Apollonia – Fabric 70 (FABRIC RECORDS)
The Parisian trio behind Apollonia, Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky are responsible for the latest Fabric compilation in the acclaimed series. They seamlessly weave through House and Techno focusing on their shared musical passion. The way the guys describe this is a meeting of ‘black music and white soul’, inspired by the pioneering work of the trio’s hero – Prince. They have been showcasing their back2back2back sessions at venues such a Panorama Bar in Berlin, DC-10 in Ibiza and of course, Fabric in London. Apollonia was officially formed in 2012 and has been in my opinion one of the most consistent labels over the past 12 months. Highlights from this mix for me, come from Daze Maxim, Mood II Swing, and two tracks by the guys Apollonia. This is an amazing mix, not to be missed.
RAGZ NORDSET Sleepdancing (NUNORTHERN SOUL)
In 2012 NuNorthern Soul had a great year with the runaway success of BJ Smith’s “Dedications To The Greats”. This was a double header of covers of classic nineties Hip Hop. It saw widespread love from the likes of Giles Peterson, Rob Da Bank, Ashley Beedle, Craig Charles and I was also a huge fan of the release. Their next release sees them continuing the eclectic allure of their mission statement “Quality music suited to the art of relaxation”. This time is comes via Nordic artist Ragz Nordset. My favourite track, which I have been playing at Café Mambo this summer, is “You Started It All” which comes with an excellent Ron Basejam rework. BJ Smith delivers his ‘Wonderful World’ remix of the title track “Sleepdancing”. Added to that is an additional Ron Basejam remix of “You Started It All”. Great package.
‘Masterpiece’ Created By Carl Craig (MINISTRY OF SOUND)
In my opinion this has been one of the best compilation series in recent times with dance music luminaries Andrew Weatherall, Giles Peterson, Francois K and Fabio & Grooverider. For the latest installment in this inspirational series, Ministry Of Sound have commissioned legendary Detroit DJ & Producer, Carl Craig. For me, Carl Craig’s contribution to music cannot be exaggerated enough. He was born in Detroit and was part of the second generation of Techno producers to rise up after Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Juan Atkins. This 3-CD compilation sees Carl taking us on a very personal journey into his past and present inspirations and at the same time using it as a platform to delve deeper into his own musical experimentations. Be prepared to be educated, invigorated and entertained, another Masterpiece is born.
DJ-Kicks – Maceo Plex (K7)
One of my favourite producers of the last couple of years gets a well-deserved DJ- Kicks compilation following on from the recent installment from Maya Jane Coles. For me this has been one of the best compilation series in Dance music with an incredible history of which highlights came from Kruder & Dorfmeister, Thievery Corporation and Soulwax. Maceo Plex’s meticulously crafted DJ mix zeros in on the sound of the future by re-contextualizing music of the past. In Maceo Plex’s own words “For the last 3 years at least, the big trend has been early nineties House, everything is a throwback. I think it’s the right time to put out something that is a little bit more deep and futuristic again.” This track sees a wealth of his own productions, remixes and re-edits. For me highlights come from Voice Stealer, Kimbu Kimra, Eric Volta, Move D and of course, Maceo’s own material. A fantastic mix.