As Mr. Tophat, Stockholm-based producer/DJ Rudolf Nordström is a prolific purveyor of loose-limbed house music, both on his own and on his frequent collaborations.
Nordström founded the label Junk Yard Connections before he was 20, with 2010's Highvalley/Feel, a split single with Adam Strömstedt, marking its debut. The following year, Mr. Tophat began another label, Karlovak, with Art Alfie, a like-minded producer that Nordström met at a local nightclub. The duo blended house, disco, and techno in marathon DJ sets as well as a steady stream of singles from Karlovak's various imprints, which included KVKR, KRLVK, Karlovak Chrome, and KVK, a vinyl-only line that issued its swan song with 2015's KVK1000. Despite the pair's busy schedule, Nordström found time for solo EPs, including 2016's A Memoir from the Youth, Pt. 1 on Public Possession and From Another Dimension on Music for Freaks. Mr. Tophat also collaborated with Robyn, first on a 2016 reworking of her 1999 single "Main Thing" as part of her RMX/RBN series, and on the Trust Me EP, which Smalltown Supersound released early in 2017. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi