Belfast DJ and producer Robbie Doherty has been making waves in the industry following his breakthrough single “Pour The Milk” out on CR2, which reached over 38 million streams on Spotify. Effortlessly blending minimal and groove sounds, he’s been supported on stations like BBC Radio 1, KISS FM, as well as immense club support by some of the globe’s biggest names including Michael Bibi, Skream, Pawsa, Patrick Topping, Archie Hamilton and more.
This month, Robbie released a monster EP on renowned Amsterdam label PIV, founded in 2015 by Dutch DJ/producer Prunk. The EP features three original records from Robbie, and a remix from tech house heavyweight Max Chapman to complete the package.
Opening up the EP is ‘Moving Rhythms’, a slick, sun-soaked minimal record oozing with groove. Crisp percussion keeps the track moving, while the summer-laden hook leaves you dreaming of a beachside party. A hands in the air tune from Robbie here.
On the B side is ‘Small Lane’, with a pumping kick and funky bassline keeping you locked in the rhythm. This one is stripped back, continuing the summer mood of the EP in luscious effect.
Keeping pace with the rest of the EP is ‘I Do’. With echoing chords, and a wicked guitar/vocal combo opening the record up in the breakdown, before sending you straight back into dance mode. This one is a real minimal roller.
Rounding off the EP in style is the Max Chapman remix of ‘Moving Rhythms’. Upping the tempo slightly, Max’s reinterpretation of the lead track may come as a surprise to those who are familiar with his usual productions. Known for his rolling tech house sound, this one feels much more restrained, with silky drums, a pumping bassline, and melodic arp sure to keep the dance floor moving.
Speaking about how he made the EP, Robbie Doherty said:
To set the scene, I had just returned home at the start of the pandemic to spend time with my family during the first lockdown. The sun was shining and I was still very hopeful for a late summer of gigging in the UK and Europe. The track was completed over the course of a few hours in early April 2020 after I hooked up my laptop to my mixer in the front room. I didn’t even have a chair in the makeshift studio yet so I found myself dancing around the room whilst producing the track. It really was a ‘moving’ rhythm!
I really didn’t start the track with a particular label or even genre in mind, I was just enjoying a solo jam and a good boogie. The next few months were very slow and like many producers I actually struggled creatively to make good music without the prospect of playing my tracks to a crowd. However, when PIV approached me later in the year asking if I’d like to make some music for them and sign the track to the label as an EP I found a new burst of motivation to get back in the studio!
This was especially exciting for me as I really loved the character of the label and had a lot of respect for all the artists who were releasing music there.
There have been a few people asking me what I use for my basslines on the EP and I’m afraid to say there is no secret plugin or preset! I actually make most of them using ableton’s analogue or operator and more recently I’ve been using serum.
I want to say thankyou to everyone supporting my first release on PIV and I can’t wait to move to the rhythms with you at one of my shows in the coming months!
To buy the EP and check out Robbie’s other records, click here!