Technically, 20-year-old Dutch house prodigy Luuk van Dijk isn’t old enough to drink in the United States. But if club life teaches us anything, it’s the art of exception. Luuk’s deep, minimal tech house is exceptional—not just for Luuk’s age, but for his imaginative blending of familiar styles. His austere and aggressive edit of the Fog’s gritty deep-house classic “Been a Long Time,” as well as his last EP, Secret Weapon, showcase Luuk’s finesse for packing a lot of punch into lean and funky tech-house grooves.
Out December 9 on Shadow Child and Kry Wolf’s Food Music, Luuk’s new four-track EP, New York, touches on Italo, electro, and acid house with economic intensity. The 808 edit of the lead single, “Work,” builds the jacking house track into a robotic and sassy scorcher. It’s easy to see how he’s earned billing alongside Jamie Jones and Detroit Swindle, and props from DJ Sneak and Marco Carola. We are quite happy to add our name to the growing list of heads eager to see what he spins out next.
Available December 9 via Food Music.