Prok & Fitch have become household names in the house and tech scene as of late, having been picked up by labels such as Relief, Suara, and more in addition to numerous releases of theirs making it to the top of global dance charts. The duo have captivated their audience with infectious tech house sounds and raucous sets, making them among the most in-demand acts of the recent house circuit.
Despite an increasingly busy tour schedule, Prok & Fitch have maintained a number of releases just as heavy. Their latest output comes in the form of a re-work to Green Velvet’s classic cut, “La La Land.” They took on this iconic piece in stride, maintaining its standout vocal clips and generally eccentric aesthetic while injecting it with an even groovier, scintillating house foundation.
Prok & Fitch’s “Sweet Sixteen Remix” to “La La Land” will be released through Relief come June 30.
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.
Dabbling into the darker realms of tech house, Son of 8 have released their latest of underground anthems, “Dark Love.” The group’s imprint, 8 House Records, has acquired a preceded reputation for releasing instantaneously likable tracks with heavy-handed bass lines and addictive rhythmic patterns.
Straying away from their previously rooted “commercial-style” sounds, Sound of 8 drive this track with a timeless industrial-house beat that fits perfectly into the club scene.
Speaking on the break-down of the track, the duo goes into detail on the process behind the production:
“We mainly only used cut up vocals infused with countless effects, delays and reverbs. One of the instruments we used was from Outputs new range of FX units called Movement. That machine is a work of art and completely transforms the simplest of sounds into something unrecognisable from the original sample.”
Proving their dexterous ability to switch genres with ease, Son of 8 are undoubtedly artists to watch in the coming year.
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.
(Photo courtesy of Elements Facebook page) Since the announcement of BangOn!’s Memorial Day Weekend Festival back in January, we at EDM Sauce have been counting down the days. Finally, it was here. Our squad embarked on our 4 hour journey to the middle of absolutely no where, that is, Lakewood PA at Camp Lavi. As
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.
Nic Fanciulli has been an integral figure in house and techno for two decades, both as an artist and the owner of Saved Records. In 2017, the British producer has received the most press for his remixes – specifically his official revision of Gorillaz’s “Ascension” and his mesmerizing edit of Radiohead’s “Everything in its Right Place.” However, the biggest news of the artist’s year – and, indeed, his career – thus far comes today, June 2, with the announcement of his forthcoming debut album, My Heart.
Given his storied history, it seems almost baffling that Fanciulli has yet to put forth a full-length studio effort. Yet, the elongated creative process on the album only serves to foreshadow its thoughtful quality. The artist notes the following on his journey toward My Heart, and what the project has come to mean for his career:
“The conception of the album started ten years ago and there’s probably been around 300 records written in that time. I’ve spent so much time and effort making this album that it’s essentially become a part of me, it has become my heart and my soul.”
In the decade which has elapsed since Fanciulli first conceived of the LP, he’s managed to amass an enviable cast of collaborators. Among the esteemed artists tapped to contribute to the record are Audion, Guy Gerber, Eagles & Butterflies, and house progenitor Jamie Principle.
Also in tow are French vanguards Agoria and JAW, who partner with Fanciulli for the album’s first single, “Wrong.” The inaugural cut from My Heart begins on a subdued note, crescendoing steadily throughout its course through atmospheric vocals and increasingly energized synthesis. By its conclusion, “Wrong” has progressed into a tech house master-stroke, primed to electrify clubs with thunderous success.
My Heart will be released on Fanciulli’s Saved Records October 20. Stream “Wrong” and view the LP’s full tracklist below:
1. My Heart (Intro) 2. No Imitations 3. 100mph (Feat. Jamie Principle) 4. Twisted 5. The First Step 6. Wrong (Feat. Agoria & JAW) 7. The Perfect Crime (Feat. Guy Gerber) 8. Resistance (Feat. Audion) 9. My Love 10. I’m Tired [Interlude] 11. After Time 12. Sunshine 101 13. Little L (Feat. Eagles & Butterflies) 14. The Light (Feat. CONSTANCE) [Interlude] 15. Under Stars (Outro)
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.
Pink Mammoth ringleader Zach Walker is preparing for a love-filled Summer this year. After starting off surrounded by good energy at Lightning in a Bottle, Walker and his beloved Burner brand will travelling Eastward. Joining forces once more with Brooklyn’s House of Yes, the two institutions will be serving up their infectious vibes on June 10 & 11 through an outdoor party next to Ridgewood’s historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House appropriately-titled Summer of Love.
Guests will be able to take in plenty of live art, awe-inspiring circus acts, and delicious food by a variety of vendors as they bask in quality music brought forth by Marques Wyatt, Deep Jesus of Desert Hearts, and more.
In celebration of the groundbreaking Brooklyn affair, Walker has put together a mix filled with smooth house and tech beats that are a perfect warm up for the open-air atmosphere that will soon envelop the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House backyard. Tracks range from the etheral “Authentica” from Khen, to a pumping Rodriguez Jr cut, “Heal Me.” Full tracklisting and lineup for Summer of Love can be found below:
1) Trentmoeller, Bruce Springstein – State Trooper (Trentmoeller Remix) 2) Khen – Authentica (Original Mix) 3) Super Flu, Funf Sterne Deluxe – Schund (Super Flu’s No Champier Mix) 4) Tim Green – Nekk It (Original Mix) 5) CIOZ – Arbol (Tim Engelhardt Rhodes Remix) 6) Myny – Define (Original) 7) Voyeur – Nina (Original Mix) 8) Andreas Horn & Szymon – Brothers in Music (Ruede Hagelstein Remix) 9) Tim Engelhardt – Beyond Time (Original Mix) 10) Rodriguez Jr – Heal Me
Marques Wyatt Lonely Boy (Live) Nikita Gravity Jonathan Will Derek Hena
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