From the track record of Robert Balotsky's work as Buku, it's clear that the Pittsburgh native and graduate of Music Technology is a well-equipped architect of twisted, layered soundscapes. With a menacing grasp on sound design and music theory, Buku combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, laden with resounding low-end and intricate drum patterns. With a love of drums rooting from childhood, his work reflects his passion – emitting percussive elements only a trained ear could produce.
Buku's debut EP release, 'Janky', sent a shotgun blast into the Bass Music scene - quickly gaining support and full rotation by Diplo, who described Balotsky's production style as 'where dubstep is going' at the brink of 2013. Since then, Buku's accolades have continued to add up: he was hand-picked by Paper Diamond to join his 'Rain Drops' tour alongside L.A. duo GLAdiator, featured on Shade45's 'Sway In The Morning' radio show, called for collaboration with Tropkillaz, and contributed his remix skills for the likes of Minnesota, Griz, Nick Catchdubs, & Brillz, to name a few.
As a result of his consistent output, Buku has quickly placed himself at the forefront of rising talent amongst North American producers - 2015 proved exactly that, seeing the release of his genre-bending 'Might Be' EP on OWSLA sub-label NEST HQ, as well as work on such imprints as Fool's Gold & Main Course. With multiple massive releases on the way, non-stop touring and support from top labels & industry heavyweights, 2016 will surely see Buku's continued upwards trajectory.
Late Night Radio
Hustling to make his mark in Denver, Colorado's electronic music melting pot, Late Night Radio is earning the respect of fans and peers alike through prolific production, innovative experimentation, and a dogged dedication to the craft. Alex Medellin has put in his time in the industry, coming up in Texas and California, but his ascension in the Colorado scene speaks to his ability to not only create a stunning array of original tracks, but bring them to life onstage, practicing what he preaches - guided by the mantra "emotion over energy."
Medellin's background in hip-hop is crucial to his development as a producer. Unlike some of his contemporaries who came up in the dance music scene, Late Night Radio keeps his cuts funky and inventive with an unshakable commitment to soulful grooves. Even when LNR breaks into high-energy, cabinet-rattling climaxes, the emotional depth remains. His wildly popular Vinyl Restoration series of old-school mixes has rooted his sound in deep, expressive sampling that keeps him firmly grounded in the lessons of the past, while reaching forward to craft his own signature sound.
A slew of collaborations, remixes and tour dates with notable acts are propelling Medellin's vision into new territories. Late Night Radio is poised to break out of the Centennial state, spreading the love to cities coast-to-cast and beyond as the LNR vision spreads. The forthcoming tour dates will be anchored by a powerful full-length album, Far Into the Night, slated for a mid-August release.