Charlie Butler takes a look at this week’s playlist.
‘Who Is He?’ – Alaia & Gallo featuring Kevin Haden
If you’re in the market for a euphoric, floor-filling tranche of the deepest house then Soul Heaven’s latest label recruits have just the thing. Italian duo Alaia & Gallo’s newest offering ‘Who Is He?’ is bassy in the all the right places and the drum machine’s treble will keep your shoulders moving throughout. There’s also a nod to the producers’ European roots in the refrain of the funky guitar. Of course if you’re just looking for a soulful tune to play in your car and lose yourself for five minutes then you don’t need to look any further – you’ve come to the right place.
‘Loving You Baby’ – The Young Punx and Cagedbaby featuring DTale
After their two year hiatus, fans of The Young Punx were wondering how the distinctive production duo would mark their return. What they got is ‘Loving You Baby’. They’ve teamed up with Cagedbaby aka Thomas Gandey and sourced the talents of soul singer D-Tale. There’s a hint of vintage about the whole thing – imagine jump rope, burst fire hydrants and a sepia-toned Brooklyn street – even though the production is immaculately sharp. It’s a style they perfected on their 2014 album All These Things Are Gone and the vibe has been carried on to this, their latest output. It’s out on MofoHifi Records, the “ElectroFunkinDiscoBreakin” home of electronic dance’s ‘quirky, artistic and musical side’.
‘Weekend Love’ – Mike Steva
For those of you familiar with Mike Steva’s first album, 2014’s Who Am I, his new track ‘Weekend Love’ will come as no surprise. If you’re new to the Australian producer, let me fill you in. He’s of Macedonian origin, which accounts for the eclecticism of his sound and he’s on Yoruba records, which explains the freedom with which he makes music. ‘Weekend Love’ carries on his legacy of cerebral, smoke-souled production. From the sultry jazz sax at the beginning to the waves of sexiness that form the chorus, this songs lives up to its title.