“When you play and produce stuff like I do, you instantly become an outsider” says Croatian DJ Mariano Mateljan. Hailing from a country soaked in media hype and a clubbing consensus interested in big name, tech-house – the young Croat isn’t making music to satisfy the masses. Turning away bouncy tech-funk in favour of a lo-fi, murky sound, Mariano’s deep aesthetic and atmospheric touches are displayed in abundance for his exclusive MEOKO mix. Heralding the same raw, heads down and moody aesthetic of American contemporaries such as Amir Alexander and Marcelus Pittman, the mix’s pace notches up slowly as the timbres and sonics creep out from the shadows, placing the focus on simple yet effective percussion and a thick underbelly of bottom heavy sub bass.

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