Destructo has returned today with his Future Funk EP, his first collection of music since 2017’s Renegade. Paying homage to 80’s nightclub music, the four-track package finds Destructo teaming up with a litany of dynamite collaborators, recontextualizing that era’s sound through a modern lens, crafting a nostalgic yet futuristic vibe that once again shows the producer pushing electronic music into new directions.
Of the EP, Destructo said, “My dad ran a nightclub in New Orleans in the 80’s called the Famous – these tunes are a tribute to that era with a futuristic spin on it. I’m bringing the Funk back to House in 2023.”
For the past three decades, iconic producer and event impresario Destructo has consistently shaped the state of electronic music. The LA-based artist (né Gary Richards) founded influential dance music festival brand HARD, and currently heads up his own production company All My Friends which throws celebrated events including the sailing music festival Friendship.
As a DJ and producer, Destructo made a name for himself in the 90s for his hard-techno sets and collaborations with the likes of Basement Jaxx. He then continued to evolve into the 2010s, fusing electro-house and hip-hop with prominent rappers such as YG, Ty Dolla $ign, E-40, iLoveMakonnen, Kevin Gates, and Denzel Curry, and lending his skills to high-stakes remixes (such as his remix of Dolly Parton’s legendary “Jolene”).
With the Future Funk EP, Destructo is giving a glimpse into the future by looking back into the past. The project shows affection for sounds of past eras while acutely reflecting contemporary sensibilities – a tricky balancing act that’s immaculately executed, a showcase for why Destructo is one of the most revered artists in electronic music,