Five Tracks: SHADED

Following a string of impressive 2018 releases that included the likes of Exploited, Senso Sounds and Turbo Recordings, Los Angeles own SHADED comes into 2019 stronger than ever.

Having already appeared on Senso this year, his second 2019 release finds him on Desert Hearts Records, a label whose catalogue features Matt Tolfrey, Rodriguez Jr., Jacky and Anabel Englund.

Titled Gucci Baggy, it’s a playful and hyperactive minimal gem with snappy drums and hypnotising vocal samples. It will arrive on March 4th.

We got in touch with the American artist to find out his five favourite vocal techno tracks, with choices from Nina Kraviz, Tiga, Marc Houle and more. Find the full list below.

Tiga – Louder Than A Bomb
Last Gang Records

Tiga’s album Sexor was awesome, but this track always struck a chord with me due to my love of hip hop. It was a perfect mix of hip hop, electro, and techno all mixed into a dance floor bomb! The 80’s flare and 90’s hip hop vibe mixed into electronica. Love it, Tiga is the man.

Nina Kraviz – Ghetto Kraviz

When this came out I was already a fan of Rekids and Radio Slave but I had no idea who Nina was. Since hearing the record, I felt I couldn’t go anywhere without seeing Nina’s name. Her style has changed quite a bit, but this record still gets me excited. I just like simple and effective music, and this hit the mark for me.

Marc Houle – Techno Vocals

This tune was one of the first I heard coming out of Richie Hawtin’s Minus camp during their dominance of the minimal techno scene around 2011 or so. Marc’s music reminded me of refined bass video game music. He never over-complicates anything, just makes effective, round, punchy dance tracks that reminded me of being a kid. Weird synth galore, and even weirder vocals.

Tim Green – Mr. Dry

One of the first minimalistic tech house tunes that really linked vocal and instrumental syncopation in a way that I had yet to hear at the time of release in 2008. When it hit, it was during the peak of the minimal techno era and would pop any club off. Still inspired every time I hear it, knowing that the simplest ideas are the most effective.

Fur Coat ft. Cari Golden – You And I
Crosstown Rebels

Classic right here, came out during the era in which Crosstown Rebels was dominating the scene. The simple nasty bass line paired with Cari’s ethereal voice gives it this dark club edge, yet still not overbearing. It flows so well, too. it does not rush to the punch, rather letting the tune unfold at such a sweet pace.

SHADED – Gucci Baggy EP is out 25th February on Desert Hearts Records.