New York City based record label, Teknofonic Recordings was founded by American composer and producer, Adam Reifsteck, who’s also known by his studio name, Sonic Fear. Supporting forward thinking musicians producing electronic dance music that transcends genres, the label gives a great platform to emerging artists.
Teknofonic has released an album, ‘Teknofonic Essentials Vol 1’, featuring twenty tracks from artists on the label. It’s available to stream on Soundcloud.
The album is a veritable feast of electronic dance music, with no two tracks alike.
‘I’ll Be Your World’ is the first track on the album, and the first of five available as a free download. A soft, slower paced, yet nonetheless EDM track, it’s from Sonic Fear himself. With ethereal harmonies it features the beautiful voice of Canadian music producer and vocalist, Veela.
Reifsteck has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, and the Kalamazoo (MI) Community Foundation, and had his music performed by a wide range of musicians, including the Attaca Quartet, the Duquesne University Chamber Singers, Western Michigan University Chorale, and other ensembles. He’s currently working on a new clarinet quartet commissioned by the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble.
It’s a world away from ‘Novocaine’, by Daniel Monroe. The second track on the album it’s an electro tune with popping rhythms and vibrant, swelling synths, perfect for dancing to.
Tropical Bass fanatic, Monroe has performed at the Notting Hill Carnival, among other festivals. Among his many accolades, he’s produced a remix for Cher Lloyd, as well as had his music played in a mix on VICE’s official radio station, Thump. Daniel writes for Global Bass, an online Tropical Bass community, and has interviewed many renowned musicians, including Novaspace, who’s headlined at Creamfields.
Teknofonic Recordings was founded in 2015, and have an impressive roster of artists. As well as being innovative in terms of music, they also give the artists the respect they deserve, and in their own words:
At its core, the label seeks to unite adventurous listeners with the boundary-crossing creators who are not afraid to revolutionize the electronic dance music scene.
Additionally, they allow artists to release their music with the label, while at the same time allowing the artists to retain 100% of their rights; an important factor in terms of creative control.