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EXCLUSIVE: Ballerino Brings House Back to Its Roots with ‘Love’

Robin Braum

The Berlin-based producer uses avant-garde electronics to churn out a neo-retro sound.

House music, the original genre the started it all. Before EDM, before we started multi-hyphenating genres, there was House.

House echoes through just about every electronic genre and producers the world over build up on it as a foundation. But few are willing to strip away the flourishes, distortions, and drops and get back roots of it all.

Enter Ballerino (a.k.a. Robin Braum). The Berlin-native (and founding member of South-East London-based artist collective squareglass) has addressed the genre head-on in his track "Love."

With hypnotic, syrupy, looping beats and a smattering of near-whispered vocals, "Love" updates the House sound without obscuring it with 21st Century digital supernumeraries.

"Love," which Ballerino pairs with delightfully downtempo track, "Concentrate," demonstrates the best way to improve on the classics is not to load up on rococo add-ons, but to get back to heart of what made something revolutionary, examine it, and bring it into the present.

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