Following on from an absolutely jam-packed July, we now take a look back at 10 tracks that caught our attention from the very first moment they were played. So why not treat yourselves? Shake a leg and thank us later…
Nina Kraviz – ‘Pochuvstvui’ [трип] – 7th July
Siberian-born and simply scintillating within every aspect of her electronic music game, Nina Kraviz remains both uncompromising and unpredictable with her newest 12-inch release on her label imprint, трип . Directly aimed for dance floor activity, the title track, ‘Pochuvstvui’, possesses a looping abstain which gets wedged in the ear. Highlighting delicate details beneath an imposing yet simple rhythm, an off-the-cuff feel is forged together through a basic bass pulse, a 909 pattern and acidic tones. Complimented further by her ever-prominent vocals, a more hypnotic deliverance of Techno is supplied.
Oliver Huntemann – ‘Rotlicht’ [Senso Sounds] – 14th July
Established as one of the moat recognised names in all of Techno, Oliver Huntemann always values directness and quality over style or artifice. Undoubtedly one of the bigger offerings from this Hamburg-based DJ/Producer this year, ‘Rotlicht’ on Senso Sounds is a mesmerising exploration of tension and release fuelling sets for the ultimate dose of dance floor demolition.
Julian Wassermann – ‘Sol’ [Stil Vor Talent] – 14th July
Highlighting his exceptional musical dexterity, Munich-based DJ/Producer Julian Wasserman weighs in with a brand new EP on Stil Vor Talent titled ‘Lyra’. Kicking proceedings off with a fluid melody dotted together with acidic synths, his ‘Sol’ record captured our attention from the get-go by pushing forward a clear cinematic underpinning with all crucial track elements pushing towards a highly emotive and elevating experience.
Enrico Sangiuliano – ‘Astral Projection’ [Drumcode] – 17th July
Coming equipped with his sought creative inspiration from his travels, Italian DJ/Producer Enrico Sangiuliano’s ‘Astral Projection’ is, in short, a big-room Techno phenomenon. With the insertion of deep reverberations punching in sync alongside a menacingly crisp percussion drive, this Drumcode dream accelerates into a groove laden synth modulation of low-end textures dividing further into a surreal amalgamation of pads and synths before a captivating vocal arrives taking this roller-coaster on a completely different journey altogether.
Thick Dick – ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ (Andrea Oliva Remix) [Sondos – Subliminal Records] – 17th July
Released on the recently re-launched sub-label of Subliminal Records, Sondos, Thick Dick’s 2001 classic of ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ receives an uplifting, dance-floor driven remix this summer courtesy of ANTS favourite, Andrea Oliva. Receiving heavy support from the likes of Joseph Capriati and Patrick Topping amongst others, this true blockbuster sees Andrea educate the next generation of House heads by engulfing them in a remix of hot and steamy vibrations.
Age Of Love – ‘The Age Of Love’ (Solomun Renaissance Remix) [Renaissance Records] – 21st July
When it comes to remixing a classic, the task is never a simple challenge. However, one man never afraid to embrace a challenge is Diynamic bossman, Solomun. Stripping the original charm away from the centre of this Trance titan, the Pacha Ibiza regular remains flawless throughout. Thickening up the intro’s bassline, this is soon joined by the arrival of a whistling melody, hypnotising bleeps and several bursts of white noise. Taking away the original’s spontaneity, Solomun enforces a blaring synth melody which steadily boosts the energy through the famous vocal climax framing this classic with contemporary Tech House.
Mihalis Safras – ‘Raygun Rave’ [Hot Creations] – 21st July
Turning heads throughout the electronic music realm, vinyl-only selector Mihalis Safras makes his debut on Hot Creations with his newest EP, ‘Raygun Rave’. Illustrating that typical Safras-groove, the title track is purposely created for the dance floor. Blending together heavy-hitting basslines with rolling melodies, this track ignites an addictive and melodic feel to it throughout.
Deniz Kurtel – ‘The Fifth House’ [Crosstown Rebels] – 21st July
Described as untamed as modern Tech House gets these days, Deniz Kurtel’s latest EP brings forward ‘The Fifth House’ boasting complex basslines consisting of both psychedelia and funk. Based around an “astrological concept that life emanates from 12 terrains of experience”, the atmospheric synth of ‘The Fifth House’ supplies a more upbeat, plodding bassline with continuously looping bleeps.
Mosca – ‘Don’t Take This The Wrong Way’ [Livity Sound] – 28th July
Reliable, relentless and remarkable all rolled into one, Mosca has been a strong commodity on the UK scene for the past seven years or so now and reluctant to stay with any one label for too long, his efforts for Livity Sound equals a bassier output than any of his previous final products. With ‘Don’t Take This The Wrong Way’, Mosca presents revellers with a slow-building Techno structure of eight-minutes long which creeps throughout ushering in a wave of hypnotism from Berlin inspirations.
Cirez D – ‘The Accuser’ [Mouseville] – 31st July
Taking his first ever Ibiza residency by storm at Hï Ibiza on Tuesday nights, the electrifying Eric Prydz has commanded the dance floor of the Theatre in breathtaking fashion. Synonymous with immaculately produced music, Prydz chimes in here under his impeccable Techno alias, Cirez D, with ‘The Accuser’ – a mind-altering revisit to the dark side. Complete with crisp drum patterns, futuristic melodies and constant layers of pure genius touches and an eerie vocal, this Cirez D piece truly is super human.