Tech House, not always a dirty word

Had been thinking about this for a while, how tech house has become such a dirty word these days and how far away it is from its origins as a sound that was forged by DJs like Eddie Richards, Mr C, Terry Francis etc playing a mixture of underground house and deeper techno grooves at parties such as Wiggle, Heart & Soul, Vapourspace, Whoop Whoop, Kerfuffle etc.

Then a mate sent me this RA video which is actually quite good…

https://youtu.be/74wlkDluLN0

For me it was a pretty broad church taking in garage dubs, electro, breaks, Detroit techno and deep house. Here’s a few favourites from those early days, let’s hear your choices…

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Yeah that video set me adrift on some memories. Closing track below–such a lovely one. Not cheap!

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Still love this sound. And once you sift through the Beatport crap there is still some good stuff coming out that’s all about the basslines and the pads.

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Yeah, Asad had a deeper edge. Moody shit.

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Don’t know much about the scene in all honesty but i think Layo & Bushwacka were part of it & i’ve always loved this track of theirs.
Techy, Electro, Breaky

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Love this pitched right down

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Utter shite now of course but wasn’t always thus…

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Anyone know what became of Mr C ?

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Hot Lizard’s records, the original mixes. Other stuff on label they were on.

16b mix of House of 909 good as well.

Dave Mothersole was another good dj.

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he lives in LA and continues to DJ around the world (when there were places to play) and streams regularly from his home. Top Geezer (lol), no lie.

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Warmed up for him twice many many moons ago .Nice bloke by all accounts.

I wouldn’t categorize that Ame Strong track as Tech House, but it is fantastic and one of my favorites.

A tech house enthusiast buddy of mine was fuming that the RA documentary wasn’t a 2 hour forensic examination of Croydon scene. But I thought it did a decent broad brushstrokes job at explaining how the term’s meaning got twisted.

At the time, for me, the scene seemed a bit blokey and musically on one level, but my taste errs to the girly and cheesy. There were certainly some real gems. This got a thoughtful reissue on the super Vinyl Underground label.

The Ideal label and distribution company seemed keyed into the sound. Ewan Pearson here

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Thought the doc did a pretty good job in 10 minutes too…

Funny, as the musical diversity of the original scene was one of the things I liked about it, but agreed it did get a bit too blokey in the end

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Oh my whatever next. The origins of funky house with interviews from the movers and shakers at defected and hed kandi

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I’d probably enjoy that to be honest.

absolute disaster for Ibiza. personally i thought some interesting (if not mind blowing) stuff emerged out of the minimal aesthetic villalobos, audion, stimming and for a while up until about 10 years ago there these were still these south american/latin sounding tracks which seemed to be indigenous to IBZ and wouldn’t work in a cold climate. but I think everyone on that scene got very lazy and then just gave up on music, melody, warmth altogether to the point it is all now unbearable and popular with just the worst people in society.

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Some decent stuff came out in that period. Can’t imagine a whole night of the stuff though. The Swag stuff was always quality imo

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Totally agree, was always a cut above…and still going strong, new Silverlining album just out. Wicked DJ too…

A few personal favourites here

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