Ask any serious techno devotee for a quick list of the best most credible acts techno has produced and you won’t have to wait very long before the name Patrice Bäumel is mentioned. Known by connoisseurs of the genre for his quality productions in addition to his expertly crafted selections in the booththe uber talented Dutchman impresses wherever he goes.
Thus it is with considerable excitement and expectation that we received word that the former Trouw resident had been selected to helm the latest edition of Balance’s long running and much loved mix compilation series.
“Rather than blending one record into the next, I wanted to blur the lines between DJ set and production and turn it into a composition in its own right” says Bäumel of his approach to the mix. “But I wanted the result to be musical. I want the listener to totally forget about the nuts and bolts and just feel it. It was also really important to me to create something that is built to last, without any regard whatsoever for current trends.”
“I wanted the mix to sound truly like me, show off my trademark sound with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies,” he continues. “I had to really sit down and think about what defines my style. My conclusion was that it’s a mixture of abstract, foreign sounds and super warm, trancey elements. All my music is a dance between these two polar opposites.”
Set to arrive April 15th, you can preview the mix and have a gander at the tracklist below.