John Summit and Silver Panda, HI-LO and Space 92, Sevenn, Roddy Lima, and Weska delivered house and techno heaters during the week of January 22!
The new year is chugging right along, and with it are the beats that keep us movin’ and groovin’. With so many house and techno tracks to sift through, your head might be spinning. Instead, kick back and relax because EDM Identity has dived in and resurfaced with a handful of tunes to obsess over!
In addition, we’ve been keeping up with all the major news to make your life a whole lot easier. Rinzen and Durante both made album announcements, Nico de Andrea delivered his debut album, RÜFÜS DU SOL unveiled their XS Nightclub residency in Las Vegas, and Keinemusik revealed that they’re heading to The Pyramids of Giza. With that came lineups galore, from Tomorrowland, Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge, and Movement Detroit.
Before you head off to explore these newsworthy happenings and more, it’s time to wrap your ears around our curated house and techno sounds. This week’s selection includes John Summit and Silver Panda, HI-LO and Space 92, Sevenn and Space Motion, Roddy Lima and SPECT3R, and Weska.
Read along for more information on five fresh tracks that dropped last week, and listen to more house and techno curations on EDM Identity’s Subterranean Sounds, House Heaters, Melodic Marvels, and Dancefloor Decadence Spotify playlists!
House and Techno IDchart 001 – January 22-28, 2024
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (John Summit & Silver Panda Remix)
Hot on the heels of John Summit’s Madison Square Garden announcement comes the arrival of his highly anticipated remix of “Sweet Disposition” by Australian indie rock band The Temper Trap. Israeli/US duo Silver Panda joined in on the action, and together, they cooked up an anthemic hair-raiser that’s sure to remain in setlists across the globe for the foreseeable future.
The remix is settling in on John Summit’s Experts Only and marks Silver Panda’s sophomore release on the label, following “Welcome The Night” with Sevenn. Now, if we can only get Summit’s “Shiver” with Hayla to drop, all will be right with the world. From the sounds of it, we don’t have to wait much longer!
HI-LO (Oliver Heldens), Space 92 – GENESIS
Dutch future house pioneer Oliver Heldens tapped into his HI-LO techno alias to bring “GENESIS” to life on his blossoming label, HILOMATIK. But he didn’t go it alone. The trance-meets-techno stylings of Space 92 would complete the puzzle, and what emerged out of the studio was a banging bassline, complete with euphoric synth waves and aggressive keyboard stabs.
This wasn’t the first time these two brushed elbows. After the arrival of “Mercury” and “Arpeggio” came “ORION,” the second half of the GENESIS EP. With each release, their musical bond grew tighter. HI-LO pointed out, “[Space 92 is] open-minded enough to try out every idea/suggestion that I blurt out during our studio sessions, even if they sound crazy, haha”. He went on to say, “I can be quite intense when I’m in creative mode, but Mathieu totally matches up to that, and I’m really happy with what came out of our studio sessions!”
I think it’s safe to say that we all feel the same.
Sevenn, Space Motion – Delete Time
Our next pick comes from two highly sought-after industry tastemakers. Individually, Sevenn and Space Motion have been on a similar mission: to bridge the gap between trance, techno, and house. All it took was the right time, and with a little help from SPINNIN’ DEEP, these friends became collaborators.
“Delete Time” is a melodic masterpiece that fills the room with weightless synth tones guided by a gentle tempo. But the true focal point is the choral chant, angelic vocal refrains with haunting conviction. As the track builds steam, space and time fade away, leaving the listener suspended in limbo until the final beat snaps them back to reality.
Roddy Lima, SPECT3R – Lie To Me
Insomniac’s IN / ROTATION is always on the lookout for the next great name in the scene. It seems as if Roddy Lima made a lasting impression. He’s called back to the imprint after “Animal,” his collaboration with SUBB, landed on ROTATE Vol. 11 last July. For siblings Ana Lu and Júlio, aka SPECT3R, “Lie To Me” marks their IN / ROTATION debut.
“Lie To Me” overflows with sexy vibes and contains just enough quirk to keep the feet happily shuffling along. The vocals are joyously light and airy, matching the power of the punchy top-end tones. It’s the kind of track that can be enjoyed as a pre-game mood-setter or deep in the night when flirtation is the name of the game.
Weska – Depot
Closing out our top five tracks is “Depot” by Weska. Prepare to be driven to the dancefloor with bold, hypnotic lyrics and a bouncy bassline that springs the feet to life. What makes this track extra special is the dark, simmering undertone that grows with every passing beat. It’s a little bit hypnotic and a whole lot erotic, leaving listeners red and sweaty from the interaction.
“Depot” is right at home on Insomniac’s Factory 93, a label with which Weska is all too familiar. His history with them began back in 2021 with the arrival of the Meru EP. The Toronto-based producer then went on to unleash Dovercourt / Limelight with Charles D, securing his spot as part of the family.