It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year and we’re feeling good…well okay maybe a little cold, skint and fed up but sod that, lets turn it up and bring the New Year in with some style, substance and sweet beats. Like you do. First up to warm the cockles of your soul is the funk of Her Smiling Eye from Liberty Klaud on Cold Busted. Gotta love those hot hand drums. Next up is the glory glory that is Silicone Soul’s Darkroom Dubs Vol. 3 on the fittingly titled label Darkroom Dubs. Succumb to the caress of their dark and deep beats and your life will be better for it. Speaking of life enhancing if you missed the December release of Thomas Franzmann, a.k.a. Zip’s compilation for Fabric Records Fabric 67: Zip, now is the time to catch up. Two decks, one bloke and enough warm beats to banish any amount of January blues. Excellence of the excellent kind.
As for those albums making us happier than a bunny sensing spring (well we have to hope!) this month? First up it has to be Damian Lazarus Day Zero Sound Of The Mayan Spirit. He’s been in our system as the tinsel went up and has kept us sane ever since with this A* Crosstown Rebel compilation. Never have so many artists gathered with such class intentions and on the button tunes. Deep, delicious and delighting the neighbours! As is the fabulousness of Ian Pooley’s What I Do on Pooled Music. Its analogue, its timeless, its house and a slice of bass line beauty with synth-abilties you have to own. Glorious is an understatement. Enjoy.
January’s Joyous 12″s
1. Aretha Franklin Rock-A-Lott (Hifi Sean Mix) White
The one Xmas leftover we can’t get enough of!
2. Spiritchaser Paradise Row (Horizon Dub) Guess Records
Some tunes are just too beautiful for words. This is one. We’ll stop typing now.
3. The Specialists Gonna Funk – Pugs Are Not Drugs EP Komanchero Records
6am is gonna sound just fine with this dirty groove providing the soundtrack.
4. Peter Presta & Little Carlos Naturally Apple Jaxx Recordings
What is life without a little disco sample?
5. Sick Elektrik Got Your Picture State Records
Deep tech house that will keep you in the dancing frame.
6. Butch feat. Hohberg Horus Visionquest Records
Fine stroke action worth growing a beard for.
7. wAFF Ibiza Hot Creations
A sound reminder that nights of Balearic paradise are not far away.
8. Seamus Haji Presents Big Bang Theory Hold It Now! (Nu Skool Mix) Soul Love
We love it when Mr Haji gets his groove on!
9. Vanilla Ace Hide (Original Mix) Maquina Music
Strangely addictive deep electronic that will jig up January.
10. Soul Holder There’s Nothing Behind You Nocturnal Recordings
A DSD corker that will insist on a spin beneath those disco balls.
Catch Queenie and Wildblood at DSD, on Mixcloud, Radio Reverb and studying in the library.