GIDEÖN establishes a new label to “re-establish the lines of queer musical tradition at the heart of House, lost to AIDS and the capitalist desecration of dance music itself.”
The UK’s storied DJ, producer, political activist, and queer dance music icon, GIDEÖN, has now launched his own imprint, Homo-Centric Records — a label set up to showcase his own productions and to amplify the creative contributions of queer artists working in underground dance music.
With a background in music that spans three decades, GIDEÖN has made a name for himself as the co-founder, co-creator, and curator of Glastonbury’s legendary nightlife institution, Block9. In addition to performing regular slots at Berlin’s revered clubbing destinations Panorama Bar, Lab.oratory, and Garten, he also acts as resident DJ and co-booker at one of London’s hottest queer club nights, Adonis.
With a focus on the LGBTQIA+ heritage of house music, Homo-Centric’s mission is to honor and recognize the genre’s indisputable queer, Black, and Latin musical tradition while honoring the scene’s founders and unsung heroes.
GIDEÖN’s debut single for the label, “Aaron Carl Lives On” — now a Beatport exclusive — does just this. With its raw drums, Motor City-influenced bassline, and chopped vocal wisdom from the late Aaron Carl — the pioneering black queer artist fromDetroit whom the track pays homage to. Listen below.
The track is only the first taste of GIDEÖN’s forthcoming Ritmo EP, which will drop on Homo-Centric Records this October. “The label is backed up with absolute fire,” GIDEÖN tells Beatport. “The forthcoming collaboration with Mandel Turner and myself has been creating mayhem on the dance floors of New York and London this summer as I’ve been road-testing it. I’ve been writing quite a lot of classic house jams with vocals too. Some serious heat coming soon!”
A new, raw, and slick dance floor track from the award-winning dance music duo.
Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe of the renowned British electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx return to the spotlight with their latest single, “Express Yourself,” — out now via their Atlantic Jaxx imprint.
The hyped-up tune is the pair’s first original track to appear in quite some time and follows a wave of commissioned remixes for their storied catalouge from artists like David Morales, Mella Dee, Martin Ikin, Paco Osuna, and more.
After getting a stunning reaction from crowds at various clubs and festivals this summer, this “pure raw body music” track sees Basement Jaxx returning to their underground roots with stripped-down basslines and earworm vocals from Phebe Edwards and Niara Scarlett. Listen below.
Basement Jaxx’s latest track, “Express Yourself,” is out now via Atlantic Jaxx. Buy it on Beatport.
All Day I Dream favorite and organic house maestro Sébastien Léger hits us with a list of jovial dance floor winners for Beatport’s Playlist of the Week.
Well, hello there! Instead of writing a boring bio that you won’t read till the end, let me tell you that these tunes I carefully chose here are all super nice, lovely, sick, killer, wonderful, happy, and most importantly, colourful. By the way, I am Sébastien Léger, I’m French, and yes, you should know by now that my name is SebastiEn, not the other one that everybody spells wrong all year long! I live in airports and on planes, which isn’t very glamorous, but that’s fine because I like to make you dance and smile! See you soon somewhere in this world!
Let’s start this playlist with a little bit of shameless self-promotion. “Regina Blue” is a track I did in 2020 during the lockdown. It only took two years for Lee (Burridge) to realize how good it was! Jokes aside, sometimes timing and stars aren’t aligned at the right moment, but now is the time. Funky and groovy with a classic Leger’s lead in it!
Jan Mir – Moby Dick [Katermukke]
Although this is from 2018, I’ve only known this track for a couple of days, thanks to my friend Roy Rosenfeld who played it during our back-to-back improvised set in Bali last week. It sounds incredible on a big sound system, super funky and futuristic at the same time.
FKA MASH – Silver Skies Forever [September Bloom]
For me, FKA Mash is the most talented artist from South Africa. He tends to mix extremely soulful melodies, groovy afro beats, super tight production, and overall very interesting music. Keep an eye on him. He might land on my label Lost Miracle at some point!
FKA MASH – Because I Love You [September Bloom]
FKA Mash again! The title says it all. And the few words I said above confirm the talent of the man. Incredible music mixing intricate melodies with a solid foundation for a dance floor.
Sébastien Léger, Tim Green – Duel [For a Memory]
Possibly our best collaboration to date with Tim. It is going to be very hard to top for our next one! This is definitely in my top three tracks of the year. It started with a super raw beat and melody from Tim, and I worked on it, adding bass/lead, pads/arrangement, and mixing. After a few back and forths and lots of road testing, we finally ended up with this masterpiece, with Tim adding his final mastering magic on top.
Sébastien Léger – The Indian Gate [All Day I Dream]
Another 2020 track that I made during the pandemic. I only played it on an All Day I Dream live stream two years ago and a couple of times in my sets. Although I really like it, I wasn’t very keen to release this one. Lee (Burridge) played it way more than I did and had to put a gun to my head and tortured me into saying yes. Ok, that’s not exactly how it happened, but there you go, it’s coming out finally!
Tal Fussman – It Was Misunderstood [Innervisions]
In my opinion, this is the best Innervisions track in a very, very, very long time. It sounds incredible on a sound system, has that super classic house to it, and can fit into any set and with any genre. The tune is a perfect example of a piece that will be timeless in the future and simply won’t age. I didn’t misunderstand this one.
Luka Sambe, Zankee Gulati – Burning Sage [Balance Music]
I have played this one in nearly every single set this summer. Super elegant and fluffy melody, but great on the dance floor as well thanks to the breaks and build-ups. It’s not an obvious one. I actually had the promo before the release and did not click with it. It was only later, when I checked it out on Beatport, that I actually bought it! Try it!
Now, this is the grooviest track of the year so far. The groove is incredible, super production, and another huge winner for me. This is exactly the type of music I love to play to set the mood. I wish there were more tunes like this — perfect balance with soft vocals and ultra-smooth beats.
Eli Nissan – God Between Us [Lost & Found]
Eli Nissan isn’t just a super nice guy, but he’s also making some of the grooviest tunes around (yes, I’m kind of obsessed with groovy things), but this one is very special. The melody is kind of sad but very full of optimism at the same time. I can’t wait to have Eli on Lost Miracle soon!
Armen Miran, Felix Raphael – Soul Guardian [Cafe De Anatolia]
If I had to choose one vocal track this year, it has to be this one. Everything is nicely balanced — the beat, the vocal, and the lead is so creamy and smooth. I have played this one everywhere as well. Highly recommended!
With Role Models, we learn more about today’s most exciting acts — and the artists who inspired them. This time, Amy Dabbs explains how KiNK’s DJing and productions have informed her overall dance floor approach.
As the daughter of a Northern Soul DJ, Amy Dabbs’ musical upbringing was informed by the soulful sounds of Motown, soul, funk, and early house. Dabbs spent years cutting her teeth as a DJ in London before moving to the Far East and playing at many of Singapore’s best parties during a four-year spell there. Now based in Berlin, she is concentrating on her productions, channeling her rich pool of influences into feel-good sounds that show off her penchant for house, jungle, deep house, and drum & bass.
Who has most inspired you on your journey to becoming a DJ/producer?
There have been so many influences along the way. Friends who have given me advice or encouragement, amazing sets I have experienced in clubs, incredible tracks across different genres that have infused themselves into my head over the years, and now inspire my writing. But if I had to pick one person, I would choose KiNK. There is something magical about KiNK both in regards to his productions and the way that he plays out (both live and in DJ sets) and there’s definitely an extra level of inspiration that I take from that.
How did you first discover them?
The first time I saw KiNK was actually many years ago at Watergate club in Berlin, where he was playing a live set. There was an insane vibe in the room that night, one like I had never experienced, and the intensity of the music and the live performance was just making everyone go wild — it felt like we were going to take off. I remember KiNK passing his MIDI controller over the decks to the crowd for people to get involved and everyone was going absolutely nuts! I was like, I need to remember this person’s name. And then I started buying his tracks — I think the first one was “Kiss The Sky” on Boe Recordings. After that, I was hooked.
What made them someone you wanted to emulate?
The production quality of KiNK’s tracks, as well as the emotions they can elicit in you, are incredibly special, but I was also very inspired by the energy he brings when he plays out. At the Garden Festival in Croatia, I once saw him play another unreal live set and blow everyone away; he worked so hard up there that when he came off he was covered in sweat (relatable) but still smiling his face off, and he made time to come down and talk to everyone who had danced. The crowd was really feeding off the energy that he was bringing, and I definitely feel that has inspired me in the way that I play out myself.
I also love the diversity of KiNK’s own sound and productions, everything from deep house and all the way through to his experimental stuff. It helped me see that you don’t have to stay in one lane genre-wise; you just need to do you.
KiNK is incredibly inspirational to listen to when he shares his stories and experiences. I tuned into a talk he did in Berlin during lockdown (it’s probably still online somewhere), and hearing him elaborate on his background and how he got into music really blew me away. Plus, being open and humble and approachable is inspiring in itself — I feel like the world needs more of that. It’s nice to be nice!
Have you ever met them in person? Or worked with them?
Only very briefly after the gig in Croatia, just to say thank you. I haven’t worked with him, but I would jump at the chance!
Did you have any other mentors along the way?
Lobster Theremin’s Jimmy Asquith spent a lot of time mentoring me after he signed my first few EPs; I learned a huge amount from his guidance around where to focus my time and efforts whilst trying to break through. Currently, I am working with Aus Music boss Will Saul, who has been absolutely invaluable, especially advising me on running my own label Dabbs Traxx.
Why is representation so important in the music industry?
It goes without saying that there is a huge amount of work to do. Some of the statistics around female, trans and non-binary people in the music industry are shockingly low. Plus, I am still seeing people booking all-male lineups — it feels exhausting to have to keep calling this out in 2022, but it’s important that we do.
Jaguar is a massive inspiration on this front. She has just recently set up the Jaguar Foundation to try and foster a culture of greater diversity in the music industry, such as asking artists — particularly cis men — to have an inclusivity rider so that more non-cis males and more people of colour are included in event lineups. This kind of thing would really make a difference, and our music industry is very fortunate to have ambassadors like Jaguar kicking the door down for change and driving education in our scene.
Do you hope to one day serve as an example for the next generation?
I would be really honoured if that were to be the case. I am part of a female, trans and non-binary music collective here in Berlin, Eclat Crew, and the work they do to bring our community together and amplify our voices and our work is really inspiring. I hope that I have the chance to make this kind of difference at some stage in my career too, and also help to inspire more women to start producing music.
Lastly, tell us about the chart you created.
So it’s a selection of artists who have really influenced me across different genres – those I used to go and see playing in London when I first started going clubbing, people whose records I bought when I was learning how to DJ, artists in the present day that just really inspire me to write, create and keep pushing. I’ve also included my brand new Baddest Gal EP too.
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