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Classic material in this weeks episode, kicking off with an unassuming funk monster from the Acid Jazz label with The Whole Thing's 'S All In, before we take it back to the chase scene classic Iron Side from Quincy Jones. As we move on in, I serve up a smattering of Hip Hop provided by west coast legend Def Jeff, Big Daddy Kane, and Yun Gun before we head into the disco soul sounds of Double Exposure and Ashord & Simpson. Finishing up with some upfront club material from Oliver Heldens and Jackin Box.
The Groove Therapy podcast is back with the first episode of the year, and already there are some great releases including a brand new one from the legendary Big Daddy Kane who gives us a taste of his 2015 flows. Joell Ortiz drops a huge Hip Hop number with Get Down, and I also play one of the better tracks from the new Mary J Blige album London Sessions. As always, there is plenty of disco classics, including a track off the recently Sean P compiled Rock It... Don't Stop it.
Any working DJ who has been using either Traktor or Serato for a long period of time will be familiar with the chore of managing your playlists. Digital crates can quickly become unwieldly and cumbersome as they fill up with new music, often at the cost of not knowing where your music is stored when you need to play it. Over the last several years I've been perfecting my own digital music managment pipeline. It works well for me, and is compatible with both Traktor and Serato. My laptop has both installed, and my crates remain identical in both platforms.
With 2014 coming to a close it's time for my annual mastermix. It's always an incredibly hard deciding what tracks make the cut, and as always there are a bunch of tracks that I would have liked to include but couldn't due to the two hour restriction. However, what is included is a balanced snapshot of future classics and other tracks that should have made more noise than they did. I hope you enjoy this years mastermix as much as I did putting it together..
Davy DMX's classic electro tune 'One For The Treble' has been getting a lot of play again of recent - Probably because the good people at Fraternity Records recently re-released the 45 (With a minified Tuff City cover). It's just one of those tunes from the era that still stands up 30 years later. I had recently picked up the original 45 a few months back and was reminded this week how The Sunburst band did a great job of using it as the basis for their track 'Jazz The DMX' - So it seemed like a fitting start to…
A huge variety of sounds on this weeks episode, including new releases from Pusha T produced by Kanye West, and a future summer anthem from Baauer that will sound just as huge in the club or the whip. Melbourne producer Plutonic Lab drops a great new beat, and french duo Ibeyi provide my track of the week with the sublime 'River'. Expect new Hip Hop from canadian rapper Shad, and a smooth Neo-Soul number from Grae produced by Pharrell that hits all the right places.