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Finally. Summer has arrived. Everything seems fresh and we’re excited for the months ahead. We’d be liars if we said that weather in the UK for the past fortnight had slightly dampened our spirits here at our London HQ as we we’re hoping for the mercury rise a little sooner but better late than never eh? Helping us forget those meteorologically dreary times has been a series of sunshine laden upbeat tunes that already have us dreaming of laying on a beach somewhere warm where the waters are crystal clear and the only thing cold is the ice in our drinks.

Soundtracking such daydreams of warmer climes this week has been a very special vinyl only mix from Montel. No, the straight talking marine-cum-chat show host Montel Williams hasn’t taken to DJing (at least not to our knowledge but we wouldn’t rule it out in the future) we are of course talking about house maestro ‘Montel McWilliams’ from Northern Ireland. Quite how anyone could confuse the pair is frankly beyond us but apparently it does happen.

Now let us tell you about Montel; after getting busy in the studio, his first demos started to surface in the Summer of 2012. Immediate support came from the likes of Bicep, Jacques Renault, Jordan Peak, Waze & Odyssey. EP’s and singles then followed on Brooklyn’s Let’s Play House and Love Revolution imprints, plus European labels such as Skylax, Midnight Love Club and Seven Limited. Topped off with gigs in London, Manchester, Dublin and Amsterdam, 2013 year was been a roller coaster of a ride with 2014 is shaping up nicely too. With more productions, more remixes and more gigs plus an unconfirmed guest appearance on ‘The Montel Williams Show’ planned for the coming months we thought it was best we nabbed him for a mix now before he becomes as famous as his straight talking US namesake. Check it out!

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… Timeless and inspirational House Music, mixed on vinyl with love!   What’s your personal favourite track on it? It would probably be the S.A.I.N. Track. House music gets a bit too serious and moody at times. This is just uplifting, dance floor goodness! I’ve been working on a little re-edit of this track recently, which will be up on my soundcloud soon!  What’s the special ingredient in this mix? Vinyl!   What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?  I played a little club in Lyon, France a few months ago called DV1. It was like concrete basement with a huge sound system and packed to capacity with plenty of people who came to party!   What have you got coming up?  I’m launching my new label at the start of June. It’s called ‘Bass Hit Dub’ and will be a platform for me to release my own music and bring onboard a few DJ and Producer friends occasionally. All releases will be available on vinyl and digital. Check out the first release here: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/montel-bhd01/528852-01/ I also have a collaboration EP with South West Seven, forthcoming on Shabby Doll Records (which is one of my favourite labels at the moment!).   And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? I hope you all enjoy the mix and please come and see me play over the summer if I’m in a town or city near to you! And finally, please follow me on Facebook, Soundcloud & Twitter.. This is where I post all my new tracks and DJ dates. https://www.facebook.com/montelshouse http://www.soundcloud.com/montel-mcwilliams https://www.twitter.com/montelshouse

TracklistingDrill Impulse – I Wantcha (Tribe Mix) – Strictly Rhythm [1993] Dig The New Breed – Who’s No 1 – Cleveland City [1993] S.A.I.N. – It’s All Right (The 1045 Club Mix) – Night Beat [1993] Low End Theory – Be Gone Wit Yoself (Club Mix) – Strictly Rhythm [1994] Keman – Move Me (Move Me Mix) – Strictly Rhythm [1993] Davidson Ospina – Do Feel Love (Dub) – Jus’ Trax [1996] Pseudo – What Are You Gonna Do (Mental Instrum Dub) – Smack Music [1994] Joey Kay – It Let You Go – Reissue [Love Revolution] DJ Duke – Duke’s Train – DJ Exclusive [1996] Orlando Detroit Connection – 1000 Miles Ahead (Orlando Late Dub) – Power Music Records [1996] Thats A Noise – Livin My Life (DJ Dub) – Cleveland City [1994]

 

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