Less Stress – Don’t Dream It’s Over – Boy’s Own Productions
I discovered this randomly on YouTube many years ago. It was the first track on an old recording of a “Broadway Sound” party from Manchester in 1990. A soulful cover of Crowded House with pure vibes and soul.
Royal Crown Of Sweden – Vänern – Proibito
An alias of Huerco S, he delivers pure tripped out sludgy ambient techno that takes you on a journey every time you listen.
Various Artists – 3 – Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction, a sub label of Basic Channel, both of which are homes to some of the greatest Dub Techno ever created. This track is no exception and for me one of the best.
Moodymann – Telephone Blue – Peacefrog Records
A lesser known Moodymann track but nonetheless a pure groover. Real after hours Detroit house.
Omar S and Kai Alce – Jive Time (NDATL Original Mix) – NDATL Muzik
Omar S and Kai Alce… what a combination. Need I say more?
House Syndicate – Jam The Mace – Dopewax
A house classic by the legendary Kenny Dope, aka one half of Masters At Work. Pure New York attitude and rawness.
The B15 Project feat. Mr Vegas – Birmingham Crew – Oracabessa Records
A Niche Classic. No matter where in the world I play this, someone from Birmingham always comes up to the DJ booth to big me up for playing it!
Dave Clark – Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) (Robert Hood Remix) – Deconstruction, Bush
This is my type of Techno. Robert Hood killed this remix, the vocal sample is iconic.
Mental Power – Blue – Formation Records
Shout out to Patrick aka MC Power of Mental Power who was one of my mentors when I first started to make music. A true Sheffield legend.
Susumu Yokota – Tobiume – The Leaf Label
Close your eyes, let go, be free…
Haider ‘The Muses Come Out At Night’ (Warehouse Music)
The hotly tipped Berlin-based producer, DJ, label head and rising talent Haider Masroor’s music is informed by perpetual motion and a deep-rooted passion for dance music in all its forms. On his latest EP ‘The Muses Come Out At Night’ Haider pieces together a diverse range of influences that highlights his versatility, virtuosity and effortlessly cool flair. Opener ‘Bakamono’ is a soaring, blissful slice of after-hours house with ghostly vocals that conjure classic Detroit sounds with padded synth washes and an irresistible groove; a unique and glistening revamp on a classic style. The straight up acid and electro blazer ‘The Oven Door Broke’ offers up a full-bodied synth line with airtight hi-hats topped with stuttered bass; a headfirst dive into Haider’s supremely honed peak time energy. ‘U Trippin’, as the title suggest, is a more intoxicated piece where a diverse range of styles coalesce; deep bass sine hits glide under woozy, reversed vocal chops and aphex style breaks. Originally cutting teeth in his native Sheffield bassline scene, Haider kicked off his career with the release of his debut record, ‘The Lock Off EP’, in 2008 under his then moniker DS1. The following year, Haider was commissioned to remix grime don Tempa T’s single ‘Next Hype’ as DS1. In addition to delivering the remix, he also did a cheeky UK funky bootleg, which became a massive unofficial anthem. Heavily inspired by the purple sound of artists such as Joker and Starkey, between 2010 and 2013 Haider turned his hand to grime. With early productions being championed by Plastician on Rinse FM and Starkey on BBC Radio 1, both artists went on to release DS1 tracks on their respective labels Terrorhythm (‘I DNT KNW’) and Slit Jockey (‘Emotions Colours and Spacefood’.) In 2015 while studying at Goldsmiths, Haider discovered Ross From Friends’ music, and was so impressed by its potential that he released his debut EP ‘Alex Brown’. This marked the first release on Masroor’s newly-launched label Breaker Breaker, beginning what he describes as “a mission to push forward thinking music, regardless of genre and hype.” Since then Breaker Breaker have released the debut EPs for a broad spectrum of artists, including jazz duo The Colours That Rise (who recently dropped an album on Rhythm Section), Japanese producer RGL and most recently, indie shoegaze trio Night Tapes. Further displaying a knack for recognising promising musicians and helping quality people to connect, Haider also managed new jazz leaders Yussef Kamaal – helping to book their first tour and signing the now classic album ‘Black Focus’ to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint in 2016. Turning his hand to production again, Haider released the first EP under his own name in 2018 with the highly acclaimed ‘Do What You Love’ EP. Catching the attention of Aus Music’s Will Saul, he released the equally high rated ‘10961’ EP on the label last year.
Out now… Haider ‘The Muses Come Out At Night’ (Warehouse Music)