With ties to both the European techno-elite and the American brotherhood of queer dance floor preservationists, Juan Ramos is an extraordinarily talented producer and DJ who is poised on the tipping point of international acclaim. On his debut EP ‘The Mariner (For G.G.),’ available on Friends With Benefits Records, Juan Ramos plays with organic polyrhythms that also pack a visceral punch, swaying brazenly into rollicking techno. His ethereal textures and effortlessly rising and falling melodies are punctuated by dissonant cacophonies that heighten both tension and release.
The EP is an incredible head-rush of an introduction to this burgeoning production talent, and there’s no question that Juan will keep DJs and dancefloors on their toes throughout his career. Originally from Bridgeport, CT., Juan’s current home base in the techno hotspot of Berlin has served as a fertile incubation chamber for a talent that has emerged fully-formed and mature beyond his years. This June, he set dance floors in Pittsburgh, Denver, and San Francisco on fire with a seamless blend of throbbing house and techno, physically irresistible and intellectually sophisticated in equal measure.