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Chris Stussy broke through in double quick time with some head turning house tracks. But what is important is that he has continued to back up that early promise years later. He is now very much a key part of the underground with a sound that is all his own and has taken him to essential labels like Djebali, Rutilance, Eastenderz, Meta and, of course, PIV, where he is also charged with spotting new talent as the in-house A&R. 2020 will see music dropping on Moscow and Fuse and an official remix for the one and only Kerri Chandler. The Dutch wunderkind has a long-standing love of early house music, but also raw production aesthetics and an understanding of jazz, disco and Chicago styles that feed into his own unique take on the genre. As such, his sublime and late night house tunes often come with a musical baseline that is superbly slick and supple. Smart vocal samples, lush synth colours and bumping drums then add to the allure of his most seductive and warm house grooves.
As a DJ, Stussy is just as widely informed and able to draw on plenty of styles to suit the many different settings in which he plays. That means huge main stages at places like Awakenings and Welcome to the Future, as well as cult underground clubs like Watergate in Berlin, E1 and Fabric in London, Fuse Brussels and Elrow Barcelona all come under his spell in very different but equally memorable ways. From long, slow, deep and tension building mixes to more high impact, quick chops and high energy cuts, he is a versatile selector who is always on the move. Evidence of this also comes in the podcasts and radio mixes he has done for the likes of Rinse FM, BBC Radio 1 for Danny Howard, the Straf_Werk podcast and a mix for Trommel that was 100% unreleased tracks from Chris and PIV.
After countless Number 1 slots on various digital charts, Stussy continues to serve up the heat at an alarming rate. Recent outings include his recent EP on Eastenderz, the Electro City Moving EP on Rutilance Recordings, What U Do on META, and Evening Drive on PIV, with fresh remixes for Mihai Popoviciu, Inermu and Berg Audio also showing off another side to his skills. His DJ diary, too, is ever fuller: after a January tour of Australia, New Zealand and Bali, he has a South American tour, gigs at DGTL, Awakenings, Lost Beach Festival Ecuador and a 10-hour set at Thuishaven amongst many more gigs around Europe
all coming up. Despite being so prolific, though, the quality levels remain high. And while each new production shows a subtle evolution, they also feed into the singular Stussy sound that DJs and dancers have come to love.