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MR GONZO – HEART, SOUL & MADNESS IS THE RADNESS

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We've been listening to Mr. Gonzo for a few years now and he's always been one of our favourite Nu Disco producers. His DJ charts on Beatport are like gold dust as his musical taste is really something, along with his sublime production. We have always found that browsing through one of his DJ charts is like popping your cherry (losing your virginity) - it's an amazing educational experience which teaches you more than doing it on your own (sifting and searching endlessly manually for songs on Beatport) ever could and it's over in less than a minute.

Mr. Gonzo's latest EP, Heart, Soul & Madness ticks all the right boxes for us; playful, experimental and funky. Our favourite of the three tracks is definitely the euphoric "Heart", quickly cementing its status as one of our all time Nu Disco favourites, along with some of his older tracks such as "Dance on You"  and his remixes of Digikid84's "Cuz I Know" and Jupiter's "Elliot Uppercut".

Have a listen to the EP below and check out his older stuff as well.

 

ENORMOUS TUNES – PROVING THAT SIZE MATTERS

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We've recently become fascinated with a label that seems to be carving out a niche for themselves. Enormous Tunes has recently been dishing out some insane releases and they have definitely found a signature sound. Almost every track is enormous and funky, quickly explaining the logic behind the label's name.

What we really like about their releases is that you can hear an eclectic combo. There's early 90's House, Funk, Deep House and Nu Disco scattered all over. It's a unique balance which works well and they are definitely onto something fresh which is instantly pleasing to both the untrained and trained ear.

We've included some tracks from the label below. Keep an eye out for Calippo and Paul Richmond, those two are on fire at the moment! Oh, Nora En Pure and Croatia Squad are on there as well. "Say what?!"

 

 

 

 

OLIVER ARE LIGHT YEARS AHEAD.

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When it comes to Nu Disco producers, we'd like to think we know our shit. There are certain genres people know like the back of their hand - more than a teenage boy who has just discovered the novelty of "choking the Dalai Lama".  For us, there's an elite band of Nu Disco producers who are currently untouchable. This is a result of the consistent quality of their releases over the last few years, whilst developing and solidifying their own signature sound.

Sitting at the top of this group is Oliver. There are only a few other producers, the likes of Lifelike, Fred Falke and Todd Terje, who can currently claim to be held in the same esteem as this duo.

The thing with Oliver is that they have just constantly released top quality stuff over the last three years. Almost every track has been spot on. It's always sounded fresh and daring. It makes you want to play Tetris with your hands. Their studio seems be a volcano (if it had a name, it would be Mt. Discotoa) bursting with multi coloured aural lava on a regular basis. Just look back and listen to their releases and it all really speaks for itself. Each year they've had a hit on the Beatport Indie Dance/Nu Disco chart. Earlier this year, it was "Hope" and last year it was "MYB" which held its own for ages. This year, one of the two tracks from their latest EP "Light Years Away" will definitely be in the Beatport Top 10 chart for Indie Dance/Nu Disco.

We've learnt that as a DJ, you need to grab and drop their tracks whilst they're hot as they are so infectious that they spread like wildfire (whilst still being underground). "Light Years Away" is a confirmation that this duo are light years ahead of the game at the moment. Oliver are setting the trend, not following it.  Good luck to anyone else trying to play catch up.

We've included their latest deep fried goodness and also thrown in some Easter eggs for you (some of our favourite selections from their older stuff). Our favourite at the moment is the title track "Light Years Away". It has everything for us; attitude, a trippy melody and a TOXIC drop.

 

IT’S HARD TO NOT MOVE AND GET PHYSICAL

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Get Physical has become a household name over the past decade solidifying itself as one of the pioneers of the noughties techno-revival, leading the front with deep underground techno, jacking house and more recently, infectious grooves. Their reputation speaks for itself as they have been scooping up awards since 2005, with Booka Shade being ‘Producers of the Year’ on Beatport, before the tsunami of EDM came crashing on to the scene. Hardly a surprise that they have their weekly residence at the infamous Privilege Vista Club in Ibiza now, coming a long way since their establishment in 2002.

Based in the European capital of techno, Berlin, the prestigious label is never one to shy away from consistent, quality productions. Most DJs and clubbers recognize dynamic duo Booka Shade, head honchos M.A.N.D.Y or the melodically inclined Kollektiv Turmstrasse from their compilations ‘Full Body Workout’ and ‘Body Language’, guaranteed to get parties jumping and bodies moving.

Nonetheless, it was the original ‘Body Language’ collaboration between Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y. that saw them explode onto the scene and set the path for producers such as Audiofly, Davide Squillace and Tim Green to make their mark on the then-blossoming tech house scene. South African techno-heads were graced with M.A.N.D.Y.’s presence at the Train Lodge, on the 30th May, fuelling the growing South African techno-appetite.

Furthermore, one of the brightest talents to come out of South Africa itself, Ryan Murgatroyd announced that his upcoming EP, iKalimba, got signed to Get Physical. With a future so bright, we’re gonna start wearing shades, as the one-half of Crazy White Boy takes on the world with heavyweights Get Physical behind him. His EP is out on September 1st.

With the scope of their productions growing, giving rise to the magically magnetizing sounds of DJs such as Julian Ganzer, Emanuel Satie and Andhim, we can barely manage to stay still in our seats as we await their future releases.

For your weekly dose, you can catch their weekly ‘Get Physical Sessions’ show on YouTube (if watching them mixing is your thing) and SoundCloud. Attention to detail is their forte and sophisticated techno, minimal and tech house has been the graceful product.

It is impossible to stay still, so get on up and Get Physical as you blast these tunes for your own pleasure. Definitely NSFW.

 

 

FIVE PRODUCERS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2014. PART THREE: DANALOG (EXCLUSIVE ANJUNADEEP 06 INTERVIEW)

Meet Danalog, Africa's first producer to be signed to Anjunadeep.

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The following article is a very emotional one for us here at Deep Fried Decks.

This is the story of the coming of age of a gifted producer. This is the story of a mate of ours realising his dreams. This is the story of reaching high for your dreams whilst still staying grounded and humble. This is about putting all your creative energy into something (which may never work out) whilst fighting off the many frustrations, hurdles and rejections life will throw at you.

This is a rare story.

Part three of our feature on "Five producers to watch out for in 2014" sees us donning the spotlight (and rightly so) on one of South Africa's best producers. Danalog has recently been signed up by Anjunadeep and Jody Wisternoff's remix of his track "Click, Search" will be featured on Anjunadeep 06, the label's annual compilation.

History has been made as he has become the first African producer to be signed to the immensely popular label - Anjunadeep 05 rose to number 1 on the US and Indian iTunes Dance chart in a matter of days last year. Danalog now finds himself representing Africa amongst some juggernauts of electronic music such as Dusky, Lane 8 (we were his first interview before he shot up to global stardom), 16 Bit Lolitas and Jody Wisternoff. This is kind of a big deal. Bigger than Randy Marsh's balls in that South Park episode.

We predict many a great things for Danalog as not only is he extremely gifted but he is also one of the most genuine and humble people we've gotten to know over the last two years or so. The next year or so will see this gent blow up on an international scale - we'll bet our left nut(s) on it.

DFD head chef Art Bam caught up with Danalog recently for an exclusive Deep Fried Decks interview which we've included below. We've also put up the Anjunadeep 06 promo video as well as the respective mix. To hear Danalog's track you can pre-order the album via this link. Enjoy.

Exclusive Deep Fried Decks interview with Danalog:

Hey Dan, thanks for taking the time out to catch up with us. I can still recall having you as one of our first interviews and the exclusive DFD mix you did for us almost two years ago. It’s amazing what has happened since then. You’re about to embark on an exciting new chapter in your musical career.

Before we get to the meat of the sandwich, you spent some time in London recently. What were you up to over there?

Yeah, I was in London & Paris for the last month or so and I just got back.
My brother lives there with his wife & kid, so I went to go visit and hang out for a while. It was more a trip to get out of town and have a brain refresh.

I really just wanted to explore and experience the vibe of the city and the people in it, rather than just partying the month away...although there is an incredible music and arts scene there. I have big love for London, it's not for everyone, but there's definitely something very special about that city. Whatever you are interested in is there and happening! For me, there's something really inspiring and refreshing about that.

After months of secrecy the cat is finally out the bag: Jody Wisternoff’s remix of your track “Click, Search” is going to be gracing the new Anjunadeep 06 compilation. This has been giving us goosebumps for a while now. Can you tell us how you got noticed by the guys at Anjunadeep?

Well, it's really funny you ask that... ;)

To be completely honest, I was totally unaware of Anjunadeep and what they were representing and releasing. As for Jody, I was always familiar with his music and what he did with Nick Warren in Way Out West, etc. It was only really when I got chatting to DFD boss man, Art Bam, that he told me about Anjunadeep and his connection with Jody & the label and insisted I send him some demos to forward through to them.

So I thought "What the hell" and sent Art an early version of "Click, Search". A few weeks later I got a lil' email in my inbox from Dom (Anjunadeep A&R) telling me that they are keen to sign it and the rest kind of just happened; Jody got in touch with me and we've been chatting ever since. He really is a 100% solid oke - just a top class, friendly, genuine guy and it was such a pleasure letting him remix this track. So, thanks for the hookup Art! ;)

Anjunadeep is a label with a plethora of some of the best melodic deep house producers in the world at the moment. How does it feel to be the first South African (and African, if Im not mistaken) producer on an international compilation - which reached number 1 on the US and Indian iTunes chart last year - with acts such as Dusky, Tom Middleton, Lane 8, Lancelot, Leftwing & Kody and of course Jody Wisternoff beside you?

Well it's about fucking time, innit! ;)

Nah, what can I say, it's great to have my name in there with these top class artists, and all it means is I have to work that much harder to keep my foot in that door. I've had a lil' peek into some of the tracks and there is some quality in there!

The label decided to have Jody's remix in the compilation as the vibe of it made more sense within the mix, but the original will be getting released as an EP in the next few months with perhaps some other lil' goodies I'm working on.

Tell us about “Click, Search”. What was the thinking behind the name of the track? It’s been a long time in the making. Was it a serendipitous case of an artist never being satisfied with his/her work and that then unexpectedly paving the way for Jody and yourself to realise something more than what the track initially started out as?

Well, the name "Click, Search" came from me just feeling emotional one day and thinking up some profound name that ended up just sticking. It kinda suits the tune right? :)

The track was written with the intention of keeping it pure and simple. I wanted to create a tune that could catch one's attention without being too instrusive. so I left out all the bells & whistles (there are literally no bells or whistles in this tune) and just went with it.

It has indeed been a looooong time in the making though. Version 1 was written 2 years ago! The one getting released I think is version 87, haha! But all changes aside, the original idea stayed the same.

I think what maybe caught Jody's ear to remix it was the simplicity of it and he really could take it any which direction he wanted to go. I really loved the end result he came up with. He gave the remix a really fresh atmosphere and groove, with a little dose of trippiness which I always enjoy, but still stuck to the original idea and mood.
I also found his approach to the remixing process really cool. Instead of just taking the parts I sent him, he wanted to know about every individual sound and melody and reproduced a lot of the sounds from scratch. A true pro.

You’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio lately. I’ve been lucky enough to hear little snippets of the beauties you are working on. They really are majestic. More importantly, they are pretty different (more ambient, eclectic and deeper) from what you’d been producing up until a year ago. Capetonian clubbers know your DJ performances as mainly techno and boogie driven sets, with a sprinkling of “some of this funky stuff” in-between. Are you trying out a new sound for your own production as a result of going deeper with Anjunadeep [see what I did there]?

Yes, my sound over the last 2 years has changed direction quite a bit. I moved away from trying to produce techno bombs and this happened purely because I just got so bored of writing music for the dance floor. I have thrown away a lot of interesting projects in the past, purely because I knew I (or most DJ's) would NEVER play them out. This began to really frustrate me and stunt my inspiration as an artist so I decided, "Fuck it. I'm gonna just write what I feel like writing and see where it all goes".

It's weird because lately I hear people calling some of my new stuff "deep house". The funny thing is, I've never been much of a deep house fan. I like it...but I can't say I'm a 'fan' so it's a little odd for me but what is deep house anyway these days? The purists probably want to kill me for saying that.

At the end of the day I try not to label my stuff too much and just write what I feel like without thinking about what box it will get placed into.

I'm always exploring and pushing where I'm going with my sound. My newer tunes are definitely more eclectic, which I'm loving as it keeps my ideas more open and fresh. I'm trying to let my music rely more on how and what it feels to someone, rather than how powerful the build up and drop is.

When I DJ, it's all about the dance floor and I love mixing all different styles including House, techno, deep house etc. This all depends on the event, crowd and time slot of course.

When it comes to my own productions, I like to think of my creations as dance music you can listen to...or listening music you can dance to; you choose. :)

Regarding the above, where do you source most of your inspiration from? Are you collaborating with fellow musicians to find ideas which work or are you also finding inspiration from other acts?

My inspiration is sourced from all corners of the musical spectrum.

I really do have a very broad, sometimes strange and embarrassing taste in music. Everything from hip hop, UK garage, ambient, funk, pop and classical. I have a serious weakness for 90's hits. The list never ends! I think this variety in taste really shows in my work, or at least I think so.

I actually rarely listen to techno and house unless I'm checking out new & old tunes to play for a gig. Lately I've been going through a serious Fourtet phase though...love that guy!

As far as working with fellow local artists, I guess I'm quite fussy. I've had a few little sessions with friends here and there but nothing has really come of it. From the local artists, there's this band I really like called The Aztec Sapphire. Their sound is really up my alley and I would love to work with them but they never reply to my damn Facebook messages! So if by some crazy chance you okes are reading this, please get hold of me! :) I also really dig what the Crazy White Boy guys are doing and Ryan Murgatroyd's solo stuff is ace.

Are there any Anjunadeep artists whose tunes, for you, exude the deep fried goodness?

I dig some of Lane8's stuff, he seems to be Anjunadeep golden boy at the moment, and rightfully so...and 16bit Lolitas, of course. :)

Lastly, what does the rest of 2014 and early 2015 hold for Danalog?

More music & more exploring where I belong within my music. It's important for me to establish myself as a full time producer, and I don't mean only as Danalog.

I'm really interested in working on different projects with other artists, vocalists, bands, any artists who are in need of a producer to make their music come to life and are open to a more electronic sound and getting creative with it.

My dream was never to be a famous DJ making heart shapes at the crowd. My dream was always to be in my studio making music, doing what I love and calling it my job. Producing always came first. So the rest of the year will most likely see me still chasing that dream, with loads of new music in between.

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You can check out Danalog's facebook page here and his Soundcloud here.

Anjunadeep 06 is out on the 8th of September. Pre-order it here.

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SUARA HAS THE PUSSY POWER.

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For the last two years or so we've noticed a label consistenly popping up all over various Tech and Deep House charts, with various popular releases under its belt. Suara, run by Spanish producer Coyu, is quickly making a name for itself as an impressive presence in the Tech and House scene - emphasised by some of the great artists affiliated with it; Tube & Berger, Sonic Future (who are a great act to keep an eye out for), Leftwing & Kody, Edu Imbernon, Sonny Fodera, Hot Since 82 and many more. In fact our DFD Head Chef still plays one of Suara's older releases, "In Your Box" by D-Nox & Beckers whenever he gets the chance.

We really love the variety Suara exudes, with releases ranging from melodic, deep and measured House all the way to more jacking Tech and dark Techno...all the time maintaining a signature level of maturity for seasoned ears.

What's even better is the fact that this label is great for lovers of pussy. No, we're not talking about testosterone-driven dudes or any sort of bonus porn videos you might receive with every track purchased on Beatport (imagine that!). This is a label for cat lovers. All of their releases have awesome stylised close ups of cats. Even their social media content on Facebook focusses around these special creatures blessed with nine lives (and sometimes way more intelligence than some humans).

Enjoy the aural goodness below and don't forget to reach for the catnip. ;)

FIVE PRODUCERS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2014. PART TWO: PAT LOK

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We've been following Pat Lok and his infectious beats for a while now...about two years in fact. His earlier aural treats on Soundcloud, such as "Remember" and Bit Funk's remix of "Yes Game", actually formed part of a core of Nu Disco influence behind Deep Fried Decks' inception. The rest of that nucleus included the likes of the aforementioned Bit Funk, Todd Terje, Lifelike and Chris Malinchak.

It's EXTREMELY hard to find quality Nu Disco online. We're talking about Mike Tyson trying to pronounce "Mississippi" perfectly kind of hard. Just take Beatport for example; try browsing through their "Nu Disco Top 100" chart and you will find a plethora of Blue Danish cheese following generic synth bass lines, with overly generous scatterings of G-House (God alone knows what this genre is doing in that chart). The above results in a combination of limited vocals and cheesy beats, backed by some of the most monotonous and predictable (and usually unoriginal) 'rapping' known to man. It's like having your ears rick rolled and gang-banged (We're not bashing the G-House genre, just saying that 98% of it is unoriginal, restricted and predictable). Now imagine having to sift through all of that to find quality tunes. That is why we will always have respect for any DJ who plays decent Nu Disco or 80's influenced House...that stuff is hard to find!

In light of the above, the music Pat Lok has been dishing out is like dropping silk on one's ass: it's smooth, goes up & down and leaves a smirk on your face at the end of it all.

This Canadian artist is finally starting to rack up an impressive collection of tunes and will be turning heads in the near future. Keep your ears on the ground for Pat Lok...this could just be his year!

Oh, before we forget, our favourite track of his? It's really a toss up between his Bass House influenced dark dub of "The Villars - Signal" and "Same Hearts".

Enjoy the deep fried goodness below. :)

FAIR PLAY TO FEHRPLAY

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One of our favourite producers is a man of many aliases - three to be exact. Some know him as Eric Prydz, others Pryda and the discerning minimalist purists know him as Cirez D. There is absolutely no disputing the fact that Eric Prydz is one of the greatest electronic producers of his generation. Just like Robert Babicz, he churns out music and also performs marathon sets (consisting solely of his very own production). When he decided to take a young producer under his wings you knew that he saw something special in this new kid on the block, Fehrplay.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a mentor in their lives. Sometimes you have one but you don't even know it yet. Being a mentor also requires an innate ability to see something special in someone else whilst also seeing a bit of yourself in there as well. Where it gets really tricky and sticky is the creative world. Artists - whether they be musicians/producers, designers or those who bite their ears off whilst under the influence of Absinthe - spend their whole life trying to be different and stand out via their work (usually perpetuated through crazy and attractive personalities or fashion sense) due to the conformities and perceived constraints of 'normal' society. Being a talented artist means sticking out like a sore thumb. You can't help it. It comes naturally but ironically enough you also need to. Your work has to speak for itself. It has to be bold. It has to be brilliant. Suddenly...people start to notice. "Oh my sack!", you think to yourself. "Fuck, I've made it. My shit is hotter than Jeremy Factsman (this guy)!"

For mentors, this is where serendipitous things happen. You're revelling in the afterglow of your self-made success when you spot someone who stirs something inside you. No, it's not that curry you had earlier. Their work (musical taste/creation, etc) is just like yours. Their talent makes you smile. You never smile when another creative rivals you. No, they are not rivalling you. They are mirroring you, without knowing it. It takes big balls (the type caused by excessive nude picnics in Chernobyl) to nurture talent when you know that one day this talent will inevitably blow up.

Fehrplay burst on to the scene after releasing some fantastic imprints on Eric's Pryda Friends label. He has very recently decided to part ways with the label though, to stretch his wings. Despite this you can still hear the strong Pryda-esque sound in his production. It's that beautifully melodic and uplifting Progressive House with its hint of playful and vibrant primary colours and youthful, yet measured, melodies. Fehrplay is also not afraid to go a little bit darker and you can hear his other influences in his mix for Thump below. His production is on a level we haven't heard in a while and he pushes that rare Prog House sound which has been overlooked for a lot of the deeper stuff as of late. The winner track of his for us is "Monte" - one of our new favourites! It oozes more sex appeal than Olivia Wilde in that Tron Legacy outfit. Enjoy the deep fried goodness below!

FIVE PRODUCERS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2014. PART ONE: LANCELOT

"Jesus Christ...this gent's tunes are the dog's bollocks."

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Every year the chefs at Deep Fried Decks take a look at all the promising producers bringing smiles to one's ears. After much deliberation we compile a list of five producers to watch out for for the rest of the year. This is an extremely subjective matter and can sometimes be a case of hit and miss but we like to think that we get it right the majority of the time. This list (over the last two years) has included the likes of Lane 8, Friend Within and many more.

Over the last year and a bit there has been a resurgence in the melodic, eclectic and soulful side of House. One of our favourite labels, Anjunadeep, has latched on to some very promising producers and the guys there seem to have a seasoned eye for spotting and signing up new talent on a regular basis. One such bundle of talent, Lancelot, comes from a land down under; where the insects are big and the beers are even bigger.

The refreshing thing about Lancelot is the fact that he is a true musician at heart, not touching a pair of CDJs until later in his career. He has notably broken into the scene over the last year or so, with the most recent and notable amount of spotlight coming as a result of his releases on Anjunadeep. Up until then he has had releases on labels such as Nurvous Records (the smooth and emotive "Thinking Of You") and Binary Records. For all those Nu Disco and House heads out there his masterpieces are extremely emotive and funky - akin to his fellow countryman Isaac Tichauer (who, along with Nibc, created an utterly beautiful remix of "Givin' It Up" which will give any seasoned rave head the shivers). Ever wondered why so many DJs have started playing tracks with vocal samples from a Gwen Guthrie classic track from 1986? It's because of this gentlemen. They're remixes of his release, "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent (ft. Ngaiire)" on Anjunadeep. He's put the "oooh" back in boogie.

Now on to the deep fried goodness. We've included some of Lancelot's tracks for your aural pleasure. We can confidently put our cocks on a block and say that 2014 and 2015 will see this young talent taking the world by storm, not just following in the footsteps of the likes of Lane 8 but also making bold new paths for other budding producers to follow. Watch out for this one...he's coming in HOT!

DFD INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN FAUST

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We're back! After a long break from blogging the DFD crew are back deep frying everything in sight. While we were away we racked up some awesome content for you, as per usual. The last few months saw us shift our attention towards our events whilst steadily gearing up for Afrikaburn. Afrikaburn is the South African equivalent of Burning Man and it has rapidly grown over a couple of years, attracting over 10 000 people. This year two of the DFD chefs were lucky enough to play at this amazing event. Art Bam and Billy Rivers had the honour of playing to an international audience, at various theme camps, (in the middle of the desert) over the space of a week. We witnessed some of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable to man out there...and naked people, LOTS of naked people!

Speaking of sunsets, there is one very talented producer whose music is perfect for sunsets...and getting naked with your better half. We were lucky enough to catch up with Justin Faust a couple of months ago and pick his brain regarding his latest EP, Disco Cuts. We've been following Justin for a while and his smooth Nu Disco sound. The most refreshing thing about Justin is the fact that he definitely pays homage to the roots of Nu Disco and some of his influences (Ian Pooley, etc) in his latest production. We're big fans of "Elevator" and "Monaco". The latter feels like it could be the background music for a tantalising scene in an Art Deco styled James Bond movie; 007 sipping on a martini at a bar whilst eyeing out (from behind his shades) an absolute belter of a chick with just the right combination of chest airbags and cameltoe stepping out of the ocean. Justin is also an absolute treat to interview and had us in hysterics on a few occasions. The Disco Cuts EP can thus be described in only one way: it is just like Justin Faust; eccentric, well measured, humble and a breath of fresh air.

Listen to Art Bam's interview with him below. We have also included the EP for your aural pleasure below. Enjoy and don't forget...reach for the lazers!

Justin Faust - Deep Fried Decks Interview by Artbam on Mixcloud