Queenie’s April Wonders: SDF, Amarli, Fabric Records, Maze & Masters, Underground Audio and more


We’re all done and dusted with frosty mornings and dingy evenings (maybe!), so now my budding spring petals let’s trot along to some quite fabulous April albums. Firstly it’s cockle-warming time as the Soul Damn Funky boys (Brighton’s very own Russell Ruckman and Kevin Fernando) team up with the legendary Todd Terry to release a rather marvellous compilation of the very finest in US house on the InHouse label. Soul Damn Funky presents InHouse Volume 1 is the epitomy of all that SDF stand for…..Deep, credible, soulful gorgeousness from the likes of Bridget Barkan and Toni Touch featuring Soni. Tunes to herald the longer months of sunshine ahead. Go get it people.

Cue Queenie excitement as Confidence by SIS on Cocolino rears it’s pretty head. I was first swayed by the cover which has a horse on it (I love them you see) and subsequently found out that the German exponent of electronica is also a real life horse whisperer. Oh my god! Luckily this album with its occasionally brooding feel nods beautifully to the dancefloor and is surprisingly passionate – I’d have hated it to be a disappointment after the pony build-up – plus each track is named after a breed of horse! And keeping on a German vibe (this isn’t just thrown together you know), Violet Shaped take their inspiration from 60s Italian horror movies amongst other things. The resulting vintage/electronic potion has produced the brilliantly raw and interesting album LP on Violet Poison.

Two compilations to tickle the fancy are next. Firstly, Various Artists Underground Fables on Underground Audio is on almost constant rewind round ours! From Finnebassen ft Natalie Conway’s opener Show Me How through to Something Essential by Jorge Takei this is deep and techy deliciousness of the highest order. As is Inner City Records volume 1, six glorious tracks showcasing the very finest deep house of the moment from the likes of Giom, Dale Howard and Casey Lee Jones. Beautiful.Finally my lovelies, here’s an unusual one. Sandwell District’s Fabric 69 on Fabric Records has a total of 30 tracks yet only lasts just over an hour and fifteen minutes. And I hate to say it, but this really is a musical journey from gentle(ish) beginnings through to a dark and intriguing conclusion. Thoroughly recommended!

Catch Wildblood and Queenie’s Home Service on Sauce FM, Rebel and DSD’s forthcoming Summer Season at Ohso. And, yes, Kate is STILL in the library!

April’s Adorable 12 Inches!
Soul Clap The Alezby Inn Remixes Wolf + Lamb

Great remixes of ‘the inn’, plus Mel Blatt – yes, her off All Saints – and the wonderful late night groove of Ecstasy. Mmmmmm.
Sean Biddle Don’t Know What You Got Nocturnal Recordings
Maximum disco feel good factor from the fantastic Mr Biddle!
Blander Tracker Ambizi
Fine quality dark and bouncy electronica from the rarely bland Dutch DJ/producer.
Sesa ft Erin In My Life Run DBN Records
Check out the Maze and Masters mix…..the girls have done goooood!!
Lana Del Rey Summertime Sadness (Asadino Mixes) RVS
Asadino manages to mix Lana’s melancholic, nostalgia-tinged vocals and capture the essence of the song whilst still pleasing the dancefloor! Lovely.
Hugo Slime Ampige Connection 2 Fairplay Records
Three diverse house tracks from a guy whose name really mustn’t put you off.
Jonathan Meyer ft Billie Jean Breathe Super Soul Music
Grooving and energetic – classic dancefloor stuff!
Ore State Civil Music
High precision techno, and I mean this in a good way.
Amirali Melancholia Crosstown Rebels
Spooky disco grooves with some starry eyed vocals. Brilliant!
Phil Weeks Creative Thinking Robsoul Recordings
Chopped and looped to perfection!