Its been two weeks since the last Tech Tuesday but that doesn’t mean that the artists stopped releasing great tech house and techno on my account. So this week we’ll be playing catch-up looking at some of the key releases that we missed from Green Velvet, Rezz, Main Course, and Kane West during our impromptu vacation.
Tech powerhouse Green Velvet is back at the top of the overall Beatport charts with his collab with Technasia “Suga.” The guitar-laden thumper is full of funky vibes with bright riffs and soulful vocals laid over top of a rolling bassline. Light and breezy, the Toolroom release coincides with the peak of summer making for a perfect feel-good summer hit. And with a hook like “spoon full of your love” who’s complaining?
Canadian techno prodigy Rezz released her debut EP Insurrection via Nest HQ and its every bit as dark and furious as you would expect it to be. The lead track “Plague” has elements of early 90s rave with ominous orchestral elements that are interrupted by intense bursts of growling bass. An astoundingly strong output, one can see influences of Gesaffelstein and Deadmau5 in Rezz’s productions while still maintaining a completely unique voice. Keep your eyes on this one, she’s gonna do big things.
Nu-Club label Main Course has consistently been pushing the envelope when it comes to redefining the sound of well established genres. Whether it be trap, moombahton, house, or techno they always bring their own special flavor to the genre. Their upcoming Plates compilation, curated by label-boss Bot, focuses on stripped down blown-out warehouse tech with tracks from Kid Kamillion & Jesse Slayter, Skitzofrenix, Smalltown DJs, Slowbody & Bot himself. Best summed up by the Landis LaPace track “The Heat” this compilation has deep grooving basslines, snappy samples, heavy-oscillating synths, and irreverent accents that blend old school sounds with new school attitudes, definitely go snap this comp up while it’s still free.
And we round out this week’s selections with PC Music affiliate Kane West’s remix of Tiga & Boys Noize’s “100.” One of the only PC Music members to actually make tech house, Kane West has developed a signature style by using cheap samples in lo-fi ways to create tracks that sound like they were produced by Fischer Price. His “100” remix is no exception, looping a short “girls” vocal over plinking drums and low-res Mellotron chords resulting in a tow-tapping good time. With a new ep coming out on Turbo Recs soon, we’ll definitely come back to Kane’s enigmatic production down the line.