2011 is shaping up to be a landmark year for experimental techno. January opened with Sandwell District’s “Feed forward” which was a masterful blend of crystalline minimalism and hopeless, shadowy moods. February saw Italian Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy release “Wordplay for working bees” on his own Stroboscopic Artefcats imprint, probably the most “in” techno label now and subject to a showcase at this year’s Sónar. Perhaps less techno and more IDM than Sandwell District, Lucy’s album nonetheless reinforced the dancefloor side of the label while demonstrating Mortellaro’s extensive skills at blending political messages with ambient industrial sounds. More recently in March, Tommy Four Seven released his debut album “Primate” on Chris Liebing’s CLR imprint. Rugged, dirty and fascinatingly mixed almost without high hats.Tommy Four Seven has also been busy making a number of promotional videos for the album release, including the most recent "G" as well as the two earlier singles "Armed 3" and "Track 5". The crossover between CLR and Stroboscopic Artefacts has also been productive with several remixes recently released or upcoming.