Dark 'n' lovely...
Thris Tian

Boiler Room man, NTS Radio host and general super-savvy selector Thris Tian shows Clash the ‘Dark n’ Lovely’ side of his musical persona.

Being head programmer (and co-founder) of the worldwide phenomenon that is the Boiler Room – an essential notch on the bedpost for any DJ or producer worth their salt – means you kinda have to have your finger on the pulse when it comes to finding new music. Thris Tian certainly does, as he demonstrates though his pristine programming schedules for Boiler Room across Europe, Africa and Asia, his own DJ sets across the globe, and his weekly Dark n’ Lovely Global Roots Show for online tastemaking station NTS Radio, which bounces between international, jazz-leaning vibes on the Global Roots side of things, and darker, techno-focused directions for Dark n’ Lovely.

It’s the latter of these that Thris Tian focuses on for his Clash mix, with spacious, soulful techno and heavier Detroit sounds being the key ingredients, as well as a few global beats to kick things off. Techno tag team Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald, Walls’ trippy rock man Sam Willis and space-funk producer Arttu all feature in the mix alongside a host of underground names, carefully chosen and expertly stitched together by one of the wisest selectors around.

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1. Damiano von Erckert ft. Tito Wun - Reelluv
2. Sarp Yilmaz - My People
3. Project E - Boy in the Straw Hat
4. Ex-Friendly ft. Rich Medina - Journeyman
5. Unknown - White
6. Max Graef & Muff Deep - Am Fenster
7. Randee Jean - You Got It (Arttu Remix)
8. Maxime Iko - M.O.T.H.E.R
9. Unbroken Dub - Insane
10. Function - Psychic Warfare
11. Arttu feat Diamond Dancer - Tune In
12. Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald - Mars Garden
13. Markus Schatz - Get the Groove On
14. Sam Willis - Winterval
15. Sawlin - Boring Feels
16. DIN - Creation

Thris Tian curates a special Dark n’ Lovely show at Dance Tunnel, London, on September 14th, with a headline set from Mark Ernestus, one half of dub-techno legends Basic Channel. You can hear Thris Tian’s Dark n’ Lovely Global Roots show on NTS Radio every Sunday from 8-10pm.

Words by Tristan Parker

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