Well can we say about the month of April that hasn’t already been said? Hopefully the sun will be blazing, your hearts will be racing and the summer season will be off to a magic start. Hopefully. So if you’re braving the seafront in your Havana’s you’ll need a decent soundtrack. Let us provide.
If you want to loud it has to be Stanton Warriors who debut this month with ‘The Warriors’ on Punks. It’s just as you’d expect. Perfect noise full of house, dub-step and rocked out beats. Beat-licious. As is the brilliant UMEK who does his forward thinking electronica thing for ‘UMEK Toolroom Knights’ on Toolroom Records. It’s the kind of house your mother warned you about. Steady now ladies. If you do Berlin, you do techno and no one combines the two finer than System 7 as they display their finer underbelly on ‘Up’. One for the dreamy techno heads out there.
Seventh heaven beckons courtesy of Pearson Sound/ Ramadanman‘s fabulous mix for ‘FABRICLIVE 56’. They don’t call Joy Orbison joy for nothing. It’s the kind of album your neighbours will hate, therefore ensuring it the perfect seal of approval. Various Artists come up trumps again this month (god they are busy souls aren’t they?) with the exquisite inter-galactic house of ‘Hot Waves’ on Hot Waves. Producers Jamie Jones and Lee Foss gather house, disco and techno to deliver a shimmer rarely felt in electronica.
Finally those tunes putting a bounce into our April adventures. For the disco queens it has to be the ‘M+M Mixes Vol. 2’ by John Morales on BBE Records, a collection of funk-fuelled strung-out rarities with more style than Moss in McQueen. For the house heads it has to be Steve Bug’s compiled ‘Forward To The Past’ on Poker Flat, which combines old school Chicago house respectability with Noughties credibility to immense dance floor effect. And for you achingly cool wonders? Look no further than The Revenge ‘ReekinStructions’ on ZRecords. Never has the edit been in finer hands. This is a press play, over and over. The perfect purchase. Happy bouncing.
Wildblood & Queenie’s April 10
1. Locussolus ‘I Want It’ (Original Mix) International Feel
Sometimes only a slow indie disco BPM will do. This is one of those moments.
2. Bah Samba ‘Have You Got Your Bootz On?’ (DJ Meme Reconstruction Mix) Favouritizm
We can feel the summer sun already. Roll on those beach moments.
3. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx ‘Ur Soul and Mine’ XL Recordings
A easy contender for album of the year Jamie wraps his magic bass round Gil perfectly.
4. Maxxi Soundsystem Criticize Kojak Giant Sounds
A word to the wise. Catch these guys. Don’t criticize. End of disco message.
5. John Julius Knight ‘Larry’s Jam’ (Original Mix) Blacklist
Tunes like this are the reason why we DHJ. No BS, just H.O.U.S.E.
6. Domsko feat. Astral T ‘Hard Yards’ Lost My Dog EP (Johnny Fiasco Vocal Mix)
Sexy as a jackin’ late night dancefloor in the with the naughtiest of intentions.
7. Soul Purpose ‘Breakdown For Love’ Sublim3 EP Lo.Rise
Disco, disco, disco – with its house pants on! Love it.
8. Sean Biddle ‘Disco Thing’ Bid Muzik
Check out the bass on this Biddle as he rocks the funk into disco house…
9. Kimeko ‘Belize’ (Original Mix) Book It EP. Thu Records
Minimal chugging wonder that will bring blisters to your flip flopped feet.
10. DJ Kone & Marc Palacios feat. Rut Marcos ‘It’s Alright’ (Carlos Cid & G Bahary Hott 22 Remix) Gossip Records
When Hott 22 do house they do it big. Let no beat be put asunder.
Catch Wildblood and Queenie at Bang@ Floorplay at Coalition 9th April, DSD Season Opening Party, Disco Deviant, Wild Fruit Play at Audio 1st May, the Marly and where the Fruit always is.