4X4: Personal Picks by Steve Rachmad

Steve Rachmad has been on the scene for more than 25 years now, steadily carving out his name as one of the true European techno greats. The Amsterdam resident has remained on top for more than two decades on the back of a remarkably consistent discography and is loved the world over for his powerful DJ-sets. House Cult contributor Yotam Avni asked him to share some of the music that moves him, a week before his upcoming club night at Studio 80, where he’ll be sharing the stage with Cassy Britton.

1. An album that reminds you of your childhood:

The Partidge Family – Family Album (Bell 1970)

“That would be a Partridge Family album. I could not find the exact album online and I don’t have access to the record to check or make a photo. But this is one of the tracks that was on the album. I’m guessing I was about 5 years old at the time.”

2. A track you produced that has a unique story to it:

Sterac – X-Tracks/Asphyx (100 % Pure 1995)

“I usually don’t really care about titles much. It’s all about the music, I always say. One of the exceptions was an older track called ‘X-Tracks’. I chose this title based on the crossing stereo effect going from left to right. The perfect title in my opinion. What happens? Labels get pressed on the wrong side, which messed it up completely. All of a sudden the track was called ‘Asphyx’. A title I chose for its atmosphere but became ‘X-Tracks’. Until today I still really regret this happened. It was not the only and last time something like this happened by the way. I hope to correct this maybe in the future. So here’s ‘X-Tracks’:”

“And here’s Asphyx:”

3. The last track you heard today:

Rachmad Project – Sundown (Spiritual 1995)

“It was an old track of my own. I was making a selection for a label that maybe wants to release some back catalog stuff.”

4. Worst Musical Guilty Pleasure:

“Not sure I can answer that. I have never felt ashamed of anything I’ve bought or liked.”

5. A record that  never leaves your record box:

Choice – Acid Eiffel (Fnac/Fragile 1993)

“I’m a sucker for classics, so this is not the easiest question to answer. But looking back at sets it would absolutely be Acid Eiffel by Choice. A record that is mostly credited to mister Laurent Garnier while it’s actually made by three guys. Ludovic Navarre aka St. Germain and Shazz are often left out when mentioning the credits. They also did great work on their own back in the days for French label Fnac.”

6. A DJ from a different musical territory you admire:

“Ricardo Villalobos. He has a unique style of producing and DJ-ing. One of the few guys that in my opinion has a certain style and can call it his own.”

7. A track you would use as an alarm clock:

Ben D’Rivera – Invidia (Palmares 1991)

“I have churchbells on it now, so I guess it would be this one.”

8 A set you enjoyed recently:

“I don’t have much time to listen to podcasts but the last one I remember listening to was of my mate from Melbourne Matt Radovich. A techno guy, but overall just a lover of good music.”

9. A DJ you’d  like to have as your wedding DJ:

“I guess I would choose Antal and let him play his great Brazilian vibe kind of set. Perfect for a wedding.”

10. Your ultimate chillout album:

Peter Benisch – Soundtrack Saga (Turbo 2001)

“A great, warm, and very sweet atmospheric album from an old friend of mine from Stockholm, Peter Benisch. Nice to calm down and to get carried away by the dreamy vibes.”

Yotam Avni

Mostly known for his DJing and Music Productions for Robsoul, Yourba and Transmat, Yotam Avni is no stranger to most DJ’s. By the age of 25 he already produced records with some of the greatest names in electronic music history such as Osunlade, Terrence Parker, Jovonn and Charles Webster. In Israel, where most of his Journalist work is based, he’s known for his long opinionated articles about the orgins of electronic music and the importance of Detroit to him and the rest of the world.