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Renaissance Man (Helsinki, Finland)

The Scandinavian production duo are pioneering the new breed of house and club music armed with more jaunty rhythms and foghorns than VonStroke can shake a stick at.

Having releases on Kitsune, Dubsided & Teki Latex's sub-label Sound Pellegrino, Renaissance Man energetically cut up and mix ethnic/world samples with tech house ethics and minimal fidget sounds, helping pioneer the movement nicknamed 'midget house' with producers such as Solo and Mowgli as supported by Annie Mac. They've remixed from Crystal Fighters to Delphic, collaborated with Zombie Disco Squad and also contribute to the Canadian-based Curb Crawlers blog whilst their recent remix of Brodinski & Noob's club hit 'Peanuts Club' is already getting airplay across clubs worldwide.

Sharing a similar sound to the releases over in San Francisco of Claude VonStroke's Dirtybird label, their sets include a variety of tracks from rhythmic tech house artists. Ever-inventive their own singles 'What is Guru?' with a remix from Riva Starr and their 'Dubbo' track feature hare krishna samples and a ridiculously giant terrifying foghorn accordingly, one-upping the abundance of wobbly house tracks with those goddamn airhorns.

Check out their exclusive mix for Dazed with a tracklist spanning Audion to DJ Hell and a track sampling the London bus announcements, the '8 to Victoria'.

Q & A
WHATS… special about you, then?
Demographically we're about as generic an electronic music duo can get.  We are unique snowflakes in the blizzard that is the modern music industry.

...your worst vice?
Being anal.

…the story behind your name?
It was a term we just to jokingly to describe our friends who were working in several fields simultaneously - the typical young urban freelance type of lifestyle. When we started doing it, having met an architecture office we both worked at, we just applied it to ourselves.

...better, analog or digital?
It's not a relevant question to us. Except for watches where analog is the way to go.

...the world coming to?
Singularity. Unless the world ends because of climate change fueled by all those DJ air miles.

…your favorite website?
Nick Currie's blog Click Opera and Beatport.

…your worst fashion secret?

…the one thing you’d kill for?
To make real life as exciting as Second Life. the top of your shit list?
All things half-assed. People, doing things properly and with love will make us all happy and prosperous.

How would you describe your work?
Could be worse!

Renaissance Man Dazed Mix:
Unknown: Unknown (Unknown Remix)
Blind Minded: To The Bus
Moodymann: Freaky Motherfucker (Catz'N'Dogz Remix)
Audion: On My Way To The Center
Renaissance Man / Christian Martin: Christian Man (Robosonic Blend)
Renaissance Man: Car Thief Bootcut
DJ Hell feat. P Diddy: The DJ (Paul Woolford Remix)
Nicone & Sascha Braemer: Nur Mal Kurz (Philip Bader Remix) RM Edit