As far as Sweden’s new school House assets go, few can claim the smooth industrious landing of Stockholm’s Otto Knows. Launching out with a popular remodel of Imogen Heap’s ‘Hide and Seek’, Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records have remained intrinsically interested in the young Swede’s footsteps, while a further signing alongside Tim Berg and Oliver Ingrosso with ‘iTrack’ for Stealth Records indicated that it wasn’t just the mafia man who was paying close attention and his inevitable debut for Refune is sure to turn a few heads in the process.
Subtly flowing from tranquil melodic breaks to emotively building synth lines, the young Swede expertly crafts the simplest of samples to create a genuinely atmospheric soundscape of first-class club grooves. Already making its way into the sets of Tiësto, Ingrosso and Avicii, less truly proves more for this fine specimen in unpretentious Progressive House music. As one of a million hopeful contenders within Electronic Dance Music, Otto Knows truly outruns the competition with a back-to-basics approach to club music’s more emotive realms.
Words by Dan Carter