DUTCH’s music from DJ/producer Budakid, aka Kevin Huizing, continues to captivate dance floors around the world with the backing of his cinematic tracks from the likes of Sasha, Pete Tong, Black Coffee, Kölsch and more.
His Sweet Ease and Hybrid Society collaboration with Berlin-based Watergate club resident DJ Matthias Meyer last year was a sign that great things were coming, and now Budakid is back on Watergate Records – this time in collaboration with Nordfold on the United EP. Also check out his upcoming track Coffee Cup on Permanent Vacation which will be released on August 5th. For more information about Budakid visit it facebook page.
We caught up with Budakid this week to celebrate the release and he told us about a selection of music including United from the new EP.
Budakid & Nordfold – United
“United” is one of my newest songs and not only conveys friendship, but also the need and strength to reunite with all people around the world. A track that gives me some serenity and peace, but still has a euphoric feeling of freedom. Listening to this work is like rereading a few phrases from my diary, it brings back memories as well. I remember when we started writing this track, at that moment in Amsterdam there was a kind of quarantine, and we could not go outside after a certain time.
Acid Arab – Soulan (Laolu Remix)
I still remember the first time I heard this song last year. It gave me such a thrill at home that I instantly got into a festive mood. The way Laolu sampled some of the guitar licks from the original Acid Araba melody combined with the new drum arrangement really suits me. Definitely one of my mood lifters last year.
Mind against – Prophet
Mind Against continues to amaze me, especially with this song “Prophet”. The track is grooved, catches harmonies with an unpredictable climax that made it one of my favorite tunes last year. I’ve been following this strong Italian duo for a long time, but after their “Bloom” EP on Afterlife, I became a big fan of them.
Squarepusher – Midi Sans Frontieres (Avec Batterie)
I’ve always been a big fan of Squarepusher. But while doing some digital box-digging — searching the internet for new music — I discovered Avec Batterie’s remix of “Midi Sans Frontieres” by Squarepusher. The original is already strong on its own. Minimalistic version with AB song structure. Avec Batterie kept the original melodies and added some extra drums to the base to give the track more drive and energy. But in the end, what really makes me put this track on this top list is the handling of those drums. Maybe I just adore evil drums, but this twist of the drum really appeals to me.
Budaquid and El Zarate – Pizza Pizza
When the pandemic became a real problem, I took up my old hobby of cooking again. At that time, pizza was one of the main trends. This track also has a special place in my diary. This track was baked on a dark night in a secluded forest in Brandenburg, Germany. We had a dark moon and could see the night sky as clear as any movie about the Milky Way. After preparing pizza for ourselves and for the residents who lived there, we gathered at the workshop of my friend (El Zarate), located in an old windmill lost in the forest. While finishing the track in my studio in Berlin, we also decided to make our own pizza, which led directly to the title of the track “Pizza Pizza”.
Avnu (Great Britain) – I am proud that you are mine
I always follow the record company Maceo Plex, Ellum. But the track with disco notes really surprised me in a positive way. This track gives me an instant feeling of a permanent vacation. The track itself is well arranged and retains interest despite the looped sample approach. The bizarre vocal effects and the main synth line that starts after the drop make me shine in Kristen Bell Tattoos.
DJ Koze – Drone me up, Flashy feat. Sophia Kennedy (&ME Remix)
It was hard to choose which &ME track I like the most, because everything he releases lately is causing a buzz. Minimalist, uplifting melodies and a few catchy piano chords characterize his style for me. &ME is not an unknown person on Pampa Recordings. But when I discovered that he remixed the powerful DJ Koze, I didn’t even have to listen to the track and bought it blind. This remix is based on a hypnotic synth that gives the track power. While DJ Koze’s original version is more of an introverted and dreamy song, &ME did an amazing job of bringing it to the dance floor.
Who Made Who – Silence & Secrets (Frank Wiedemann Version)
Who Made Who brings such a new breath to the industry, which I personally really like. A combination of tuned songs with a twist of static electronic dance music. Melancholy, captivating and eclectic with strong catchy hooks and beautiful harmonies. The last time I saw them was at Cityfox (Avant Gardner) in New York where we both played live. This track is especially one of my favorites, it is a remix of Frank Wiedemann (known from the duet Âme). A track that really grabs my attention and leaves me alone.
Max Cooper – Love Song
When I listen to Max Cooper, I always admire his skill. Beautiful melodies and amazing sound design. Immerse yourself in different worlds, wake up from modern sound glitches and interesting sound movements. This track has got me hooked for the last couple of years. “Lovesong” for me is the perfect balance between atmospheric melodies and intelligent dance music. For me, it’s cutting edge. A track that I can put on repeat for years.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Rà-àkõ-st (Lindstrom cover)
What happens if you mix two of your favorite musicians together? This! Amazing interpretation of Lindström’s “Rà-àkõ-st” performed by the Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Lindström’s Smalhans is one of my favorite dance albums of all time. I find this to be a great piece of intellectual dance music. Lindström’s music stands out to me primarily for its arrangement and melodic phrases. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a psychedelic rock band known for their innovative and authentic studio approach, crafted with great depth and character. This cover he did for Lindstrøm blew my mind not only because they are both fantastic producers, but also because they are rare in the music industry.