Technically all dance music is made in order to be played in a club setting. Over huge speakers with chest-thumping subwoofers on a hazy dancefloor with scores of sweaty individuals stepping on your toes. The fact of the matter though is that this isn’t always true. This week we’ll transition from music perfect for the club to stuff that sounds even better in the intimacy of your own headphones.
Wasting no time after releasing his album Claustrophobia earlier this year, Scuba is back with a fresh new remix of the tender “Call It Love” by George Fitzgerald. While keeping the shimmering arpeggios and soothing vocals of the original, Scuba brings things into the murky basement of an underground club with dark horns and ambient echoes laid over top of your standard Techno beat. Perfect for those long sets that stretch early into the morning, Scuba’s Angel Dust Remix will pick you right up when all you have is fumes.
Kastle’s latest release is strange, and that’s putting it mildly. Sounding like the lovechild of Arca and Dubbel Dutch, “Terraform 2029,” is filled with abstract vocal samples, Latin rhythms, and an aural palette that sounds like a first-person shooter being recorded in an echo chamber. A step away from his house sound, the Polytopia EP explores a more experimental side of tech that walks the line between headphones and the club.
And finally, bringing things over to the headphones side of things we have a dreamy number from Cherushii. Her song “Everything Is In Color” feels like a slowed down house classic allowing it to build up slowly bouncing around before in bubbles over into a gentle cascading waterfall. Referencing Detroit Techno and Chicago House, “Everything Is In Color” has a built-in element of nostalgia to it evoking a slow-motion flashback. Originally part of a cassette-only album, Cherushii has graciously put it up digitally and offered this ambient tech tune free of charge.