A genre-bender that blended all the beautiful things with a sharp and cutting edge. I don’t remember listening to much else the year this came out, except for Amnesiac.
Underworld – Trim
What I imagine happens when heroes pick up a guitar and chill.
DJ Shadow – Building Steam with a Grain of Salt
The power of sampling. My eyes opened. Wide.
Noraj Cue – You
An immersive sound that helped establish my Tale + Tone record label. You can get lost in this melody.
Neil Young – Old Man
Simple and powerful. Gets me every time.
Kourosh Yaghmaei – Gole Yakh
My roots – pre-revolution psychedelic rock from Iran.
A Tribe Called Quest – Get A Hold
The smoothest. How do I know all the words in this song?
Lee Burridge & Matthew Dekay – Für Die Liebe
The beginnings of a very beautiful thing.
Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
Khruangbin – Cómo Me Quieres
Soulful psychedelia and a new classic – this has quickly become essential vinyl for getting some vibes going at the house.
Hoj – You Are A Wonder EP (Tale + Tone)
The EP, which takes in 5 tracks of groove driven, melodic house from the Iranian-born, California-based DJ is Hoj’s full EP debut for the imprint. He started Tale + Tone with Burridge in 2017, after forging a friendship through his residency for the British DJ’s All Day I Dream parties. This release is essentially a love letter to the dance music community, to all the friends, dancefloor family and supporters that have made things so special for Hoj over the years, and are now so sorely missed in the current times. Across the EP live drum samples and smooth basslines create a warm, cosseting bedrock for Hoj’s clear love of spaced out, ethereal atmospherics and leads that drift from organic to synthetic and back seamlessly. Whether it’s the spaced out funk of opener ’Sweet Verse’, the fluttering, heady vibes of the title track or ‘Feel that’, or the subtle ebb and flow of ‘Awake My Soul’, ‘You Are A Wonder’ sees Hoj striking the perfect balance between dancefloor heft and engaging musicality. Closing out the EP, fellow All Day I Dream artist Newman turns in an undulating, epic interpretation of ‘You Are Wonder’.
Hoj – You Are A Wonder EP (Tale + Tone) Release: 14th August 2020 Cat No: TnT024