Dutch tech house outfit Redondo seem to have multi-tasking down to an art form. In addition to running one of the groovier underground tech house labels Witty Tunes, the duo’s recent collaborative Tattoo Girl EP with Ferreck Dawn shot up the genre’s Beatport charts, with its title track peaking at #9.
Their latest EP offering on Younan Music builds on that momentum with three tightly coiled tech house tunes aimed at moving primetime dance-floors. Title track “The Flow Must Go On” sets the tone with its prominent groove and patiently introduces elements through winding breakdowns and smooth builds. ”Walk the Talk” is a no-nonsense, bass-driven bumper with a hint of tribal flavor in its prominent percussion. Redondo closes out the EP in a decidedly classy fashion; layering an understated humming lead beneath crisp snares and throbbing pads. Quality tech house tracks strike a delicate balance between repetition and variation, a mature middle ground that Redondo can clearly call home.
Bulgarian producer Pavel Petrov and Dutch duo Redondo are back with an easygoing tech house tune that takes its audience through a veritable jungle of sound. No groove-based track called “Safari” would be complete without the liberal use of animal samples and the artists did not leave us hanging here. Tropical birds chirp through patient builds populated by trumpeting elephants and growling lions while steady percussion guides the listener to a surprisingly solid drop.
Gimmicky? Perhaps. But give the producers credit for making something memorable in a genre littered with the vulture-ridden carcasses of disposable tunes. Throw on your khakis and catch it on Beatport today.
If you’re a fan of artists like Mark Knight, Richie Hawtin and Carl Cox, there’s a good chance you’re also a fan of Witty Tunes, whether you realize it or not.
Based out of Amsterdam and Washington, DC, the label has quietly built a sterling reputation at the top of the underground house world, consistently charting releases that find their way into marquee acts’ mixes. To commemorate its 100th label release, owners Sideburn and Redondo have compiled Witty’s top 20 tracks from the past five years to represent their sound. Running the stylistic gamut from groovy cuts by Nightriders to upbeat tech house a la DJ Madskillz, 100th Release is a standout compilation at a bargain bin price-point. Check it out exclusively on Beatport today, with previews after the jump.