September has arrived. The final stage of the Ibiza summer season is under way as the last gasps of the summer can be heard, the leaves start to turn golden brown - and dance music keeps on exploding into ever more levels of awesome! Here are ten of the artists that we’re most excited about here at Traxsource.com this month.
1. Jullian Gomes
The big news for South African Producer, DJ and deep house fanatic Jullian Gomes (Atjazz, Soul Candi, Soul Heaven, Defected) is this month's release of his debut artist album on Atjazz Record Company. Late Dreamer features 10 original tracks, all featuring guest vocalists and all showcasing that sophisticated, restrained, soul-infused deep house that he’s become famous for.
2. Will Clarke
Next up is a fire new release from UK producer Will Clarke (Defected, Cajual, Yoshitoshi, Dirtybird) on the ever-reliable Dirtybird Records. "Booty Percolatin’" started life as a re-edit/DJ tool for Clarke when he sampled ghetto house legend DJ Funk and began playing it in his own sets. It very quickly became one of his biggest tracks on account of it killing dance floors wherever it was played, and is now getting a full release due to public demand. "Booty Percolatin’" also comes with another irresistible Will Clarke original, "House Girl," on the flip. Clarke is also joining us as our Traxsource LIVE guest on September 16th.
3. T. Williams
From his beginnings in the UK Grime scene, T. Williams has carved a unique niche in the dance music landscape and he has a back catalog bursting with originality and dance floor energy. Aside from producing and DJing, T. also runs Today, Tomorrow Records who are releasing his storming Solidarity Vol.2 on September 16th. expect four tracks of serious, percussive house music with afro influences.
4. Red Rack’em
"Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" is exactly what it says it - a perky, filtered disco sample, some tight house beats and what is possibly the wonkiest bass line ever committed to vinyl. Originally released on Red Rack’em’s Bergerac label earlier this year, Luke Solomon’s Classic Music Company couldn’t resist its unique charms and snapped it up. Already huge for Moodymann and The Black Madonna, "Wonky Bassline Disco Banger" is one of those tracks that when, dropped at the right time, will tear the roof off.
5. Andrea Olivia
September is going to be a busy month for Andrea Olivia. Aside from gigging the closing parties in Ibiza and squeezing in DJ gigs in Russia and Switzerland as well, he’s also dropping his big Scream EP on Hot Since 82’s Deep in Sound label on the 9th. As it features a relentless bass line and Olivia’s particularly driving take on the tech house template, we’re expecting big things from this one. Then, on the 16th, Olivia and Pete Tong’s Back2Back All Gone Ibiza is released, featuring some of the biggest tunes of the season from the likes of Lee Burridge, KiNK,Patrice Baumel, Patrick Topping and Rodriquez Jr.
6. The Black 80s
Something else we feel you should really check out this month is Heart to Art, the new album from The Black 80s (Freerange, Compost Black Label, Defected) which is released on Sonar Kollektiv on August 16th. The Black 80s are Hollis P Monroe and Overnite, and are perhaps best known for their track "Move On" (Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix), which was played and charted by seemingly every deep house DJ of note. Heart to Art is a collection of ten smart, sophisticated original deep house future classics.
Graham Lord, known as one half of the Audiowhores, has also launched a new alias in the last year - Malachi - and has already hit gold with releases on deepvisionz, Simma Black, Armada Deep, and Milk and Sugar. His latest release as Malachi, "How It Feels" featuring the vocalist Moji, is coming out on Full Intention on September 26th, and is a smooth, piano-laden vocal track perfect for the end of summer.
8. Adesse Versions
The ever-interesting Adesse Versions (Local Talk, Numbers, Nocturne Music) is back this month with a Traxsource.com exclusive: the Devoted EP features four tracks of cut-’n’-paste tech soul that we are expecting to do some serious dance floor damage. Well worth checking out, the Devoted EP is released on Toy Tonics at the start of the month.
Brazilian DJ/Producer Anna (Turbo Recordings, Click Records, Tronic, Bla Bla and Toolroom) is back with more quality techno via Tiga’s Turbo imprint. The Artha EP features the driving, techy title track and more melodic flip, "Where it Rains." Anna will be spending September promoting this release on her first US tour.
Finally, we’re always pleased to see tracks from producer and self-proclaimed synth freak Monte (Toolroom, Jeudi), who’s back this month with another release: his "Bolide" on Disclosure’s Method White label. "Bolide," the follow up to Monte’s big "Backyard" track from earlier this year (also on Method White), drops on September 9th and is a pristine slice of melodic tech house that we think will do rather well.