Rising British producer and Academy grad Palms Trax lays down a selection of rugged house and uplifting anthems at Dekmantel Festival 2015.
Jay Donaldson, AKA Palms Trax, hails from Bristol, but you’d never guess it from his tunes – his sound situates him somewhere along the Chicago-Detroit axis, house music’s Tigris and Euphrates. With a deft touch recalling legends like Omar-S, Donaldson whips up rugged workouts, tempering pounding drums and twice-fried synths with gentle, soaring pads. Not content to make tools, his tracks are mini-suites that arc, ebb, and flow, surfacing on Amsterdam’s Dekmantel and Lobster Theremin. A Berlin transplant, Jay keeps busy – he explores rougher territory with friends under the Chicago Flotation Device pseudonym, holds down a slot on Berlin Community Radio, and tours widely, sharing bills with heavy hitters like Kassem Mosse, Ron Morelli, and Parris Mitchell. Safe to say Donaldson’s just getting started.