Raw, uncompromising and distinctive: the music of Carnao Beats is unmistakably a product of his London environment. The tracks he creates are a cut above the norm: simultaneously bass-heavy and complex, commanding and melodic, with an aptitude for working with vocals that only the most talented of his contemporaries share.
His 2012 debut ‘H.O.U.S.E’ came on Mark Radford s revered Audio Rehab, establishing somewhat of a blueprint for a Carnao Beats record : tough, club-ready beats and percussion paired with a intricately interwoven melodies. This would be the start of a fruitful relationship between label and artist that included the more recent Chords Of Life and ‘Paint Out The Sun’.
The follow up to his debut, ‘Know My Name’ produced in collaboration with Amine Edge & DANCE was equally impressive, with both tracks now having clocked up hundreds of thousands of plays on YouTube and Soundcloud respectively establishing Carnao as major new player on the underground house scene.
Carnaos next release, the sublime ‘Gone In The Morning’ featuring Donaeo caught the attention of A-listers MK and Roger Sanchez. Both have been staunch supporters ever since, with Sanchez so enamoured with Carnaos music that the two teamed up on ‘Make Me Wonder’, a co-production dropping on Stealth. Further labels that have recognized his talents include King Street, CUFF Records and legendary NYC imprint Nurvous, who will release Carnao Beats v Gerry Gonza 98 later this year.
A DJ who cut his teeth in the days of vinyl, Carnaos talents behind the decks are equal to his studio skills, with lauded shows at world-renowned venues alongside the likes of Josh Butler, Route 94, and Second City further adding to the hype surrounding him.
Carnaos latest release is a reworking of Jean Jacques Smoothies house classic 2 People on Sam Divines cult D-Vine Sounds label: a shining endorsement from without doubt one of Londons finest house DJs. In a crowded marketplace, Carnao Beats has managed to not only make a name for himself, but exceed expectations with every release. As Carnao himself puts it, “as long as you have the right mindset you can express what you like, come up with new ideas and create a new path for yourself.” Long may he continue down that path.