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.
Demuja will release his new EP ‘Classic Warrior’ on 4th October and, folks, it’s excellent. Obviously.
The house upstart has been making wave after wave the past while with tracks like ‘Do you Want My Love’ and ‘Loose Legs’ racking up over a million views on YouTube.
Denis Sulta has launched a new imprint of his Sulta Selects label in the form of Silver Service. First up on the new branch is Berlin-based former Belfast club stalwart Cromby, who delivers three peak time club huts that cast a devoted eye to classic house and electro sounds forms.
Dirt Crew Recordings is one of those labels that always brings the jazzy groove. Their forthcoming ‘Deep Love 2018’ compilation is no exception.
Set for release on 10th September, the seventh edition of the label’s compilation series features 10 cuts from some of their most prominent artists, including Ponty Mython, Harry Wolfman and Times Are Ruff.