This week’s edition of Tech Tuesday features some tech house veterans who are managing to keep things fresh by drawing inspiration from dance music’s early days. Instead of just remixing a classic track these artists emulate older sounds and reincorporate them with newer sensibilities creating an enticing fusion of the two. Tracks like these bring tech house back to its roots and help remind us why we fell in love with this music in the first place.
Tech duo, Prok & Fitch’s recent Raw Cut ep on Toolroom is yet another strong output with the lead track of the same name rising above the rest. “Raw Cut” is bouncy and fun merging a deep bassline with a soulful vocal sample and a beat that has a clear Mark Knight influence giving it that signature Toolroom sound.
Hot Creation’s latest chart topping hit comes from seasoned veteran Steve Lawler in the form of “House Record.” This track is a clear nod to the early days of Chicago House, borrowing an old school jack beat and vocal chop reminiscent of the Dance Mania era and infusing it with the easy groove of a Trax release. This blend of old school nostalgia with contemporary sensibilities is impeccably timed given House’s renewed popularity in the Dance music scene. Lawler even brings in a vintage key stab that I would bet money was sampled, or at the very least inspired by, Maurice Johnson’s “This is Acid” helping to punctuate the song.
Speaking of Acid, KiNK’s latest offering “Fantasia” is full of it. As one might expect the title is a spot indication of the track’s sprawling, psychedelic feeling taking the listener on a journey. With sultry vocals and a relentless synthline, that give the piece its sense of urgency, KiNK’s Pets Records debut has a distinct Moroder influence. One can’t help but draw comparisons to the disco godfather’s famous film scores and their striking aural resemblance to Kink’s latest.
Until next week,