On this edition of Fresh faces, we bring you a melodic techno journey from Bangkok based Kuroten. With a music career spanning 10 years, Kuroten, a South African DJ and producer, is a rising star in the Asian underground scene. His productions are emotive and bold, yet nuanced, while at their core is a deep passion for storytelling through sound.

Drawing on that same ethos, Kuroten’s sets push boundaries and constantly challenge his listeners, while taking them on a musical journey.

Fresh Faces 13 // Kuroten

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  1. Olivier Giacomotto & Noir feat. Hendrik Burkhard – Blackrays (Kiko & Citizen Kain Remix)
  2. Kiko & Citizen Kain – Morning Bliss (Original Mix)
  3. Oliver Huntemann – Magnet (Victor Ruiz Remix)
  4. Kasey Kaotto – The Mood (Original Mix)
  5. Chaty & Alerch – Strangest Ride (Danito & Athina Remix)
  6. Circle of Life – Planet Earth (Original Mix)
  7. Township Rebellion – Baud (Original Mix)
  8. Stereocalypse – Arboria (Original Mix)
  9. Tom Demac – Sink or Swim (Original Mix)
  10. Patrice Baumel & Audiofly – Acatama (Original Mix)
  11. Kuroten – ID (Unreleased)

Interview with Kuroten

Tell us a bit about your mix…
This mix is a bit of a different approach from my usual mixes in that usually I try to create a progression of energy by starting off slow and finishing hard; However, this mix concentrates on what would be the last hour of my set in which I change the direction of the energy to create more a more emotional ending. Also, this mix, like all of my other ones, is a live, one-shot recording.

How long have you been producing/DJing?
This will be my 10th year of DJing and producing.

Who are some of your biggest influences, past and present?
There are almost too many to mention, but if I have to choose 2 particularly, I would have to say deadmau5. He was the reason I got into production and Djing in the first place. These days I would have to say that Township Rebellion hugely influences the music I play and produce. They have an incredible ability to tell a unique story with every release.

How would you describe your style?
My style is definitely progressive and melodic and flits between tech house and techno. I’m completely addicted to dark, driving and groovy basslines with thick overtones of sharp and emotional leads.

What can we expect from Kuroten in the next year?
You can definitely expect a flurry of releases with a couple of well known Asia based labels as well as releases with European labels. Next year will also see a shift in focus towards on performances in Europe etc.

– jbravo
Senior Editor