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8 Terrific Tech House Tracks

Currently a buzzword for the EDM aesthetic, tech house is a diverse genre of music with a rich history and plenty of quality releases. Here are eight of my favorites.

“First Heartbeat” (1998)

This track is a British precursor to the microhouse sound that has become quite saturated recently. It has that infectious “in the pocket” groove that comes from masterful hi-hat programming, and is damn near a stripped back drum track, but dub elements keep things moving and feeling full.

I can't recommend this self-titled album enough—it's incredibly varied and easily one of the best dance music LPs from the mid-late '90s.

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2Pure Science
Pure Science Presents Sci-Phi - Human Spirit

“Be-Dup” (1998)

One of the finest sunrise tracks ever recorded. There's Italo/Dream aesthetic here in swathes, and even a hint of Goa, but the structure and drum programming are singularly tribal tech house.

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3St Germain
French Traxx EP

“Dance Lady” (1993)

A pivotal combination of techno and deep house, certainly a blueprint for the rugged and funky sound that would become dominant in the mid-‘90s and early 2000s. Every track on this EP is 5/5.

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4Mr G
Urban Warfare E.P.

“Lex (Flip Flopping)” (2011)

One of the most recognized and respected producers in the genre, Mr. G has been and continues to be synonymous with quality tech house. This tune has tribal influences as well, with jazzy, pumpin’ deep house chords and a sensual Spanish spoken word vocal/chop. Real roller of a track.

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“Scimitar” (2014)

A dissonant take on the bass-heavy, stabby sound that has become associated with 'big room' music. Deep as hell with lots of hidden subtleties.

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6Chez Damier/Ron Trent
Prescription Underground EP

“Untitled (Morning Factory)” (1994)

Nobody makes music like Chez Damier and Ron Trent. Morning Factory is a classic and one of the deepest tracks ever made.

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Judy's Bass

"Jeally" (2012)

Since the mid-2000s, Russia's sound increasingly has blended progressive house sonics with steely, percussive deep house to pleasing effect. Check out the Deepology label for more Russian goodies.

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8Housey Doings
House Utensils

“Lounge” (2000)

An uplifting and busy tune revolving around a Nina Simone vocal. Housey Doingz are UK legends for a reason, effortlessly blending a range of styles that always feel underpinned by a classic rave attitude. This particular sound has been revived and reinterpreted in recent years by artists such as Gene On Earth and Soso Tharpa.

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*bonus Housey Doingz track:

“Flying Saucers” (1996)

A freaky tech house bomb that uniquely blends acid, garage, and electro.

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