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Reno Renatama relives fun times in Bali via groovy EP, ‘The Weekenders’

A playful theme gets a polished production, teeming with feel-good, old school house vibes

  • Amira Waworuntu
  • 6 July 2023
Reno Renatama relives fun times in Bali via groovy EP, ‘The Weekenders’

Reno Renatama doesn’t play around when it comes to sonic creations. With an unshakable passion for the craft, he’s become a go-to name for many of Indonesia’s talents that seek a certain Midas touch when it comes to music production — which also makes him a sought-out resident for many of Jakarta’s top venues.

His track ‘Law of Closure’ has earned thousands of streams via online music platforms ever since it got supported by Green Velvet.

Actively creating music for over a decade, his reputation for pushing out top-quality tracks has earned him stage time with some of the most celebrated names in the global dance music scene music; Oliver Huntemann, Hernan Cattaneo, Nastia, Adana Twins, Oxia and Nakadia just to name a few.

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This time around, the Jakarta-based producer presents his two-track EP ‘The Weekenders’, whose titular track is teeming with that groovy, old-school feel and acid tinges. Following is ‘A TV Remote on 2 Pillows’, which leans more to the obscure side with its driving baseline, loopy vocals and quirky synthplay.

Both songs actually are inspired by memorable experiences in Bali. “The SALA crew and I had non-stop, back-to-back gigs every night for almost a week. It was fun, exhausting…it felt like the weekend every day! One night, we thought we’d lost a friend of ours; the next morning we found her sleeping uncomfortably without a pillow…when in fact there were two pillows beside her, and on top of those two pillows, a tv remote.”

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Armed with Ableton, Arturia Keystep Pro, Behringer TD-3-MO and Behringer Model D for production, he also took on the entire mixing and mastering process on his own.

Recently inspired by Archie Hamilton, Toman and Sweely, he describes ‘The Weekenders’ EP as a classic “acid old school house music” release, bound to be favoured by a vast range of listeners.

Reno Renatama ‘The Weekenders’ EP is out now via Kuala Lumpur-based Sweatbox Records; purchase it here.

Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.

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