Palms Trax Pressphoto 2 By George Nebieridze

Palms Trax

For aspir­ing DJs and pro­duc­ers, or indeed any­one who appre­ci­ates a good sto­ry, the gen­e­sis of Palms Trax couldn’t have read any dreami­er. You know the one; curi­ous yet naïve son of the Eng­lish Riv­iera lands a job at one of London’s lead­ing record stores and dis­cov­ers the mas­ters of Chica­go house and Detroit tech­no. Lat­er, stum­bling around Berlin, his prim­i­tive attempts to emu­late the sound of his new­found heroes acci­den­tal­ly land him a bona fide dance floor hit. A grad­ual but steady stream of EPs cour­tesy of Dutch dance music pow­er­house Dek­man­tel have allowed his pro­duc­tions to blos­som in rich­er, smoother direc­tions. On 2015’s In Gold’ EP, and through­out the fol­low­ing year’s High Point on Low Ground’, hal­cy­on hall­marks of house — euphor­ic piano lines, bub­bling acid and lumi­nes­cent keys — are shot through with Donaldson’s tough, dis­tinc­tive percussion.

It’s that same con­nec­tion with Dek­man­tel that has encour­aged Don­ald­son to quick­ly evolve as a DJ. A mem­o­rable per­for­mance at Dekmantel’s flag­ship Ams­ter­dam fes­ti­val in 2015 cap­tured open hearts, lost minds and aching feet. Since then, the sound of Palms Trax has been a fix­ture on their enor­mous main stage, drift­ing seam­less­ly between vin­tage house, eso­teric dis­co and the var­i­ous shades of a bub­bling UK under­ground he has helped define. Occa­sion­al back-to-back per­for­mances with the likes of Hunee, Young Mar­co, and Mid­land, all DJs reg­u­lar­ly cred­it­ed for their breadth of musi­cal knowl­edge and ver­sa­til­i­ty, speak vol­umes for Donaldson’s DJing nous, which has lead him on an inter­na­tion­al trail; from South Amer­i­ca to Aus­tralia, and from Panora­ma Bar to Con­crete, Con­tact, and De School.

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