Gentle Help 1500 x 1500James Curd
Gentle Help
The Classic Music Company

You can tell its summer time simply by listening to this. It’s happy, funky music that sounds equally refreshing day, noon or night as James Curd’s Disco propulsion proves to be so easy to groove too it may hurt. Indeed, bassline syncopation like this was built to dance to. That of course, plus punchy drums and vocals along with some rather sassy Fender Rhodes prove this to be all but irresistible. The Black Madonna Less Gentle Jam then adds extra depth to the bottom-end while replaying the keys over throbbing beats for a different angle.

release: July1


House Of 12
12 Records

Cover_12R03_UpdateThere’s something most intriguing about this collection of music that so blatantly references the past yet feels so comfortable in the (sometimes) summer sunshine. Martin Bell’s Helmut Spargle kicks things off with a production that is reminiscent of classic Nu Groove with playful jazzy piano and synths sounding deep and tempting. Rare People House Brand are next with Life like which neatly blends fuzzy bass together with more classy Deep House instrumentation and chopped up vocals. Jacy, hits that timeless Ronald Burrell vibe once again perfectly striking sensuous, ambient chords alongside carefully crafted percussion and echoed flute on Touch Me. While Deep88 finish on the raw edged Me, Myself and an Mpc combining heavy-duty beats with improvised, atmospheric synths.

release: mid/end June


Julian M.
Sample Road EP
Catwash Records

CWR033ATrust DJ W!LD’s defiantly underground imprint to deliver music that teases you into submission. Julian M. returns to the label with four new cuts of sampling delight that manage to cross the barriers of familiarity and innovation with the emphasis being on machine drums. It’s really a case of take your pick but the two tracks I love on here are the Tom Tom driven We Are Young whose sharp beats only let loose once the emotive string led sample fully drops midway. And the excellent title track which places superlative two chord piano structures against abrasive beats yet still feels soulfully emotional on the breakdown. Stunning. The remaining Boogie Too as the words suggest ignites hot Disco over sizzling hi-hats coming complete with vocals that will satisfy the party dancefloor. Leaving, Duplicate to get moodier with further strange keys and grinding drums.

release: July 16


Real Connoisseur
Jungle Jakarta EP
Purp & Soul

Purp007ArtworkWhat I like about Real Connoisseur aka Conor Lloyd’s latest production is that it doesn’t perform to expectation. For starters its heady blend of D&B drums and deeper House atmosphere’s places Jungle Jakarta in a genre all of its own, and these days that’s quite something. Not only that but its imaginative arrangement of sounds keeps you hypnotised throughout, so if you’re thinking exits outside of safe boxes then this production will most definitely appeal. First rate remixes come care of Chaos In The CBD who give it a heavier House edge and Artifact who perk it all up with Garage energy. Second track, You Don’t Love explores moodier vibes with expansive tech stabs and throbbing bass to complete.

release: July 22


Dakota Soul
From The Country To The City
Waxadisc Records

Excellent initial release from Waxadisc and just a taster from the due late August debut album by Dakota Soul. I’ll simply use the words Jazzy and Sunshine to describe this but don’t take me words for it. Play the link below and soak it up for yourself!



blackBlack Booby & Gene Hunt
BB-04 (A tribute to Ron Hardy)
Black Booby

The label copy reads: ‘This release is dedicated to the master of the Edit Mr. Ron Hardy, The Music Box and all those involved’. So no doubt this a family vibe that we can all be part of. Side A opens with two from Chicago’s legendary Gene Hunt beginning with Is the Color and its infusion of what’s best described as spacey, jazzy funkiness played out over tough beats with the sample not fully resolving until some six and half minutes into the frenzied journey. Second is LSD Hootie which I guess is an easy give away re-tweaking classic Acid, making you all at once nostalgic, with all those drum machine sounds alongside the 909 sounding effortlessly timeless. Black Booby finish the release with 4 Ron by propelling almost eleven minutes of Disco blended bliss that touches upon many of the tracks that the original ‘master of the edit’ made his own. Inspirational.

release: June….html


Andrea Bigi & Marius Laurentiu
Music, Love & Romance EP
Catwash Records

You can always rely on something exciting to happen via DJ W!LD and with this latest release on Catwash Records that’s exactly what you get. For the more adventurous of you out there the title track hints at what lies in store with Irving Berlin’s classic getting cleverly reworked in ways you never thought possible i.e. over moody House beats and feeling excellent. Dejale delivers funky percussion and warped eastern sounding scales, with Empty & Blue ending on a more introspective note with questioning vocals and pulsating tribal rhythms feeling deep and frisky.

release: May 23


RvS Music

Love this from Asadinho whose addictive bass and drums achieve a slinky, sassy groove that’s oh so easy to fall for. Spoken atmospheric vocals come from Natamiq and are backed up by semi melodic synthesized tones which together all feel suitably late night/ early morning – inventive and imaginative. Alex Arnout’s great remix gives it more of a techno sheen with energetic basslines and rhythmic snares pushing the voicel forward. ‘Rouge’ completes with an infectious vocal looped alongside cool, funky percussion and an almost shuffling groove that spells out low-slung nicely. That of course and a certain Robert Owens who talks us through just what’s on his mind making this another compelling production.

release: early June


DJ W!LD interview

Who inspired you to become a Dj? How did you first get into producing music?

Laurent Garnier. I was living in small city in France, Dijon, and we had the chance to have the best club in that time called “l’enfer”. And Laurent was resident with his wake up parties! Amazing.  My first production was in 1996 when I met Peter Rauhofer and we decide to do a track together released on Twisted America called “Magic Orgasm”

How would you describe your sound?

Well, difficult to describe!!! But if I have to it will be D!RTY, sweaty, sexy, powerful, hypnotic and acid. Then it’s a mixture of many kinds of music that I like and listen to.

Your second album: D!RTY is a combination of great club tracks but also has many atmospheric parts too. What inspired you to create the album in this way?

All my travels and trips.  I always record many sounds, voices, ambiance and I used these to give even more a personal aspect to the album.

Can you tell us about any favourite pieces of software/ hardware which you used to make the album?

I’ll say 2 master pieces are the TB303 and TR909 – they are for me the base of everything.

Why did you start your own labels: Catwash Records and W? What are going to be your next releases?

I started Catwash first because I wanted to release new artists and push music I like (Catwash, Chris Carrier, Lula Circus, Boris Werner, Gauthier DM …) and also create a crew: Catwash family with no spec!  We have producers from all around.  Then W is a label I created to release my music only as I have so many new tracks every month.  And inviting all my friends to it as well! Next releases on Catwash are Lula Circus, Chris Carrier, Alex Noto, Jack Wickham, Adam Shelton and a big compilation with around 20 unreleased tracks.  Then for myself 9 new projects coming on Rekids, W, One Records, Homecoming, Snork Entreprises, Unik Musik, Roots and Wings, Act Natural, Systematic …and many more to come.  I’m already working on my next album 😉

Where are you looking forward to Dj’ing at this summer and why?

Well this summer was my D!rty tour so I’m looking forward going to USA, Russia, Spain, England, France, Italy, Canada … but also Circoloco season at DC10 in Ibiza where i m staying the summer.

Which artists do you listen to outside of Dance music?

Marc Moulin, Grace Jones, The Cure, EPMD, Heltah Skeltha, Gangstarr, Serge Gainsbourg, Nina Simone, Kraftwerk, ESP…