So SLUGGERS just dropped a scary as tech-house EP just in time for Halloween. I just cruised through this bad boy and there are definitely some big tunes in it. Whether you’re partying or trick-or-treating this weekend, get your techno fix either way.
“The EP kicks off with a skull-rattling title track punctuated by persistent drums and breathy hi-hats, leading into the sinister to the droning vibes of “Doses” followed by “M1,” with it’s wailing organ sounds and catchy beat. With “SDFMIA” and “So Much Love” wrapping up the collection, Miami nightlife has never sounded so wonderfully dark.”
Upon Access was only founded this year but already it is a label with a reputation for putting out great new music. Curated by Australian producer and DJ Made in Paris, the label’s next release is from brand new singing Somersault. He is a young producer who has come a long way from working as a funk guitarist to producing music played on international festival stages and securing hits in the Beatport Top 100.
Stampede goes first and is a slick and spacious deep tech cut with a writing synth line that snakes about above smooth drums. Smeared pads add real scale to the cut and help suck you right in to the midst of the spaced out groove. Finishing it off in style are some harmonious melodies that stick long in the brain. On the flip you’ll find It’s Erotic, another sensual groove that is rooted in deep and rubbery drums. This one has more textured synths and heavenly pads all adding up to a roomy tune that will make your hairs stand on end thanks to its subtly epic intentions. Somersault is sure to have secured another hit here with another fine release. The EP is already supported from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Oliver Schories, Sossa, DJ Karotte and more. Listen below!
German based duo, Raumakustik, are gearing up to release the followup to their scorching Summer tech anthem, “Raider” on Sept. 23rd via Emerald City and it’s sure to keep the seasonal heat on lock. With remixes from Jey Kurmis and Patrick Topping, the support alone could start a four alarm fire. Today we premiere the Jey Kurmis remix for “Dem A Pree” and the result is a sweltering titan of a tech-house tune with a rumbling baseline and well placed synth stabs to keep your hands and feet moving. Keep an eye out for the full release later this month on Emerald City and enjoy the premiere below!
While Slaptop is apparently finishing up an album, the up-and-coming DJ dropped this little number on the world. “It Isn’t Mine” is an understated tech-house gem that has a super cool grooving melody and vocal sample. I can see this one soundtracking a sunset or a sunrise party, a super versatile sound. If this is any indication of whats to come of the album, I’ll be pretty keen to get my hands on it. Follow Slaptop on Soundcloud.
Several years after the commercial dance music explosion in the states, it seems as though the masses are slowly but surely continuing on their aural explorations to find new sounds and vibes to match their evolving tastes. The West coast festival culture that has spawned from Burning Man has been a catalyst for a range of dance music sub-genres, but it has been particularly crucial for Sabo‘s slower, moombahton-influenced style. “My deep, slow tribal sound was finally understood by a whole community of open minded people,” the Sol Selectas label head says about his experience playing the Robot Heart bus at that thing in the desert in 2013. It was at that moment when he knew he wanted to create what we now know as Vibe Quest, his debut album.
As a whole, Sabo’s Vibe Quest stays true to its name as it features an array of different sounds and styles, like world music, deep house, and tech-house, cohesively woven together with a common thread of tribalistic electronic music fused with an organic and spiritual touch. The most powerful music is able to transport the listener into different realms, and this album does just that. Sabo says, “My intention with this record is to manifest moments of positive feelings on the dance floor,” and he is surely well on his way to success. Enjoy the album above and be sure to pick it up on Beatport.
Christian Nielsen, a young producer from Denmark, has recently been making waves on Jesse Rose’s imprints Play It Down and A-SIDED, spoke to us on the eve of his latest single “What You Thinking?” being released. A producer that expertly blurs the lines between house and techno, oft seen in the combination of vocal hooks with blistering techno drives, Christian is definitely cornering his niche sound. “What You Thinking?” is a progression on this, finely balanced and ready for the floor. And with additional releases and remixes on the likes of Glasgow Underground, Moon Harbour, 8bit, and Toolroom, he’s surely making his rounds in the underground scene. We’re excited for what’s to come from Christian, but in the mean time check out “What You Thinking?” and get to know more about the Copenhagen producer in the interview below.
Miami Music Week is upon us & Perfect Driver label boss Matthew Anthony is bringing a little something extra on his way into town. As part of the label’s Miami Drivers 2016 compilation, the bossman’s track “Do It Again” will no doubt be rattling rooftops at plenty of daytime pool parties as well as being a go-to track for the late night club kids. It’s got the label’s signature driving bassline of endless energy that should have Miami-goers dancing right out of their bathing suits.
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With the excitement brewing for the 2016 Desert Hearts Spring Festival, we’re starting to get antsy for the impending lineup announcement, and the weekend’s non-stop debauchery. Lucky for us, the DH crew is easing us through these trying times with their latest record label release from one of their residents, Tara Brooks, and underground stalwart, Brad Hart. The Sophrosyne EP is a hypnotizing and otherworldly tech-house offering with its main song of the same name, and a remix from Just Her, as well as another from Andre Salmon and Chris C. Press play and feel the vibes that have become a staple in West coast festival culture. We can’t wait to hear what else all of these artists and Desert Hearts has in store for this year. Download the EP here.
Tickets for the Desert Hearts Spring Festival are available here.
2016 is shaping up to be the year of Jack Novak. With seminal plays at Lollapalooza, Firefly Festival, and residencies in Las Vegas and Cancun, it’s getting increasingly more clear that little can stand in her way. Hailing from Chicago but residing in Los Angeles, Novak spent two years holed up in her studio honing her craft and expanding her catalogue before touring with Pharrell as his DJ in 2013. Fast forward to the present and she has her own label, Power and Light Records, and a gaze that will not ease up as she sets her eyes on the prize in 2016.
Her latest podcast features a hearty playlist of tech and deep house cuts along with Jack’s unreleased track with tyDi, “Oceans” featuring Greyson Chance. Stream it below and connect with her on tour after the jump!
Our GDD friend and familiar Craig Williams has put in overtime to make a name for himself in the techno-sphere, tallying up releases on Motorik, Nervous, Sweat It Out, NEST (OWSLA) – not to mention hosting numerous production tutorials on his YouTube channel and giving away serious tricks of the trade. His newest release “Believe It” just dropped this week on the Toronto-based imprint BADLQQK, and the Aussie held nothing back on this jackin’ techno heater. Here’s what he had to say about it:
I definitely went for a more minimal feel than before. I had been listening to a load of great classic producers like Robert Hood, cajmere and green velvet to name a few and i think the the house vibe just crept in. The song defiantly developed from choosing a select number of machines in the studio and just jamming out.
Listen below, and grab it on Beatport here
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