Selections: DJ IC
In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, London's DJ IC spotlights ten Afro house and tech essentials
From his early years spent spinning jungle, garage and grime as part of the Aylesbury Allstars crew, to his legendary status in the UK Afro house scene today, DJ IC has spent over two decades at the heart of London’s underground club scene.
Whether he’s playing out to a packed dancefloor, or coming through the airwaves on a weekly basis via Drums Radio, you can be guaranteed impeccable blends of deep, soulful and percussive music spanning Afro house, tech, amapiano and more, all mixed with a masterful touch and a desire to build bridges between the genres’ legacy artists and its emerging stars.
He’s also an incredibly prolific producer, with solo tracks and collaborations with peers at home and abroad landing on labels including Housupa Records, Open Bar Music, Sneja Recordings and Record Union. Most recently, he remixed Karen Nyame KG’s incredible ‘Taboo’, which you can read more about in his Selections below, among none other Afro house and tech gems.
Revisit DJ IC’s On Cue mix and interview with Tice Cin for DJ Mag here.
“This track is a great crowd pleaser and a personal favourite! Whenever I've given it a spin, it really does go down well. It's an absolute banger of a track. The build up, the sounds, the bassline, the vibe! This is a timeless anthem.”
“The art speaks for itself, and this is a top tier track! Enthused with drums, strings, soul and a killer bassline, this sure fire track will heat up any dancefloor. This is definitely a worthy purchase.”
“I instantly fell in love with this track the first time I heard it! The groove really is up my street and Jackie Queen’s vocals sit perfectly, creating an all round gem of a track. From personal experience, it really goes down well on the dancefloor!”
“Karen Nayme KG delivered an absolute monster of a track with ‘Taboo’. The original is a must have for all music collectors. I brought an Afro remix to this stunning release. The track packs a punch with a sweet melody, a heavy hitting beat and, with KG's vocals added to this, it certainly brings the whole song to life.”
“Well, this track is one of my favourites and it instantly brings a smile to my face. It’s pure soul and Afro magic; Freddy Da Stupid truly delivered. Give it a listen and you'll see what I mean.”
“More fire from the King! This time he comes up with a spiritual Afro tech track which instantly goes off. KiingPraiise is known for his high tempo, upbeat, hard-hitting tracks and he doesn't disappoint on this one – only this time he adds a new dimension with uplifting strings and musical elements that really take you on a journey.”
“This beautiful track by KlevaKeys is a personal favourite. Keys has the skill to always deliver tracks that can move you on the dancefloor whilst encompassing both the spiritual element and original sound of house. Keys has managed to stay consistent over many years, yet has never lost his style or sound and is still considered an influencer today. his work really is amazing. I had to purchase it.”
“Afro Warriors and Wilson Kentura always come up with fire tracks that instantly grab my attention! I would have loved to have been in the studio when this was produced, the energy is unreal and the pair are certainly unique. Add the talented Lizwi to the mix and well.. a new level unlocked let's just say. The track is powerful and one of my go to tracks whether a radio set or live DJ set.”
“I love the authenticity in this track. It progresses well and each new phase is a new level of intensity. The vocals are superb and when the beat drops, it really drops! Definite dancefloor crowd pleaser.”
“This deep, dubby Afro tech remix is a secret weapon to draw for, whether it's a radio show or DJ set.”