ORBIT Playlist: Nathan Barato selects some tasty cuts ahead of City Hearts Festival
For the better part of two decades, Nathan Barato has served as a leader in the house and techno space. The Canadian producer and selector earned his stripes as a hometown hero in his Toronto scene, moving on to become an internationally lauded talent thanks to his cutting edge melding of everything from garage, breakbeats, and classic house & techno into his sets. After signing onto numerous imprints like Hot Creations, Rekids, MOOD, and more, the time soon came for him to launch his own imprint Roots & Wings. His excellence in curation on both the A&R and DJing sides continue to place him in the underground’s upper echelon.
Just off the tip of his latest releases on Roots & Wings—the gritty, Kevin Knapp-assisted “Funk Police”— the artist looks westward for his next big showing: City Hearts Festival. The urban off-shoot of Desert Hearts touches down in LA on November 9-10, and Nathan will be taking on a special back-to-back performance alongside Desert Hearts co-founder Porky. Expect a deliciously eclectic showing as these two join behind the decks for the first time. Of his upcoming performance, he states:
“Its probably typical of me to say, but Im super horny and mentally stiff to play City Hearts. This DH crew is so dope …really love playing and just being at their jams. Its one of the most distinctive and fun events on the planet. Obviously Im so excited.”
Nathan’s given us a taste of what’s to come for this edition of Orbit, where he’s picked a fine batch of dancefloor weapons. “Funk Police” naturally makes the cut, in addition to fresh cuts from Amine Edge & Dance, Sirus Hood, Truncate, and Cuatero. Grab tickets to the fest here in the meantime.