As she prepares to earn a whole new fanbase with the release of her new anthology Screamin’ Rachael: Queen of House, the Trax Records boss reflects on the early days of house in her hometown of Chicago, and shares some of her favourite anecdotes.
The first time I went to XOYO was quite some time ago, before its current incarnation, around late 2010 when it had not long opened. Shy FX put on a Digital Soundboy event and it was good fun, although I remember the sound system not being up to much and the men’s toilets had flooded. The club underwent a huge refurbishment last year after being taken over by new owners – and it’s now the jewel in east London’s crown.
Over the last few years John Dimas has crept slowly into the limelight with a constant flow of good quality house music, built for the dancefloor though never too contrived or ‘try hard’. I’ve been really impressed with his recent output, in particular a six-track EP released through French label La Vie En Rose which contained one of my favourite tracks this year, Mind Games. It was only a matter of time before I interviewed him and here’s the result of our chat…
‘We are going to be at the forefront of UK R&B’: The Honeyz on their comeback and the real reason behind their split
In 1998, Bill Clinton was thrust into the spotlight for allegations of an affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, Titanic was breaking box office records, and The Honeyz released their debut single Finally Found, which would go on to shape the lives of many teenagers.
Sunshine? Tick. Great location? Tick. Cheap drinks? Tick. A good start, then.
Interview with Joel Baker: “If there’s something that really separates me as an artist, I think it’s The Confect”
If Joel Baker wasn’t on your radar beforehand, he should definitely be now. I caught up with the Nottingham bred soul-folk singer who is, in more ways than one, adding a refreshing element to the music scene.
Kastle reveals why it’s so exciting to be a US electronic artist, and what helps him create the atmospheric garage-tinged electronica he’s getting noticed for on both sides of the Atlantic.
Sometime around the end of 2011, I picked up a brilliant mix by Visionquest’s Shaun Reeves. On that mix was a track that really captivated me, it was a while before I found out what it was – but, thanks to Soundcloud’s expert ID-ing community, I eventually discovered that it was 1990 As In Gold Was Born by Gab Rhome.
She has been generating huge praises for a while now. Back in 2005, Roses Gabor gained notoriety after featuring on Gorillaz number one single Dare. The singer-songwriters unique appeal is that she has it all: a futuristic, sleek-cinematic-tribal sound, a record deal with renowned indie label Ninja Tune, and a career that has grown by leaps and bounds, artistically and commercially.
Three EPs, three members, one band. My Youth hits Napster and iTunes featured releases with their first recordings
New music bands are continuously emerging. There’s plenty of talent and passion for music production. However, it is difficult to break into the crowded music industry, but let me introduce you to a rising band that is likely to hit the core.
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