Baltra – Untitled (B) [Self-Released]
We rapidly recognized Baltra as one of the flagship of the lo-fi movement as early as last year, and while he might no be as prolific as his contemporaries Mall Grab and DJ Seinfeld, he never ceases to mesmerize with the smoothness of his pads and the pinpoint precision of his rhythms. Untitled B is no stranger to that. Released in the last days of 2016, it stays true to Baltra’s style and somehow still takes it to another level.
Jesse Futerman – Gem (Hidden Spheres Remix) [Church]
What a tune to launch a set with! Canada’s own Jesse Futerman had peaked our interest when releasing his beautiful Tribute to Falafel King, an homage to his favorite joint that closed earlier last year. Now that he is back on our beloved Church Records, Hidden Spheres – who discreetly yet brilliantly navigates between Lobster Theremin, Rhythm Section and other quality labels – turns the already captivating Gem into a very charming dance floor weapon. To play whenever!
Dan Kye – iigo [Rhythm Section International]
Now that was one of the nicest surprises I have had in a long time. I was/am a big Jordan Rakei enthusiast as a R&B and soul producer, and I knew that he had recently came to settle in London – but to see him release a house record on Rhythm Section under the Dan Kye alias was just another level completely. iigo, recently premiere by Stamp the Wax, is my personal favorite – although I also played Like You Wanna at a NYE after party and got nothing but raised arms and whistles. Another gold star to RS!
Paradiso Rhythm – Loleatta [Step Back Trax]
I found this one of an Austrian compilation, also featuring the very interesting DJ Psychiatre. Loleatta is everything that I like in a good dancey-housey banger. A good sample, a good rhythm, a groovy bassline, molto gosto
Chaos In the CBD – Natural Taboo [Craigie Knowes]
I feel like if I had been writing these in 3 years ago I would already have been writing about the kiwi brothers. They are the kind of producers that never cease to evolve while somehow maintaining their identity. Natural Taboo features the very recognisable Chaos in the CBD percussion patterns but adds an usual power and a very tasty ethnic vocal that just makes you wanna move your body in an odd way. FYI, this track is only available as part of a magnificent compilation released by the Scottish party crew Craigie Knowes, also featuring Shanti Celeste and Legowelt. All profits go to the War Child NGO as their annual fundraiser, so get on it!