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Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.912 Florentino

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RA.912 Florentino : What some refer to broadly as “Latin club music”—from dembow to raptor house—is having a moment on dance floors around the world. Since making his mark at Manchester’s legendary Swing Ting parties in the 2010s, Florentino, who is of Colombian heritage, has melded high-pressure perreo, cumbia and other styles with high BPMs and fat-bottomed bass in his DJ sets and productions. The result is an ultra-kinetic, cross-cultural sound that’s influenced by UK soundsystem culture as much as the sounds of the massive, diverse scenes across Latin America.

The pan-Latin influences are a big part of Florentino’s sound palette, but they by no means define him. Interspersed with dancehall and soca are dubstep, pummelling techno, house, UK funky, grime and more. Over the years, his experimental side has also crystallized, whether it’s through the deep, sometimes trippy, reggaeton of Sangre Nueva, his collaborative project with Kelman Duran and DJ Python, his sought-after bootlegs of deconstructed guaracha, or the releases on his Club Romantico label. Most recently, he’s signed with UK giant XL Recordings, including for his latest EP, Kilometro Quinze.

His dizzying range and propensity for rhythmic contortions is on full display in his RA Podcast. This is a riotous mix with big drops, bouncy basslines and crispy textures, showcasing Florentino’s talent as a proper party-starter.



Resident Advisor Podcast : RA.911 Shy One

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RA.911 Shy One : At this point, Shy One might be familiar to most music fans as one of the hosts of NTS’s daily breakfast show, Soup To Nuts, where she helps listeners across the UK and Europe settle into their morning routines with an eclectic and soulful selection of dance music and downtempo. But the London artist has been around a lot longer than that, with a discography that goes back well over a decade.

She started releasing music as a regular on Scratcha DVA’s label, and it was there that she sketched out a recognizable but impressively varied approach rooted in her home base of London. On her records, Shy One sometimes feels like London incarnate, synthesizing the histories of Black British dance music—drum & bass, grime, UK funky, broken beat, jazz, you name it—into one syncretic and immensely appealing sound. But her music glows with the warmth of American deep house, too, which lends it a timeless, ageless quality that has proven immensely appealing. She furthers this mission with Private World, a party she started with Ruby Savage. The name kind of says it all: she’s inviting you to her own personal space, but what awaits is a whole wide world of music and culture.

Her RA Podcast feels like a hybrid between a club DJ set and her morning show, and here, she zeroes in on a the lineage of American house music from the ’90s and beyond, featuring tracks from the likes of Green Velvet, Marcellus Pittman, Roy Davis Jr., Wbeeza, Jay Daniel and more, plus a spotlight from Baltimore club king DJ Technics. It’s patient and easygoing but perfect for a small dance floor (or a livingroom party), focused but stylistically diverse. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from an artist like Shy One, who weaves stories and histories with her DJ sets, and does it effortlessly, too.



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