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His productions are described as “multi-layered electronic music for the heart, mind and feet”, so it’s no wonder rising star Berlin-based Dutch producer Baikal is named after one of the deepest lakes in the world. By keeping his identity partially shrouded in mystery and remaining unconcerned with the modern trend of hyper-consumption, the producer has managed to keep peddling a strand of house and techno that comes from a unique, more introspective place.
Baikal is the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water, and at 1,642m it is also the deepest. In addition, it is one of the clearest lakes and thought to be the world's oldest at an astonishing age of 25 million years.
Baikal has proven himself worthy of his namesake. Having achieved some success under the name Mark August with releases for Innervisions, the Dutch producer needed a break and decided that decamping to Germany was the way to do it. However, he couldn't stay out of the game for too long, and last year he begun releasing music on the Maeve label that he co-runs with fellow Innervisions colleagues Mano Le Tough and The Drifter.
Unlike the majority of the full-fathom house music coming out these days, his superb sonic productions never sound like a muted copy of a copy of a copy. He sound is warm and chilly all at once – both welcoming and a little alien. With two releases on Maeve and countless remixes, Baikal is making all the right moves – all without pandering to trends and still doing his music in his own way, and in his own time.
With an invitation from dART, you’re bound to meet this enigma at his China debut.