In , the conjoined worlds of house and techno culture unequivocally transcended the underground. With artists like Bicep and Sasha attracting mainstream attention, and labels like dirtybird and Diynamic bringing in hoards of new fans, house and techno culture experienced what will likely be regarded as its most visible and fruitful year yet. Though genres rooted in decades-old traditions and structure, house and techno continued to evolve at a remarkable rate this year. One such example was the digital eruption of lo-fi house, a sub-genre driven on the back of YouTube algorithms, viral videos, and grainy, yet relentlessly catchy hooks. Offline, tribal house and techno saw a massive resurgence, thanks in large part to European imprints like Innervisions and Keinmusike pushing their low-key brand of hypnotic, afro-centric dance floor tracks. On the release front, there were no shortage of standout tracks this year to speak of. Few tracks stuck in the memory of dance fans quite like Bicep's "Glue," a nostalgic ode to the U.
Alessandro Adriani, “One Minute (After Death)” (Pinkman)
Planet X Original Mix. The YellowHeads , Space Reload Records. Distinct Operator Original Mix. Mi Dica Original Mix. Audiomatiques , Stiv Hey. Sgadi Li Mi Original Mix. Charlotte de Witte. Park People Original Mix. Adam Beyer.
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