This week in Selections, we caught up with Ivan Latyshev who picked out some his favourite tracks from last year and told us why. Ivan is a musician, DJ, producer and label owner from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Now based in Barcelona, his is a varied and hard-to-pigeonhole sound, with a discography that stands up to the fact. Regardless of either he’s turning his hand to dancefloor-focused cuts or more ambient-inclined music, his releases always keep the listener’s focus intact throughout.

Latyshev’s latest endeavour is his new label, Alae Records. A unique project that combines a label, a recording studio and a production centre, it has been set up to ‘help professional artists find their true paths’. If this release, ‘Bypass Feelings’ is a fitting indication, it’s sure to make for an exciting ride. An EP that rolls through a gamut of emotions, it goes from melancholy to sombre to more uplifting, grandiose tracks. A record that firmly emphasises all that’s great about Latyshev’s discerning palette, it provides an intriguing look into the mindset of a producer keen to follow his own path.

Hammock - Mysterium

My relationship with Hammock began many years ago with a friendly link. This track has everything that I look for, heart, space and harmony clinging to the strings of the soul. 

Hiatus - Origin Myth

Always very subtle and soulful music. I've follow this producer since his album 'Parkland.' I highly recommend listening to his work. 

Bing Satellites - Castles In The Sky [Full Album]

This album was on repeat for me on the whole year 2017. Pure genius ambient music. Since at home I listen more often only to ambient and downtempo stuff, this music just helped me to live. 

Floating Points - Ratio (Full Mix)

This track is genius, it's perfect for travelling and journeys. 

Bonobo: Bambro Koyo Ganda (feat. Innov Gnawa)

I really like the display of ethnicity in this track. In my humble opinion in this album, Bonobo revealed the best side of himself.