This week’s edition of Dive Into The Deep is arguably the most “underground”–and the darkest–we’ve gone. While we can assure you our favorite deep/tech labels have some great upcoming releases, all five of this week’s picks were released via indie labels. Discovering new record labels to explore is arguably more exciting than happening upon new artists. Fortunately, we’ve done the dirty work so all we ask in return is for you to enjoy the tunes and support the artists!
Nikola Gala – Siren (Original Mix)[Phobiq]
Phobiq Recordings’ latest release is Greek producer Nikola Gala’s Siren EP. It’s a five-track techno journey that is both experimental and danceable. The beauty of Siren can be attributed to Nikola Gala’s ability to produce tracks that build slowly, creating tension so strong you’ll be left begging for release.
Adam Kent – Dollwalla (Original Mix) [Pro-B Tech]
Up and coming Scottish record label Pro-B Tech’s latest release is Adam Kent’s infectious The Red Hot Nickel EP, a unique blend of house and what was once commonly referred to as progressive house. Dollwalla feels ominous initially but it progresses, revealing a chunky house groove grounded in tribal percussion. At a time when even the deep/tech scene is exhibiting somewhat stale production, every track on The Red Hot Nickel is unpredictable and fresh.
Mikalogic – Synchronizer (Original Mix) [Nite Grooves]
As evidenced by the Mikalogic’s latest EP, deep tech synths were meant to be paired with soulful, jazz vocals. The Portuguese producer brings his impressive talents to Nite Grooves, an indie label that has chartered tracks by Darius Syrossian, Matthew Styles, and Pezzner, just to name a few personal favorites.
Relapso – Persistencia (Samuli Kemppi Remix) [Relapso]
Samuli Kemppi keeps the core elements of Relapso’s original, softens its hard tech feel, and transforms Persistencia into a hypnotic techno anthem. Although Kemppi’s version is softer in comparison, it is undoubtedly a dancefloor shaker that would be best displayed by Chris Liebing or Nicole Moudaber. With slight breakbeat percussion, a subtle injection of acid, and the reverberating alarm, Kemppi’s remix is for the lovers of the darkside.
Kedd Cook – Don’t Talk, Listen (Original Mix)
Kedd Cook is an emerging California-based producer/DJ whose talent has already earned him a place opening up for Maxxi Soundsystem, Lee Curtiss, and Ardalan just to name a few. Featured on WallflowerFood’s Intense Chill Playlist, Don’t Talk, Listen is a synthy deep house tune that delivers minimal vocals and maximum groove.
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