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u96 newlifeU96 release programmatic single ‘New Life’ to mark their 30th anniversary. The first Techno album ever was released almost 30 years ago: ‘Das Boot’ by U96. In the time before, the Techno DJs and producer teams primarily limited themselves to the publication of current tracks and remixes on the 12” vinyl format. As the name suggests, the foundation for this album was the first notable chart success of Techno culture: ‘Das Boot’ by U96 not only made the Techno genre socially acceptable beyond the scene, but also reached top positions in the charts worldwide. In Germany alone, the maxi single stayed in first place for months and sold more than 1,000,000 copies. U96 was the commercial forerunner of the Techno movement. At that time, it was still an underground, young scene, which advanced to an international movement with the ‘Mayday’ and then the ‘Loveparade’ in the 90s.

Various U96 hits followed, such as ‘Heaven’, ‘Club Bizarre’, ‘Love Religion’ and ‘Love sees No Colour’, which still enjoy cult status today. On Spotify alone, U96 has nearly half a million monthly listeners. At the end of the 90s, the four-man producer team (MATIZ) went their separate ways. While Alex Christensen advances his career as a successful classical crossover producer, Hayo Lewerenz and Ingo Hauss continue to focus on their greatest love: electronic music and the further development of the U96 story. ‘New Life’ is the first track from the forthcoming album ‘20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer’ to be released via Motor Entertainment. Not a Techno banger, but an elegant, classic electronic track that celebrates the new day, the new life. U96 has never been so relaxing.

Watch the ‘New Life’ vide:


But this is just the beginning: Together with the cult actor Claude-Oliver Rudolph (James Bond etc.), U96 developed a visually and acoustically powerful show for the Planetarium Hamburg on the occasion of the 30th anniversary, which has been running there since March as the most successful, regular performance (4 times a week) and in this year at various full dome trade fairs for international evaluation. The inspiration for the show in the planetarium was provided by Jules Verne’s classic ‘20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer’. Some key titles from the planetarium show such as ‘New Life’, ‘Atlantis’ or ‘I, Nemo’ now also form the basis for the new U96 album ‘20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer’, which interprets the Techno genre broadly and range from modern Techno Pop songs to large soundtrack worlds.

Nobody will be disappointed here. While a best-of-hits collection is usually released for the anniversary, U96 come up with an impressive new album that not only presents an exciting new sound experience, but also has a full dome planetarium show and a completely new concert experience in its luggage. Inspired by the experiences with the full dome experts / programmers in Hamburg, the concert experience from October will bring a mixture of virtual underwater worlds passing by on LEDs, actors (including Claude-Oliver Rudolph) and live music to the concert halls. Perhaps the first live crossover: we call it: 20.000 Meilen unter dem Meer - The Fantasy Musical; it will always be a new, breath-taking experience.

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