Older, faster Tech House is making a comeback, so I wondered: Would others want to hear what Tech House sounded like before Beatport mucked it all up? Yes, I said, and took some of those new tunes, blended them with some old and this was the end result. After listening to this mix, you may experience flashbacks to late nights of your raving past. Enjoy!
Little Helpers is a label you’ve probably never heard of, but it’s one of the most diverse and prolific in the Techno/House community. Releases don’t have names, only numbers and the styles span the gamut from Minimal Techno to Breakbeat, but the sweet spot tends to be Tech House. The tracks are best used as transitional or ‘filler’, so some may find this mix boring, but that’s kind of the point.
With over 300 releases, it’s hard to pick ‘the best’, but there’s a 1.5 hour mix of some that I really like.
Los Angeles has THE BEST underground Techno scene in America today and now that events are starting to get scheduled again, I thought it was time to share a mix to get you bac into the swing of things. Deep, heady, chin-stroking Techno, with bits of fury and it all ends on a pretty note. And YES…there are really Freak Chakra and RITM tunes in there.
Way back in the early days of the interwebz, I was part of an online magazine: Selekta. Over the years, the magazine faded away, but my bruddy Dennis Lowry kept the name alive with a web-based record label. With over 100 years and 15+ years of good vibes, he asked me to put together a mix for their upcoming podcast and release on the label. All of these, except for my edits, are available wherever you buy awesome House music.
Last one in the Quarantine Series, I decided to make a mix on my birthday that is mainly Playa & deeper House. Things stay pretty tame, til half way through, when the tempo picks up, but everything ends on a chill note.
Week 10 and as we start to spend more time outside, the vibe gets heavier. This mix has some headier Minimal Techno, Tech House and Prog House, but flows well. I’m really lovin ‘One Thing’, which is a remix of “1 Thing” from Amerie, but I really dig all the tracks in one or another. Enjoy.
Week 9 in quarantine and restrictions in CA are easing, making life in isolation more tolerable. Don’t let your guard down and use this week’s mix to secure your safety, because we all know House Music cures everything. Anyway, this mix touches a few genres and energy levels, but mainly resides in the realm of Tech House. Included are a snappy remix of ‘El Trago’ from 2 In a Room and one of my more favorite versions of ‘Relax’ from Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Week 8 in quarantine and it occurred to me that we’ve been locked down for 2 months, or 61 days, or 1,464 hours. That’s depressing as Hell, so to lighten up the mood, this week has more of an upbeat and fun vibe of all new music. There’s still the deep/minimal stuff, but I threw in some bangers like ‘Boss’ from My Cat Snoop, a great remix of ‘Touch Me’ from 49ers (track #23) and even a little Speed Garage (‘Stepper’ from Kreature).
Week 7 and I don’t know if it’s being quarantined, or if I’m just getting old, but I’m really starting to grow to love deep/minimal House with vocals and other pretty s**t, mixed with some Prog House. In any event, here’s close to 2 hours of some killer, new tracks with vocals and other pretty s**t in them, mixed with some Prog House.
Week 6 of the quarantine for my family and the warm, Southern California spring is making it hard to stay indoors. So this week, I give you some Minimal House, Prog House and Deep/Playa House to listen to in the short stints of outdoor time, in the sun.