Swedish label curators Mad Mats and Tooli know a thing or two about club-ready house jams. Having joined forces to form Local Talk Records back in 2011, the pair united under a house-centric manifesto to provide a platform for some of the scene's most talented producers. Local Talk regularly plays host to heavyweights from the dance underground, with the likes of Jamie 3:26, Atjazz, Art Of Tones, Fred Everything, Terrence Parker, DJ Duke, Mateo & Matos, DJ Spinna, Kyodai and Alton Miller among the star-studded list of house luminaries to appear on the roster.
Despite the illustrious list of contributors, they're proud to have housed on the label, Mad Mats and Tooli make a habit of keeping their collective ears to the ground in search of new and upcoming talent. They were among the first to present music from countless artists who've gone on to become regulars in the sets of house focused selectors the world over, with HNNY, Crackazat, and DJ Steaw just some of those who've seen their careers elevated by early appearances via the Local Talk ranks.Thanks to their steadfast commitment to their mission, today, Local Talk is effectively a synonym for high quality, underground and floor-focused house goodness. With their latest offering, 'Tweaks' by Opolopo, arriving on November 26, we thought it opportune to reach out to the fellows to request a little help finding a soundtrack to our working week.
With such a formidable calibre, naturally, we were intrigued to hear what the duo would come up with when charged with graciously contributing to our regular Guest List feature. True to form, they show every inch of their club cultured discernment with the exquisite selection they served us with. Comprised of esoteric jewels set alongside a sprinkling of undeniable classics, Local Talk Records do the Mixmag Asia house massive an almighty solid by effectively doing their nightclub homework for them. So, as ever, shut the curtains, clear some space in your living room, and crank up the volume as you hit play on this impeccable choice of cuts.
1 Herbert 'The Audience'
"Matthew Herbert in possibly his finest moment. Starts very quirky and jazzy but transforms into an epic and melodic fanfare. A big favourite here at the Local Talk office."
2 Michael Watford 'Holdin’ On (Underground Solution Mix)'
"Michael Watford is one of our all-time favourite vocalists. The original version of 'Holdin' On' is amazing but this mix got played a lot more and I think this mix only came out on the UK pressing. Either way...the intro alone makes it a classic."
3 Neon Phusion 'It’s Another'
"We've always been huge fans of the whole West London sound and this is possibly THE jam that still to this day makes us bump out of our office chairs. Kaidi, Orin and Alex from Bugz In The Attic delivered the goods big time on this one."
4 Dansers inferno 'Sombre Guitar'
"Back in my crate digging days this was the holy grail one the jazz dance scene. The album was as rare as it gets but besides this track the rest of the album really sucks. But that tune... Wow!"
5 Dennis Landry 'Sing My Song'
"A big rare groove classic that got plenty of spins at my Raw Fusion parties in Stockholm during the 90s and 2000s. A great song together with a stellar funk/disco production...and that clavinet intro!"
6 69 'Desire'
"Taken from Carl Craig's third EP with his 69 alias on Planet E Records. Carl was way ahead of the game and back in the early 90s this turned everyone's heads when played out...Detroit vs some crazy rave hip hop(ish) beats."
7 Anthony Shakir 'Sunrise'
"'Shake' makes forward thinking music and while some producers struggles to make a four bar loop swing, Anthony creates a track that breaks the boundaries between genres in two."
8 Ian O'Brien 'Monkey Jazz'
"This sounds like Chick Corea went to Detroit, took steroids and recorded a track with Underground Resistance live band Timeline."
9 Pépé Bradock 'Vermeille'
"Julien has the magic touch when it comes to chopping up samples, give him three seconds and he'll create a house anthem."
10 Eddie And The Eggs 'Cup Of Coffee (Stomp Mix)'
"The genius that is Maurice Fulton. Always with those tightly-produced house tracks that at first might seem different than your usual four to the floor track but he manages to make it work every time."
11 Idjut Boys & Laj - Fool'in (Return of the Z Man)
"Idjut Boys and Ray Mang under his Laj moniker is a classic combo + together with Petar Zivkovic aka Pete Z on keys..they created some timeless tracks. This particular track is a piano house BOMB that still sounds fresh."
The next release to arrive from Local Talk will 'Tweaks' by Opolopo. Arriving on November 26, you can buy it here