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With prominent production credits on a wealth of French hip hop’s biggest hits from the likes of Booba, Wealstarr is one of French rap production’s premier household names. Harbouring a love for electronic music since the French Touch era, the Parisian surprised everyone last year by releasing a bass-heavy EP ‘ITB2’, landing his hip-hop heavy career under a new dance-focused spotlight. Praised alongside world-beating contemporaries such as Kaytranada and Flume, his cut ‘Strumpet’ gained a co-sign from tastemaker label Kitsuné, leading to an exclusive mix on the imprint that hit the Spotify Viral Top 20 in several countries and raised his profile on an international level. Fresh from remixes for the likes of Tommy Trash on A-Trak and Nick Catchdub’s Fools Gold Records and recent shows with Cashmere Cat and Boi 1-da, Will’s star is only ascending in 2017. This brand new EP ‘ITB3’ is an ode to the summer and multiculturalism - opening with the eclectic fusion of Brazilian club experimentation and lounge atmospheres of ‘Maracana’. Followed by the intense and colourful ‘Basquiat’, featuring grandiose horns and drawing on a range of influences - jersey club, hip hop and house. Taking its name from the diverse cultural area in Paris, ‘Chateau D’Eau’ is a laid back house track infused with Baile Funk, providing the perfect future anthem for sun-kissed terraces everywhere. In contrast, the EP closer is an explosive cut of electronic instrumental hip hop akin to Rustie’s ‘Triadzz’, reflecting the fierce and extravagant street bull running “Feria Festival” of Southern France.
With ‘ITB3’, Wealstarr steps further out of the shadow of hip hop’s shadows and extends his reach into the electronic music scene. By combining a diverse range of influences, Wealstarr has created a body of work that’s unique, contemporary, and above all else, is sure to ignite dancefloors worldwide. With a host of high profile collaborations on both sides of the atlantic across a wide range of genres on the horizon, as well as more solo releases forthcoming, now is the perfect chance to get introduced to one of music’s most eclectic and versatile production talents