After climbing quickly to the #1 spot on Beatport’s techno charts in just a few short days, it’s clear that Uto Karem has another dancefloor classic on his hands with his latest release, “Taking Me,” out on his own label, Agile Recordings. A typically vigorous offering from the Italian producer, “Taking Me” is an intricate blend of contemporary techno that pulls in disco-infused references to provide its intense, chugging energy—a dynamic progression of effervescent low-ends that swell and lull before climaxing into driven, pulsating beats that just don’t quit.

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Karem’s addictive soundscapes are cut through with fragmented, looped vocals that render the track almost hypnotic—a uniquely powerful quality for a big-room techno sound like this one. A distinctly techno twist on a classic funk bassline, “Taking Me” is at once purposeful and, for lack of a better word, groovy, effortlessly living up to its #1 ranking.