The week’s best new electronic music, plus an interview with the Georgian producer about life in Tbilisi and his superb new EP.
Although we do our best to highlight the best new electronic music from around the globe, there’s no denying that a disproportionate percentage of the tracks we play here on First Floor come from places like Berlin, London and New York. Nevertheless, while cities outside the established electronic music hubs rarely get their due, it’s clear that these locales are brimming with talent. Tbilisi is one such case: Although the Georgian capital has been increasingly recognized for its club scene in recent years (thanks in large part to nightspots like Bassiani), the city’s producers and DJs are still making their way onto our collective radars. One such artist, Gacha Bakradze, has something of a head start on his peers, as he’s been releasing music on labels like Apollo, Lapsus and Cin Cin since 2012. Next week he’ll drop a new EP called Monument on Fever AM, the rising imprint headed up by Mor Elian and Rhyw. It’s perhaps Bakradze’s most potent (and dancefloor-oriented) effort to date, and it provides the perfect opening for him to tell us more about Tbilisi’s music scene and where his own work is headed. Elsewhere, host Shawn Reynaldo plays a cross-section of the week’s best new electronic offerings, and also exclusively premieres a new track from Bézier off his forthcoming EP for Honey Soundsystem.