SHA News // Luke Solomon mixes Cutting Edge
Artist: Various Artists
Title: Cutting Edge (Mixed by Luke Solomon)
Released: 2nd July 2012
Prominent Brazilian club, D-Edge are happy to announce their next release is a mix CD compiled and programmed by The Classic Music Company co-boss, Luke Solomon.
Recently described by Andrew Weatherall on BBC 6 Music as the ‘unsung hero of British house music’, the longstanding house producer, label boss, A&R man, DJ & live performer, engineer and peerless selector has been a fixture on the house scene for decades. Luke’s Classic label, run with Chicago legend Derrick Carter, has also been responsible for a plethora of seminal and idiosyncratic house cuts and has now been revived to a rapturous reception.
D-Edge, meanwhile, has had another excellent 12 months and has continued to change the musical landscape in Sao Paolo & indeed Brazil each and every weekend with its forward-looking bookings. The club’s owner, Renato Ratier, goes back a long way with Luke, and it’s for that reason he has managed to coax a very rare official mix CD out of this unique DJ. D-Edge’s reasoning for releasing it as a physical format, in a sea of free downloads and podcasts, was to provide an album that exceeds any shelf life and that avoids being adrift in a flood of disposable online material -
something that will last.
Luke’s mix is a taught selection of moody and broody house and techno. It waves and skillfully snakes its way through sultry vocal stuff, tightly wired synths and bare machine grooves of a decidedly timeless nature. Contemporary names like Kink, Neville Watson and Kris Wadsworth sit next to the more mature likes of Chicago’s Boo Williams: the results, though, are always engaging and never obvious. Whether arms are flailing and the sounds are
unhinged, whether pushing through more frantic techno or going deeper underground, the desire to dance always remains, as trippy overtones gently percolate all around.
Along with D-Edge’s reputation for futuristic clubbing experiences, this finely mixed selection from Luke Solomon is as fresh as you’d expect.
01 Wonder & Amazement -The Grand Corporation feat. Jeremy Glen
02 Angels Looking Down On Me – The Digital Kid
03 How I Program – Red Rackem
04 Lime & Pink – Kris Wadsworth
05 This Machine (Kills Me) – Crooked Man
06 Seven Reasons (Roberto Rodriguez Vocal Mix) – Scope feat Terry Grant
07 Metropole – Kink & Neville Watson
08 Preset – Crooked Man
09 Vital Signs – Jonny Fiasco
10 Morning Banger – Andy Meecham
11 Juvenated – Iz & Diz
12 Leave Me Alone (Brett Johnson Remix) – Trademarq
13 Devil Music – Boo Williams
14 I Really Do Believe – Duckbeats