American DJ, producer and vocalist Amtrac has been grafting away since 2008, piecing together his own sound through a combination of funk-tinged sets and steamy deep house productions. Born in Kentucky, based in LA, he has racked up some impressive credentials in that time, particularly hitting his stride as of late. With releases on renowned labels such as Kitsune and Kidnap Kid’s Birds That Fly, plus having played everywhere from Electric Daisy Carnival to Mexico’s BPM Festival, he’s a household name across the Atlantic; and we want in.
Amtrac (real name Caleb Cornett) has been keeping busy in the studio, too – the end of August saw him drop Farewell / Renton EP, a bundle of atmospheric house spread over two tracks. Thankfully that’s not all: to coincide with the release, he’s put together an exclusive playlist of the songs that have got under his skin lately, giving us the perfect late-night playlist to round off the summer.
‘Vanice Beach’ by Interstate: “I’m a sucker for a good vocal sample, and be sure to keep an eye on Waxtefacts, that label is putting out some gas.”
‘Apache Line’ by Huerta (feat. Youandewan): “Proper floor filler, and you’re sure to catch some feels as well.”
‘Harlequin’ by Rootstrax (Kerri Chandler edit): “This tune weaves back and forth in the best way imaginable, and that horn sample rips every time.”
‘Negroni’ by Studioheist: “Get a bit of a garage vibe on this number, also the baseline is mental on a system.”
‘The Panic in Needle Park’ by tape_hiss (Retrospective mix): “There are records that have the ability to take you somewhere else, this one is no exception.”
‘Again & Again’ by Lancelot: “I’m always blown away by this guy’s production, as well as pretty much everything on Toy Tonics for that matter.”
‘If Only I Could’ by Fusion Groove Orchestra feat. Steve Lucas (Liem remix): “You gotta give ’em a full vocal every once in a while, this has been my go to.”
‘Leaving’ by Orson Wells: “Dropped this belter in some of favorite gigs this summer, top notch closer.”
‘Una’ by Mattias Zimmermann: “Tribal techno heat that keeps on giving till the end.”
‘Hey Gurl’ by Martin Prestige: “Heavy duty feel good weapon right here.”