I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for the summer. I’ve got the fever real bad too. I’m at that stage when any time I hear a big summery monster tune my mind automatically starts wandering to thoughts of beach bars and open air clubs. The kind of places that even though the vodka tonics cost more than the flight to be there, I’ll still be happy as a pig in shit when I am.
And all that means its time for me to pull together a bunch of tunes that mean Ibiza to me. The main mixed compilation is out in a couple of weeks; today we are releasing 13 brand new exclusive tracks that feature on the compilation on Beatport & Traxsource.
First up on the Beatport edition with some heavy tech house and sun-kissed deepness. Kicking of this is a killer new mix from Spencer K of his and Metodi Hristov’s “Basic Tricks”.
Following that is a track from me and producer/masterer/engineer extraordinaire Andy MacDougall. You might recognise his name from the huge the Dennis Cruz mix of his “Shaman” track but there are a gazillion records he has mastered for the likes of Toolroom, Anjuna, Kydus, Camelphat, etc, etc that you will know (but not know) he had a hand in. This track started off with me revisiting my favourite basic channel records and getting my synth on for 10 minutes before Andy came in and added some warm bassline energy and a killer kick.
Third is a track from one of my favourite tastemakers, Wally Lopez, this time collaborating with the Clarisse / Terminal M producer Hunzed. “Sa Caleta” is the archetypal Ibiza house record with funky rhodes licks, rolling vibes and pizzicato strings all sitting atop a bumping bottom end.
Ismael Casimiro delivers the dark organ-fuelled jam “Toy Music” next before Marco Lys & Jeff Eveline serve up the driving, tripped-out “Action Factory” and Dead Space & Mr. Lekka give us their bouncy dj-friendly “Be Positive”.
Following these tracks from two relative newcomers; Brigado Crew & Solarc. Brigado Crew & Kasall’s “Fly To Us” (which has already picked up support from Solomun & John Digweed) is the kind of epic deep house that I love and its easy to see why two such respected DJs would fall for its joyous groove. Lastly Solarc’s “Space Invaders” brings some Moroder-ish energy to a classic deep bassline houser, the kind of track that’s perfect for getting people on the floor.
The Traxsource exclusives focus more on the straight up housier grooves. Here we have some special versions from me of “Toy Music” & “Can’t Help It” as well as the brilliantly chugging “Esperanto” from two of my favourite beat-smiths, Mike Vale & Alex Ranerro. Our Italian friends the Deepshakerz deliver their smooth take on Wally & Hunzed’s “Sa Caleta” and the compilation is rounded off with a monster bouncing house groove from Qubiko.
Kevin McKay, June 2016