■ ROBERT HOOD ■ Robert Hood’s influence on the modern electronic landscape cannot be overstated: the Detroit Artist’s “Minimal Nation” and “Internal Empire” gave minimal techno its name and its earliest masterpieces. His driving, white-knuckle arrangements remain in a league of their own, his sly touch bringing the most distilled loops to life. Hood’s label M-Plant has released the lion’s share of his work since the early 1990’s, with a handful of exclusive guests. Meanwhile, as Floorplan, he’s released some of the most euphoric spiritual electronic music pressed to wax.
■ AURORA HALAL ■ Aurora Halal has one of the most impressive bios amongst her peers in NY: founder of the acclaimed Sustain-Release festival and Mutual Dreaming party series, regular at Berghain and resident at Nowadays and a skilled producer and live act as well as an acclaimed DJ. She brings a dark sorcery to her performances; psychedelic and evocative, she’s become a favorite in NY and internationally for her powerful yet sensual sets.
■ FADEFACE ■ New York’s FadeFace, aka Otavio Lemos, is one of the city’s most exciting new techno producers, also running his own record label Lemos. His bristling modular workouts for Lemos show a highly developed voice: spacious, focused and devoid of filler, his productions and DJ sets display an unwavering focus on techno at its most distilled.