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DJ Richard at Never Apart: Equinox

163 mins|First aired 9 Oct 2016Next From The Academy Today at 8:30pm EDT

The White Material co-founder draws a perfect blend of raw rhythm tracks and cathartic synths. Recorded live during RBMA Montréal.

Alongside friends and cohorts Young Male and Galcher Lustwerk, Providence-based producer DJ Richard has kept the electronic music world on its toes since 2012, when the very first releases on his co-founded label White Material began to offer up a series of alternately rough, ready and blissfully spaced-out tracks. Striking a perfect transatlantic balance—one undoubtedly aided by a lengthy stint living in Berlin—DJ Richard weaves between the crushed grit of noisy maximalists like Shed or Container and the faded melancholy of Lawrence or Superpitcher with the expertise of an Olympic slalom skier. His 2015 LP Grind on Dial was hailed as one of the best of the year, its combination of minimal rhythm arrangements, atmospheric pads, and twinkling de-tuned harmonics leaving dancers and music lovers alike hungry for more.

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Photo by Karel Chladek