Antonia Cuna began making music out of his bedroom while growing up in Brooklyn. It seems only fitting, then, that his productions as Sweater Beats – which fuse lovestep and garage-funk – seem to be destined for the bedroom, incorporating sensual synthwork and hazy, pitched down vocal samples taken from the likes of Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Rihanna. Though he gained notoriety for his remixes and bootlegs, his productions have built up an equal amount of hype since his most recent single, MLLN DLLR, dropped under London-based label Justus Recordings in 2012. His Young Love/Heartbreak EP, a collaborative effort with fellow producer MORRI$, releases annually on Valentine’s Day.
True to form, Sweater Beats’ exclusive SSENSE mix makes use of bedroom beats, lo-fi effects, and pitched R&B vocals, opening with an edit that pairs Craig David’s Fill Me In with Lapalux’s Without You. Sweater Beats’ I Got U and his own bootleg of Rihanna’s Birthday Cake are present as well, alongside tracks from Kastle, Ciara, Shlohmo & Jeremih, Kaytranada, and Ta-ku.