TOTD // 28/04 // Mak & Pasteman

Published: April 28, 2017, words by Hannah Edwards

This popular and talented duo need no introduction. Mak & Pasteman broke out in the Leeds music scene after making their first records in 2011. Since, they have been an integral part of UK underground electronic music, consistently producing dance music hits over the last six years. Their tracks draw upon their collective musical influences, resulting in a highly sought after mixture of house and techno sounds with a distinct UK flavour. They have released on various labels, such as Lobster Boy, Digital Soundboy, Naked Naked and DJ Haus’ Unknown to the Unknown. Recently, they have released on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, collaborating with DJ Haus (listen to the track here, picked by Rubadub). Forthcoming, they have another track teaming up with DJ Haus on Chiwax. Their DABJ release is hard-hitting with notes of acid, and the Chiwax release features three catchy, bass-driven, tracks that are sure to get dancefloors thumping in the coming months.

The duo also has new music coming on their own Materials imprint, with tracks that delve deeper in analogue synthesis and texture, continuing their signature raw sound. Aside from producing a constant stream of killer records, Mak & Pasteman also host a monthly radio show on Rinse FM. Their show features a wide variety of guests, and showcases forthcoming label material as well as their wide musical repertoire. In addition to this, they also have a new Dance Trax residency at Shoreditch Platform that is about to begin. The dates of this exciting series are May 12th, June 9th, July 7th and August 4th. They will be playing a diverse array of music, including rare soul, obscure techno, jungle, and the sounds of Chicago & Detroit. Make sure you head down and catch them for some summer night skanking – advance tickets are available to buy now from just £5.

Their four-track selection below is inspired by tracks they have played in their residencies over the years.

via youtube

Alexander O'Neal

Criticize (Original Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Decided to go with a couple of big tracks from my Ibiza residency. Finished many a night off with this track, usually a few San Miguels deep. Good fun after a few hours of dance music!”
via youtube

PIGBAG

Papa's got a brand new pig bag

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Funky as hell and a bit of a curveball. Looped the intro then dropped this many a time when playing some house music. Another fun not too serious track! I always liked how crazy the brass is on this track.”
via youtube

Fresh & Low

New Life

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I think one of the beauties of being a resident is sculpting the first few hours and building a vibe. You can really exercise restraint and explore space, and for me this track really encapsulates all of that. It’s mature, it builds & builds and it was made in 1997!”
via youtube

K15

The Story Of Her Life

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This tune was a biggie for me when I first heard it. It’s rare you can really get away with playing a tune where the intro is 3.5 minutes long and it just has that much fucking soul! It’s funky, it’s got attitude and I love playing it! Great record!”

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