Ho! Ho! you homo’s, it’s that very berry time of year again. Here’s hoping this selection of December’s do them tracks provides an antidote to those X Factor Christmas dirges and those “gawd Elf us” looping soundtracks.
First up is the genius of Maceo Plex’s ‘Life Index’ on Crosstown Rebels. Edgy yet slip in easy, this mix of g-funk and tech will grab you for sure. After last months Peace Division’s Clive Henry’s mix on ‘Rebel Rave’, Crosstown Rebels are my late contender for label of the year.
If you need bass to ring your festive bell then the room shaker Shackleton’s ‘Fabric 55’ on Fabric Records will do it. Opening track ‘Come Up’ will give you fine warning of the beats to come as Shackleton’s delicate touch and punk sensibilities deliver an addictive take on bass. As is Timmy Regisford’s latest longplayer ‘At The Club’ on Tribe Records. Fourteen tracks that join the dots between house genres as effortlessly as the groove you’ll soon be getting on. A masterclass.
There aren’t many labels that deserve the kind of awe Trax Records do but when the ‘DJ History Re-Edit Project’ dropped through my letterbox this month, the bow down had to be had. Volume up and a happy breakfast was had. Yes even that early in the morning this celebration of Chicago’s Trax records worked, as producers and DJ’s including Toby Tobias, Leftside, Disco Bloodbath, Greg Wilson and Justin Harris reworked Trax tracks with substance and style. A better ‘best of’s’ you’ll not find!
Finally my albums of the month. First up for the house heads is DJ Spen presents The MuthaFunkaz ‘The Muthalode’ on Code Red. From vocal house to tech via some dutty funk, this will blow your Muthalode. And if that’s enough may I suggest you finish yourself off with Voices Of Black ‘Plastic Dolls’ on Wolf + Lamb. Sitting the right side of hip, Voices of Black demand your adoration as they tweak the bleeps of the disco kings before them. Impressive ain’t the word. This is our version of disco and I’m loving it.
Enjoy. And remember kids; X Factor is just for Xmas. Normal grooves will resume soon enough.
Wildblood’s December Deelites
1. Full Intention ‘Earth Turns Around’ (Original Mix) Full Intention Records
Disco is taking on the big room with a record of immense dimensions, erm, TUNE!
2. Lewis Keykay ‘Humankind’ (Jon Gurd Remix) MUM
A gentle tribal groove that reaches the parts so many others can only wish for.
3. Groove Assassin Feat. Tantra Zawadi ‘Love Seeker’ Gotta Keep Faith Records
Tantra is the saucepot to Assassin’s groove. A real house treat.
4. Joey Negro presents Kola Kube ‘Why’ (Hot Toddy Club Mix) Z Records
The combination of producer tune and remixer ensure this delivers on every front.
5. Jay-J & Scott Wozniak ‘Happy’ (Information EP) Raisani
When that Casio break comes in all is good with the world. Deep and groovy!
6. Gavin Boyce ‘Rooftop Soul’ Nordic Trax
Sing it from the rooftops Boyce has produced a laidback house wonder.
7. Orange Muse feat. Ania ‘Psychedelic Behaviour’ (Rocco Deep Mix) Colourful Recordings
More seductive with every play I can’t leave this sex-fuelled house alone.
8. Maurice Joshua feat. Andrea Love ‘More Love’ (Maurice Joshua Main Mix) MJD
The classic feelgood vocal anthem returns and she’s taking no prisoners.
9. Inaya Day & David Esse ‘The Beginning’ (Wizard Brian Coxx Rmx) SolTrenz Records
Rarely do two words make me purchase a tune. Inaya Day are those two. Go Buy.
10. Pezzner ‘What Have I Done?’ (Ian Pooley Mix 2) Smoke N Mirrors / Om Records
A repetitive beat that’ll never get repetitive if you know what I mean. Magical stuff.
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