Times have certainly changed. These days a cleverly conceived event with an ultra-chic line-up, stacked full of the coolest names of the “underground” universe, is just as likely to spring up at the arse-end of Timbuktu as on the streets of Shoreditch, so it's no surprise the next destination on adventurous dance addicts' wishlist is Peru – a land more associated with its Inca ruins, lush rain forestry and elaborately patterned rugs than its stock of decent dance music festivals.
Ahead of Return to the Future's 1st Birthday in London on January 25th, we have an exclusive guest mix from Italian DJ Silvie Loto.
The Tenax resident has been making big waves in the last few months under the expert tutelage of techno giant Marco Carola.
Her exclusive mix for DJ Mag is a low-slung minimalist adventure that belies the young Italian's years.
Loco Dice 'Seeing Through Shadows' (m_nus)
In the mid-noughties, techno was at a crossroads. Sidelined by the glamour of electroclash, the booming bass riddims of breakbeat, drum & bass and the nascent dubstep scene, and house music’s enduring funk-tionality, techno had travelled into a cultural cul-de-sac. Increasingly made up of abrasive panel-beating tracks, it was basically too banging — and too blokey.