Every Wednesday we ask a creative or an artisan to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, we caught up with Singaporean DJ and producer Intriguant (aka Louis Quek) on the selected tracks that drive his day.
As a beat maker and electronic producer, Intriguant experiments rhythm and tempo with music genres such as soul and hip-hop. His debut EP, Ellipse, is inspired by the human perception of environments and used textural sounds recorded through the years, and backed them with syncopated beats, fusing the physical with the spiritual.
Intriguant has spun the decks at major festivals like St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, ZoukOut and the Singapore International Jazz Festival (SingJazz). While working the turntables of numerous club shows around the region, Louis had been piecing his debut full-length album, Recluse, with notable collaborators (Charlie Lim, Tim De Cotta, Ginny Bloop (of Riot !n Magenta and The Steve Mcqueens), OmarKENOBI (of Mediocre Haircut Crew) and KATØ).
Released in January 2017, Recluse is a record that expresses a variety of complicated emotions in Louis' personal life. "While working on [the album], I have been experiencing many different scenarios in my life. Love lost, love found, creating new bonds and losing close ones. Embracing solitude was an escape for me."
Intrigued? Catch Louis live at Artifacts, Intermission Bar and Kampong Boogie, Great Escape on 3rd August and at Shine Festival on 5th August. For those who happen to be in Australia around September can head to BIGSOUND 2018 in Brisbane for the Hear65 Singapore showcase or his solo gigs in Melbourne.
"Nothing goes wrong with feel-good soul music in the morning."
1. ‘Still Standing’—Children of Zeus
"This has been in my playlist for quite a while now. Amazing soul music from the UK. Their new album just released not long ago, so check them out."
2. ‘Breakfast in Bed’—Mayer Hawthorne
"Mayer Hawthorne is my go-to guy for the vibes and his project with Jake One, Tuxedo."
"His albums are meant to listen in full. Do yourself a favour and spin it in its entirety."
Day: Beats for days
"Hip-hop and beats have always been the foundation for me. I go hard in the day for the hard hitters. There are too many for this list but here are 3 tracks to start."
1. 'Glowed Up (feat. Anderson .Paak)’—Kaytranada
"Two of the best in the game right now. Can’t wait for their new albums."
2. ‘Do The Astral Plane’—Toshio Matsuura Group
"One of the most interesting jazz projects that I have heard. Featuring some of the best from the contemporary jazz Musicians to recreate dance classics and electronic music renditions."
3. 'Award Tour'—A Tribe Called Quest
"One of my favourite hip-hop group of all time. This song always works for me on the floor."
Night: Music for the night is to reminisce
"I keep my nights for the music that inspires me. It can be ambient, electronica, jazz etc. Wind down and start again."
1. ‘Detroit Pt. 2’—Shigeto
"His music crosses boundaries. Jazz, electronica, Hip-hop beats and everything in between. "
2. 'Pieces (feat. Cornelia)' – Bonobo
"Fun fact: Bonobo and his live band inspired me to experiment with live musicians when I saw them at Dour Festival (Belgium) couple of years ago. This song is my favourite song of The North Borders album."
3. 'Us’—Nosaj Thing
"One of my favourite artist that inspires me a lot. The Drift album is a true classic. Minimal but emotive. "