Budakid unites the dance floor with this incredible selection of music
The music of DUTCH DJ and producer Budakid aka Kevin Huizing continues to captivate dance floors around the world, backed by his cinematic tracks like Sasha, Pete Tong, Black Coffee, Kölsch and many more.
His Sweet Ease and Hybrid Society collaboration with Berlin’s Watergate club resident DJ Matthias Meyer last year was a sign of big things to come and Budakid is now returning to Watergate Records – this time collaborating with Nordfold on the United EP. Also, don’t miss his next track Coffee Cup on Permanent Vacation which will be released on August 5th. For more information on Budakid, visit his Facebook page.
We caught up with Budakid this week to mark the release and he talked us through a selection of music including United from the new EP.
Budakid & Nordfold – United
‘United’ – one of my last songs – not only carries a friendship, but also the need and the power to unite again with everyone in the world. A track that conveys a certain serenity and peace to me but still has a euphoric feeling of freedom. Hearing this piece is like rereading a few sentences from my diary, it reminds me of last year and memories. I remember we were starting to write this track, a time when Amsterdam had a kind of lockdown and we couldn’t go out after a while.
Acid Arab – Soulan (Laolu Remix)
I still remember the first time I heard this song last year. It gave me such a thrill at home that I immediately got into a festival mood. The way Laolu sampled some guitar riffs from the original Acid Araba melody combined with the new drum arrangement is just right for me. Definitely one of my mood lifters from last year.
Mind Against – Prophet
Mind Against never ceases to amaze me, especially with this title ‘Prophet’. A groove-packed track, capturing harmonies with an unpredictable climax that made it one of my favorite tracks of the last year. I’ve been following this strong Italian duo for a while, but ever since their ‘Bloom’ EP on Afterlife, I’ve been a huge fan.
Squarepusher – Midi Sans Frontières (With Drums)
I’ve always been a huge Squarepusher fan. But while doing some digital crate digging – looking for new music on the web – I came across Squarepusher’s Remix With Drums of “Midi Sans Frontieres”. The original is already strong in itself. A minimalist cut with a kind of AB song structure. Avec Batterie kept the original melodies in place and added some extra percussion on the fundamentals to give the track more dynamism and energy. But in the end, what really makes me put this track in this top list is the treatment of these drums. Maybe I’m just a sucker for mean percussion, but this drum bending really appeals to me.
Budakid & El Zarate – Pizza Pizza
When the pandemic really became a thing, I picked up an old hobby, cooking. Pizza was one of the highlights at that time. This piece also has a special place in my diary. This piece was baked on a dark night in the lonely forest of German Brandenburg. We had a dark moon and could see the night sky as clear as any milky way movie. After making pizza for us and for the community that lived there, we took a tour of my friend (El Zárate) in his workshop, located in an old windmill lost in the forest. Finishing the track in my studio in Berlin, we also decided to make pizza ourselves, which led directly to the title of the track ‘Pizza Pizza’.
Avnu (UK) – Proud That You Are Mine
I always keep an eye on Ellum, Maceo Plex’s label. But one track with a disco touch really surprised me in a positive way. This trail gives me an instant feeling of having a permanent vacation. The track itself is well-arranged and still interesting even though it has a looping sampling approach. The original vocal effects and the main synth line that comes in after the drop shines the sun for me.
DJ Koze – Drone me up, Flashy feat. Sophia Kennedy (&ME Remix)
It was hard to choose which &ME track is my favorite because everything he releases has been on fire lately. Minimal, uplifting melodies and a few catchy piano chords characterize his style for me. &ME is no stranger to Pampa Recordings. But when I found out he had remixed the mighty DJ Koze, I didn’t even have to listen to the track and blindly bought it. This remix is strongly carried by a hypnotic synth which brings power to the track. Where DJ Koze’s original cut is more of an introverted, dreamy piece, &ME has done an amazing job of taking it to the dance floor.
Who Made Who – Silence & Secrets (Frank Wiedemann Version)
Who Made Who brings such a breath of fresh air to the industry that I personally love. A combination of calibrated songs with a touch of static electronic dance music. Melancholic, exciting and eclectic with strong catchy hooks and beautiful harmonies. The last time I saw them was at Cityfox (Avant Gardner) in New York, where we both played our shows. This track is particularly one of my favorites which is a remix by Frank Wiedemann (known from the duo Âme). A title that really grabs my attention and gives me space.
Max Cooper – Love Song
When I listen to Max Cooper, I’m always fascinated by his craftsmanship. Beautiful melodies and amazing sound design. Drowned in different realms, awakened by modern sound glitches and interesting audio movements. This track has been addicting me for the past two years. ‘Lovesong’ is for me a perfect balance between atmospheric melodies and Intelligent Dance Music. To me, it’s state-of-the-art. A track I can loop for years.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Rà-àkõ-st (Lindstrøm cover)
What happens if you mix two of your favorite musicians together? This! An amazing rendition by Unknown Mortal Orchestra of Lindstrøm’s ‘Rà-àkõ-st’. Lindstrøm’s album ‘Smalhans’ is one of my favorite dance albums of all time. I think it’s a beautiful piece of intellectual dance music. Lindstrøm’s music is distinguished above all by its arrangement and melodic phrases. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are a psychedelic rock band known for their innovative and authentic studio approach, produced with great depth and character. This cover he did for Lindstrøm blew me away, not only because they’re both fantastic producers, but also because they make a rare crossover in the music industry.