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Understate joins the Spotlight Mix


Understate is Leeds-based DJ and production duo Dan Franks & Charlie Kirkland. The pair stormed on the scene in 2018 following massive support from BBC Introducing and an invitation to play Radio 1’s Ibiza Weekend. Heavy coverage from Radio 1 DJ’s Pete Tong, Huw Stephens and Monki soon followed with the latter inviting them on her show and then her UK tour.

Festivals and touring continued to grow after joining the likes of Hannah Wants, Gorgon City and Sonny Fodera on tour as well as warming up Camelphat, Solardo and Patrick Topping across major festivals and events including The Warehouse Project, Creamfields, Parklife, We Are FSTVL, Studio 338 and NASS to name just a few. That also led to Understate being named residents for Croatia’s Hideout festival.

After topping Beatport charts with their dancefloor banger ‘Like A Drum’ on Nasty Funk Records in 2018 and becoming the most successful release on the label, A&R’s across the industry soon picked them up for releases including Solardo’s SOLA and Sonny Fodera’s Solotoko imprints plus remixes for major labels and the likes of Louis The Child and French Horn Rebellion.

2022 has seen the lads gain further support from radio shows such as Gorgon City (KISS), DJ S.K.T (KISS), Jaguar (Radio 1), BBC Introducing and many more with releases out / forthcoming on Will Taylor’s Freak, DJ S.K.T’s Stashed and Lee Foss’ South of Saturn and with many more still to be announced it’s easy to see why there is so much hype around Understate.

They join the Spotlight mix today, check it out below and grab it here.


Motion Sky – Peel That Thing Back
Understate – Magic Carpet (Forthcoming Freak Records)
Gene Farris & Doorly – Brothers & Sisters
Benjermain – Rotate
Dillon Nathaniel – Popping In Chicago
Understate – Scribble (Forthcoming South Of Saturn)
Guy Mac – Don’t Stop
Understate – Feel It
Deeper Purpose – Fantasy
RSquared – Stella
Nofex – Wha
Goosey – Like 2 Watch
Clockwork Pigeon – My Friend

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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