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Download: Mixtape: SF Producers Pushing House and Techno Forward (Podcast #371)

It certainly feels like San Francisco is experiencing a resurgence of house and techno music as of late, but the City has long been a place for dance music innovation. Consider, for example, the legacy of Patrick Cowley, whose experimental, synth-driven dance music is now finding broader audiences through a series of joint releases by local labels Dark Entries and Honey Soundsystem Records. Cowley’s work wouldn’t sound out of place among many of today’s house and techno producers, and the track that concludes this mix — from Honey Soundsystem’s Jackie House and Jacktone Records’ Dr. Sleep — features a sample of the pioneering artist’s “Primordial Landscape.”

There are many DJ/producer collectives represented in this mix, but few, if any, of them have grown the following of San Francisco’s Dirtybird. The label/event production house led by Claude Von Stroke began a decade ago, establishing a reputation for being both forward-thinking and fun-loving. We’ve included a track in this mix from Dirtybird’s J. Phlip; Jessica Phillippe is a renowned touring DJ, but “Growl” is a masterfully bass-heavy tune. Similarly dance floor-friendly melodic deep house tracks come from local duos Bells & Whistles and GLSS. Check out the GLSS song, then do a deep dive into Popgang Records’ varied and engaging catalog.

Of all of the artists included here, however, indie music fans might be most familiar with Matrixxman. Charles Duff released Homesick on electronic pop heavyweight label Ghostly International over the summer, and the long-simmering talent’s debut album is a thoroughly compelling work. Inspired by the intersection between scientific developments and humanity, is it any surprise that Homesick is a great headphones record? Another recent local release that we’re really enjoying is Depth Charge, the new EP from Oakland’s Worker/Parasite. In a world of infinite digital editing capability, it’s impressive that Depth Charge was recorded straight to tape.

There’s a ton of great music in this mix, so put on your dancing shoes and enjoy the mix!

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Track Listing:

Cherushii – “Wild Abandon”
Bells & Whistles – “Hands”
Matrixxman – “Augmented”
J. Phlip – “Growl”
Jackol (now known as Juan the Alchemist) – “Predictable”
GLSS – “Soul Feel”
CM-4 – “Summit”
Abandoned Footwear – “Robsart Hospital”
Nackt – “Understand”
Worker/Parasite – “Fish Dust”
Jackie House & Dr. Sleep – “Predatory Landscape”