Thursday, 6 August 2015

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #26 with Love Drop (Disco Deviance)


This month we continue the series on Cowbell Radio with another very special guest, as we welcome Brighton based Producer Love Drop to the Dig Deep Family.

Fresh from releasing his debut 12" on the mighty Disco Deviance label, his takes on Lenny Williams and Maynard Ferguson landed high in all the right charts and are all but sold out in the shops. DJ support has come from Laurent Garnier, Crazy P, Chris Duckenfield, Pete Herbert, Tensnake, Hot Toddy, Neil Diablo, Dicky Trisco and Jacques Renault to name a few; and he is already being compared to the likes of Rahaan and Frank Booker by the disco dons at Piccadilly Records.





A while back I featured Love Drop as 'Dig Deep Producer Of The Month' so it's an honour to be able to broadcast this rare and exclusive hour long recording of the man in the mix. In addition I will be putting together a raft of house, disco, funk, soul, afrobeat, techno and everything in between, plus we will have the Global Gig Guide towards the end of the show.


Q&A with Love Drop:

How long have been producing music for and how did you get into it? 
I started making music about twelve years ago because I wanted to make a career of it. However then my girlfriend got pregnant and I had to change that plan and get a proper job. I didn’t think about it again until two years ago and took it up again as a hobby.

Who and what are your influences? 
Too many influences to mention, but Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson and Joey Negro spring to mind.

Your vinyl debut has been riding high in the right kind of charts, how did the signing to Disco Deviance come about? 
I‘ve been messing about with re-editing for a couple of years just as a hobby but wasn’t taking it seriously. My friend Ben from Situation really liked what I was doing and and sent some edits to Disco Deviance for me, so I’ve got to him to thank.

I get the impression you are more of producer but you have put together a cracking mix for us, how often do you DJ out and where? 
Before I had a family I used to DJ out around Brighton quite a lot but that stopped when I had a family. It’s just one gig a year now, on the London Soul Cruise Boat Party every December, which I love. I am hoping to start DJing a bit more in the future though, maybe twice a year!

Do you buy vinyl or is it all digital?  
Before kids I was buying vinyl all the time but had to stop that for financial reasons. Since then it’s just been digital, mainly old tunes.

I have played a few of your edits on the show, what can we expect next? 
I don’t have a lot of time so there’s not much in the pipeline as tunes take a long time to finish, but there are a couple of tracks which are ready that I am hoping will get a vinyl release soon, plus I did a remix for Situation which should be out even sooner.

Where can people check you out online?
Currently my only online presence is my soundcloud page soundcloud.com/love-drop-edits where there’s quite a few free downloads.

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with Love Drop (Disco Deviance)
Saturday 16th August 2015
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Dig Deep Recommends: Unknown - Dream Visions / Dream Version


All we really know is this is a hot 12" on a new label called Loonie Bin,  purportedly coming out of Canada. The rumor mill is already working up some steam with esteemed Deep House DJs speculating about who it might be... is it the Mood Hut crew or someone else?

Either way it's a double header of the kind of deepness I love.  Dream Visions weighs in at 15 minutes long. It has that cut up styled techno vibe that Detroit Swindle do so well, has relentless drums, low end bass and drops in all the right places.

On the flipside the shorter and slightly straighter Dream Version will please the Deep House Heads no end. It's got that old school Chicago swagger akin to the likes of Mr Fingers and the bassline instantly made me think of Secret Value by Linkwood on Shevchenko.

All allegedly based on an organ sample from Peech Boys 'Dont Make Me Wait', there is a time and a place for both mixes and there is a good chance this is going to be one of those sought after records that goes for a daft price in the future.

Grab it now for £7.99 or be prepared to pay more for it on Discogs if you sleep on it...

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Cream Of The Crop - Hotter Than July Vinyl Chart


This month's vinyl chart packed full of essential new releases. Kai Alce retains his Number 1 position from last month with the Dubs of his Take A Chance 12" on NDATL. The pink marbled vinyl comes complete with versions from Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers.

Number 2 goes to Dan Curtain's deep techno chugger Deserted Station from the Melodymathics 10". We return to the NDATL camp for Number 3 - this year's Special Edition 12" continues the quality with 4 cuts. Check Stefan Ringer's Fleek for some squidgy acid house.

Sofrito snatch up the Number 4 spot with an lovely slice of afro flavoured business. If Bazare D Pablo's Nassima doesn't make your neck move you may be lacking in soul...

Funk and Soul heads head straight for the 7" at Number 5. Anthem Of The North do it again with Walking With My Eyes Closed from Formula 1. Unearthed by Ian Wright, the original pressing has been known to go for $1000. Plus let's not forget the killer on the flipside.

If you like your Deep House with vocals, check the full release of Kai Alce's Take A Chance at Number 5. My rule of thumb with NDATL is buy on sight.

Razor-N-Tape's latest addition to their excellent catalogue is the much hyped Hot & Bothered EP from Junktion. Definitely one for the Nu Disco Maffia, and it comes on transparent green vinyl which is always nice.

The debut from Love Drop Edits on Disco Deviance makes a rare re-entry at Number 8. Personal favourite is The Buzz but it seems anything this guy touches turns to gold. Check Love Drop Edits in the mix on this month's Dig Deep Radio Show.

Number 9 goes to Deetron for his slamming The Believer track. A Big Room killer if ever I heard one. Meanwhile Obas Nenor's cut up of Gil Scott-Heron's Home Is Where The Hatred Is on Mahogani rounds off the Top 10 in style. Already sold out in the shops, but head to Discogs or Vinyl Exchange if you want a copy at a fair price.

And that's just the Top 10. There are another 20 more gems to go at. Start the player or follow the links for the full Top 30.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1554723-Chart/

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