Despite a years-long love affair with music production, Emmanuel Egwu only debuted under the Equator Club moniker in early 2012. A Chicago-native who releases his productions independently via Soundcloud, Equator Club gained early notoriety for Club//Burn, his post-R&B rework of Usher's Let It Burn. Since then, his sound has morphed into a fusion of future 90s, garage and bass music often fuelled by fragmented vocal samples, evident in his 2012 six-track EP, Healing.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Equator Club's 45 minute mix for SSENSE pairs his fondness for chopped-up vocals with a soulful, atmospheric sound that begins with romantic, instrumental hip-hop from Australian producer Ta-Ku. The mix offers 90s R&B tracks from the likes of Ghost Town DJs and Blackstreet, plus contemporary pop samples courtesy of αtμ's Promise_ya (a mash-up of Destiny's Child, Justin Timberlake and Miguel), balanced by the presence of downtempo, future-garage and post-dubstep sounds from Fingalick, Snacs, Plezier and Equator Club's own production, Nowhere Else.