DJibouti and Feinte share pop-leaning house track “Love Bug”

Photo by Kyle Mickelson
June 3 2023


“"This up-and-coming DJ, producer and artist is taking the New York City scene by storm with his underground roots and addictive tunes."”

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“"one of the most talked-about rising stars on the circuit."”

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“"Best New Songs & Music Videos"”

Fashionably Early on Feinte's "Baby Tee"

1. Darling
2. Give Me Your Heart
3. Interlude
4. Love Bug
5. Pop Song

“Love Bug” is out now, stream/buy it here.

Today, DJibouti and Feinte together share their pop-tinged house track, “Love Bug,” ahead of their collaborative Run Riot EP. Listen to “Love Bug” HERE and presave Run Riot HERE

DJibouti and Feinte have come together to create house music for the people; it’s indie loverboy, pop vocals over extremely danceable early house beats from two of the up-and-coming kids who are reshaping NYC’s house + party scene. “Love Bug” is a perfect example of the beauty of this collaboration – a necessary reaction to heartbreak over bumping beats that help to wash yourself clean.

Speaking of the single and project, Feinte says, “‘Love Bug’ and the rest of Run Riot is a story of heartbreak caught in a pastel dance world. Run Riot came at a time when I had a lot of pent-up angst that needed release; DJibouti gave me the platform to do so. When we first began conceptualizing the project, I moved to Berlin in the midst of going through an intense heartbreak; I felt like I was in foreign universe where I had no one to talk to about how I was hurting.

He continues, “Quickly I learned the way that Berliners deal with pain: Dance. Every weekend I released all my excess emotions to a soundtrack of Sylvester, Skatebård, and Daphni. The collaborative aspect of the various dance floors gave me the feeling that I had people listening to everything I needed to say. With Run Riot, DJibouti and I wanted to emanate that feeling. Run Riot invites everyone to dance through their pain.”

Run Riot permeates a sweet melancholia, with simple pop vocals coated in sugar layered with four on the floor house making for an easy access dance to all. The album was made on a 10 day journey at a DIY studio in Feinte’s home of Los Angeles. “The Ranch” they call it, in reality an old 70’s porn studio that was readapted by the twenty-one year old pop singer. The album stemmed from more doing and less thinking, “fuck, we made three of the songs [in one day.]”

Feinte and DJibouti met in an Ottoman History class in University, hitting it off due to their shared class clown tendencies, only realizing their love of music weeks later. DJibouti, a DJ and producer, is currently taking the New York City house scene by storm. Playing a groovy, eclectic mix of house and funk, he’s established himself as one of the the up-and-coming DJs out of the NYC scene. Taking inspiration from legends like Kerri Chandler, Black Loops, Daft Punk, and Inland Knights, DJibouti burst onto the scene through underground raves, parties, and most significantly, through his energetic yet enigmatic edits/tracks on streaming platforms, racking up over a million streams and counting on Spotify alone. Feinte is a New York-based indietronica singer-songwriter, but growing up in Los Angeles with time spent living in Berlin, London, and Tel Aviv, has inherited a range of influences, Jamiroquai and Ariel Pink among them.

One only needs to attend one of DJibouti’s sold-out parties across the boroughs to hear the silkiest, funkiest, most soulful beats to understand why promoters have flown him around the world (Paris, Madrid, Los Angeles, Mexico City). Between the two of them, they have fans at KCRW, Wonderland, Dublab, and more. This is just the beginning of what DJibouti and Feinte are capable of, especially when creating together. Their rise has been meteoric and shows no signs of slowing down.

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