Drezo‘s formative rise through the west coast’s flourishing underground house and tech scene has been an impressive progression to watch unfold. The LA-based producer has brought his infectiously eerie, warehouse-primed brand of house music to labels like Mad Decent and OWSLA, but for his latest project, he’s taking the full control of the reins with a new independently released EP, Jaded, out in full July 14. To roll out the forthcoming three-track collection, Drezo has dropped off a blistering new original cut titled “Dead.”
In signature Drezo fashion, the track opens with a pumping kick and a textured hum that gradually builds into an aggressive growl leading into the break. The “Guap” producer chops up a characteristically punchy yet simple sample selection on his latest, as “Dead” drops into an oscillating barrage of snarling chords designed for packed festival tents and sweaty after hours club floors alike. Much like his mentor, Dillon Francis, who has recently adopted a label-free release strategy, Drezo is coming in full force on his own this summer with Jaded, and if “Dead” is any indication, it’s going to be high caliber tech house quality from one of the genre’s brightest prospects.
David Hôhme has become a fixture of sorts on the Brooklyn transformational circuit, delivering desert-friendly sets to the masses whose soundscapes are lush, melodic, and filled with intricate instrumentation. Additionally, his releases have been rinsed quite a bit by his peers; notably, his single “Fear Less,” which received remixes by Martin Roth, Jody Wisternoff, and more.
A few weeks after his most recent composition, a driving, tech-driven offering titled “Oberon,” Hôhme has specially-tailored a Dancing Astronaut Radar mix to prepare for a summer filled with outdoor parties and open-air venues. He opens with the aforementioned single, before delving into an array of hypnotic house and tech records that play out like a trek through the sand dunes. The mix is highly engaging from start to finish, ending on an ethereal note with a piano chords and resonant vocals.
One would be hard-pressed to find a more exciting act in the current house and techno sphere than Adana Twins. The Hamburg-based pair of producers Friso and Take It Easy have been working together for over a decade, and are certainly no strangers to the scene. However, in the past year, Adana Twin’s have inarguably reached new heights.
The duo’s Diynamic-backed single, “Uncompromising,” has been nothing short of ubiquitous since its March release. The haunting production, which topped the Beatport charts for some time, remains a fixture of sets from the industry’s most powerful figures around the globe.
One of the facets that made “Uncompromising” so compelling was its masterful blend of stirring synth-work and continually delayed gratification. Adana Twins have a rare knack for thoroughly engaging listeners by arranging their songs in prolonged states of near-crescendo. Due to their masterful execution of this framework, the duo manages to keep listeners on the edge of their seats throughout the course of their pieces, which makes the payoff from their songs’ eventual climaxes exponentially more satisfying.
In their newest output, a remix to Fritz Kalkbrenner’s “Changing Face,” Adana Twins explore this strength to great extents. Almost reaching ten minutes in length, their interpretation of the single exemplifies the notion that the techno and house experience should be, at its highest level, about songs’ journeys, not their destinations.
Should listeners conceptualize the “drops” of their remix as its “destinations,” they would find themselves waiting over four minutes for two incredibly cathartic and well-composed bass drones. However, what makes Adana Twins’ revision so enthralling is their suspension of gratification; the gnawing feeling of intrigue which pervades throughout the backdrop they provide for Kalkbrenner’s vocals. Indeed, the song’s trajectory endows it with an epochal sensibility – one which matches the magnitude of the “changing face of the earth.”
With their newest release, Adana Twins are primed to remain ubiquitous in the techno and house realms for the foreseeable future.
Fritz Kalkbrenner’s “Changing Faces” remixes also include contributions from Maya Jane Coles and Deetron. The collection will be released Friday, June 16, via Suol and BMG. They are available for preorder here.
There’s a reason Rezz was our breakout artist of the year in 2016, and this year, she’s continuing to roll, playing some of the biggest festivals in North America tackling Ultra Music Festival in March, and now Bonnaroo. Rezz, real name Isabelle Rezazadeh, delivered a set that conceptualized all the elements that her fans undoubtedly resonate with, mainly heavy-handed bass music, tempered by a generous dose of experimental techno, riddim, and a variety of other bass genres.
The “Paranoid” producer has been steadily building a fervent fanbase since her emergence, though her catalyzing breakthrough officially came with her mau5trap co-signed EP, 2016’s Something Wrong Here. Now Rezz is well on her way to dance music superstardom, and her Bonnaroo set will stand as an early highlight in Rezazadeh’s still unfolding career.
Denis Horvat’s breakthrough into the industry has been nothing short of astronomical. Though he’s been active for quite some time, his Cedevita EP in 2015 quickly caught the attention of quite a few prolific DJs, a few of which were Âme and Dixon who secured his rise by signing him onto their Innervisions imprint in 2016. Now, the producer has found his way onto another powerhouse label: Afterlife.
“Bruto” is the official title of Horvat’s Afterlife debut, a dark and brooding piece lined with intricate, arpeggiated synth undertones and cloudy melodies. Even more drama is added to the piece by way of subtle layers of samples that bounce around the soundspace, maintaining a firm grasp on the listener through its various peaks, valleys, and breaks. “Bruto” is quite a brilliant work coming out of Horvat’s burgeoning repertoire, just the quality one would expect to be chosen by Tale Of Us as an Afterlife release.
“Bruto” becomes available digitally through Afterlife’s Realm of Consciousness, Part II EP on June 16.
The track and compilation are available for preorder in digital and vinyl formats.
A long buildup juxtaposed with smooth vocals successfully conceals the intensity of the drop in EMBRZ’s latest track, “Higher.” The self-taught Irish producer notes that deadmau5 was his inspiration to enter into the electronic music scene, which is readily apparent when listening to his releases. His mixture of downtempo and dance music makes this song the perfect fit for pre-drinks or a relaxing Saturday afternoon and marks EMBRZ as one to keep an eye one.
Techno pioneer John Acquaviva is an Italian-Canadian DJ, producer, artist, and musical entrepreneur. John began his international career in 1989 by founding one of the world’s best known and influential techno labels, Plus 8 Records, with Richie Hawtin. The creation of Plus 8 Records put Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin at the forefront of the emerging international electronic music movement and DJ culture.Having been on the international DJ circuit since the founding of Plus 8 in 1990, the pioneering artist’s career has spanned well over two decades with countless mesmerizing performances.
Now, John Acquaviva brings us AXIS 197, an hour long techno adventure with multiple surprises along the way. As part of his journey to Iceland for Secret Solstice Music Festival, Acquaviva’s set draws from a playlist that gives us an inside look at his mixing skills, creating much anticipation for the event. At the Icelandic festival, which will take place June 15-18, the seasoned DJ will play alongside the likes of Rick Ross, DUBFIRE, and Dusky.
Dance music mainstay Dubfire has developed a career that’s worth celebrating. In preparation for the release of his retrospective album, the Iranian-American DJ and producer has unveiled the first cut from this upcoming project.
Dubfire has been playing this track, now dubbed “Dust Devil,” out in his live sets since 2014. On top of a straightforward beat, this production builds a nice groove that swells in and out over nearly 8 minutes of techno bliss. The producer described the track as “Nothing ground breaking but a good example of the funky, chunky, driving sort of sound I’m known for and something which has now become a major highlight of the HYBRID live show.” The HYBRID: A Decade of Dubfire (2006-2016) album will be released on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label on June 16.
HOSH, formerly known as Diynamic regular H.O.S.H., has taken the next step in his career by revamping his name as he launches his very own imprint, Fryhide. After kicking off the label’s debut with a free download mix of his forthcoming LP, Stories From Sa Talaia, the German house player is now releasing parts of the album as separate EPs.
Chapter 1 already includes some heavy heaters, one of which is HOSH’s anthemic collaboration with GHEIST. Having met the band’s vocalist, Lou, at Watergate, the aptly titled “The Watergate Affair” features a stripped-down canvas with pulsating bass, sparse stabs of piano, and simple synthesizers that allow the vocals to become its centerpiece. Lou was instructed to push himself and experiment with his songwriting, resulting in a gorgeous, ethereal glow that is present throughout the piece’s entire seven minutes.
“The Watergate Affair’s” anthemic nature feels like a combination of a Temper Trap hit with HOSH’s house sensibilities, leading the record to be an item that will be lighting plenty of faces throughout the Summer as it’s rinsed by the German producer himself and his peers. Stories From Sa Talaia, Chapter 1 will be released on June 9.
‘Stories From Sa Talaia, Chapter 1’ is available for preorder here.
Guy Mantzur has welcomed two fellow Israeli talents into the PlattenBank fold: Eiten Reiter and Muzarco. Joining with vocalist Omri Klein, the three have produced a deep, thoughtful cut in “Oh Death.”
Where “Oh Death” casts a shadow, Guy Mantzur brings the light and transforms the piece into a hypnotic, mystical piece built for the desert. Intricate layers of percussion summon a carnal feeling within the listener. Omri Klein’s vocals fit into this edit just as well as the original, adding further spirituality into the finished product. Given Mantzur’s expert re-working of this record, it’s likely this edit will work its way into many an outdoor set during the ongoing festival season.