PAVEL PETROV has become one of Bulgaria’s finest electronic music exports in recent times, alongside the likes of KiNK.
As the man behind the EXE club in Sofia and label of the same name, he’s carved out a formidable reputation as a DJ, producer and promoter of some repute and a man with taste just as fresh as his own huge productions.
His debut LP, Youth, out on his EXE label on October 1, showcases his many influences while never forgetting about the dance floor. Click HERE for further information.
To mark the release we caught up with Pavel and he talked us through a selection of his favourite classic house and techno tracks.
As you might imagine, they’re a diverse lot too!
Fred Everything, Roy Davis Jr. – Next To Me (Movin’ Dub)
“It’s how I started in the past. That was the first genre which pushed me into the industry. I was absolutely young and I just couldn’t stop listening to this particular track.”
Funky People featuring Cassio Ware – Funky People (Klubhead Vocal Mix)
“What a vibe here! One of my first residences at Cacao Beach / Sunny Beach. People there didn’t dig this kind of music at that time. It took time, but now they very much do!”
Marshall Jefferson – Mushrooms
“I feel respected by these old school dudes. I don’t feel young people can appreciate such art but of course there is music for every generation.”
Loco Dice – Pimp Jackson is Talking Now
“Well, this was a game changer for me. Wow! Loco Dice is king! Funky and groovy beats and enough space for the dopest vocal! I’d love to remix this one day. Lets see…”
Fred Everything – Here I Am (Lazy Days Remix)
“A love story. I fell in love for the first time to this track. How can I forget it? I was playing this one in the beginning of my career in a beautiful bar with other vocal songs but this one was one of my favourites.”
Wamdue Project – King of My Castle (Roy Malone’s King Radio Edit)
“Who doesnt remember this classic? I was watching the animated video on a daily basis on MTV. I love these dirty beats.”
Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
“Cannot skip that classic! It’s a must in every DJ’s tracklist. There are a lot of great edits and remixes nowadays but the original is still playable!”
D-Devils – The 6th Gate (Dance With The Devil)
“Unplayable track in 2020! I was 17 years old, with my fake ID so I could enter the club! The first track I heard after the security check was “The 6th Gate”! Forever in my mind!”
Africanism – Summer Moon (Club mix)
“Honestly I loved the tribal wave. So many good tracks with amazing vibes and grooves. Really miss that type of music nowadays but I guess at some point it will be back.”
Outwork featuring Mr Gee – Elektro (Official Music Video)
“Come on… who doesn’t know ELEKTRO?! Another tribal electroish monster! The industry in Bulgaria has never been so big as the other west European countries but this track took over all clubs, bars, stores, beaches… Everything!”