Oddball house and techno pack out this On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Beatport News Editor / San Francisco
I make no bones about my love for San Francisco’s Icee Hot party—in three years it’s become not only a local institution but the absolute go-to spot for most of the world’s house, techno, and bass producers and DJs traveling to the US. Now with their eponymous label in full swing, they’re only poised to make bigger moves. Today’s offering: a breakthrough record from Montrealers Grown Folk, who bring some much-needed house heat to otherwise chilly climes. Lovely.
Merchandising Manager / Denver
Dahlia Black’s debut single (from a forthcoming full-length) is the pitch-black audio equivalent of complete and total hip-hop desolation. Teaming up with Hey!Zeus on vocals, forward-thinking beat maker Blue Daisy takes to the microphone as Dahlia Black, and the results are part horror movie soundtrack and complete, suffocating, sonic abandon. “Fuck A Rap Song” is certainly a debut I didn’t see coming from the same guy that’s reworked John Talabot into dreamy pop-house, but I’m glad it found its way across this desk.
Merchandising Manager / Los Angeles
Holy guacamole, I love this track—from the simple building blocks of the intro forming around a kick drum, then churning into a typhoon of layers that work into a frenzied monster. This one has that right blend to make both the headphone listeners and sweaty clubgoers satisfied.
Merchandising Manager / Berlin
The title of Michal Ho’s new EP, Don’t Rush, is probably a little is tongue-in-cheek, given that the track of the same name is nothing but grubby latenight, peak-time acid, but it’s the skeletal b-sider “Jook” that has me hitting repeat this week. It’s a beatless compromise between proto house, broken beats, and bass music that gets better with each listen.
Grown Folk photo via Spin