Well, I’ve spent just about the entire summer without doing much mixing. That’s all about to change at the end of this month in Brooklyn. August 26th, I’ll be mixing deep cuts downstairs at Cameo, and then on August 30th, I am co-hosting the Moodgadget & ISO50 Under the Mountain showcase at Glasslands. More details will be forthcoming. I’ve been keeping my ear to the dancefloor, and here’s what has been catching it.
Telma & Luisa – My Luv – Road Trip EP
Details on who exactly Telma & Luisa are are sketchy. One would assume the duo behind Ibiza balearic-leaning Isgud records newest release could be the label’s founders, Tania Vulcano & Tato. It’s likely for the best that the identities remain anonymous, as this track, a fun edit of the Brothers Johnson classic take on Shuggie Otis’ Strawberry Letter 23, is meant to be that secret edit everyone recognizes but no one knows the editor.
Vahagn – Relapse – Relapse EP
Ben Watt‘s Buzzin’ Fly imprint has blown me clear away with some of their releases this summer. Tragically, I just read that most of their stock has been destroyed in a warehouse fire, amidst the rioting taking place in London. My heart goes out to you guys. We should thank our lucky stars for digital downloads, and for this solid offering from Vahagn, another producer who I can find scant more information on than the Armenian diety after which he likely modeled his num du plume. The stab in this track is resonant and heavy, it drives the entire mix with aerodynamic smoothness.
Weekend Express – Deeper – Melbourne Deepcast 1
Melbourne would have deftly seized the deep house trophy had my calendar year been recorded from Australia’s summer to summer and not winter to winter. The ensemble of producers, which includes Tornado Wallace and Mic Newman, have put their city on the map, which has been revitalizing it’s image worldwide on many fronts, and establishing Melbourne as cultural center entirely independent of the larger and more well-established Sydney. Maybe I’m getting too deep, but then again, that could be the whole idea. Melbourne Deepcast recently released this compilation of Aussie heavy-hitters, it includes this sick cut from Weekend Express, the entire EP is delectable.
Mic Newman – 5 O’Clock – Murmur Essentials Volume 2
Speaking of Mic Newman, just about every track of his that I hear has this really specific groove of his, I think this cut sums it up especially well. The dude is out there working with all kinds of great labels, including Freerange and Murmur, the latter of whom included this track on a recently-released essentials comp. That muted guitar chopping in the background has come to envelope a small section of the soundtrack of my summer this year, so don’t be afraid to incorporate a little air guitar with that head bobbing if you feel the need as well.