Deep Inside: July 2018’s must-hear house and techno playlist

With hundreds of records released each week, it’s difficult to keep track of what’s going on in dance music. Thankfully, FACT’s Deep Inside column is back in the form of a new playlist, delivering all of our favorite house, techno, electro, disco and rave tracks from the past month straight to your ears.

It’s the middle of summer, which means your favorite DJs are off playing European festivals. Usually you’d expect the release schedule to tail off around now too, but if anything the past few months have been chock full of incredible music (see our latest Quarter Report for proof), especially for house and techno fans.

June saw the release of a few bonafide contenders for house track of the year from Marquis Hawkes – who teamed up with spoken-word artists Ursula Rucker on the soaring ‘Don’t U’ – and CLUBKELLY, whose ‘Hiway’ updates the French filter house template to euphoric effect.

It was an unbelievable few months for full lengths too – Galcher Lustwerk, MGUN, Blawan and Martyn all released big albums while Gábor Lázár, DJML and Flora FM released slightly more under the radar (but no less brilliant) albums, covering hi-res club sounds, melodic drum tracks and hazy Chicago-influenced sounds respectively.

Electro’s big comeback shows no signs of abating either, with DJ Stingray, LA-4A, Alma Construct, Abby Echiverri and Mor Elian all delivering some of the month’s hardest-hitting tracks. For fans of ‘what the hell do you call this?’, Diagonal delivered the helium-fuelled debut of Handy, Ploy redefined the drop on ‘Ramos’ and Barker took Ostgut Ton to blissed-out places on the Debiasing EP.

Of course not everything from the past month is available on streaming platforms, so special mention must also go to EVOL, whose Ideal Acid packs 303 acid bangers into 20 minutes, making it the maddest acid concept mix of all time.

Listen to this month’s picks via Spotify or Apple Music below and subscribe to the playlists to get fresh selections every month.

Tracklist:

01. Marquis Hawkes – ‘Don’t U’ (feat Ursula Rucker) [Houndstooth]
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02. CLUBKELLY – ‘Hiway’ [Crazylegs]
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03. Kornel Kovacs – ‘Metropolis’ [UTTU]
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04. Flora FM – ‘Eternal Huron Shadows’ [Argot]
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05. Roza Terenzi – ‘Weakest Link’ [Voyage Recordings]
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06. DJML – ‘Bidbot City’ [Jacktone]
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07. MGUN – Your Never Home [Don’t Be Afraid]
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08. Baba Stiltz – ‘Serve’ [XL Recordings]
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09. Galcher Lustwerk – Rules Meant To Be Broken [Lustwerk Music]
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10. Martyn – Why [Ostgut Ton]
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11. Via Maris – Glow Wall [Livity Sound]
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12. Batu – ‘Flash React’ [XL Recordings]
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13. Abby Echiverri – Nadezhda [The Bunker NY]
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14. Lorenzo Senni – XAllegroX (DJ Stingray’s Molto Allegro Mix) [Warp]
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15. LA-4A – ‘Creased’ [CPU Records]
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16. Alma Construct – ‘7’ [Power Vacuum]
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17. Mor Elian – ‘Persona Non Grata’ [Hypercolour]
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18. Gábor Lázár – ‘Unfold’ [The Death of Rave]
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19. Handy – ‘Oink’ [Diagonal]
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20. Minimal Violence – ‘U41A’ [Technicolour]
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21. Blawan – ‘Stell’ [TERNESC]
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22. Ploy – ‘Ramos’ [Timedance]
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23. Parrish Smith – ‘Mute’ [Dekmantel UFO]
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24. X-Altera – ‘Passivity Fields’ [Ghostly]
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25. Sophia Loizou – ‘The Interior Life of Another’ [Cosmo Rhythmatic]
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26. Barker – ‘Look How Hard I’ve Tried [Ostgut Ton]
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Scott Wilson is FACT’s tech editor. Find him on Twitter

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