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Wonderwheel Recordings is very proud to present the long awaited debut album Bennu by Queens, NY based produced Thor Partridge, aka Thornato. Building up a name for himself over a number of years as a proficient and in-demand remixer, Thor’s breakout tune “Gaita Gaita” has been sampled thousands of times by producers all over the world, and has become a certified hit record in South America. A string of remixes and a couple of rare song releases later, Thor’s groundbreaking Things Will Change EP was released via Wonderwheel in 2016 garnering massive buzz and record sales, resulting in a European tour that summer, and a Boiler Room performance in the fall.
Bennu represents a giant leap forward for Thornato, as he showcases his chops in crafting dancefloor gems from the ground up. While the electronic production of the album provides a strong backbone, Thor has carefully selected artists from Jamaica, Ecuador, South Africa, Colombia, Canada and beyond to breathe live energy into each song. From the massive bass driven energetic dancehall vibes of “Rhinoceros” featuring veteran chat master Gappy Ranks, to earth shattering chopped up African dancefloor sounds of “Chagamei” to the contemplative Flamenco influenced deep house sound of “Welwyn”, and moving into the uplifting & soulful dembow vibes of “Tu Luz” featuring Lido Pimentia – Bennu is an album that carefully navigates through the globe while maintaining a cohesive and consistent feel from start to finish.
At this point in time Thornato is a part of the fabric of emerging cultural trends in a globally-connected 21st century. Born in the northern woodlands of Sweden, his Cypriot mother encouraged his musical leanings at a young age. Thor grew up in a household filled with traditional Greek, African and Caribbean music. In early childhood his family relocated to New York, a city whose cultural diversity further influenced his style and taste. Thor added to his rich musical palette by studying classical piano, jazz guitar and bluegrass banjo. He showed a penchant for the ‘art of remix’ at an early age when he couldn’t help tinkering with classical piano arrangements.
Between his flights to India to produce music for Bollywood films, recording extensively in South Africa, Colombia, Kenya and beyond, touring with Beats Antique, and playing in clubs worldwide, he’s amassing tracks that people are waiting for with open arms. Thor’s breakout tune “Gaita Gaita” has been sampled thousands of times by producers all over the world, and has become a certified hit record in South America. A string of remixes and a couple of rare song releases later, Thor’s groundbreaking ‘Things Will Change’ EP was released via Wonderwheel in 2016 garnering massive buzz and record sales, resulting in a European tour and a Boiler Room showcase.
Thornato’s experience as a multiple-instrumentalist shines through in his versatile music expression. He’s just as likely to crank out a slamming Dancehall tune; as he is to produce a deep trance-inducing beat laced with field recordings from his travels. There are no boundaries when it comes to Thor’s cadre of sonic inspiration.