This week we turn our attention to some recently released tracks that take their sweet time. These tunes build on a rich Techno heritage that blended ambient with repetitious percussion that moved your body back and forth until it gave out under its own weight and then you got back up and danced some more. We’ll see some new material from MANT, Moire, and DJ Dodger Stadium that doesn’t go for the hard drop but rather the gradual build-up into a euphoric release.
OK I KNOW WHAT YOUR THINKING BUT THIS IS NOT ANOTHER HOTLINE BLING REMIX. LA organic-house duo DJ Dodger Stadium (DJDS) have forgone the Drake and put their own spin on the original sampled track “Why Can’t We Live Together” by Timmy Thomas. Thomas’ utopic lyrics about trying to find peaceful coexistence feel so much fresher than Drake’s self-pity party. DJDS’s delicate synth work grows over the course of the song so when those well placed stabs come in your absolutely swept up in the moment.
Annie Mac’s weekly free music series is an absolute do not miss for anyone who is serious about good dance music. Her latest gift to us comes from London duo MANT with a techno tune that has some mid-2000’s electro/tech house vibes to it. “Dip Dab,” in addition to having one of the funnest names (!), will get you hard once that oscillating bassline kicks but not before building an intricate Rube-Goldeberg-esque drum pattern that is constantly gaining momentum.
R&S is a label known for ultra-cool forward-thinking dance music with artists like Lone and Nicolas Jaar having been some notable names to put out music on the label. Moire’s newest EP is full of weird analog patterns that start chaotic and abstract but then slowly come into focus with the addition of a 4/4 kick. “Let Down” sounds like Gesaffelstein got lost in the 80s and tried to produce his way to the future. Fuzzy fat basslines clash with vintage strings and flashy synth chords to create a weird hybrid groove monster.