Nikola Baytala - Nikola Baytala [PETS033]

by Nikola Baytala

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All any DJ touching down in San Francisco needs is Nikola Baytala's number on speed dial. Whether you're a frequent visitor or a virgin to the West Coast city, it's imperative to call on him for an in-the-know tour of the City's finest spots. Apart from underground SF expeditions, Baytala's legacy comprises some of the most kinetic and dynamic club tracks ever released, an eclectic record collection so big it requires its own postcode and a vintage car and bike collection nicely referenced in the artwork for his first release on Pets Recordings. The Nikola Baytala EP sees Baytala explore his far reaching influences with the help of Myles Egner (with label bosses, Catz N Dogz, and fellow San Franciscans, Pillow Talk, on remix duties.)

Opening track, Zero $ carves out a chugging 4x4 beat that soon becomes overrun with dark and dischordant synth tones and a stripped back bass line that buzzes with reverb. This is house at its most ominous. Catz N Dogz drag the track back into the light for the remix, filling gaps with skippy and spirited drum lines, replacing moodiness with movement.

Cityz Angels presents groove driven house at its finest, as Baytala releases and silences a mirage of keys, synths and machine vox sounds in time with the kick drum to create a complex, yet satisfying dance floor mover. Pillow Talk instantly latch onto this stylish nonchalance for their Cityz Angels (MTs Pillow Talk remix), bringing a freestyle jazz breakdown to their laidback, rhythmic rework.

The Nikola Baytala EP is Baytalas first release for a number of years and his skilled, non trend-pandering formula impresses yet again.

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released July 1, 2013

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Pets Recordings Berlin, Germany

PETS Recordings – run by the polish production duo Catz ’n Dogz – is a label with vinyl & digital releases, a PETCAST podcast series, label nights, as well as the Wooded microfestival. Their catalog showcases a bass-heavy brand of house music that is sometimes colourful, sometimes deep, but always works wonders on the dancefloor. ... more

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