With the torrent of new music which gets uploaded, streamed and forgotten about every day, discovering the quality tracks which are worth your attention can be painstaking, but hugely rewarding. Last October Swedish DJ and producer, Jonas Rathsman, launched a new mix series to highlight those tracks which deserve your attention.
Entitled ‘ELEMENTS’ and now in its third episode, the series has already gained a reputation for breaking new music, featuring first-plays and exclusives from both international giants and burgeoning up and comers. Focusing on the melodic, brooding house Jonas has become known for, it’s an essential listen for anyone with an ear to the underground. Having dominated 2015 with tracks like ‘Wolfsbane’, ‘New Generation’ and his soaring remix of Sam Smith’s ‘Like I Can’, Jonas is in high demand and his audience has exploded. His mix series ensures that fans only experience fire when they press play.
Taking ELEMENTS out on tour, Jonas will play an extended birthday set at the Sub Club this Thursday (31st), where he’ll join Vicious Creatures and Skye Live residents Munroso and Ali McFly (who also celebrate the launch of Skye Live’s 2016 festival). Ahead of the event, we asked Jonas to pick five defining ELEMENTS tracks and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Check out his selection below and listen to the latest episode before you head to the Subbie:
Jonas: “Since launching ELEMENTS back in October 2015, the mix series has being the starting point for records from the likes of Booka Shade, Ashworth, Whitesquare and more. Here are five tracks that saw the biggest responses from fans across the episodes so far…”
“I pretty much like everything that Fairchild does! The breakdown in this track is really special and then it hits you with that bassline – big track! Especially on a big system.”
“So much amazing new music to come from Lancelot! This track is so simple, but so so effective. Perfect club vibe, and what a bassline.”
“I’ve been playing this so much in my sets since I heard it! It’s such an engaging track and it builds the perfect atmosphere in a set. This got so many good comments and reactions in Episode 2!”
“Rodriguez Jr. and Stephan Bodzin are a match made in heaven in my eyes! Bodzin can do no wrong, and this remix is just perfect from start to finish.”
“Such a good track from Andy Bros on DIYNAMIC! This has been going down so well in my sets.”
“And one of my personal favourites as an additional extra – I hammered this in my sets for good while! The soundscape in the breakdown is amazing, and this really set the tone for ELEMENTS Episode 1. Really takes your mind places!”
Jonas Rathsman brings his ELEMENTS tour to the Sub Club this Thursday (31st March). Head over to the SynthGlasgow Facebook for your chance to win 2x guestlist places. Advance tickets are available from Resident Advisor. Jonas Rathsman ‘Cobalt’ is out now on Diynamic.