Take a listen to today’s Top5 and you’ll hear sounds ranging from the deep, mesmerising and techy to the pitched-down, funky and sweet. These are the sounds of aliOOFT! and one of our favourite producers in Glasgow. Having been on the scene for some time, seeing his name on a flyer has become a guarantee of quality, and as anyone who graced the Instruments Of Rapture parties, or more recently, his warm-up for Midland and Will Saul will tell you, he is an outstanding DJ.
Head of his own label, Foto Recordings (responsible for certified jams from the likes of Cole Medina, Deep Space Orchestra and of course OOFT! himself), we’re always excited to hear new releases, whether it be an ultra-slow head-nodder or spiralling deep-houser. Picking tunes ranging from MermaidS’ slow-building ‘Run With The Night’ to Axel Bowman’s utterly balearic ‘Look What You’ve Done To Me’, his diverse but consistent taste is reflected in full colour here, so dip in, enjoy and spread. Music is for sharing.
1/ FIRST CHOICE – LOVE THANG (GENIUS OF TIME EDIT) (Unreleased)
“The best kind of edit - flipping the original track on a different path with some serious pitch-down-house stomp. The live version they do on their Boiler Room set is pretty special too.”
2/ MERMAIDS – RUN WITH THE NIGHT (Unreleased)
“This has been my favourite track for the last 6 months and probably my most-played track in my DJ sets over the same period. MermaidS are my favourite new producers – they’ve got the funk. From the crazy-long intro to the beautiful vocals near the end it’s just a fantastic slice of slow house jammery.”
3/ TOTO CHIAVETTA – BECOME ONE (Yoruba)
“I heard the master that is Domenic Cappello play this at the Sub Club a few weeks ago and it’s gone straight into my bag from that point on. Although it might seem a little sparse listening to it on your laptop, playing it on a big sound-system releases its power. Peak time if you’re brave enough!”
4/ AXEL BOMAN – LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO ME (Hypercolour)
“Mr Boman seems to put out such a varied selection of music but he definitely knows a thing or three about getting a hook together. Deep, emotional house music.”
“This little ditty is brilliant when you want to pick up the pace and a dance-floor on the move. It’s got that retro sound which is so in vogue at the moment but avoids all the M1 organs in favour of its own sound.”
Foto Recordings will release Foto 009 - the ‘Four’s A Crowd EP’ in May.