With over 14 years of production experience to date, Barrett Richards developed the Kastle moniker back in 2009. His persona implies the concept of a fortress, but Kastle’s sound is entirely accessible, fusing hip-hop and R&B with heavy bass, garage and dubstep. 2012 was a big year for the now California-based artist, who released three EPs, including a collaborative effort, Don’t Believe, with fellow bass music producer Jason Burns in September, under Kastle’s own label, Symbols Recordings. Presenting a forward-thinking approach to electronic music, Symbols has worked with notable artists like We Sink and Druid Cloak, both of whom can be found within his exclusive mix for SSENSE. Kastle has slowly been releasing previews of his debut full-length album, set to be released in the coming year.

Kastle’s mix is a melodic fusion of deep house, post-R&B, dubstep and his favored bass music, opening with Gang Gang Dance’s remix of Falty DL’s She Sleeps, an atmospheric piano ballad that evolves into heavier but equally languid electronica. The mix moves on to include Symbols release Inside, from Parisian producer Andrea and Athens-based duo We Sink, along with an unreleased remix of Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness by Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth, and Sweater Beats’ collaborative effort with Night Slugs’ MORRI$, Need You Around. Kastle’s own productions slip into the mix as well: Without You, a soulful bass music number featuring Miami vocalist Austin Paul, and an exclusive first-play of his track Been Awhile (found at 18:50) provide a preview of his forthcoming.

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Falty DL She Sleeps ft. Ed MacFarlane (Gang Gang Dance Remix)

Rudimental Spoons ft. MNEK & Syron (Two Inch Punch Remix)

fLako Mating Dance

Dreams UDKM (Resketch Remix)

We Sink Inside ft. Andrea

Sweater Beats Need You Around ft. The GTW

JMSN Love & Pain (Ta-Ku Remix)

Kastle Without You ft. Austin Paul

Little Freaky Things What A Bad Day (Borussia Remix)

Conquering Animal Sound Treehouses (iO Sounds Remix)

Kastle Been Awhile

Bodhi Culture

Friend Within The Hollow

Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

Bobby Tank The Way

Mike Mago Never Felt Like This Before

Squarehead Elegante

Artifact The Way It Do

Artifact The Way It Do (Damu Remix)

Jakwob Fade (Club VIP Mix)

South Soul Project Deep In My

XXXY Got Me So

Wen Lo-Fidelity

Miguel All… (Kastle Remix)

Little Freaky Things Nightfall (Joaan Remix)

Short Stories Let It Go

Mya Love Is Like (Jaw Jam Bootleg)

Cashmere Cat Aurora

Nalepa Uh Oh Hey Um

Druid Cloak Blue Flame (Shackle's Remix)

Djemba Djemba Yah Pop

Owwwls for SSENSE

This includes an exclusive first-play of "Been Awhile" from my forthcoming artist album along with tons of other unreleased, fresh tunes.