Monday, 19 July 2010

Nicolas Jaar, 19

Jaar was born in NY, raised in Chile and returned to the apple in his teens. His name is the one on everybody's lips at the moment. As the profile of New York based Wolf + Lamb records increases, so does the hype around Jaar. His frist ever release was with Wolf + Lamb at the tender age of 17, he has recently had a scintillating podcast mix put out via Resident Advisor and he is clearly very clever as he is now studying at one of the US's top Universities. Everything is looking good for the youngster. But is all this hype so necessary?

It is easy to make a fuss about his age, but it's warranted as he is younger than the genre itself and there aren't many young'uns out there. Techno is a genre of ageing veterans. The Beltram's, the Lawler's and the Atkins are not in their prime. Seth Troxler described him as one "of the most talented minds that dance music is about to see develop". A mind heavily influenced by the most famous Chilean in dance music Ricardo Villalobos. It was Villalobos' work which introduced Jaar to techno and since then he has made strides towards becoming a bigger and better producer than the man himself. Jaar has many other influences including Ethiopian Jazz legend Mulatu Astatke and of course a Latin tinge from his time spent in Chile.

One thing can be said of the youngster he produces very forward thinking music, it's not all necessarily very danceable but there are some club classics in his armoury of releases. You can be sure that you will seeing and hearing a lot more of this guy in the future.......

Enjoy the tracks


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