Yorkshire-based DJ and producer Franky Wah has unveiled his latest track ‘Words’, out 10th May via Ministry Of Sound.
While maintaining the melodic elements present in previous releases, ‘Words’ incorporates garage-tinged chords and ultra-smooth melodies to create a refreshingly contemporary sound. Underpinned by a haunting vocal sample, it’s a track with an unmistakably British feel.
‘Words’ follows on from recent track ‘Get Me High’, which climbed to #2 on the Beatport Top 100 after its release in late March. Receiving support from Annie Mac, Danny Howard, Pete Tong and Richie Hawtin, the track catapulted Franky into the limelight almost overnight. Further support came from Elrow and Steve Lawler’s Viva Music imprint.
“I was genre-hopping and heavily-influenced by trance music at school and then when I came back to full-time producing it was the vibe that got me into it,” he explained in the aftermath of the ‘Get Me High’ release, before citing seminal trance classic ‘Saltwater’ by Chicane as a massive inspiration.
Successfully merging the smoothness of garage with trance’s more emotive elements, ‘Words’ is evidence of a highly-skilled artist who’s firmly on the ascendancy.
With further releases planned throughout 2019, Franky is currently gearing up for a busy summer, with live dates scheduled at the Glade Spaceport stage at Glastonbury, Creamfields and Croatia’s Hideout festival.
Here’s a new remix by Cassius of the quintessential 2016 club anthem ‘Just Say’ by London house producer KDA and Tinashe which impacts November 18th on Ministry Of Sound. It sees the legendary Parisian house duo lace the track with vintage drum machine vogue, while keeping Tinashe’s yearning vocals at centre stage.
‘Just Say’ follows the runaway success of KDA’s debut single ‘Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)’ feat. Katy B and Tinie Tempah which entered the UK charts at #1. The track has emerged as a creeping dancefloor anthem, already amassing over three million Spotify streams, going to #3 in the Radio 1 Dance Chart, #1 in the Cool Cuts chart and being championed by DJ’s including Busy P, Todd Edwards, Monki, B Traits and Horse Meat Disco.
Armand Van Helden, Boston-born, Grammy Award-nominated DJ, producer and remixer, has spent 20 years honing a reputation as one of the most respected producers on the scene. With three official UK Number 1’s under his belt, he is a worthy choice to present the next installment of Ministry of Sound’s prized ‘Masterpiece’ series, due for release on 15th February 2015.
The ‘Masterpiece’ series is a concept fronted by artists and DJs of the highest caliber. It’s an opportunity for these pioneering acts to curate a three disc musical journey that depicts their own influences and inspirations to share with their fans. With predecessors including Goldie, David Rodigan, Andrew Weatherall, Fabio and Grooverider and Gilles Peterson, the level of reputation and irrefutable standing of acts selected for ‘Masterpiece’ in the past is a given.
Boston’s early house venue The Loft is where Armand truly cut his teeth as a DJ, with his residency helping to make it one of the most popular underground clubs in the city. On the first disc of the compilation, he revisits his days at The Loft, recalling a place where Mood II Swing swung their trousers next to early Masters At Work remixes. Since those early days, Van Helden has gone on to become an internationally renowned act, dropping bomb after bomb of nuclear-powered New York goodness: from classic house to speed garage via hip hop, funk, blue-eyed soul and back.
It’s precisely the wide variety of genres he favors that makes his second disc – entitled ‘Yacht Rock Don’t Stop’ – so rich. The mix is a homage to his parents’ record collection, as he explains: ‘when you’re in the ages of let’s say 6-10 years old, the music you’re exposed to will stay with you forever. In those particular years, my folks would constantly play their records at home but at nightclub volume: home stereos were big then. Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and the Doobie Brothers were regulars.’
Following his Yacht Rock exploration, the lost era of freestyle becomes the focus of Armand’s third disc. A short-lived, soul-tinged genre that took in artists like Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and Shannon, Armand takes the opportunity on ‘Forever Freestyle’ to shine a light on this underrated branch of dance music: one that is vital to his curated collection.
The ‘Masterpiece’ series has been an enjoyable and enlightening set of compilations so far, allowing each artist to showcase in real detail the inspirations that have helped shape their careers. On Van Helden’s compilation, fans are afforded the chance to delve into the musical mind of one of the world’s most famed dance artists: a man who creates disco carnage often by complete accident.
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CD1 The Loft – Boston
01. Mood II Swing – I Need Your Luv (Right Now) (Lem’s Church Mix)
02. Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Masters At Work Dub)
03. Happyhead – Digital Love Thing Underground M.K. Mix
04. Joe T. Vannelli Feat. Csilla – Play With The Voice (Joe T. Vannelli Free Voice Mix)
05. Groove Patrol – Need Your Love
06. Ian Pooley – Don’t You Be Afraid
07. The Swing Kids – Yeah (The Dope Mix)
08. Three Generations Feat Chevell – Get It Off (Underground Mix)
09. Sterling Void & Paris Brightledge – It’s Alright (Original Mix)
10. Jellybean – Spillin’ The Beans (Alzibar Mix)
11. Earth People – Dance (Club Mix)
12. 2 Direct – Get Down
13. Go Bitch Go! (Work) – This Pussy (Original Bitch Mix)
14. Soho – Hot Music
15. Logic – The Warning (Inner Mix)
CD2 Yacht Rock Don’t Stop
01. Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind
02. Little River Band – The Night Owls
03. Robbie Dupree – Steal Away
04. Kenny Loggins – This Is It
05. Exile – Kiss You All Over
06. Climax Blues Band – Gotta Have More Love
07. Toto – Georgy Porgy
08. Boz Scaggs – JoJo
09. Benny Mardones – Into The Night
10. Player – Baby Come Back Single Version
11. Ambrosia – Biggest Part Of Me
12. Chicago – Wishing You Were Here
13. The Doobie Brothers – It Keeps You Runnin’
CD3 Freestyle Forever
01. Giggles – Love Letter (12-inch Version)
02. Stevie B – Spring Love (Come Back To Me)
03. Nocera – Summertime Summertime
04. Coro – Where Are You Tonight (Extended Club Version)
05. India – Dancing On The Fire (Album Release)
06. George Lamond – Bad Of The Heart
07. Stevie B – Dreamin’ Of Love
08. Information Society – Running
09. Nice & Wild – Diamond Girl
10. Debbie Deb – Lookout Weekend
11. Freestyle – It’s Automatic
12. Debbie Deb – When I Hear Music
13. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home
14. Hanson & Davis – Hungry For Your Love
15. Joyce Sims – (You Are My) All And All
Just Kiddin are quickly emerging as ones to watch in 2013 as they have announced the forthcoming release of the new ‘Time, Space & Honey EP’ which will be released via Ministry of Sound’s new imprint, HK Records on the July 22. You can download ‘Ocean Motion’ for free here, courtesy of Sub Soul. Just like ‘Ocean Motion’ the ‘Time, Space & Honey EP’ features two smooth house tracks, served sunny-side-up and will be sure to get dance floors shaking this summer.