Cats have an undeniable monopoly on at least half of the web content you see. They’re everywhere from your social media feeds to Buzzfeed articles. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cats? They’re indifference to humans is refreshing and their low maintenance nature has made them the perfect go to pet for producers. From deadmau5’s Meowingtons to Dillon Francis’s Mittens Francis, DJ’s cats have actually built up their own unique personas and small twitter followings. The world of Tech House is no exception with cat imagery popping up in artwork, track titles, and even popping up in DJ pseudonyms. We’ll take a look at some tunes this week that reference our feline friends in some manner and pose the question “do cats even like Tech House?”
Suara’s love for cats is no secret. A different cat is featured on all the cover art for the label’s releases and their latest compilation Kitties Wanna Dance Vol. 5 is a mammoth 20 track homage to their furry mascot. Oscar L’s “Alors on Danse,” not to be confused with the Stromae track of the same name, has quickly become a standout track currently holding the number one spot of the Beatport Tech House Top 10 chart. A good 4/4 thumper the track is decidedly ‘no frills’ house.
Suara’s dedication to cats is so great that we couldn’t confine them to just one release. Raumakustik’s new Cat Tales EP is another strong effort from the up-and-coming German producer duo. The horn-flecked “Think About” immediately jumps out as a solid tune with old school flare. Rolling drops, filtered vocal chops, and a bouncy kick make this tune one hell of a secret weapon for your summer beach parties.
Hot Creations has a knack for finding fresh talent and catapulting them into the spotlight with some of the strongest tech house hits in recent years. Their latest find, Cuartero, just released a new EP that blends techno with house in an easy-going fun-filled celebration of the genres. The moody basslines of the EP’s titled track “Dioneli” perfectly encapsulates the vibe Cuartero is going for; dark but light-hearted. Throw in some samples, glittery synths, and an old school disco string running throughout the track and you end up with a new tech anthem for the summer (It doesn’t hurt that it comes with some mystical feline cover art too!).
And no article about cats and tech house wouldn’t be complete without including something from Dirtybird affiliates Catz ‘N Dogz. Their upcoming album Basic Colour Theory is generating a considerable amount of buzz already releasing collabs with Green Velvet and Peter, Bjorn, & John. Their song with indie outfit Peter, Bjorn, & John is a dreamy chill out number with deep synth chords, reverb soaked guitars, and some gnarly vocoder work. A track meant to bliss out to, its perfect for those sunny summer afternoons stretching out in the those warm patches of sun that roll across your bed best spent with a feline companion.
Until next week,