Techno was created and developed far away from the mainstream. The underground sound got its deserved popularity in the past few years but there is a lot of movement in sound with sub-genres and a lot of talent you may not hear about.
We believe underground producers and labels deserve special recognition, so we will be dedicating our new feature series to this cause.
This week we will have a look into the underground scene in Portugal and Lewis Fautzi.
Every DJ dreams of their favorite artist supporting their music. This is something that rings true across every genre. Not to mention when your favorite DJ also happens to be one of the most legendary artists to grace the decks. Such is the case for Portuguese powerhouse Lewis Fautzi, whose early works saw much support from none other than Jeff Mills. After his first big release back in 2013, Lewis’s rapid ascension through the techno ranks landed him in countless others sets and record boxes, with releases on Soma, Figure, and Pole Group to name a few.
His first release on the label was the powerful ‘Turn’ EP, followed by the trippy ‘Binary’ which received an Oscar Mulero remix.
The third release for Fautzi on Soma was the relentlessly undulating ‘Range’ before cumulating in his 2014 debut album ‘The Gare Album’, named after the Porto club which has served as his creative impulse and the launch platform for his career.
By 2015 and still at just Fautzi’s catalogue had exploded: two EPs on Figure; two releases on Pole Group which including an EP of originals remixed by Exium and Kwartz; a single on the ‘Unknown Landscapes Vol.2’ compilation; a track on Warm-Up (Oscar Mulero providing the remix); and on his own beloved Faut Section imprint, a collaboration with Pär Grindvik that led to an Oscar Mulero EP with two Lewis Fautzi remixes.Until today, he has released 5 albums.
Lewis also takes care of his label Faut Section, and he has recently released Neurohumural Transmission EP.
His music is beyond boundaries, there are the Mills-ian cosmic tones, the subterranean echoes of Berlin, the impact of British industrialists and the peculiar groove of the Spanish scene, but everything has that definitive Lewis Fautzi stamp. The growing amplitude of his vision, the maturity and depth of his output from the beginning and the recognition of his peers, so we can’t wait to finally see him in action post his recovery!