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Ross From Friends looks back at his decade with 10 defining tracks

The sought-after selector selects some classics ahead of his Minimal Effort performance

  • In partnership with Minimal Effort
  • 16 December 2019

Ahead of his live performance at this year's Minimal Effort NYE bash in Los Angeles, Ross From Friends, has offered up ten tracks that have defined his decade, supplying one for each year.

The burgeoning producer has been making waves in the past few years. His famous song, 'Talk To Me You'll Understand' now has over seven million views on YouTube. Originally released in 2015, it has transcended time with its emotive lo-fi feeling.

The producer has since then continued to grow his audience with his synth grooves, eventually releasing his 2018 debut album, 'Family Portraits' on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. It featured the popularized tracks, 'Pale Blue Dot' and 'Wear Me Down'.

Outside of his releases, he has become known for his live set shows that incorporate guitar and saxophone solos and has been playing at outstanding festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, The Roundhouse and Sonar.

Ross From Friends proves to be an artist worthy to keep on your radar and these nostalgia-inducing tracks have given us all the feels

Check out his songs of the decade below and check him out on NYE at Los Angeles' Minimal Effort party.

Grab tickets to the event here

[Photo Credit: Fabrice Bourgelle]

2010
Mount Kimbie 'Carbonated'

"I remember first hearing 'Maybes' the year before and it completely changing my music taste into the world of electronic music. This album completely solidified this for me. I was crazy about this entire album throughout 2010."

2011
Gerry Read 'We Are'

"I always thought this track was called 'We Are (Full)' because that's what the YouTube video is titled, but it's obviously just referring to it being a full version upload. I was obsessed with Gerry Read for years (and still am)—always such a twisted take on dance music—this tune is no exception."

2012
Objekt 'CLK Recovery'

"This was actually released in 2011, but I only heard it in 2012. Objekt's early dance releases really changed the way that I looked at club music. The interesting detail and structure that you could add to a track with it still being so effective in a club setting really stood out to me. This is one of those tracks that I listen to and hear something new every time."

2013
Container 'Refract'

"This was the first time I was exposed to this kind of driving distortion throughout a track; this really influenced a lot of my production moving forward. This track has so much force listening back to it now. I used to rinse this so much and try and replicate the sound constantly on a laptop."

2014
OOBE 'Purple Sea'

"My love of distorted sounds carried on from the previous year becoming the sound that I became so inspired by. This tune is all over the place, all glitchy and horrible, but I thought it was so cool and couldn't stop listening to it."

2015
Palms Trax 'Sumo Acid Crew'

"Such great mastery of all of the synths in this. I feel like this tune really holds up as one of my all-time favourite melodic dance tracks. There are so many different melodic layers and each manages to fill a certain space in a really satisfying way. It's a pleasure to listen to."

Avalon Emerson 'The Frontier'

"This song has such a rare instance of something being so driving but so hopeful and whimsical. Avalon Emerson ties those ideas together so well for me, this being the prime example of that. It was a new approach that I don't think I'd heard before, so refreshing."

2017
Four Tet 'Two Thousand and Seventeen'

"This is one of those less is more tunes. It just sits there doing its thing with nothing else needed around it. The harmonic content is so engaging that it could just be that forever and nothing else. A genius use of sampling which I adore."

2018
Skee Mask 'Dial 274'

"Skee Mask's 'Compro' was, probably like many others, my favourite album of 2018. He tapped into these genre styles like nobody else has before. This track in particular, is so dark and driving, keeps me absolutely hooked throughout."

2019
Joy O ft. Infinite and Mansur Brown 'Burn'

"Everything about this track is so beautifully unexpected; the structure, the chord progression, the rhythm, the way it moves into the drums: "hehehe... again." It progresses from being super mysterious to quite whimsical. My standout production of this year for sure."

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