The weather’s perking up here in the UK, so this Friday’s FACT mix is an excuse to get Tropical with none other than Wales’ Doc Daneeka.
We’re being a bit facetious of course; Tropical is the latest in a series of buzzwords in London’s dance music scene (average life span: six months), which we’re guessing only really emerged because it’s one of the default styles on a MySpace Music profile. But at least it’s better than post-dubstep. And dubbage, at that.
Regardless of made-up genre names (and we interviewed Daneeka in January; he’d stretch as far as “basement house” to describe his own music but that’s about it), Doc Daneeka makes some of the best house music around right now – with peers in Hackman, Roska and Julio Bashmore, he favours syncopated beats and polyrhythms over linear drive, and has remixed Delphic, Digital Mystikz and more in the past to great effect.
We actually wanted Doc to do us a mix for our 2010 Producers to Watch special, but with our usual timing we caught him the night before he jetted off to India for a month. But now he’s back, and he’s recorded us a full length FACT mix full of bashment vocals and, yes, tropical flavours. Deadboy, Deep Teknologi, DJ Gregory, Martyn and plenty of Daneeka’s own material feature.
If you like what you hear, Doc Daneeka will be playing London’s Big Chill House next Friday alongside Radioclit, Greena, Girl Unit and more.
(Available for three weeks)
Doc Daneeka – Doc Daneeka is a Zombie (Dub)
Martyn – Friedrichstrasse (Fabric)
SBTRKT – 2020 (Forthcoming Brainmath)
Julio Bashmore – Batak groove (Forthcoming Soul Motive)
Yollanda Be cool – Villalobos For President (Dubbel Dutch Remix) (dub)
Mujava – mugwanti / Sgwejegweje
Doc Daneeka – Deadly Rhythm (Forthcoming PTN001)
Warrior one – King riddim
Venom and Damage – Deeper (Doc Daneeka remix) (Forthcoming Ten Thousand Yen)
R1 Ryders – Hydraulic (forthcoming R1 Ryders)
Bassjackers & Apster – Klambu
Round Table Knights – calypso (Made to Play)
Zombie Disco Squad – Esperanto (Solo Remix) (Sound Pallignero)
T Williams – Afrik (forthcoming Local Action)
DJ Gregory + Sidney Samson – Dama S Salon (Defected)
Delphic – Doubt (Doc Daneeka VIP) (Tres Cool)
Killap – Police a come Run (E10 Riddim/ RossiB and Luca) (Forthcoming Planet Mu)
Hot City – Sweat (Ramp)
Wookie – Flex (S2S recordings)
Deadboy – Unofficial Girl (Forthcoming Well Rounded)
Chesus and Diverse Concepts – Baduka (Forthcoming Ten Thousand Yen)
Julio Bashmore – Footsteppin’ (Forthcoming Ten Thousand Yen)
Doc Daneeka feat. MayorMan – like a fool (Dub)