“I can't speak for everyone, but here I see our queer community becoming stronger and more radical in the face of this harrowing moment in our history,” says Chris Cruse, DJ and promoter behind Spotlight, the L.A. party that has been running since 2012, the year he turned 30. Pushing a sound that’s “tough, sleazy, soulful and fun,” past guests include Honey Dijon, Prosumer, Tama Sumo, Lakuti, Daniel Wang and Mike Servito, illustrating an ethos that encompasses everything from ecstatic disco to corrosive acid bubblers.
Next up on London’s High Praise Edits is a new collaborative effort from James Rudie and EVM128 AKA Rude & Mean.
Key members of the CoOp collective, each of their broken beat takes on soulful house shines through on this EP. Syncopated beats, joyous melodies and pristine sampling make for two lush cuts that are as multi-purpose as they are multifaceted. ‘Just Flow’ appears on the B-side and is a luxurious jam with uplifting pianos an addictive vocal sample. Additional saxaphone on the track comes from XAS. Check it out below.
Stalwarts of the UK dance scene have been paying tribute to Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, who has passed away after a long battle with cancer.
He is credited with helping to break numerous styles via his DJ sets including electro, boogie, hip-hop, jazz-funk and latterly house music from the mid-80s onwards.
You’d be forgiven for raising an eyebrow when told that Seb Wildblood is one of the most prolific figures in the UK’s underground scene. As co-founder of three labels – Church, Coastal Haze and All My Thoughts – and a former events programmer for the hallowed Corsica Studios, much of his vital work has, admittedly, been somewhat behind the scenes.
Hey Seb. How are you feeling as the year comes to an end? What have been some highlights?
Looking back, can you tell us about your early days programming at Corsica? What do you think working so intimately within a crucial hub of the London scene taught you as you were starting out?
Emerging Berlin-based producer GMG will release their ‘30+ EP’ via Thirty Year Records on 30th November.
The elusive producer’s training in jazz music shines through on this EP, with each of its charming house cuts boasting nods, nuances and instrumental motifs from the style. While plenty of house artists have been toying with “jazzy” sounds in recent years – to painfully mixed results – it’s nice to hear someone doing it with a degree of expertise.
Ceri will release her new EP ‘I Need You to Make Me Sweat’ via her Find Your Own Records on 3rd December.
The three-track release follows the vinyl-only imprint’s debut in October 2017 with the recent DJ Mag interviewee’s 'Life Holstee' EP. ‘I Need You to Make Me Sweat’, like its predecessor, finds the DJ/producer once again drawing from classic Chicago and Detroit influences but with an ever-present UK edge keeping things fresh.
Before her biggest year to date winds down, Cinthie has a few more tricks up her sleeve.
The Berlin club stalwart, Beste Modus, we_r_house and 803 Crystalgrooves imprint founder and Elevate collective and record store boss has been branching into the production realm more in the past year. Following her superb ‘No Need To Worry’ EP on 803 Crystalgrooves, Cinthie will release ‘Trust’ via ever-reliable Aus Music.
Lady Blacktronika will release her ‘Wax Cylinder Only’ collection on 19th October via Meda Fury.
The longstanding San Jose-born, Berlin-based house innovator follows up last year’s ‘A Lonely Space Program’ LP on Skylax sub-label Skylax Extra Series with this 11-track double pack of new productions and older digital tracks that never had a vinyl release.
As Lord of the Isles, Neil McDonald has always made music that strikes a perfect balance between otherworldly and grounded, feeling simultaneously mythical and pastoral. Cosmic disco and house synths and basslines fuse with heady, earthy grooves have served to make his tracks stand out in whatever set they may appear in while never feeling out of place or brash. Listening to Lord of the Isles can, in the right moment, feel as natural as breathing.