How was 2019 for you?
AFFKT: It was a great year so far for me and all the projects I am involved in: running Sincopat imprint and Pobla (mastering studio) and of course as an artist, AFFKT, DJing and producing my own stuff.
I am glad to finally have more time to dedicate more time to write my own music. I’ve been able to compose a lot of new music, and I am really proud with that. The year kicked off with my Manifesto EP on Culprit LA, and closed with a brand new EP entitled Cold Sweat for Sincopat.
How the music business has been developing. Download sales are going down and streaming income for many labels not a big thing yet. I believe there is an uncertain future of how DJs and non-DJs are consuming music at the moment. I am pretty sure there will be huge changes in both 2020 and 2021.
Song of the year?
Dino Lenny – Tokyo (Damon Jee Remix)
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Start a new album for 2020 and if I am lucky being able to finish it during the year.
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After nearly three years of work, Sincopat patrón AFFKT is back with his sophomore LP Son of a Thousand Sounds. True to the name, the spinnin’ Spaniard brings together the best elements of house, techno, electronica, chill-out and more on this long-player of new bits and old hits.
Here’s a rapid-fire recap of the action (try to keep up):
The smooth into of “Dreamback” rolls out broken beats that grab the ear, and the sound is a nod to the extreme ways things played in the 1990s. “Oxi” is a deep and techy house groover that drops into a straight beat supporting smooth synths and atmospheric layers. We’ve been to “San Diego” before and the return trip hasn’t lost any of the fun energy. “Between Us” cools things down; it’s a perfect time out to take a breath among the gently pulsing basslines, tinkling synths, and layers of emotional ambience. “The Show” is worth the price of admission; the hook and poppy vocals by Sutja Gutierrez make this catchy electronica cut a winner. “Ikigai” presents an introspective intermission, a time to reflect upon what’s come before and to anticipate what’s ahead. “Flashcrash” is the second of three songs featuring Sutja Gutierrez. Hold on for this one; the melancholy vibe contrasts nicely with the upbeat vocal work. It’s good. It’s evil. It’s a bipolar bopper. “Boira” is a chiller that sounds like it was beamed down from the mothership to initiate First Contact. “Someone in the Sky” is another we’ve seen before; it’s got a gentle groove but lacks luster. “Mareny” is a more-than-minimal techy break; a great follow-up to “Sky.” “Ceniza” has a unique personality; it’s a blissful percussion-driven downtempo ride. Last up is “Esclafit,” another broken-beat downspin with stutters, thrumming pads and good vibrations. Great way to close the set!
The tracks can stand alone, but for full Zen effect you’ll want to put on the cans, sit back and just lose yourself to the journey.