Tech House is a sub-genre that is very dependent on two things: mood & calibre of sound system.
The minimalistic and repetitive sounds can do wonders for your night or they can drive you absolutely nuts. After seeing guys like Jay Lumen and John Acquaviva earlier this year our appetite for tech house skyrocketed.
For the sake of this ‘Best Of’ series and my sanity, we have picked our favourite tracks of 2011 based on genres categorized by Beatport. With that being said, our picks are purely based on personal taste and they give remixes the same weight as an original track.
Alex Kenji and Federico Scavo both had an incredible year. Kenji topped the charts with releases on Hot Fingers, 303 Lovers and a new remix on the Bingo Players label- Hysteria. While Federico tore up the beatport top 10 with his monster rendition of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Otherside.
As was expected there collaboration was a huge success in the house charts and remains our #1 pick for track of the year.
Alex Kenji, Federico Scavo- Get Funky (Original Mix)
I can credit John Acquaviva for wetting my tech house palette. His set at DEMF 2010 was the highlight of the weekend and due to releases like ‘Good Music’ we have stuck around. ‘Good Music’ takes the #2 spot and showcases the minimal techno style that is predominant in his productions.
John Acquaviva, Alex D’Elia & Nihil Young- Good Music feat. Dan Diamond (Original Mix)
Muzzaik gets the honourable mention spot for the alley-oop from Kid Massive. We were already obsessed with the original mix so it didn’t take much to make us a believer in the remixes. The breakdown at 3:45 says it all…