ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist—Crazy Cousinz
Over the past few months, electronic artists have celebrated the musical contributions of black artists by compiling ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists. The playlists have succinctly spotlit productions from black artists and artists of color that have influenced these artists’ careers, and on a simpler level, kept them moving and grooving.
Following respective ORBIT: AMPLIFY playlists from Kyle Kinch, DJ 4rain, Whethan, Cuppy, CeCe Rogers, Martin Badder, Loud Luxury, Akira Akira, Anabel Englund, Brando, and Major Lazer‘s Walshy Fire, Crazy Cousinz curates Dancing Astronaut‘s ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist for the week of August 24.
Credited as a pioneer of “funky house,” Crazy Cousinz, born Luke Reid, first forayed into electronic production in secondary school. With a natural inclination for music, evidenced in part by his early schooling in keyboard and the saxophone, Reid cut his teeth in London, DJing venues such as Ministry of Sound and Pacha London as the funky house movement reached an apex.
Earning nods for his originals and remixes across the industry, Crazy Cousinz has steadily risen to prominence, a continuous course that further accelerated when Drake sampled his 2008 remix of Kyla’s “Do You Mind” in 2016’s “One Dance.” Consistency the backbone of his dance floor dominating sonic demeanor, Cousinz has unremittingly asserted his indispensability to the dance scene through tunes with an infallible appeal, including his latest, “Outline.”
Describing his ORBIT: AMPLIFY Playlist to Dancing Astronaut, Cousinz said,
“Here is a mixture of some of the greatest artists who have cultivated and changed our perspective on music and emotions forever, ranging from all genres, I also added some personal favorites in there.”
Make no mistake—dance music is born from black culture. Without black creators, innovators, selectors, and communities, the electronic dance music we hold so dear would simply not exist. In short, dance music is deeply indebted to the global black community and we need to be doing more. Black artists and artists of color have played a profound role in shaping the sound and culture of dance music and now more than ever, it is necessary for everyone in the music community to stand up for the people that have given us so much. Dancing Astronaut pledges to make every effort to be a better ally, a stronger resource, and a more accountable member of the global dance music community. Black Lives Matter—get involved here: