BLANCAh’s Top 5 Melodic Techno Playlist

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
July 23, 2019

BLANCAh’s Top 5 Melodic Techno Playlist

Brazilian techno producer, DJ, and Warung Beach Club resident BLANCAh has now joined Renaissance and has just released “Cold Lights,”  with an album dropping in winter. “Cold Lights” is the first original single on Renaissance in over a decade, following the label’s celebrated The ReMix Collection series, which saw remixes of classic tracks from Maceo Plex, Solomun, Adam Beyer, and Tale of Us.

‘Cold Lights’ builds beautifully, featuring BLANCAh’s own ethereal vocal – the perfect foil for the dark, intense beats. Recorded in Brazil on one of the hottest nights of the year, the lyrics were born as BLANCAh took a walk outside to get some fresh air and clear her head.

“I was inspired by the way the lights appeared cold in the heat of the night; to musically capture this contrast I set softer melodic parts, such as strings and my own voice, to drums and percussion with real dance floor power.” – BLANCAh

In honor of the release, we asked BLANCAh to share her favourite melodic techno tracks with us:

Petar Dundov – Distant Shores

Ask me a thousand times what my favourite music is in the whole world, and a thousand times I will answer ‘Distant Shores’. Every time when I listen to or when I play this song I have goosebumps, sometimes I even cry. This song to me defines my guidelines as a producer since I’m always looking for the precise balance between power and poetry. To me, this song is a perfect example of a masterpiece.

Patrice Baumel – The Vanishing

I love the way that Baumel build this song. This long intro is magnificent, driven by beautiful percussions and a fantastic melody.

Luca Maniaci – Antares

I define this song in two words: ‘mental’ and ‘hypnotic;. There’s a continual arpeggio in the background creating the perfect groove while the PAD and the clean piano creates the tension, mixing different flavours and confusing our mind. This one is crazy and I love it.

Paulo Foltz – Peace

This young producer is, in my opinion, a Brazilian rising star in the techno scene. His first album (‘Pineal Connection’) released in 2017 is one of the most beautiful sets of songs created by any Brazilian producer. ‘Peace’ has the qualities that I admire in one song – it’s powerful and sensitive.

Mind Against – Strange Days

This song is so special. The way that the background synth speaks with the melodic synth is so creative and also intelligent. This is a song to listen to and analyse several times in order to learn more about harmony and building arrangements.

BLANCAh “Cold Lights” is out now on Renaissance and available here

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