By Martin Smith | 28 February 2014
This is my top 10 selection of albums for the past month, February 2014.
1. Omar S: Just Listen, 10 years’ compilation mix (FXHE Records) CD/vinyl
The don of Detroit Techno – I spent a small fortune buying these tracks on 12″. Now you can get them all on one CD/album.
2. Acid Arab: Collections (Versatile Records) CD/vinyl
European House meets Eastern Trance.
3. Moodymann: Moodymann (KDJ Records) CD/vinyl
Another genius of the Detroit Techno scene, but this Moodyman record is more funk meets Blaxploitation.
4. Soulphiction: When Radio was Boss (Pamper Records) 12″ vinyl record
House and techno that champions individuality… that means sweeping deep house that stirs the soul, with its strings evoking Silicone Soul’s “Right On, Right On”.
— Resident Advisor
5. Ada: Valentine’s Day compilation (Pamper Records) Free download
Ada’s folk, jazz, pop mix.
6. Pender Street Steppers: Openin’ Up (PPU) 12″ vinyl record
I don’t know anything about the artist, but this record label can do no wrong in my eyes – the track goes down a storm on the dancefloor.
7. Various Artists: In The Dark: The Soul of Detroit (Still Music) CD and DVD
Dark and soulful music – and a great film thrown in for good measure.
8. The Cure: The Balearic sound of the Cure (Sunkissed Records) 12″ vinyl
The Cure are not really my bag, but these tracks make me long for the festivals and the sun.
9. Brad Mehldau: Mehliana: Taming The Dragon (Nonesuch) CD
One of the greatest jazz pianist around. Here he switches the piano for electronic keyboards: hated by purists – but I love it.
10. Queerifications & Ruins: Collected Remixes by DJ Sprinkles (Mule Musiq) Double CD
Described by one reviewer as “Readybrek for the ears!”