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From his debut EP in 2009 to his widely acclaimed debut album ‘Blurred’ in 2014, Michael Dodman aka Huxley, has been responsible for some seriously heavyweight club cuts. Featuring on labels ranging from Ralph Lawson’s 20/20 Vision to Will Saul’s Aus Music and the genre-defying Hypercolour, he's become something of a driving force in underground house, and it's obvious Huxley is just getting started.
In 2015 he launched his own label, No Idea’s Original, entering the arena with the ‘What You Want’ EP: a gritty, bass-twisting hook-up with Dirtybird’s J.Phlip. With the label’s next release incoming courtesy of Pierre Codarin (which you can listen to below), plus a series of Huxley remixes for the likes of VIVa Music, Noir and Moda Black, there's no let-up in sight.
This Saturday, he returns to Glasgow for round two of Don't Label at The Art School, a new house and techno night which got off to a flyer with Dense & Pika last month. Ahead of this weekend’s event, we asked Huxley to share some of the killer tracks from his digital record bag, selecting bass-driven belters from Alex Coulton and a pumping remix of Glasgow's Alex Smoke from Tale Of Us. Check out the full selection below:
1/ PIERRE CODARIN - CONCRETE (No Idea’s Original)
“Bit self interested, but fuck it. This is a mate of mine who I’ve signed to No Idea’s Original - my relatively new label. He does 808-driven cuts which take on that weird type of groove-thing that a few people have compared to Baby Ford. He’s class and I’m over the moon to have him on the label.”
2/ HYENAH THE IDEA FT LAZARUSMAN (FRANKEY & SANDRINO REMIX) (Freerange)
“I really like Lazarusman and he’s on good form here, riding on top of a melodic, low slung track that’s very Dixon-esque…not one for every show but really nice nonetheless.”
3/ ALEX COULTON – AMBUSH (Tempa)
“Despite quite a lot of people thinking otherwise, I’ve never played many ‘bass’ cuts, but this is fucking wicked. It kinda unfolds from this brooding, d&b-referencing eerie thing into a techno banger. Sounds amazing in the mix.”
4/ ALEX SMOKE – DIRE NEED (TALE OF US REMIX) (R&S)
“It’d be rude to do something for a site called SynthGlasgow and not mention Alex Smoke, wouldn’t it? Tale of Us rocking a proper moody vibe here…”
5/ VOIGT & VOIGT – SUPERPITCH (Kompakt Speicher)
“I’ve been revisiting a fair bit of older Kompakt stuff of late and this is a favourite. It’s one of those labels that knows what it does and does it really well. This is the definition of trippy.”
Huxley joins residents Hostage and Denver Brooks for Don’t Label this Saturday at The Art School. Advance tickets are available from Resident Advisor. Huxley’s remix of Hayze ‘Brighter Dayz’ is out now on Noir and his No Idea’s Original imprint is about to release it’s third release - 'Second Date' EP by Pierre Codarin.
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