Tale Of Us and Mind Against share a lot in common. Both duos are Berlin transplants from Italy who release a distinct flavor of melodic techno on Life and Death. The duos recently collaborated on a sinister dance floor heater, “Astral.” The track features everything we’ve come to expect from Mind Against and Tale Of Us productions: beautifully designed sounds, abstract yet tuneful melodies, popping percussion, and the X factor – compositional unpredictability that leaves the audience intently listening for the artists’ next move. Though we expect this combination of qualities in Tale Of Us and Mind Against productions, each track they release leaves us hungry for more – their formula has cracked the techno market’s code. Listen to “Astral” here:
The English label Toolroom Records put out a compilation of dance floor heaters on Friday that will drive techno heads into a frenzy. The release features pounding kick drums, rolling bass lines, and dizzying atmospheres galore. Every track off of this release is worth listening to, but here are my three favorites:
And here is the whole compilation:
Sacha Robotti, who you might be familiar with through his duo Robosonic, has an amazing remix forthcoming on Sisyphon on the 21st of this month. Sacha took Fidelity Kastrow‘s dark techno track “Full Moon Falcon” and picked up the tempo a bit. He plays around with the arpeggio melody from the original and created a pumping bass house/techno banger. Super excited for this one to come out on Monday, but in the meantime give the whole release a listen https://soundcloud.com/sisyphon/sets/sisy004
The Blinkhorn Batch is a deliberate and meticulous selection of new dark, deep, and occasionally sinister sounds followed by a classic production of the same style. This ongoing series of posts is curated by Blisspop author Patrick Blinkhorn.
Our man from Marseille – N’to – is responsible for the next groove. “Purple (Original Mix)” has it all: a cool down home blues riff, a chill breakdown with a lovely electric keyboard, and harmonies for days – what more could one ask for? But this quality is what we’ve come from the members of the Hungry Music label (check out the other Hungry Music artists Joachim Pastor and Worakls for more great tunes):
This week’s classic is a classic remix of a classic – pretty classic, eh? Spanish DJ/Producer Dr. Kucho! did a number on Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” I’m going to leave this here and let it rock you back to 1977 …
“Acid.” Will Eastman‘s rave-ready stomper “Sugar,” out today on Nurvous, digs into early 90′s warehouse culture when acid house was king. The track, which plays out like a Dirtybird single after taking shots of Jäger to the face, is the kind of floor filler that’s constructed to get bodies in a mood from the waist down and, in many ways, feels like an extension of Eastman’s work as Pentamon or his remix of “Imitation Air” from last year.
Combined with a low end heavy enough to sink ships or dancing shoes into concrete, “Sugar” intertwines anthemic qualities, such as crescendos you’d expect from a big room track, with a respect for the acid house formula allowing the track to breathe and flow in a manner that makes it sound epic, but not overly digital. The only way this track could sound any more legitimate is if it was pressed on a 12″ so you could hear the cracks and warmth associated with 90′s warehouse vinyl sets (and knowing Will, we’re sure the thought had crossed his mind).
“Sugar” is large, in charge, and crazy. Stream it below and you can pick it up on Beatport via Nurvous Records today.