This week we’re catching up with some Tech Tuesday regulars to follow up on some new tunes and completed projects. We’ll look at new stuff from Sonny Fodera & Cajmere, Boys Noize, as well as see what’s new with the Dirtybird crew.
A couple months ago we featured “Show You” a track by Tech House masters Sonny Fodera & Green Velvet with an elastic bassline that whipped us all back into shape. Now under his Cajmere name, the two are back with another fire collaboration “Off On.” Perhaps a spiritual follow-up, “Off On” has the same bouncy feel as “Show You” but with a more laid back vibe slowing things down a hair. Throw in Cajmere/Green Velvet’s signature vocals, some ping-pong filters and you have yourself yet another mid-summer heater from these two greats.
A little while back we also featured a track from Boys Noize’s new concept compilation Strictly Raw Vol. 1 which brought minimalism to a whole new meaning to the word “minimalism.” Each track was composed with one or two synths and a drum machine and the album features an all-star list of collaborators including Tiga, Pilo, Atom TM, Johnny Sack, and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosuars. We got a taste of the gritty rawness with “Cerebral” but now that the full compilation has been released we’ve seen that this concept has a bit of variety to it. The spectral “Spacer” has a softer touch layering lush pads with twinkling accents that flicker like distant stars sounding like a vintage sci-fi soundtrack.
Dirtybird has also been going extremely strong in their 10th Anniversary year releasing a ridiculous amount of booty-shaking tracks on a bi-monthly basis. Their crew has shown up in so many Tech Tuesdays recently that its beginning to become absurd. With a packed summer of Dirtybird BBQs lined up around the country the label is set to release a new compilation Grill$on’s Revenge featuring a bunch of new talents. Will Clarke’s “808 Frenzy” gives a good taste of what we can expect with low-end shattering bass, heavy oscillating synths, and general tech house debauchery.