Techno Tuesday is a feature on Dancing Astronaut documenting the culture of underground dance music. We’ll bring you exclusive interviews, tracks, and narratives from artists within the techno, tech house, and deep house world in an effort to shed light on some of the best talent outside the world of mainstream dance music.
Monkey Safari have built quite the fabled career for themselves. With a philosophy of bringing joy to any dancefloor they touched, the German pair swept the tech house realm early on in their careers with grooving melodies and catchy rhythms. They only continued to solidify their standing within the top ranks of the underground from there, opening a club in their hometown of Halle and entering into the realm of label ownership.
However, a change is nigh for the outfit, who is beginning to enter into a new phase of their artistic evolution. The pre-cursor to this change began in 2015, where they abandoned their older labels in favor of their newest effort: Hommage. This label focused on a more melodically-centered approach to music, opening the door for working a wider variety of artists while also refining their sound.
Odyssey has since come along to solidify this new direction for Monkey Safari. What began as a quest to create a “listening” album soon turned into the development of a club-oriented venture, which saw the duo emerging from their tech house chrysalis as a new, avant-garde underground act. Eleven tracks entrance the listener with their winding developments and intense structuring, taking on a more progressive sound than ever as the duo work on creating impact through subtlety. Thus far, this new sonic direction has landed them on the likes of Bedrock and beyond.
As they’re preparing to kick off a North American tour throughout the end of 2017, Dancing Astronaut caught up with Monkey Safari on the writing process behind Odyssey, their new chapter, and beyond.
Tour Dates: 08/12 Primary, Chicago 09/12 Bespoke, Toronto 13/12 Bar Smith, Phoenix 14/12 Q Nightclub, Seattle 15/12 Sound, Los Angeles 16/12 The Great Northern, San Francisco 17/12 Larry Flint Hustler Club, Las Vegas
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