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Man Power – Resident Advisor podcast #940 2024-06-10

“Young partygoers might know Man Power, AKA Geoff Kirkwood, as the earnest geezer going back-to-back with DJs like Ewan McVicar, Paul Woolford, La La and Skream—peak-time specialists with a fine line in boofy bangers and ravey techno. Kirkwood is also a dab hand at the kind of elliptical house and deep cut detours favored by ’00s labels like DFA and Optimo.
In spite of a long track record as a producer and promoter, if you had to boil Kirkwood’s work in recent years down to a single quality, it might be altruism. He hails from North Shields, a small town fringing the boundary of Newcastle in England’s oft-neglected North East, and wears his heritage proudly. The Me Me Me label boss’s involvement in a flurry of civic restoration, and no-filter paeans to the importance of working class involvement in culture, have become as central to his life as music-making itself. For an accomplished DJ who has played at nearly every good club you could name, that’s no small feat.
So which side of Man Power were we in for? The answer on RA.940 is: both. ’60s free verse poetry, Zebra Katz, Gesaffelstein and John Carpenter in the opening stretch? Makes sense. Octave One punching through Rozalla? You got it. An extended Joe Claussell workout atop Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place”? Why not. In Kirkwood’s hands, it all goes down as smooth as a pint of Newcastle Brown.”
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T.Williams – Resident Advisor podcast #935 2024-05-06

“This past February, Tesfa Williams released his debut album—over 20 years into his career. Raves Of Future Past distilled decades of experience on London dance floors into a potent and powerful blend of grime, house, rave and techno. Made with an Elektron Digitakt to imitate the rough textures of early ’00s UK dance music, the LP is an anachronistic history lesson that throws everything in a blender, imagining what gqom might sound like as an Eski track and giving new life to the short-lived “sublow” sound Williams helped invent with classic tracks like “Invasion,” released under his earlier alias DJ Dread D.
Since the sublow days, however, Williams has become a torchbearer for UK house music and African diasporic sounds like Afro house and gqom in London. He’s put out soulful hits like “Heartbeat”—recently reissued by Local Action—and released a steady stream of dance records for PMR and Strictly Rhythm. He’s what you might call a jack of all trades, except for that he’s actually a master of them all.
His RA Podcast charts his musical journey in reverse chronological order, starting with smooth, African-influenced sounds and winding through grime and dubstep, eventually landing at jungle. He threads a needle through diverse genres (and eras), and posits that the traditional UK hardcore continuum is a bigger spectrum than you might think, with gqom’s heave and amapiano’s log drum equally important in the musical equation. It’s nearly two hours of UK dance music past and present, from a DJ who has lived it all.”
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Simo Cell – Resident Advisor podcast #934 2024-04-29

“Simon Aussel is known for a particularly wild DJing style and leftfield bassy bangers, and it’s his curious and playful approach to clubland that’s won him loyal fans over the years. Whether photographing drink tokens from gigs or creating an 8-bit version of his debut album on a Game Boy cartridge, he seems to approach every endeavour with childlike joy and wonder—rare qualities in an industry that can leave so many jaded.
The Nantes-born, Paris-based artist’s love of club culture, digging and world-building has set him on a blazing path in club music. He’s released an exceptionally wide range of music, including a Memphis rap tape for Trilogy Tapes, dubstep-trap-jazz hybrids with Egyptian singer Abdullah Miniawy and deadly hard drum for Livity Sound. His mixes, meanwhile, are fast becoming DJ lore thanks to his knack for connecting seemingly opposed genres like new wave and fast techno. Look no further than his now-infamous Dekmantel Selectors set from 2021 or a marathon back-to-back with Skee Mask in 2022. As the French DJ gets more comfortable with story-telling, he’s getting more personal and focusing on deeper, slower sounds. That’s evident on this RA Podcast—six months in the works—which incorporates woozy downtempo, weighty dub and bleepy beats. Of course, in the chaotic middle section there’s plenty of huge basslines, plus old-school electro, acidic techno and even a bouncy edit of the Montell Jordan classic “This Is How We Do It.” Showcasing his quirks, influences and growth, this is Simo Cell in prime time.”
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Setaoc Mass – Resident Advisor podcast #931 2024-04-08

“Sam Coates took to techno like a diligent pupil, falling in love with the genre through labels like CLR in the late ’00s. It didn’t take long for the student to surpass his proverbial teachers. Almost immediately, the Manchester native was putting out pitch-perfect, functional techno records with everything intricately balanced. The requisite move to Berlin only sealed his fate as a future techno luminary, and by now, based in Kyiv, he’s one of techno’s most reliable, yet exciting, workhorses. Setaoc Mass records (and those on his label, SK_eleven) are minimalist but colossal, deceptively simple but not easy to pull off. We’ve praised him in these pages for his “sense of economy—how to get the hardest impact out of just a few elements,” and that’s the idea behind his RA Podcast as well. Put together from records old and new, and intricately layered, Coates’s mix is like a time-travelling wormhole connecting disparate eras from techno, and highlighting the genre’s most timeless attributes: mechanistic rhythms, careful pacing, rudimentary melodies made out of the strangest sounds and, of course, the power of the bass drop. It’s hard to imagine anything that sounds more capital-T techno than this mix, which is a high compliment. It’s easy to hear why his records and DJ sets are only more in demand from techno heads across the geographical and generational spectrum.”
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INVT – Resident Advisor podcast #930 2024-04-01

“Most underground movements in the arts can be boiled down to one key ingredient: friends doing dope shit together. Childhood BFFs Luca Medici and Delbert Perez have been doing just that with INVT (that’s “innovate”), a multidisciplinary art project that spans club music and streetwear. Before exploding onto the international stage and playing to massive crowds in Ibiza and Tulum, the Miami natives built a solid community at home through electrifying DJ sets, releases and fashion. They might be globe-trotting artists now, going back-to-back with artists like Skream and playing Panorama Bar, but their raw DIY spirit stays strong.
Their tunes and live hardware shows fuse jungle, techno, East Coast club and dubstep—and lately, tech house and tribal house—with bass-heavy Latin genres like cumbia and guaracha. A reflection of Miami’s diverse demographics, their genre cross-pollinations bring together skaters, dancers, artists and various subcultures. Their clothing lines are equally cross-cultural: repurposed vintage items made from screen printing and acid washing, using photos and designs that represent their home city’s vibrant street culture. True to their grassroots ethos, everything’s done in-house, from mixing and mastering tracks to embroidery.
The next-gen duo’s ultra-rhythmic productions, characterised by deep, swinging drums and trippy textures, is delivered to the world at a rapid-fire pace, testament to Medici and Perez’s seemingly insatiable hunger. Their explosive career has helped bring fresh shine to Miami talents who feature heavily in their sets, including this RA Podcast. Featuring DJ Babatr, Coffintexts and plenty of their own unreleased heaters, INVT’s mix represents their friendships, community and Miami’s thrilling melting pot of dance music that they’re still a core part of even as they move across the globe.”
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Introspekt – Resident Advisor podcast #929 2024-03-25

“Last year, when we wrote that “the best UK garage is coming out of Los Angeles,” we were talking about Introspekt. The US DJ, who has since moved to New York, really understands the genre—its appeal, swing and unique, bassy whomp. Listen to any of her tracks, like last year’s “Forlorn,” and you’ll hear someone who produces like she’s been making UKG all her life. This is probably partly because she comes from a dubstep background, but either way, if you’re looking for new UK garage beats, Introspekt is one of the best going right now.
Her DJing also hits a distinct sweet spot, zeroing in one of the proto-dubstep, dark UK garage days when producers like El-B were making the hottest shit around. Her sound is both retro and forward-looking, as you’ll hear on her RA Podcast, which balances vintage Big Apple cuts from Skream & Benga with new-school tunes from Amaliah and Surusinghe. It’s not so much a throwback as it is a rejuvenation of an old sound—a new way to look at it and a new way to make it. If hindsight is 20/20, then Introspekt has perfect vision, and mixes like this are the perfect way to educate listeners, make them move and innovate a little in the process.”
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Rick Wade – Resident Advisor podcast #923 2024-02-12

“Detroit might be synonymous with techno, but it also has a rich house tradition. And Rick Wade—FKA Big Daddy Rick—is one of Detroit house’s key players. Along with the likes of Keith Worthy, Theo Parrish and the late Mike Huckaby (who Wade had a lifelong friendship and friendly rivalry with), he created a hybrid sound that is both techno and house, effortlessly soulful, sculpted and glowing—and Midwest to the core. As Tajh Morris said in a retrospective review of one of his classic records, “growing up in Buchanan, Michigan, meant that Wade was much closer to Chicago than he was to Detroit.”
Many of Wade’s best records were released on Harmonie Park, his era-defining label that also featured plenty of work from Huckaby. Those EPs still sound fresh and timeless today, qualities that extend to Wade’s RA Podcast, which features 90 minutes of smooth-as-butter house old and new. Over the years he’s kept the flame burning for the smouldering sounds of Detroit house, working in sounds from younger producers like Folamour along the way. Enjoy listening to a master at work.”
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Ariel Zetina – Resident Advisor podcast #919 2024-01-15

“Ariel Zetina is as charming as she is talented—one of the many reasons she was named “Chicagoan of the Year for Pop Music” by the Chicago Tribune last month. A straight shooter with strong principles, her witty personality shines through on social media and in person. She radiates both best friend and boss energy.
Musically, she wears her heart on her sleeve, infusing her personality into her DJing and production. Her sets and mixes are adventurous, moving from hard to soft to playful with precision. From producing theatre shows and opening for Beyoncé to releasing her RA-recommended debut album on Local Action in 2022, the smartbar resident approaches each venture with meaning and depth. That LP explored the complex experience of being a Belizean trans woman, using fiery house and techno to express vulnerability and triumph. Ariel Zetina’s multifaceted personality is on full display in her RA podcast. There’s baile funk-infused techno, crisp drum & bass and plenty of tracks from queer producers from all sorts of scenes, including Michael Cignarale, StrikeStone! and Perfect Lovers. It’s a grand statement of power, flow and seriously good taste.”
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Soul Summit – Resident Advisor podcast #918 2024-01-08

“Soul Summit is a New York institution. The DJ trio have been putting on a summer festival in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene park for well over a decade now, and those gatherings have become a yearly house music pilgrimage for fans from all over the Five Boroughs. The party embodies the ethos of house music: free for everyone, open to families both blood and chosen, a place where everyone is welcome to groove (or just relax) to uplifting, old-school dance music with inspiring lyrics and bumping basslines.
Sadiq Bellamy, Tabu and Jeff Mendoza have created something truly special, and more and more lately, they’ve been spreading their gospel outside the park, too. They’ve become residents at Nowadays, where this RA Podcast was recorded as part of a Mister Sunday party. It was also released as part of the Mister Saturday Night’s cassette box set to celebrate the party’s 15th birthday. This one features an hour of the cassette’s 90-minute runtime, plus an additional 20 minutes only available here. It captures this trio at their soulful best, letting vocal tracks play out long and leisurely with expert blends and gentle transitions. The feelings of warmth, love and welcome land with every kick drum and flow through every bassline.”
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Purelink – Resident Advisor podcast #917 2024-01-01

“Purelink have been described more than once as an “ambient boy band.” (They themselves say “jam band.”) It’s not meant dismissively—the American trio purposefully mean to function as a band, even if their main instruments are laptops. Ambient might not quite cut it as a descriptor, though. The group’s music crosses eras and scenes, touching on the late ’90s clicks & cuts boom as well as the billowy ambient techno put out by labels like 3XL, West Mineral Ltd. and NAFF. Their most recent LP, Signs, released on enigmatic imprint Peak Oil (and one of our favourite albums of 2023), is especially impressive, made of stuttering rhythms and glassy textures. In other words, it’s ambient-not-ambient. While members Concave Reflection, kindtree and Millia have all made excellent music on their own, something special happens when they come together.
Purelink’s RA Podcast is another stellar contribution to our post-New Year’s tradition, where we highlight a more laid-back sound to soothe weary minds and frazzled brain cells after the heavy holiday celebrations. This is 90-plus minutes of intricately textured downtempo, dub techno and even UK garage, all cut through with a floaty, almost drowsy quality, with plenty of exclusives and unreleased cuts from the likes of Nick León, James K, Downstairs J and more. It highlights Purelink’s position as a bridger of worlds, sounds and tempos.”
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Dr Banana – Resident Advisor podcast #916 2023-12-25

“Dr Banana is a name that commands a lot of respect in certain corners of the dance music world. The man has his Ph.D in record digging—not literally, mind you, but play along—and key to his success is the sense of fun, joy and ecstasy he brings to his DJing. UK garage historian? Sure. Blinding DJ? Definitely. He likes to play records you’ve never heard before, records that not only make you dance but might remind you of some of your favourite, formative records of yore.
The UK artist started out with a fashion line and some records and ended up an influential label boss, collector and DJ. He made his name with skippy, retro UK garage—sometimes from new producers and sometimes unearthed from the archives—and nicely coincided with the genre’s explosion in popularity. Since then, he’s highlighted everything from old-school German garage to new-school producers like K-LONE. His DJ sets have only become more adventurous and, crucially, even more bumping. Jungle, R&B, tech house, you name it. His RA Podcast zeroes in on a vintage-sounding, rollicking kind of house music, full of seismic disco basslines and quirky vocal samples. It’s as celebratory as it is mysterious.
Once, Dr Banana was a not so well-kept secret for the heads—the kids in Berlin and London who were starting to realize the similarities between UK garage, minimal and tech house. Now, he’s for everyone, and starting to earn the wider recognition he deserves.”
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Delano Smith – Resident Advisor podcast #914 2023-12-11

“Detroit dance music thrives on intergenerational connections. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, the late Ken Collier mixed disco, soul and early electronic dance music in eye-opening DJ sets that left a mark on up-and-coming artists like Delano Smith. Once Smith established himself in the city’s explosive techno community, he, in turn, influenced soon-to-be legends like Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, Jeff Mills, Norm Talley, Mike “Agent X” Clarke and others.
Now an elder statesman, Smith is etched into our history books as a crucial contributor to Detroit dance music, both house and techno. He’s known especially for the Detroit beatdown sound he pioneered alongside Talley and Clark—slower, sexier records than what Detroit techno is generally associated for. (The trio even put out an RA Podcast under the name in 2010.) It’s more recently that Smith has become known as a producer. He started his own label, Mixmode Recordings, and became a regular on Berlin imprint Sushitech, where he released many of his albums, including the jazzy deep house masterclass An Odyssey. His style has evolved over the years to incorporate ambient, dub and more contemporary techno influences.
More recently, Smith’s career has been sidelined by an ongoing battle with a rare and untreatable form of cancer. He’s hosted livestreams throughout his ordeal to keep in touch with his fans. His RA Podcast, which he calls his “Legacy Mix,” is a celebration of his favourite sounds: euphoric chords, jacking drums and deep-space melodies, the elements that have and will continue to reverberate through Detroit and beyond. It also marks the beginning of a more hopeful period for Smith, as he gets ready to travel again, especially with his Legacy Detroit series, which celebrates the lineage he’s an indelible part of, and always will be.”
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33EMYBW – Resident Advisor podcast #913 2023-12-04

“It would be no exaggeration to say that 33EMYBW is one of the most original club music producers we’ve heard in recent years. In addition to being a talented visual artist and a bass player in the experimental band Duck Fight Goose, her solo productions are a highlight of Shanghai’s bustling underground scene—home to forward-thinking artists like Tzusing, Osheyack, Swimful and Hyph11e—moving with their own rhythmic language. She has a lexicon of drum sounds borrowed from all over the world, including tablas, bongos and mallets. As 33EMYBW, she puts together strange, multi-limbed rhythms that bring to mind images of dancing spiders and insects, something she addressed directly on 2019’s showstopping Arthropods LP, released on the influential SVBKVLT label. As she says in the interview below, you basically need more than two legs to dance to her music. Maybe even eight.
Her music deals with creatures that vary from the mythical to the everyday (her first album was called Golem). On her latest record Holes Of Sinian, also out on SVBKVLT, she imagines the mostly-unknown organisms from the recently discovered Ediacaran period. It’s more esoteric, atmospheric and arguably even funkier than her previous work, with Marina Herlop on one hair-raising track that you can hear in a demo version on her RA Podcast. This mix is actually a version of her live set—a favourite at influential festivals like Unsound and CTM—featuring plenty of productions from across her career in mutated and improvisational forms. It’s creepy, crawly and undeniably danceable. If you can keep up with it.”
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Florentino – Resident Advisor podcast #912 2023-11-27

“What some refer to broadly as “Latin club music”—from dembow to raptor house—is having a moment on dance floors around the world. Since making his mark at Manchester’s legendary Swing Ting parties in the 2010s, Florentino, who is of Colombian heritage, has melded high-pressure perreo, cumbia and other styles with high BPMs and fat-bottomed bass in his DJ sets and productions. The result is an ultra-kinetic, cross-cultural sound that’s influenced by UK soundsystem culture as much as the sounds of the massive, diverse scenes across Latin America.
The pan-Latin influences are a big part of Florentino’s sound palette, but they by no means define him. Interspersed with dancehall and soca are dubstep, pummelling techno, house, UK funky, grime and more. Over the years, his experimental side has also crystallized, whether it’s through the deep, sometimes trippy, reggaeton of Sangre Nueva, his collaborative project with Kelman Duran and DJ Python, his sought-after bootlegs of deconstructed guaracha, or the releases on his Club Romantico label. Most recently, he’s signed with UK giant XL Recordings, including for his latest EP, Kilometro Quinze.
His dizzying range and propensity for rhythmic contortions is on full display in his RA Podcast. This is a riotous mix with big drops, bouncy basslines and crispy textures, showcasing Florentino’s talent as a proper party-starter.”
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Shy One – Resident Advisor podcast #911 2023-11-20

“At this point, Shy One might be familiar to most music fans as one of the hosts of NTS’s daily breakfast show, Soup To Nuts, where she helps listeners across the UK and Europe settle into their morning routines with an eclectic and soulful selection of dance music and downtempo. But the London artist has been around a lot longer than that, with a discography that goes back well over a decade.
She started releasing music as a regular on Scratcha DVA’s label, and it was there that she sketched out a recognizable but impressively varied approach rooted in her home base of London. On her records, Shy One sometimes feels like London incarnate, synthesizing the histories of Black British dance music—drum & bass, grime, UK funky, broken beat, jazz, you name it—into one syncretic and immensely appealing sound. But her music glows with the warmth of American deep house, too, which lends it a timeless, ageless quality that has proven immensely appealing. She furthers this mission with Private World, a party she started with Ruby Savage. The name kind of says it all: she’s inviting you to her own personal space, but what awaits is a whole wide world of music and culture.
Her RA Podcast feels like a hybrid between a club DJ set and her morning show, and here, she zeroes in on a the lineage of American house music from the ’90s and beyond, featuring tracks from the likes of Green Velvet, Marcellus Pittman, Roy Davis Jr., Wbeeza, Jay Daniel and more, plus a spotlight from Baltimore club king DJ Technics. It’s patient and easygoing but perfect for a small dance floor (or a livingroom party), focused but stylistically diverse. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from an artist like Shy One, who weaves stories and histories with her DJ sets, and does it effortlessly, too.”

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