I know we’re sounding like a dirty CD going on and on about these young South American upstarts spinning and producing unbelievably mature house sounds. But the world will never stop talking about the football skills and slick styles of the people of this region, so neither will we when it comes to the underground.
I was full on into the high school party scene when Leonardo Tou was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989 (okay now I’ve seriously aged myself… ugh). At the incredibly raw age of eight, Leo was learning piano and guitar and being influenced by seminal acts of the ages including Pink Floyd, Joy Division and Brian Eno.
By 16 his electronic arousal was in full bloom through productions supported by Satoshi Tomiie, Jimmy Van M and Hernan Cattaneo… an absolute prodigy indeed. Over time other superstars of our scene including Eelke Kleijn, Demi and Chloe Harris have regularly played out Leonardo Tou tunes on highly respected labels such as Avangardia, Fat&Blind and In4mation Records.
As a DJ he’s travelled throughout Argentina, from Buenos Aires to Rosario and Cordoba, as well as international gigs in Uruguay and Chile. His promos have been heard all over the internet airwaves with features on Proton Radio, Digitally Imported, friskyRadio and Danceradio in Greece. All of these accomplishments before he’s even legally able to order a drink in the USA… it boggles my mind!
This exclusive mix is true to the style description in his bio, the first I’ve ever read with the aid of Google Translate I might add. It’s a dynamic groove meant to surprise with originality, absolutely without monotony. It’s a fusion of house and techno; I feel a little tribal influence as well. From start to finish its deep and soooo smooth. It’s a mix for the connoisseur, serious music from a seriously talented dude.
1. Destination Danger – Du Rififi Au Katanga [Circus Company]
Pepe Bradock – Life [Attavisme Records]
Gregg Kowalsky – Ashes From Evermore [Kranky]
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Original Mix) [Hotflush Recordings]
Kliniko – Dra Rabanelle
2. Dj Koze – Lords Of Panama Rendered [mule electronic]
Feelin’ House – Berli (Rican Acappella)
3. Panash – Cheval (Przewalskis Eastern Bounce) [8BE]
4. Efdemin – Sun [Naif]
Alexkid And Rodriguez Jr – Le Doigt Africain (Bearweasel Linear Dub) [NRK]
5. Mike Monday – Salieri Complex (Hugo Remix) [OM Records]
6. Pele – El Condor (Alex Niggemann Remix) [Supernature]
Ogris Debris – G-Thong (youANDme Remix) [Compost]
7. Destination Danger – Du Rififi Au Katanga [Circus Company]
8. Monoroom – We Can Say Yeah [Brise Records]
Jens Bond & Guido Schneider – Getting Sleepy [Highgrade Records]
9. Pele – Eco [Supernature]
Jacuzzi Boys – Perejil & Me [Cecille Numbers]
Davide Squillace And Phutura – Pigwings (Original Mix) [Titbit Music]
10. Digitaline – Seeking Attention [Cityfox]
Men in Trees – Barfly
11. Matthias Meyer – Infinity [Liebe Detail]
Alejandro Mosso – Selva [Meander Music]
12. Pele – El Condor (Original Mix) [Supernature]
Matthias Meyer – Tout Va Bien (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix) [Liebe Detail Spezial]
13. Dreher And Smart – Flick Flack Shelter [Acker Records]
Radio Slave – Orchestratingmaneuversin The Dark (Troxler And Crosson Remix) [OM Records]
14. Nicolas Jaar – Time For Us (Original Mix) [Wolf + Lamb Records]