Teki Latex Brings an Addictive and Playful Set to The Lab LDN
Jan 13, 2023
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Paris’ ‘king of blends’ Teki Latex took Londoners on a wild ride from acid techno to accelerated pop classics and beyond in his recent set for Mixmag’s The Lab LDN. The retired rapper’s hilarious personality and infectious charisma got people dancing from the onset.
Once a hip-hop aficionado, Julien Pradeyrol – aka Teki Latex – now puts his efforts into up-tempo sonics. The retired rapper got his start as a founding member of Parisian hip-hop MC group TTC, and has become one of France’s most beloved DJs in the years following, specializing in bass-heavy beats from grime to UK garage, club bangers to jungle belters.
Pradeyrol is the head honcho at the cult label Sound Pellegrino, which he founded alongside DJ Orgasmic, and previously Institubes, a long-running French indie-electro imprint. He was recently appointed as a curator for Boiler Room France and is a pivotal radio personality on Rinse France.
The French DJ’s talents extend to vocal collaborations with iconic musicians, including Modeselektor, L-Vis 1990, Para One, and many more. His voice was also sampled on the chorus for the ASAP Rocky and Skrillex smash hit “Wild For The Night.”
His mixtapes, such as the King of Blends trilogy, the Italo disco special “Marina Baie Des Anges,” the deeper “The Tardigrade’s Lament,” and the genre-inaugurating “Bérite Club Music,” have earned several mix-of-the-year and monthly/weekly mentions in Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, Fact Magazine, Complex, Noisey, and GQ.
Pradeyrol’s touring schedule stays stacked. He’s previously had slots at Rex Club, La Station, Social Club, Nuits Fauves, and La Gaité Lyrique in Paris, fabric in London, Output in New York, Rhonda in LA, Smart Bar in Chicago, Unsound in Krakow, and Cakeshop in Seoul.
Teki Latex is showing no signs of slowing down this year. He’s starting the year with performances at Kauz in Zurich, I-Boat in Bordeaux, and Shapes Festival Leysin 2023.