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On Rotation

Staff picks from Redshape, Om Unit, Mike Okay, Secret Boyfriend, Flo, and more

By Ken Taylor
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Techno, bass, house, and everything in between show up in this week’s On Rotation segment, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.


Sean Lewis

Merchandising Manager / Los Angeles


It’s definitely not a surprise that I picked yet another Om Unit remix since he dominated my On Rotation picks for all of 2013. I can’t really help it; this track is drenched in dark energy with beautiful drum work that really plays to my tastes. I doubt 2014 will be any different.

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Matt Ferry

Merchandising Manager / Denver


You have to be held in pretty high regard to release on Monkey Safari’s Hommage imprint, and Mike Okay’s debut on the label, “Blizzards,” certainly proves worthy. Full of the melodic groove and twinkling nuances ever-present in the productions of the label’s leaders, Mike Okay’s release fits the bill perfectly. Exactly the listening I need when it’s -6 outside. Lord almighty…

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Christine Kakaire

Merchandising Manager / Berlin


There is something deeply and satisfyingly nostalgic about Blackest Ever Black’s new signing Secret Boyfriend. There are the label’s signature goth-tronica overtones, of course, but here they are happily wedded to ’80s-soundtrack synths, washy shoegaze chords, and some hazy folk arrangements. This is such a gorgeous album, perfect for those who want to dive into some wintry home listening.

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Steven Dermody

Event Coordinator / Denver


The masked man who is Redshape has been almost buy-on-sight for me since he burst on to the global scene in 2006. “Made of Steel” reflects what the producer manages to still do so well, keeping one foot in clinically precise territory while retaining looseness that never feels forced. This track has confident, analog funk vibe that grows into a groove, carrying more energy than its 120-bpm tempo might suggest. The simple vocal sample he works with never gets tired as the layers of percussion come and go over various textures of synthesizers.

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Mike Chapman

Marketing Manager / Berlin


A mysterious new label with their debut release displaying a logo of a giant hamburger recently caught my attention simply because I was actually hungry for a burger upon the time of discovering it. Fate (and hunger) brought me and Flo together, it seems—and the first release on this label has clearly put some serious beef back into the buns of house music. Slammin’ is a term I rarely use anymore when I think about house music, as it all seems to be going a bit deeper and smoother. Fortunately, this bomb comes equipped with a huge (slightly distorted) kick drum, a nice warm, soulful loop, and a hi-hat that seems to just smack you across the face each time it crashes over the top of this punchy groove. I love it.

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