Having reached the top of Beatport’s tech house chart twice during 2013, Madrid, Spain’s Groovebox has firmly established himself as a young force to be reckoned with. He’s garnered support from the likes of John Dahlback, Mark Knight, and Bob Sinclar and has returned to UMEK’s 1605 label following his collaboration with Danny Leblack in June. Teaming up with label boss and techno titan UMEK, the two craft a funk fuelled production laden with a strong kick and driving rhythms. As the seven minute production continues past the halfway point, a strong synth takes over and becomes the focal point as the collaboration winds down.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
While we usually strive to serve up a plate of mixed genres for our Sunday Morning Medicine, this week features an exclusive batch of deep, tech, and minimal house gems, many of which exhibit conspicuous garage influence. From older Maya Jane Coles, to a Julio Bashmore release on Dirtybird, to some sexy Jonas Rathman, to a Toyboy & Robins original and more, you can’t go wrong with this week’s SMM.
If you missed any of last week’s more soothing selections, make sure to check out Zedd and Foxes’ performance of “Clarity” on Letterman, Solidisco’s nu-disco remix of “You and I,” and Skrillex’s new Leaving EP. For five deep and tech tracks to make your morning a little less tiresome and a lot more groovy, click past the break.
Dutch techno producer Daniel Sanchez goes groovy on his latest Witty Tunes release. Sanchez has outdone himself on this dynamic tech house track with a boisterous bass line and Thriller-esque synth stabs. Bulgarian up-and-comer Metodi Hristov gives “Awakenings” the remix treatment as well, spicing the song up with his liberal use of percussive flairs and vocal samples. Here’s hoping Pt. 2 isn’t far behind. Head to Beatport today to catch the release and check out the previews after the jump.
While Mark Knight and Brazilian hometown hero Wehbba make headlines for mixing Toolroom Knights’ latest compilation album, Tronic boss Christian Smith delivers one of its best new tracks.
“The Tip” is a textbook amalgam of deep and tech house, featuring masterful filter-work on a stripped down groove that manages never to sound as repetitive as it is. Smith’s veteran touch shows in well placed percussive elements and smooth hi-hats that keep the track moving. Head to Beatport to check out the track and compilation 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.
Slovenia’s most frequent flyer has landed back on Beatport.
Tech house titan Umek is revered for his rare combination of innovation and consistent quality in a genre saturated with the predictable and lackluster. His new release, ”You Get Used to All the Madness,” finds him teaming up with Italian producer Siwell on a hard-hitting house track, lending progressive builds to tribal drums and a gritty bass line. From unique synth textures to its unimpeachable groove, the track sports all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from the dance music veteran.
Deejay Magazine’s two-time ‘Best Spanish DJ’ Del Horno makes his Younan Music debut with “Money,” a laid-back tech house track with an understated groove. The Spaniard layers tight percussion over a vocal sample of Spike Lee’s critique of fellow director Tyler Perry, looping the line “I know it’s making a lot of money, but we can do better,” to take a rhetorical shot at mainstream dance music. The included Will Monotone remix is similar in feel, but varying in form, with pitched down vocals and an extended breakdown.
Check out both mixes after the jump. If you like what you hear, the release is now available on Beatport.
Industry darling, Eats Everything, has released a brand new two track EP on Dirtybird Records. “Vertigo,” a reeling and intense piece of tech house, moves quickly between rough basslines, classic acid house squelches, and knotty rhythms. The track has everything us tech house fans look for; melding minimal elements with house grooves. It goes without saying this one will tear up a dance floor or two around the world, but I’m also loving this as a purely headphone experience. In Claude VonStroke’s words, “Trubble” is the “filthy cousin who didn’t brush her teeth or change her pants for a week.” On this B-side, Eats Everything delivers one of the most gritty basslines I’ve ever heard. Check out these tracks in their entirety after the break.
Maddslinky, aka Zed Bias, has been given the task of producing the second release on Julio Bashmore’s Broadwalk Records. He doesn’t disappoint with “Compuphonic, a delightfully dark serving of tech house. Julio Bashmore has long been an underground favorite of ours and we are interested to see what he can do now that he has his own label. “Compuphonic” will be available for purchase on Beatport, September 9th.
Hot on the heels of their Green Velvet collaboration “Skeleton Key,” Pleasurekraft has released a summer promo mix. This groovy tech house selection features non-stop dance appeal with tracks from Alli Borem, Ramiro Lopez, Arkay, and many more. In the mix you will find Pleasurekraft’s ‘Happily Never After’ remix of Nervo’s “You’re Gonna Love Again,” perhaps the most interesting spin on the mainstream hit. This selection is sure to add a spark to your summer parties — whether at the pool, the beach, or in your own back yard, download Pleasurekraft’s summer mix and turn it up loud.