Audiojack’s James Rial and Rich Burkinshaw rose from humble beginnings in Leeds, England, to globally revered DJ/producers. Their ascendance is due to a combination of hard work and refining their own robust mélange of techno and house.
Now based in Ibiza and regularly traveling the world, the pair’s discography boasts releases on top imprints such as Get Physical, Crosstown Rebels, 2020Vision, Hot Creation, and their own Gruuv imprint.
This month Audiojack unleashed a spectacular one-two punch in the form of their Opposite Forces EP on mobilee. The title track is initially reminiscent of the vibe on Josh Wink’s “How’s Your Evening So Far?” but then meanders into its own sonic territory with synth hooks that won’t quit. “Oxytocin” is a slick late-night romp fueled by elegant strings, warm bass and spiraling synths. It’s one of our favorite releases of the summer and has been on heavy rotation here at Big Shot HQ.
Currently on a jaunt of North America, we checked in with James and Rich and asked them to share five tracks currently dominating their sets.
Catch Audiojack at Trade in Miami on August 25 and La Mescalera in Tijuana, Mexico on August 26.
TV Baby – New York Is Alright (Maetrik Remix)
We dug this one back out of the box earlier this year and it hasn’t left our sets since. It’s a simple techno track that sounds amazing on a big system and ahead of our US gigs it seemed fitting that we should include it in this piece.
Artbat – Knup
Stripped back electronica with a flavor of mid-noughties Minus records. That retro minimal vibe makes it stand out amongst the more recognizable styles of today while still sounding relevant using current production aesthetics.
Hearthug – Apathy
Giorgio Moroda’s electronica vibes always gets the dance floor going. It’s groovy and relentless with loads of big twisted synth licks that keep it fun and interesting. Peak time stuff.
Audiojack – Oxytocin
Just out this month on Mobilee, this track was made with a nod to our roots of early ’90s house with emotive pads, Roland drums, analogue bass and a bit of breakbeat for good measure.
Lucatwana – Just is
A perfect end of the night disco wind down. The “we can all party together” vocal leaves a perfect taste in your mouth to end the party with.