Gorgon City – Here For You Ft Laura Welsh [2014]
October 7, 2014

So I have been digging back through all the Soundcloud finds from the last 6 months. Kicking off with this belter from Gorgon City. A proper UK House banger if every there was one with that wonderful twangy bass contrasting perfectly with Welshes vocals AND the wonderful string sections of the bridge. A cracking summer track and one ive been caning the hell out of for months.

Tensnake – Feel Of Love ( Kaytranada Edition ) [2014]
August 22, 2014

There’s been a glut of incredible tracks filling up my Soundcloud feed as of late, this latest offering from Kaytranada is no exception. Its like liquid summer exploding all over the inside of your skill. An absolute masterclass in soul and groove from one of the best producers in the business. Get your ears around this immediately, you will not be disappointed.

Josef Salvat – Every Night (Vimes Remix) [2014]
May 6, 2014

An absolutely brilliant remix from Vimes. A track that just screams Summer into your face at a deafening volume. I cant see how this wont wind up everywhere. The vocals from Salvat are almost melancholy had it not been for the arm waving, uplifting arrangement from Vimes.

 

 

Shuga – Ride De Riddim (Equal Opportunity) [2014]
April 10, 2014

First off, there’s definately not enough reggae or dancehall around these parts. Time to correct that. Secondly, talk about a banger. This is an incredible release from Shuga that I caught on the David Rodigan’s 1 Extra show last Sunday.  Taking the arrangement from Sound Dimensions’ Bobby Babylon Riddim, Shuga lays down a rocking dancehall drenched vocal over the top.  Shuga’s vocals are some of the smoothest i’ve heard in a long long time. Complements the instrumental perfectly and turns this into a propper arm waver.

Get it on loud, crank the bass, and kick back.

Frankie Knuckles 1955 – 2014
April 1, 2014

I found out last night that Frankie Knuckles had died aged 59 and I cannot overstate how gutted I was. Frankie Knuckles wasnt just a DJ or Producer, he was one of a very small cadre of people responsible for creating the sound that has played in my head and heart for as long as I can remember. Sounds a bit spiritual I know but its hard to explain that music to me has always been about the kickdrum, the high hat and piano or soulful vocal hook. Sure my tastes have mellowed over the years but at the very beginning of my own personal musical journey, it was House music and specifically the Soulful House sound synonymous with ChiTown/NYC that I loved. Imagine me. locked onto as a young 8 year old lad, the John Peel radio show on a Sunday night, taping the imports that he played during the show. House music is probably the first thing I would say that defined me as my own person with my own taste. The first thing I found on my own.

Frankie Knuckles was responsible for the music at the Warehouse in Chicago, often credited with the origin of the name “House”, a shortened version of “The Warehouse” music that was in such demand in early 80’s Chicago record stores. The history of House Music is littered with DJ’s and producers held in high almost godlike reverence but almost all agree that Frankie was deserving of his title as the “Godfather of house”. A guy who took the records available to him after the death of commercial disco, rolled in a drum machine in the booth thanks to Derrick May and helped pioneer a sound that has dominated global music for over thirty years. Sure it was going to happen sooner or later but this soon, man I wanted to see Frankie just one more time…

So today the web has been rammed full of tributes to Knuckles, Twitter exploded last night with tributes, Facebook has been busting at the seams with friends all posting their favourite Frankie Knuckles cuts. He has a legacy that transcends his death for as long as there is a Kick Drum, a snare, a highhat played over a soulful vocal and an uplifting piano riff, therein lies some of Frankies DNA, a fingerprint that will outlive all of us left here reflecting upon his body of work.

Thank you for the music Frankie.

300 : Rise Of An Empire [2014]
June 14, 2013

So this folks, is why this blog has been so quiet this year…