If bass be the food of love, boom on! Yes its time to get seriously loved up with some sweet, sweet sounds. First up is Kinny and her sensational second album Can’t Kill A Dame With Soul on Tru Thoughts. You’ll not find a sounder sonic palette of on-the-button reggae, jazz and soul music this month. Another celebration of all things class comes courtesy of 2006-2011 – 5 Years Of SoulHeat Records. Label head boy Youness Haji proves his labels exquisite role in decent house with this essential selection. Soulheat we salute you. As for disco this month it’s all about the future as Needwant deliver Future Disco Volume 5 Downtown Express compiled and mixed by Sean Brosnan. One listen will ensure addiction as Crazy P, Tensnake, Maxxi Soundsystem, Metronomy and many more keep it, as Miguel Campbell puts it, something sexy special.
February sees the digital / CD release of Azari and III’s debut self-titled album on Loose Lip Records. Unless you’ve been in outer space (and they didn’t have a disco there) you can’t have missed Azari’s inventive and seductive electronica. And now with the limited edition digital version you can immerse yourself in the remixes from the likes of Tiga, Art Department and Maceo Plex. Believe us Azari are one to watch in 2012. Azari and us all year long.
Finally our album of the month goes to ‘Fabric 62: DJ Sneak’ on Fabric Records. It couldn’t not. The excitement when this beauty dropped through the letterbox was palpable and that was before the deep throat bass of tracks like Strip Steve & Das Glow’s ‘Calcium’ (BNR Trax), the jack-tastic groove of Markus Homm & Philip Gonzales’ ‘Got To Make It’ or the woo yeah of Alex Tepper’s ‘In, Out, Life’ kicked in. If there is one party you need to make this year its DJ Sneak’s and luckily for us mortals we get an invite thanks to Fabric. Enjoy.
Wildblood and Queenie’s Fantastic February Ten
1. Azari & III ‘Reckless with You Love’ (Psychemagik / Tiga Remixes) Loose Lips
Words can’t describe the bleeping treasure these remixes deliver. Delicious.
2. Bonar Bradberry ‘Lip Therapy’ (Maxxi Soundsystem Yeh Yeh Remix) Needwant
We need, we want, we happy. Local hero Maxxi delivers a lip smacker.
3. Lisa Shaw ‘Honey’ (Petalpusher Downtown 100bpm Vocal) Om Records
A sound reminder that summer clubbing will be here soon…eventually.
4. Art Department ‘Tell Me Why’ (Brennan Green Remix) Crosstown Rebels
Subtle B-side action that ensures our love affair with Art Department continues.
5. MAM ‘Crushed Ice’ FINA Records
Strung out guitar and a loopy lazy disco beat. Divine.
6. Knee Deep ‘All Nite’ (The Brothers House Mix) The Brothers
Proper house that insists you swing it all nite.
7. Vitamin D ‘Love May Come’ Cool Busted
A simple boom clap formula that makes the old guard grin.
8. PBR Streetgang Downstroke (Deetron Remix) Hotwave
Put your fists in the air for Streetgang’s sleazy electronica.
9. Dominic Martin feat. Astral T ‘Hard Yards’ (Johnny Fiasco Vocal Mix) Exklusive Records
A decent Family Affair that shakes a deep house tail feather for ya.
10. Foksen & Andre Fmf ‘I Feel It’ EP Organika Records
Growling basslines and hi-hat heaven from this most organic of house stables.
For Warren Lovestick. You were one special soul and the dancefloor won’t be the same without you x.