UK house Producer Jethro Heston has quickly made a name for himself as one to watch. With a variety of supporters including Disciples, Blonde, Full Intention and TDQ – aka Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D – Jethro Heston’s latest release ‘Slave’ on his Born Dirty Records label, sees him collaborate with leading vocalist Alex Mills to produce a vintage-sounding piano house cut with UK garage influences. To celebrate the release, Jethro Heston shared his Top 10 favourite tracks to play back at his…
Hot Since 82 ft. Alex Mills – Restless
Hot Since 82 is one of my favourite producers at the moment and I love this track. Alex Mills killed it with the vocal on this one and as she’s featured in my new track, I thought this was a good shout.
Tyken ft. Awa – With Every Word (Dave Spoon Remix)
Dave Spoon (now Shadow Child) was one of my favourite producers for years and he has definitely had a huge influence on my sound. He had a completely unique style that I loved. He seemed to strip back on everything; no unnecessary intricacies – just cool, melodic build-ups and clean drops.
Julian Jeweil – Air Conditionné (Sébastien Léger Remix)
To me, this is the best house tune ever made. It’s by Sébastien Léger who again, was one of my favourite producers for years. This track has everything. Amazing sounds, melodies, build-ups and drops, but it’s just so creative. The breakdown in the middle where the tapping turns into a melody blew me away. I used to analyse this tune for hours, I must’ve listened to it 1,000 times.
Huxley – Box Clever
This is my current favourite. It’s old, but I only came across it recently for some reason.
Joe Goddard – Music Is The Answer (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Another Hot Since 82 track. More techy/underground than the other one I think. The vocal in this one is amazing. His tracks are so intense, and I love the sounds and build-ups, and how he keeps you waiting for the drop.
MK & Becky Hill – Piece of Me
This is my go-to feel good tune. The vocal and piano chords are so uplifting. There are a few MK tunes like this and they’re all great but I’d say this is the best.
Weiss – Feel My Needs
I love Weiss. His tracks are pretty basic but they’ve all got something in them that gets you hooked. Not many producers can do what Weiss does.
Radiohead – Exit Music (For a Film)
I thought I’d post three non-house tunes and these are the first three that came to mind. I’d say these are my three best songs/pieces of all time. Radiohead – OK Computer is to me one of the best albums ever made and there are a few tracks I could choose from the album, but this was the one that got me hooked. It’s a piece of art. All Radiohead’s songs have a story behind them. This one was based on Romeo and Juliet. Google it. Reading up about the tracks makes them so much more interesting.
The Beatles – If I Fell
I love The Beatles and especially John Lennon. He wrote from the heart and this was a really early song from one of their first albums. The words and melody and harmonies just work perfectly together. George Martin produced this one, so you have to give him as much credit for this and most of the other Beatles tracks too.
Chopin Nocturne in E Flat (Arthur Rubinstein)
I had to get a Chopin piece in. To me, the greatest musician of all time. You would be amazed how different genres of music can inspire each other, even classical for house. At the end of the day, music is music and modern genres take so much for the early music. Anyway, if I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be Chopin’s nocturnes played by Arthur Rubinstein. I can play a couple of them as well (although I’m pretty rusty).
Jethro Heston ft. Alex Mills ‘Slave’ is out now on Born Dirty Records