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StandardTapes 22: Jesse Futerman
"I wanted to make something you could relax to"


This week, we have a brisk but beautiful mix from Jesse Futerman. Jesse is likely an unknown to most of Toronto’s music fans, but with a EP coming out on the prestigious R&S label, you’re sure to hear his name more often in the near future. In the meantime, check out his two already released and superb EPs, both of which can be downloaded free of charge on his bandcamp site

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m twenty-years-old and living in Toronto. I recently signed a deal with R&S Records to release a vinyl EP on their Apollo Records imprint (R&S Records is the same label that helped James Blake’s release several of his critically acclaimed EPs). 

Where and how was this mix recorded?

Ableton 8, APC, and some tracks.

What was the idea behind the mix?

I wanted to make something you could relax to. 

In your own words, can you describe your sound?

I’d say my sound is a a cross between RJD2 and Endtroducing era DJ Shadow

Where can the Standard Readers see you perform next?

I’m playing a show in December at Parts and Labor for Scion Session’s Neighborhood Watch series. I’m also opening for Maylee Todd on February 1 at the Music Gallery. In addition, make sure to follow Jesse on Twitter to learn of any future shows as they’re announced.  

Anything to add?

Shoutouts to my friends, and to New Sky Resturant for their amazing Crispy Beef. 

  1. 40 Winks – Outside the Box
  2. Alister Johnson – Baltimore Oriole (Edit)
  3. The Archive (featuring Amenta) – Reasons
  4. RJD2 – June
  5. Build An Ark – You Are The Key to the Universe
  6. Group Home – Up Against The Wall (Premier remix) 
  7. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got the Jazz
  8. Quasimoto – Jazz
  9. Mobb Deep (featuring Q Tip) – Drink Away the Pain


Igor Bonifacic is a writer working for the Toronto Standard. You can follow him on twitter at @igorbonifacic

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