Jonas Rathsman (French Express) & Dj Nibc (Trunkfunk)



It's been three years since Stuffa, the duo of Jonas Rathsman and Fredrik "Dj Nibc" Nyberg, released their last house bomb.
"Levitate EP", their new collaboration and the latest release for long-running Swedish party-starters Trunkfunk Records, shows they haven't lost any of their trademark energy and funk in the ensuing years. Over the course of two side-spanning tracks, Stuffa master a famously tough balancing act: they positively own peak time while simultaneously charting a groove deep enough for the heads.

That craft is fully on display on "Keep On," a hefty deep house anthem that sounds both old-school and undeniably fresh – a secret weapon in the making. Stuffa's chunky drums stay nicely in the pocket as at-first familiar melodies grow stranger and expand ever outward. When the beat drops out about halfway through, the track absolutely explodes, creating the sort of euphoric moment dance floors can't help but rally around.

On the flip, "Levitate" is one for even later nights. Pushed forward by a driving beat and dreamy atmospherics, the track encourages listeners to close their eyes and get lost. So when big pads and soulful voices occasionally climb out from behind the lattice of slamming hi-hats, they're primed for maximum impact. With Levitate, Stuffa don't just have a pair of great tunes on their hands: they've given DJs two genuinely stirring moments.



Biographies of the artists



Jonas Rathsman born in 1980 and raised far from urban vanity, neon lights and contemporary club culture in a small village in Western Sweden. Music was always central in his adolescence, but the true passion for music would come later in life. At the age of 18, after moving to the Manchester of Sweden - Gothenburg - he started organizing parties and clubs and quickly rose in the underground hierarchy of Sweden's second largest city. Within a short time he was a household name in Gothenburg, which gave him access to a more musically seasoned audience. It was during this time that Jonas starting discovering the nuances of the endless genres of club music and decided to up the ante and go into production. As a creative at heart, Jonas Rathsman is also the co-owner and producer behind the collective and fashion brand Uniforms for the Dedicated. He is currently scheduled to tour in Europe and visit some of club music's most prestigious venues. His music is getting more recognizing by the day for its organic and playful flair, stimulating vocals and classic club flow.

Together with his close friend Fredrik Nyberg, aka Dj Nibc, they started releasing material under the alias Stuffa, which received a lot of recognition both on the underground scene in Europe and on more mainstream club floors.

Last year, Jonas decided to commit further into an intrinsic creative process and explore his music on a more profound level. He also decided to expose himself further to the industry by abandoning all pseudonyms and releasing his work under his own name. The result of this process was his debut EP 'Tobago', which was released on French Express in December 2011. 'Tobago' received massive support both virally and traditionally and was played on BBC Radio 1 shortly after its release, and was quickly followed by a succession of true dancefloor hits: "Since I Don't Have You", "W4W" and "Bringing You Down", released in March 2013.



Fredrik Nyberg, aka Dj Nibc, is one of Sweden's most sought-after DJ and producers. Starting his DJ career in the early 1990s within Gothenburg’s emerging hiphop scene, he soon discovered techno and rave parties, which inspired him to found Claustrophobic Dimension, one of the first local networks for underground music and digital art. This early attention to design detail instilled in DJ Nibc an appreciation for visual communication, which in turn has become a vital part of Trunkfunk Records, and can be seen in the unique artworks by select designers which grace each of the label’s releases. In 2000 DJ Nibc established the Trunkfunk Records imprint. Trunkfunk quickly became one of Sweden’s most in-demand independent labels, with releases and remixes from infulential artists such as Deniz Kurtel, Mano Le Tough, Wolf + Lamb, Waze & Odyssey, Tiger Stripes, Casino Times, Jesse Rose, John Dahlbäck and many others. His latest release before Levitate EP was "The Collaboratory", a fresh studio project drawing together the talents of Sweden’s finest underground DJs and production heroes, including Hans Berg, Olof Dohnhammar, and "Kodak Durantin" & "Diles Mavis" of Genius of Time fame. Showcasing both the underground sound of Gothenburg and DJ Nibc’s supreme A&R skills, Trunkfunk has won support from the likes of DJ Koze, Roger Sanchez and Annie Mac.


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