Photay: Pressure

Part electronic, part global funk, Photay’s “Pressure” focuses on strings and vocals, with plenty of creative percussion—lending it a genre-bending uniqueness. Photay (aka Evan Shornstein) cites Aphex Twin as an early inspiration and the catalyst for him to experiment with drums, turntablism and composition. Since then, he has explored sampling and drawn inspiration from countless musical styles from all over the world. Waking Hours (released this …

Photay Mix on Gilles Peterson Worldwide (GPWW964)

We’ve been fans of Photay, the young Woodstock, NY-raised producer Evan Shornstein, since hearing his track “No Sass”—an effortless collage of samples, relaxed grooves and soulful synths that takes you to a specially crafted other dimension. For Gilles Peterson’s show Worldwide, Photay has created a half hour mix that demonstrates his diverse influences (note: he spent a month in Guinea, West Africa to study djembe …