Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Here's a couple of mixes from one of the most underrated DJs in Manchester, Adam H.
Adam is one of the heads behind Stay Free and you can be assured that anywhere that quality balearic, disco, house or techno records are being played in Manchester that he'll be somewhere on the dancefloor giving it horns. He's also one of the finest DJs in the city with his ability to weave seamlessly through the gamut of quality music a cut above. I can remember when we were driving back to Manchester after one of David Mancuso's Loft parties a year or so ago and our tired bodies and minds were endlessly entertained by Adam's mix-tapes which got us more and more into the mood the longer the journey went on. Even in my knackered state I had to seek out a few of the records that he introduced to us on that trip as soon as I stumbled through the door and they've become staples of mine.
Easily one of the best sets that I heard during my time in Manchester was after I hurried off to the Music Box after DJing at Dry to catch the last 90 minutes or so of a criminally under-attended party in the Shack, and during that time with only about 15 or so of us on the floor he effortlessly weaved through Underground Resistance rockers, disco goodness, quality house music all the way to his inevitable stamp of approval on a great night - Ashford & Simpson's 'Stay Free', which is a record that never sounds as good as when Adam is playing it. It was a cracking night.
Every time he came down to play a few at our Music Is Music night I'd invariably step away and get on the dancefloor while he was on as I knew that I could learn a lot about selection and technique from the floor and be thoroughly entertained the whole time.
Adam and the rest of Stay Free also pulled off a major coup by getting the legendary New York DJ Nicky Siano of The Gallery fame to come and play for them, which from what I gather (I was out of the country at the time) was one of the great nights out for everyone who had the privilege of being there. I am still kicking myself for missing it.
Adam will probably come and tear the roof off your party for the princely sum of a couple of pints and some space to dance. The spirit of acid house is strong in this one and hopefully people will begin to recognize this and give the man the platform he deserves to showcase his vast talents behind the turntables in 2008.
Enjoy the mixes, I know I do.
Adam H - World 25.12.07
Timmy Regisford - African Jazz
Juzu Aka Moochy - Lugar Precioso (Kulumbe Forest)
Erol Josue - Papa Loko (you Can't Steel Papa Loko's Thunder)
Juzu Aka Moochy - Lugar Precioso (Precioso Dance)
Joe Claussell - Spiritual Insurrection
Francois K - Road of Life (Quiet Village Remix)
Franck Roger - Dom Drum
Force of Nature - Afroshock
Unknown - Arp 001
Far East Band - The Call Up (Martin Buttrich Remix)
Jerome Sydenham - Blacktro
Eric Kupper Presents K Scope - Electrikiss
Manoo & Francois A - Magnetic
Adam H - Shaped
Underground Resistance Ft Yolanda - Your Time Is Up (UR 01)
Office Gossip - Carbon Copy
Tracey Thorn - It's All True (Martin Buttrich Dub)
Tracey Thorn - It's All True (Martin Buttrich Remix)
Markus Enochson - Red Coffe (Redshape Sweat Mix)
Green Velvet Presents Jamie Principle - The Choice
Tommy Bones - Focused Energy
Larry Heard Presents Mr White - The Sun Can't Compare
Future Beat Investigators - DUK (Dixon Edit)
Dubfire - Ribcage
Kevin Saunderson - Till We Meet Again (Carl Craig Remix)
Redshape - Unfinished Symmetry (Pts 1 & 2)
Adam H - How II House
Vince Watson - Rendezvous
Faber & Sydenham - Timbukto
Fish Go Deep - The Cure & The Cause (Ferrer)
The Enigma - Man on Fire
Leela James - Good Time
Ron Trent - Love To The World & Maxine Innes - I Appreciate (Percapella)
The Enigma - Schmoov
Kerri Chandler - In The Morning
Ron Trent - Love To The World (Beats)
TOT - Voices
Jon Cutler - South Slope
Ibadan 10 - #7
For the Mind, Body & Soul.