Tastemaker, selector, curator or “your favourite DJ's favourite DJ” is how Lefto is most often described. Each of those descriptions is nothing if not accurate, and Lefto is one of the few who have indisputably earned those titles.
The Belgian DJ and producer is one of the most important tastemakers around the world – perhaps his record collection, over 15,000-strong, has something to do with it – and also one of the most respected. One only has to listen to one of his sets (like his mix for Wild City below) to see why.
Firmly rooted in jazz and hip-hop, Lefto cultivated his digging sensibilities while working at Belgium's legendary Music Mania record store in his hometown Brussels. A resident on Belgium's leading radio station Studio Brussel since the 90s, Lefto has been a custodian of sorts for new music, and is always one to look ahead and actively seek out new music from all over the world.
Lefto is renowned for his wonderfully eclectic sets – different each time – which seamlessly switch between hip-hop, funk, jazz, house, tropical, future bass, African rhythms and more.
His mix for Wild City is no different. Featuring a balance of known and obscure artists from all over the world, with selections from artists like Noname, Kamaal Williams, Kaidi Tatham, Moses Boyd, Joy Orbison and more, the stimulating set starts off with rap and hip-hop, before taking you all over the spectrum, from jazz, tropical and Irish rock to disco, African rhythms and house.
It might sound chaotic and haphazard to jump around genres like this, but Lefto switches between sounds and tracks so smoothly whilst maintaining a breezy atmosphere throughout.
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