Welcome back to the tenth episode of Dive Into The Deep, our weekly house and techno series. We want to thank you for coming along with us as we journey through the underground of dance music. This week’s edition features tracks from seasoned techno artists, deep house newcomers, and those rare artists who effortlessly blend genres. Well-layered tracks and subtle effects require the finest listening gear, so grab your best pair of headphones and dive in with us once again.
Sasha Carassi & Jay Lumen – Cube (Original Mix) [Octopus]
Octopus Records returns to its Versus series with a collaborative effort between Drumcode favorite, Jay Lumen, and Phobiq’s head honcho, Sasha Carassi. The stalwart techno artists deliver us two dancefloor-shaking tracks that are sure impress the most particular techno and tech house listeners. Cube rose just slightly above Give Yourself due to its grittier, darker feel. The looped vocal and percussion are both repetitive to the point of inducing slight hypnosis until the claps cut through and set the song back in motion.
Dave Nash – Say What (Zuckre Dub) [Incorrect]
Indie label Incorrect Music’s most recent release is Dave Nash’s Say What/Too Much. The EP features the two title tracks alongside two cuts of Say What by Touchtalk and Zuckre, each offering a different style of house. Venezuelan producer/DJ Zuckre often infuses his dark disco and deep house productions with rhythmic tech house percussion, though his remix of Nash’s original is an infectious, upbeat house groove. The track’s elements are subtle, so listening on proper speakers is best if you are to fully take in Zuckre’s well-placed futuristic stabs, claps, and the like.
Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy – Kepler 69 (Original Mix) [MKT]
Ever since Gabriele Minikino Martinez and Julio Gonzalez formed Gabriel D’Or and Bordoy in 2009, their mixes and original tracks have garnered full support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Paco Osuna, Dubfire, and Umek. Their remix of Sasha Carassi and Mikael Jonasson’s emotional track, Void, was featured in dozens of DJ charts this past November, which brought the duo much-deserved recognition. Their first EP of 2014 is the three-tracker Delirios Somaticos, an ode to unadulterated techno. Its second track, Kepler 69, received early support from Joseph Capriati when the young techno king played it in his Electrobeach set last year. With its deep kick drum and unique pairing of spacey synths and steady bassline, Kepler 69 is a perfectly layered, high intensity track that provides little to no respite. While it is true that Gabriel D’Or and Bordoy are innovative producers, it is their unpredictable and energetic live sets that truly showcase their ability. The duo uses three MIDI controllers, a turntable, and a sound board to incorporate funk, reggae, and jazz into their techy sets, making their live act one that cannot be missed.
Pezzner & Amina – Exit (Scuba Remix) [Crosstown Rebels]
Hotflush label boss Paul Rose, better known as Scuba or SCB, releases his remix of Pezzner and Amina’s Exit on Crosstown Rebels. Amina’s faraway vocal accentuates the track’s rolling bassline, its most prominent element. Syncopated synths finish off this dark disco/tech house remix of Dave Pezzner’s original. Although Scuba’s rendition is a bit lighter than what we are used to hearing from the Englishman, it still exhibits his seamless genre blending.
Patrick Topping – Get Beasty (Original Mix) [Hot Creations]
By submitting demos to various labels, Patrick Topping caught the attention of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, who could not deny his keen production ability. His first EP, Walk On, debuted early last year on Hot Creations’ subsidiary label HotTrax, and a full debut on Hot Creations soon followed. After gaining Pete Tong’s support and landing in the top ten of multiple tech house charts, the Any Amounts EP brought the Geordie lad out of the deep and tech house periphery. His latest EP, Get Beasty, includes three essential deep/tech weapons that were made for a club’s peak time. His upcoming release schedule includes remixes for Circus Recordings and Resonance Records, a track on Defected, and another EP on Hot Creations, likely making 2014 the year Patrick Topping will fully arrive.