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Makcim delivers classy, stripped-back tech-house: DJ Mag Podcast

Makcim delivers classy, stripped-back tech-house: DJ Mag Podcast

90-minutes of pared-back floor tracks from the fast-rising Moscow-born Amsterdam-based DJ/producer...

Makcim is the Moscow-born Amsterdam-based DJ/producer that’s been making classy stripped-back tech-house that’s seen release on Apollonia, Lazare Hoche and raum… musik in recent years.

A regular at Berlin’s Club der Visionaere, Hoppetosse and Arena club, this year has seen him spin at Slapfunk’s after-hours party in Amsterdam, as well as going on to play a planned set at the Fuse London x VBX showcase at London’s Village Underground next month (September).

Real name Makcim Donskoi, he regularly works alongside studio partner Levi Verspeek, who together were responsible for ‘1055ML’, which has been simply huge this summer.

‘Blorpflap’, from the pair’s recent ‘Bass Storage’ EP on VBX, is a perfect summation of what the duo can do too – wonky floor-focused tech that’s fast becoming a favourite of discerning selectors on the minimal circuit.

DJ Mag have been keen to lock Makcim in for a podcast for some time now, and for it he’s provided something pretty special, with his contribution to the series a 90-minute recording of his set at the VBX after-hours edition at BRET in Amsterdam.

Speaking about the mix, which was recorded some time between 8am and 11am in the morning, Makcim told DJ Mag, “It’s a variety of old Makcim house classics, unreleased material from Makcim & Levi, solo material from Levi [Verspeek] and a lot of re-discovered old records, including music from Thomas Melchior, Federico Molinari, Daniel Bell, Ricardo Villalobos and Franco Cinelli.

“The highlight would definitely be ‘Blorbflap’, side B2 of the 'Bass Storage' EP. You can hear it around the 1:05h mark in the mix.”

Listen to Makcim’s DJ Mag Podcast below.

Makcim’s latest release as Makcim & Levi, the ‘Bass Storage’ EP, landed last month. Buy it here.

Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.