The music played by Dragos Gabriel Dumitru, the Romanian-born DJ known as Cally, has close ties to one place. Originally from Craiova, he’s part of a new wave of minimal house DJs who emerged from Romania’s electronic scene following the success of the [a:rpia:r] trio in the late 2000s.
Dumitru spent years developing his own take on the so-called Romanian sound before moving to London – another place that’s been pivotal in shining a light on the country’s rising stars. He’s now a resident at Stump, the underground party with a philosophy built on Romania’s stripped-back sound.
His party has seen him playing alongside some of Romania’s key players, but he’s also kept busy in the studio, with his work ending up on labels like Fear Of Flying and Cocoon’s fabled mix series.
With Stump holding a firm place in East London’s party scene, more people than ever are hearing Dumitru play for the first time – outside of London he’ll also make his first appearance at Romania’s mecca for electronic music at Sunwaves this summer.
More immediately he’s also playing in the club at this weekend’s WetYourSelf!, so he sent us over this mix of understated house to give us an idea of what to expect when he joins us in Room One.