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DARK CHANELL is Laidback Luke’s alter ego.

The darker side to the bright Laidback Luke side. Few know that Laidback Luke’s first international successes were as a Techno DJ. Signed to Billy Nasty’s agency and playing as a resident for Awakenings and regular sets at e.g. Tresor, The End and The Fuse he was one of the key players in the Techno scene at the time. With DARK CHANNEL and this No.2 EP, Luke is going back to his original roots and taking us back with him to more minimal sounds of that era brought into the now.

Today, he joins the NUDE Techno podcast, with an hour of Techno. Listen to it below on SoundCloud & Mixcloud. If you are feeling this series, then please consider supporting it on Mixcloud Select.Today, he joins the NUDE Techno podcast, with an hour of Techno. Listen to it below on SoundCloud & Mixcloud. If you are feeling this series, then please consider supporting it on Mixcloud Select.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
This podcast is a sum up of what the DARK CHANELL sounds stands for. It’s the sound that I used to play out at the end of the 90s. Funky, tribal, hard and abstract. Sorry, I guess it’s more than 10 words! ; )

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
My favourite track on it, DARK CHANELL tracks aside, is Renato Cohen – Pontape
(Planetary Assault Systems Remix). What an absolute gem! It works for my DARK CHANELLsound and dance floor but how the elements are in there, is very unconventional. While still staying effective, tribal and abstract!

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
The special ingredient is the little flashbacks and feels to the end of the 90s with tracks like Dave Clarke – The Wolf and Joey Beltram’s – Curb. There’s a bunch of tracks still around with that feel and I’m happy to be mixing current tracks in between those tracks. The mixing style is alsovery much 90s inspired with a lot of trickery in there.

Tell us about your next EP?
My next EP is an ode to the epic clubs that made the scene at the end of the 90s. I myself had my debut as a Techno DJ at Awakenings, Amsterdam. I remember playing at The End in London. Never been to Tresor or The Fuse but those clubs were a big influence on my sound back then. So every track of the EP is named after a venue, as a tribute!

What have you got coming up?
I’ll keep on enjoying making relentless Techno. I’ve enjoyed doing this mix as well. I’m happy I can keep on pushing this funky, tribal and abstract sound in the modern-day Techno sound.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Please keep an eye out on DARK CHANELL, I’m not planning on stopping this project any timesoon. Techno is timeless!


The Fuse, Brussels – DARK CHANELL
Desire – AMP Techno
Outspread – Axel Karakasis
Stellar Variation (Gene Richards Jr Hardjack Remix) – Hybrasil
Dance (Gene Richards Jr ‘Detroit Cut’) Confidential – Recipe
Joey Beltram – Curb
Impact – Drunken Kong
The Wolf (Original Mix) – Dave Clarke
Pontape (Planetary Assault Systems Remix) – Renato Cohen
Newoldgen (Marcal Remix) – Coyu
Anasthasia (Truncate’s Tribal Tool) – T99
First Phase – Truncate
Gravity – Harvey McKay
Focal – Roman Poncet
Chainsaw – Troy
Awakenings, Amsterdam – DARK CHANELL
Somebody To Love (DARK CHANELL EDIT) – Basstrologe
Recreate (Slam Rework) – Hertz

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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