Resident DJs are sometimes overlooked, but always influential -- these are the devoted tastemakers working to make your night out a good one. For this week's Signal to Noise we caught up with some of our favorite local residents and asked them to tip us to one of their favorite tracks. Read on and listen, because there's a good chance you'll be hearing at least one of these the next time you go out.
"Beatbox (PBR Streetgang Mix)" by Crazy P
"I've really been loving this new remix of Crazy P called "Beatbox (PBR Streetgang Mix)". I've played it my last two shows in a row, and that says a lot because I intentionally try not to repeat songs so closely. The thick analog acid bass line, sexy vocals, and deep breaky beats are everything I want in a house track though, so it's hard to hold this one back. It's just epic."
"Breathe N Pop" by Ultrasone
"My favorite new track is "Breathe N Pop" by Ultrasone. I love weird repetitive sounds and cowbells -- plus the vocals remind me of the early 80's rap duo "Cookie Crew."
3. Vin Sol, Resident DJ at Relax, Relate, Release (222 Hyde)
"Yes He Saved Me (Gene Hunt Mix)" by Farley J.M.F.
"I was really stoked to pick up Rush Hour's Gene Hunt presents Chicago Dance Tracks comp. This track has everything you would want from a jacked-out Chicago house tune minus the acid, which is a good thing on this 10-minute-plus burner. Its stripped blackness is what drives it. The vocals interpolate Carl Bean's classic "I Was Born This Way", which Farley would frequently rinse on WBMX. Hunt chops the vocals in the classiest way possible, never losing the groove. This is a total Relax Relate Release record, just moody enough for little dance floor in the TL."
"Reel Love" by Cristopher & Lukas
"Bristol has long been a hotbed for forward sounds in the UK, most notably trip-hop in the mid-'90s and dubstep a decade later. Over the past year or so, the freshest sounds coming from Bristol have often been house tunes, especially those coming from the Futureboogie imprint, which has put out several Julio Bashmore tunes and also recently released Christopher & Lukas' Maison de Cheval EP. "Reel Love" is the highlight for me, an upbeat, piano-driven cut with a bouncing bassline that soulfully hints back to the glory days of '90s house. The song is dripping with feel-good vibes yet never feel frivolous, a spirit that really embodies what Icee Hot is all about."
"This record is the total package. Combine two very talented artists from the Bay Area, Enzyme Dynamite of The Bayliens, and newcomer Mousie Monroe with a top notch remix by Madonna's tour DJ, Enferno from NYC. It's all the elements of progressive house, electro, and pop dance rolled in to the perfect dance floor banger!"