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EDITORS’ NOTES

While it’s common for electronic music producers to take on pseudonyms, Los Angeles’ Diego Herrera goes the extra mile by adopting a different gender. As Suzanne Kraft, he specializes in creating mellow instrumentals that hark back to the oldfangled analog synthesizers and rudimentary drum machines of the early '80s. The title track to the 2012 Horoscope EP could easily be mistaken for a musical interlude from the first season of Miami Vice. Its neon tones, simple samples, and crisp beats evoke images of plastic palm trees, pink flamingos, and linen suit jackets with the sleeves rolled up to stay cool in balmy weather. The synthetic rimshots pumped through reverb in the following “No Worries” are another nice touch. And those cartoonishly Eastern-flavored keyboard tones would do well to score a scene in which some stylish detectives take a detour through Chinatown to interrogate a local shopkeeper and see if he happens to know anything about smuggling drugs inside jade sculptures. “Ritmo” shows more liveliness, with percolating rhythms that one-up those on Hot Butter’s 1972 hit “Popcorn.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While it’s common for electronic music producers to take on pseudonyms, Los Angeles’ Diego Herrera goes the extra mile by adopting a different gender. As Suzanne Kraft, he specializes in creating mellow instrumentals that hark back to the oldfangled analog synthesizers and rudimentary drum machines of the early '80s. The title track to the 2012 Horoscope EP could easily be mistaken for a musical interlude from the first season of Miami Vice. Its neon tones, simple samples, and crisp beats evoke images of plastic palm trees, pink flamingos, and linen suit jackets with the sleeves rolled up to stay cool in balmy weather. The synthetic rimshots pumped through reverb in the following “No Worries” are another nice touch. And those cartoonishly Eastern-flavored keyboard tones would do well to score a scene in which some stylish detectives take a detour through Chinatown to interrogate a local shopkeeper and see if he happens to know anything about smuggling drugs inside jade sculptures. “Ritmo” shows more liveliness, with percolating rhythms that one-up those on Hot Butter’s 1972 hit “Popcorn.”

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About Suzanne Kraft

Suzanne Kraft is the solo moniker of Los Angeles-based producer and DJ Diego Herrera, who is also a member of neo-disco group Pharaohs. While the 12" EPs produced under the Kraft moniker tend to be lush, dancefloor-centric deep house and disco, his full-lengths are more experimental, incorporating acoustic guitars and drifting away from rhythmic structures. Kraft's debut album, Missum, was given a limited CD-R release on Discotheque Records in 2010. Disco-influenced EP Green Flash appeared on Running Back in 2011, followed by Horoscope on Young Adults in 2012. Following Kraft remixes for artists including Tomas Barfod and the Cyclist, Missum was reissued by Running Back in 2014, and Noise in My Head released his downtempo EP Tracks for Performance the same year. In 2015, Melody as Truth released Kraft's second full-length, Talk from Home, which continued the meditative acoustic guitar style of Missum while including some tracks with downtempo electronic beats. He returned to more uptempo club-focused material with the release of 2016's DJ Safety EP on Kitjen. ~ Paul Simpson

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