the vast electronic music scene. While the melodic side of the spectrum has made its way into the hearts and minds of many new listeners over the course of the past few years, the peak hour, fast-paced energy has also begun to take hold of souls as well. As techno lovers in North America continue to immerse themselves in the rave-ready sound, new labels have begun to pop up as well – one of which is Heist Mode.
Fearlessly led by Toronto-based techno talent Barbosa, Heist Mode set off on a mission of sparking a fire in the minds (and feet) of those who love the underground sound. Last year saw the imprint release their debut, self-titled compilation that was teeming with talented artists who brought a heart helping of in-your-face, aggressive sounds, and now they’ve returned for another round. Out now across all platforms, Heist Mode Vol. 2 features 15 fresh heaters to invigorate every ounce of your being whether in a darkened warehouse or just dancing at home.
Kicking off the compilation is Barbosa with his stunner dubbed “Samsara.” As screams swirl in the ears, the beat kicks into full gear before picking up the pace to extreme levels. The frantic nature of this one might strike fear into your heart when you first hear it, but soon after you’ll find yourself hypnotized by this mental tune. Chris Waldt arrives next with “Electromagnetic” and its robotic vocals and booming beat guiding the way to a state of rave bliss, before Drakk’s “BLOODSTREAM” delivers another heavy punch to the gut. You’ll either be frightened or delighted when you realize that you’re only three tracks into this compilation.
Whether you’ve been nice or naughty this year, Declan James is serving up some “Corrective Punishment” with his latest tune. This one thuds along with spacey blips and synths dominating the soundscape that he set off to create – it’s a marvelous tune that stood tall among others on the compilation. If you want to go harder, though, then there’s no doubt that EMILIANA’s “Existential Void,” jiimi’s “Queers Walking With Jesus,” and Anastasia Gromova’s “Keep Your Distance” will satiate your cravings.
Others such as JM2.0’s “Overgrowth,” forsetî’s “Witness, & Raise Hell,” and FÜÜLROD’s “Regenerator” also stuck out as ones that were special in this tracklisting. Each one offers up unique elements and power forward into the darkness, which is exactly what you want from a heavy techno heater so you can warm up during the winter chill.
Check out all the tracks on Heist Mode Vol. 2 by listening to it on Spotify or your preferred platform, and stay tuned for more to come from this rising techno imprint!
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Heist Mode Vol. 2 – Tracklist:
- Barbosa – Samsara
- Chris Waldt – Electromagnetic
- DRAKK – BLOODSTREAM
- Declan James – Corrective Punishment
- EMILIANA – Existential Void
- jiimi – Queers Walking With Jesus
- Anastasia Gromova – Keep Your Distance
- JM2.0 – Overgrowth
- Stashole – Mind Drift
- Agressør – Vergessen
- forsetî – Witness, and Raise Hell
- Overture – Synthetic Rhythm
- Zuzana Hakl – Fractured
- FÜÜLROD – Regenerator
- Chris Rubbra – 1996