My Musical Influences: Grace Bones
Comin’ in HOT is a name you probably already heard of, Grace Bones. The past year has seen a quick come up for Grace, with releases on Acid House Icon DJ Pierre‘s Afro Acid imprint, Kenny Dope‘s Dopewax label, New York’s one and only Nervous Records and now a full-length artist album on the always incredible Good For You Records.
Good For You label head Kenny Summit heard a few tracks from Grace Bones just as covid was setting in, and some months later the two worked out an album deal. The album ‘Traversee’ sees elements of UKG, proper classic house, as well as acid house and of course a heavy sprinkling of soul which seems to be a requirement if you want to get your music released on a label as well respected as GFY.
We’ve heard rumours about some heavy hitters lined up to remix key cuts off of ‘Traversee’, but for now, we’re enjoying having this well-crafted album on heavy rotation this season. Not to sound wishy-washy but this might be the best or at least the most well thought out House music album out right now. Definitely one for the heads!
We had a chat with Grace Bones about the music that has influenced him, check out what he had to say:
Dub Syndicate Productions ‘No Longer’
What can I say about this record? Pure genius, this to me is a House groove and sounds so fresh today. Skippy UK Beats, Synth stabs and piano with a catchy vocal line. Perfect!
Armand van Helden ‘The Funk Phenomena’
The king of sampling. Armand always had skill for picking great parts from original songs and making a timeless groove from them.
Pete Heller ‘Big Love’
Probably my favourite House track! So simple but so infectious. Genius. If people don’t get up and dance to this, they don’t know House music!
Silicone Soul ‘Right On!’
My Ibiza anthem. The bongos, strings and guitar licks, make for that perfect Ibiza vibe!
Roy Davis Jr. ‘GABRIELLE’
My favourite UKG track, yet again a masterpiece in production and songwriting! The vocal, sax sample and light skippy beat. Timeless!
Stardust ‘Music Sounds Better With You’
My second trip to Ibiza, this was everywhere! Yet again another example of taking a sample and producing atimeless piece of dance music. I must have heard this track over 1000 times, played it in so many DJ sets and it never gets boring! How a simple 4 bar loop lasts forever!
Hercules and The Love Aﬀair ‘Blind’ (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
What can I say about this record? Pure perfection! The emotion in this track gets me every time. Goosebumps and a pure feeling of love. Frankie Knuckles does what it does best, elevates it to the next level. If I canproduce one record like this in my career I would be happy for life!
Clivilles & Cole ‘A Deeper Love’ (A Deeper Feeling Mix)
I was producing Drum and Bass when I heard this record and was like! I need to start producing House music ! Ididn’t for another 10 years lol. But I did sample the vocal and organ and release it in one of my drum and bass records.
‘Break 4 Love’ (Original Mix)
The lyrics are so powerful to me on this. For those who have gone thru a break up this one for you! The percussion so clean on this and the panting breath just adds that warm groove!
Ralph Rosario ‘You Used To Hold Me’
What an example of early classic house. To me, this is my favourite Ralph Rosario track! That vocal sample must have been sampled a million times!