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Fresh Kicks 53: Desert Sound Colony

Liam Wachs wanders the spectrum of UK electronic music for our rising talent series...

Desert Sound Colonyn delivers quirky broken beats, garage and more on the latest edition of our Fresh Kicks mix series.

Liam Wachs’ psychedelic take on club music has caused a stir under the acronym DSC, while as Desert Sound Colony he’s combined heady guitars with electronic beats. Now he’s opted to unite the whole under the latter name.

Recent release ‘Wake Up’ on Man Power’s Me Me Me was an enveloping piece of twilight dance, full of spectral atmosphere and tiny melodic details, while his latest single ‘Aunt Wendy’s Wedding In Wales’ on Holding Hands is a trippy breakbeat cut suggesting there was something special in the punch at the reception.

It’s the heavier flipside, ‘I C Jangles’ featuring Baby Rollen, a broken garage extravaganza, that really takes the (wedding) cake, though, full of warping dark bass and crepuscular vibes. (Grab a copy here.)

Desert Sound Colony’s sound is fresh and wide-ranging and his Fresh Kicks mix is similarly so, bringing together techno, house, garage and breakbeat for a very UK sounding set. Check it out in full at the bottom of the page. 

Last album you listened to in full?
"Gary Numan 'The Pleasure Principle'."

Last meal you cooked?
"Pasta Puttanesca."

Last track that blew your mind?
"Minor Science 'Volumes' (Whities). God damn the production on this one is too good..."

Favourite club?
"Corsica Studios. Room two especially."

Favourite DJ?
"Craig Richards."

Favourite festive song?
"The Flying Pickets 'Only You'."

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
"I reckon getting in the studio with KiNK would be unbelievably good fun."

Which cartoon character would you most like to be?
"Beemo from Adventure Time."

Who is your biggest musical influence?
"Hmm thats a surprisingly tough question. Probably Andrew Weatherall."

Tell us a joke...
"A bear walks into a bar and says to the barman, 'give me a whisky and...coke.' 
'Why the big pause?' asks the bartender. 
The bear shrugs, "I don't know, I was born with them.' "

Want more music from up-and-coming artists? Check out Fresh Kicks 52 with Sophia Saze.

Ben Hindle is DJ Mag’s Clubs Editor and co-founder of DJ Mag Bunker. Follow him on Twitter here.

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