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Combining the sounds of synth-laden disco and his native Indonesian music, Jonathan Kusuma is one of the most exciting producers on the scene right now. In 2009, he founded the label Space.rec alongside two friends. The label went on to release some of hidden gems Kusuma found amongst Indonesia’s fledgling new music scene, picking out some of the best material from musicians, artists and producers in his native country. Now based in Singapore, Jonathan Kusuma has seen a number of releases on international labels like Melbourne’s Power Station, Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondent and Paramida’s Love on The Rocks, as well as Optimo Music, Italy’s Pizzico and Malaysia’s Love International with his band Space System.
His mainstay labels right now are Berlin’s respected avant-garde Cocktail d’Amore, where he released last year’s Black Magic EP, and Cosmo Vitelli’s French imprint I’m A Cliché, which he debuted on back in 2014. More recently, his track ‘Motor Melodies’ has just been released via Correspondent on its annual compilation. Kusuma’s track sits in good company alongside new material from the likes of Marvin & Guy, Man Power, Rex Axes, Underspreche and Fort Romeau. Nearly 12 years ago, Kusuma created the band Space System with his friend, fusing electronic Nu-jazz with synth melodies and cosmic influences.
Jonathan Kusuma (real name Ojon) was previously in a rock band, growing up on the sounds of heavy metal, punk and electronic. Now his sound is hard to define, combining elements of zany disco, hypnotic minimal and sharp electronic undertones to create material that stands in a league of its own. 2015 saw Jonathan Kusuma’s rise on the club circuit. He’s since played for Cocktail d’Amore at their Griessmuehle nights, Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Oath in Tokyo and many, many more.
Here, Jonathan Kusuma joins the Correspondant takeover with four inspiring tracks that have influenced his production over the years.