Boston hasn’t been known for its techno, but that’s all soon to change with the inevitable rise of Banana Cat.
Their latest track, Derecho, was recently released from Solid Stone’s Phenomena – and it punches far above the relatively unknown duo’s weight.
The debut release has officially put New England on the map. Derecho is dark, mysterious, and entrancing. It has the back beat of techno’s best with a melodic undertone that will catch you daydreaming in and out. It’s equally at home in an Ibiza sunset as it is in New York’s underground (with green Lazer beams galore). It’s giving me heavy Prydz vibes in the best possible way. Most importantly, Derecho is unexpected. But so is Banana Cat, and the Boston techno underground.
Made up of Boston underground pioneers Elan Rochbert and Kyle Pike, Banana Cat has been billed along with the likes of Chus & Ceballos, Golf Clap, Kill Frenzy, and more. They’ve played every Boston club worth mentioning, and helped build stamina for new venues while strengthening mainstays. They’re the hometown heroes Boston didn’t know they needed (and, with the help of many others in the underground) finally giving the electronic scene some visibility.
Released in tandem is the Solid Stone remix of Derecho, helmed by the Phenomena label boss. The track maintains the tough, punchy ethos of the original while advancing the melodic narrative in less distinct manner. It rounds out a superb Phenomena debut from Banana Cat, who have staked their claim as a production duo to watch in 2019.
Banana Cat will be making their festival debut at Elements Festival this summer, making 2019 a very exciting year for Banana Cat, and fans of great music.