VARIOUS ARTISTSCompilation 3 Above The City (CULPRIT)
One of my favourite labels of the last couple of years, Culprit, are back once again with their annual compilation ‘Above The City’. The compilation series is intricately tied to the label’s signature parties at the Standard Hotel in downtown L.A, which is now in it’s 6th year and spawned the label back in 2009. The ‘Above The City’ series stays faithful to the established series template, being a collection of seven individual tracks from exciting, emerging talent mixed with a couple of familiar names. This really appeals to me as it goes from the slower more groovy sounds of Lorenzo Dada through pre sunset dance floor vibes on Raxon and Adriatique finishing with the post sunset end of party feeling that you get from Lonely Boy.
OSUNLADEDionne / What Gets You High [YORUBA RECORDS]
I’m always a huge fan of Osunlade’s music and I had the pleasure of hearing him DJ this summer in Ibiza at one of Defected’s parties and he was incredible, showing some much genuine passion for his music, inspiring to see. ‘Dionne’ is a one off a kind rarity. This track sees Osunlade draw from the lovely days of old, playing homage to House music as it once was, when vocal edits were the vibe and pulse of an emerging sound. With traditional bata drums, filters that would put you in the mind of classic Nick Holder and just good old fashioned groove on top of groove. The B side is an ode to the Bossa sound with a pulsating heartbeat, funky melodies and smooth Rhodes topped with a quirky yet fun vocal asking the question ‘What Gets You High?’ Great 2 track release that illustrates why Osunlade is much loved by me and many others!
Various ArtistsLittle Black Book (mixed and compiled by Hot Since 82) (MODA BLACK)
Little Black Book is the new concept series from Moda Black, which will play host to some of the most interesting, exciting and innovative electronic music artists. Part album, part mix compilation, part remix package, part crate digging expedition so the Little Black Book invites the listener into a more personal place than ever before as the conducting artist creates a body of work that reflects on their past success, whilst venturing into their future aspirations. So for their first outing they have got together with Hot Since 82 who’s career has exploded in 2013 becoming on of the biggest successes stories to come out of underground music. Hot Since 82 has taken remixing to the next level with his incredible interpretations of: Green Velvet, Rudimental and Shadow Child all becoming anthems. He has played every key Ibiza party. He was recently awarded Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 and has been inducted into the Essential Mix hall of fame. This mix showcases just why he is in such demand, incredible production mixed with great ideas making this an unmissable item for Hot Since 82 fans!
APPAppiness (WET YOURSELF)
The Wet Yourself label was born out of the infamous weekly Sunday event at London’s legendary Fabric club and App are one of the residents as any of their loyal fans will know. App are August Jokobsen and Peter Pixel, Peter one of the Wet Yourself owners along side Cormac and Jocob Husley. They have previously released on labels like: DIYnamic, Kindisch, Watergate and 3rd Floor and have had DJ support from the worlds finest such as: Deetron, Ivan Smagghe, Matthew Dear, Laurent Garnier, Erol Alkan, Ewan Pearson, Slam, Dudfire and Maceo Plex to name but a few. The ‘Appiness’ album boats a broad spectrum of styles and shows their forward thinking experimental feel. I have been lucky enough to play with App this year at one of the worlds leading electronica festivals, Stella Polaris in Denmark and their live set shows off their raw talent and technical skills. There will be a remix album to follow early 2014 to keep a look out for that and other forthcoming releases.
THE NORMALITES The Normalites (SUBATOMIC)
The Normalites for those who don’t know are chill out dons Afterlife and Chris Coco. This project began in 2007 when their debut single ‘Pink Skyscrapper’ appeared on compilations like Hotel Costes from Paris and my Cafe Mambo compilation also back in 2007. And here we are 6 years on with a full album. I was at a dinner party recently where the whole album played from start to finish and it makes great listening all the way through, there is so much variety and interest in there. This project has been produced by Steve Miller (Afterlife) and the vocals on the album come curtsy of Chris Coco making for a great partnership. Some of my favourites include the deep house vibes of ‘All I Need’, then ‘Campervan’ is so amusing and has been a permanent fixture for my Bestival DJ sets for the last couple of years. The guys almost turn into the Rolling Stones on ‘My Best Friend’ and lastly ‘Pink Skyscrapper’ with it’s Dub influences makes this such a uniquely varied and wonderful album!