We have London-based artist and producer, Yraki, on the mixtape this week. He released his debut EP ‘Argento’ last year, but first up, we asked him more about the mix and what he’s been up to recently.
I’ve been working on a lot of new club-oriented music, which this mix represents as well as more experimental / ambient stuff. I’ve also been soundtracking some cool multimedia projects and started sharing my Max for Live devices, which are getting a really good response also from big name producers. Recently, I released a remix for Barker and Baumecker’s “Strung” on nd_baumecker’s Freundinenn label, a highlight for me as a long-time fan of their work since I discovered Ostgut Ton!
I’ve recorded this mix at my place, borrowing some standard decks from a friend for a few days. Most of the tracks I used had been pre-edited in Ableton as I enjoy making subtle structural tweaks to them – always with respect for the original artists – I just change things that I think will make them fit better in the mix.
Ever since I got into music, I’ve always been djing from hip-hop to techno but with my new alias, I’ve predominantly focused on live performances featuring my own productions (mostly ambient / electronica). Anyway, I never stopped loving djing, probably it’s because I stumble upon so much incredible music from fellow artists every day, and I’m always itching to spin it in a club setting. This mix is a reflection of what you can expect from my DJ sets, traversing heavy-bass tracks, transitions to softer melodies, and more unpredictable and less dance-centric tunes.
What are you up to next?
I’ve been involved in diverse projects, including bespoke composition, sound design, mixing, and mastering. Excitingly, I’m nearing the completion of my first ambient/electronica album, alongside a fresh left-field club EP planned for release in 2024.