Nilesh Patel, the mastering engineer behind classic tracks by the likes of Air, Bjork, Daft Punk and Pulp passed away Wednesday morning according to numerous social media reports.
The news of his passing was verified by the The Exchange, the London mastering studio in Camden where Patel worked for over twenty years.
Patel joined The Exchange in 1988 and according to the studio's website, he worked on such albums as Air's "Moon Safari," Daft Punk's "Homework" and Bjork's "Homogenic." His many other projects include releases by Moby, Pet Shop Boys, Underworld, Pulp, Felix Da Housecat, Femi Kuti, Four Tet, David Guetta, Skunk Anansie and Erasure.
Twitter has seen an outpouring of praise (see below) from people who worked with Patesh and admired his craft. Electronic artist Four Tet tweeted that Patesh was a "brilliant cutting engineer…who cut loads of my records." Dance music legend Junior Sanchez tweeted, "thank you for all your time & contributions to me and soo many others!" Electro-pop band Fenech-Soler called Patesh "a true talent and a lovely chap." Electro-pop band Fenech-Soler called Patel "a true talent and a lovely chap."