Fresh off the release of his latest single, “Alone,” Jan Blomqvist drops off an exclusive playlist that will wrap your soul in a sonic hug!
Jan Blomqvist may have gotten his start in the punk and thrash scene, but his tender, yet profound, soundwaves rule the dance space when it comes to the electronic universe. Within the last decade, the accomplished Berliner has settled quite nicely into his own pocket of deep house, melodic, indie, and chill tech, offering his fanbase music they can relate to. In fact, productions like Disconnected, Carry On, and his latest single, “Alone” with Malou, benefit the psyche, leaving listeners refreshed and completely in tune with their emotions.
A true musician through and through, you’ll often find Jan Blomqvist incorporating a plethora of equipment and instruments during his live sets, including his own vocals. Some of his greatest work has come to life on Mayan Warrior at Burning Man and atop a mountain in France for Cercle Stories, as well as within a 20-minute documentary that takes fans deep into his studio, behind the scenes for the creation of his “Kaleidoscope Colors” music video and performance at KOKO. But that’s all past, and the future is looking mighty bright because Jan heads to Coachella next to make fresh memories under the desert sun.
It has been beautiful to watch this astonishing beatmaker, so we caught up with Jan to touch base and find out what he has been vibing with lately. In response, he graciously put together a playlist full of vocal tunes and collabs that inspire his life and work, featuring Klangkarussell, Stereo Express, Andhim, Elderbrook, and more, in addition to many of Jan’s own personal studio productions. As the inviting music pumps its way through the speakers, listeners will come to realize that while his latest track may be called “Alone,” we’re never truly alone in this scene. All we have to do is join our fellow music seekers on the closest dancefloor and feel the isolation dissipate into the night sky.
Back in the days, vocals on electronic music were the exception rather than the norm. This has changed quite a bit and a lot of artists are now collaborating with others to create tracks. For me this is also a great development because this allows me to change things up a bit. Here are a couple of my favourites in this moment of time.Jan Blomqvist
If you haven’t done so already, grab your copy of “Alone” on Beatport and then continue on for Jan Blomqvist’s exclusive playlist and expanded thoughts from Jan on each track!
Stream Jan Blomqvist’s Spring Selections Playlist on Spotify:
- Jan Blomqvist, Malou – Alone – “My newest track with the amazing Malou. I love her ethereal voice on top of my music.“
- Röyksopp – Breathe (Qrion Remix) – “Another great track by one of my all-time favorite Röksopp, also with a beautiful female voice. They are releasing some pretty amazing remixes atm.“
- Klangkarussell, Givven – Ghostkeeper – “This song haunts me, but in a good way. It’s in my head so often. I wish I could sing it like Givven does, with so much vulnerability.”
- Jan Blomqvist feat. Maybemahri – Kaleidoscope Colours – “My favorite Track from my EP Carry On, which was released last year.”
- RY X, Olafur Arnalds – Colourblind (WhoMadeWho Remix) – “Funny that this song is called Colourblind because it‘s actually pretty colorful. It‘s a beautifully sad remix by my buddies WhoMadeWho.”
- Jan Blomqvist – Carry On (EarthLife Remix) – “Another newer track by me, in a great remix by the Earth Life guys.”
- Made By Pete, Zoe Kypri – Horizon Red – “I listened to this track so often that I now have to be careful not to ruin it for me. An absolute favorite of mine, playful dry beats with soul vocals!”
- Jan Blomqvist feat. Maybemahri – Deeper Grounds – “Another collab with an amazing woman. Deeper grounds with Mahri.”
- Stereo Express – Monfragüe – “Melancholy tracks reinforce happiness and console when sad! This one is a melancholy dance anthem. Love it.“
- Jan Blomqvist – Canopée des Cimes – “This one takes me back to playing a gig on a mountain top in the French Alpes. A moment I will never forget. Can you hear the snow?“
- Andhim – Starz – “I predict this will be one of the hymns of this year‘s festival season.“
- Nico Morano, Mewhy – Juno Love – “Same with this one. Makes me wanna dance outside.“
- Elderbrook, Emmit Fenn – I´ll Find My Way to You – “An Elderbrook track is always good, so here it comes.”
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