Our friend Dancing Mandy has dug deep into her digital crate to give you a heaping earfull of summer vibes. When she is not holding it down on the decks at some cool party in the woods DJing for rave elves and forest creatures, she moonlights as a marketing and communications guru at Universal Audio. Turn it up and enjoy the last couple months, you've earned it.
Dancing Mandy - Summer Guest Mix
Summer is upon us and house music is alive and well here in the Bay Area. A veritable holiday in its own right, summer solstice marks the moment where cave-dwelling clubbers shed their concrete skin and flee for the pristine lakes and rivers of Northern (like, really northern) California. Campgrounds along the Feather River and in Lake County host a parade of festive free spirits, many of whom spend hot days lounging on pegasus floaties and chill nights in unicorn onesies, taking in the beauty of the trees. Yes, this is the season of the renegade, the invite-only, the you-gotta-know-someone-who-knows-someone campout. Summer heralds the moments where the hardworking crews of some of the best Burning Man sound camps and San Francisco underground househeads get a chance to say, “Gone fishin’.” Okay, more like “Gone dancin’,” but you get the idea.
But fear not! I have brought the beats of the weekend getaway to you — a spectrum of funky and booty clapping tech house that is guaranteed to make face scream, “It’s SUMMMMAAHHHH!”
Welcome friends, to the sunshine.
Released as part of the Black JukeBox 23 EP, these two tracks sit firmly in a classic deeper house groove while not taking itself too seriously. The (literally) insane vocal of “Blew My Mind” can’t NOT put a smile on your face.
Nothing else in this set quite says “summertime pool party” quite like “On You,” another perfectly crafted jackin’ house track by Alex Kenji.
This groovester features a deep rolling bassline and a not-so-subtle reminder to get off your ass and “Just DO IT!” If this track won’t motivate you to get your ass on the dance floor (or get your room cleaned, depending on where you’re at) you’re out of luck. Buddy.
A big problem I have with a lot of tech house, especially of the deep-bass booty-shaking variety, is the lack of melody and warmth. Neither of these tracks disappoint — both Perfect Driver boss Matthew Anthony and Keno Record’s founder David Keno deliver just the right hint of the harmonic to beats guaranteed to move your feet.
Featuring a wicked four to the floor kick and the most badass percussive vocal sample you’ll hear this summer, if “Revolution” doesn’t make you want to shuffle your shoes off, well, you and I probably can’t be friends. Later in the mix, “Everybody Know Now” echoes this vibe with an infectious gospel-style handclap backbeat to keep things moving.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but tech house madman Billy Kenny has been on a bit of a tear recently. “Just a Groove” is just one of many fun, stellar, and wacky tech house tracks recently released on his second installment of Billy Kenny and Friends, also featuring collaborations with Mija, Weiss, Amine Edge & DANCE, and Wongo.
I have never owned a jungle track in my life, until now. That blistering old school jungle groove is the best salami in a tech house sandwich I’ve ever tasted.
You know a Jesse Perez track when you hear one, many have that instant ‘90s hip hop vibe with that extra bit of kick and bass to get you moving. All you want to be saying when you’re listening to this one is, “Yes….take me back!”
When it’s time to get down, it’s time for these two tracks, bringing funk for your feet and groovy bass for your face.
Whether the dance floor is winding down, or it’s time to go deeper, Franky Rizardo’s expert acid treatment of the classic vocal in “Struggle” is guaranteed to hit the feels at the right time.