Jonas Rathsman unveils ‘X Series: Vol 1’, the second release on newly conceived label ELEMENTS. The double A-side features collaborations with prominent tastemaker Joseph Ashworth and Swedish newcomer Axelles.
A dark and mysterious tech house cut, first track ‘Esme’ is laced with acidic undertones and understated yet hard-hitting kicks and snares. It’s an eclectic mix of sounds sourced from both Ashworth’s locale of London and Rathsman’s native Sweden. ‘Glänta’ sees Rathsman welcome fellow Swede Axelles into the fold for his debut release exclusively on ELEMENTS. The pair strike a moody stance in the opening ventures of this effort, before breaking out into a wobbly, industrial bassline.
Through ELEMENTS’ X Series, Rathsman will pull together some of electronic music’s most exciting new talent to collaborate alongside him, fans can expect to see more from the collaborative series later in the year. The label takes its roots from Rathsman’s bi-monthly ELEMENTS mix series; an extensive and in-depth journey through his influences and interests fuelled by his connection with the natural word. These same values can be found in the newly-formed imprint, which has a penchant for seeking the upmost quality across the house music and electronic spectrum.
To launch the project, Rathsman is hosting a run of ‘Day & Night’ club events, which will feature the likes of the aforementioned Joseph Ashworth, Butch and The 2 Bears at some of East London’s most talked about spaces.
Prolific underground producer Jonas Rathsman unveils the Within Borders EP via ELEMENTS, his brand new imprint. Brooding basslines and atmospheric synths glide between ‘Within Borders’ and ‘Skymning’ in glorious cohesion as the final track ‘101 Secrets’ shows a new side to the producer – experimenting with a tribal vocal to create jungle soundscape.
A development of Rathsman’s impressive mix series, the name ELEMENTS is born from his connection with the natural world in his beloved homeland of Sweden. Introduced as a bi-montly mix showcasing new and exclusive music, over one-year-on the ELEMENTS mix series is growing into hosting events, including a Summer day and night series in London, and now a label.
Speaking on the new label, Rathsman says:
“It’s been one year since the first ELEMENTS episode was released, and even from the first one people were asking me if they could release on the label! The connection I have built with both new and established artists has been really amazing, and I feel privileged that they have put their trust in me to feature their music. The label is a natural development and we have some amazing releases lined up!”
The mix series had been the trusted starting point for releases from artists such as Bicep, Booka Shade, Rodriguez Jr, Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons and Axel Boman – an impressive lineup indicative of what’s to come for this exciting new label.
This summer, Rathsman also brings his esteemed ELEMENTS Series to London for four-weeks of curated day and night parties across the Saturday’s of July. Calling at the capital’s hottest day spots, the series will also include a boat party on the Thames and closing each evening out at The Nest. Tickets: https://www.residentadvisor.net/club.aspx?id=36034
Within Borders is out now.