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Canadian web designer and musician Dylan Khotin-Foote, simply known as Khotin, creates bright, emotive house tracks using an arsenal of analog synthesizers as well as Casio keyboards. The Vancouver-based producer's wistful melodies and straightforward beats are undoubtedly inspired by acid house pioneer Mr. Fingers, but there's a childlike sense of wonder to his music that recalls early Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada. Prior to making house tracks as Khotin, he had initially created chiptune-influenced songs as Kumon Plaza and bedroom synth pop similar to Casiotone for the Painfully Alone under the alias Happy Trendy, issuing Die Young on Orchid Tapes in 2011. His first dance tracks as Khotin appeared in 2012 and quickly caught the attention of music blogs. He made his vinyl debut in February of 2014 with "Vitebsk," released by Normals Welcome, the Edmonton-based label and club night that he co-runs. This was followed later that summer by Hello World, released as a cassette by 1080p and in abridged vinyl form by German label Fauxpas Musik. The album was an immediate hit within the underground dance music scene, and Khotin continued releasing records and organizing parties at Canadian dance clubs. An acid-tinged split EP with Dan White appeared on Normals Welcome in August of 2015, followed by Khotin's For U to Feel EP on Heart to Heart. He returned to 1080p in early 2016 for the Baikal Acid 12" EP. An ambient/downtempo full-length titled New Tab was given a surprise digital/cassette release in 2017, followed by a vinyl issue by Pacific Rhythm. ~ Paul Simpson

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