Belgian producer / DJ Gratts is a longtime record collector who over the last few years has been developing his own production career with some fine releases on Inner Balance, Flexi Cuts and Be Strong Be Free which have seen his name start to pop up in all the right places. His latest release see’s him land on the lauded Wolf Music with the Rhythm, Tales & Instrumentation EP which see’s him draft in a whole host of talent to lend a hand with appearances by Brandon Markell Holmes, Leito, Tee Amara and a superb remix from on of Ireland’s finest Glenn Davis.
Brandon has become a real one to watch over the last couple of years and adds a velvety touch to opening track Pretty Lights a sublime slice of downtempo house music. Polaroids featuring Tee Amara on vocals is another moment of wonderful depth, a deep house track which envelopes you with it’s warmth whilst subtle percussion adds plenty of dancefloor verve. Glenn Davis adds a his skills to Polaroids and gives it a wonderful classic deep vocal house feel. All in it’s a wicked EP.
To celebrate the release of the EP we persuaded Gratts to invite us all back to his to check out some of the finest moments from that well crafted record collection.
“Here we are folks, welcome to my humble abode. Please help yourself to anything in the fridge and take your shoes off….”
1.Groove Armada – Little By Little
One of my favourite cuts off their album ‘Goodbye Country’, with the late Richie Havens on vocals.
2. Parcels – Redline / IknowhowIfeel / Elude (Live from Hansa Studios, Berlin)
Masterful and blissful session.
3. Handsome Boy Modeling School – The Truth
Handsome Boy Modeling School aka Dan the Automator and Prince Paul, with the fantastic Róisín Murphy and J-Live on vocals.
4. Gazebo – Lunatic (Instrumental)
Heavenly Italo instrumental I recently copped in Melbourne. I’ve been playing this everywhere and anywhere, and most certainly will at my kick on. Glorious.
5. Underworld – Cups (Salt City Orchestra’s Vertical Bacon Vocal)
Recently found the 12 in an Adelaide dollar bin. I’d play it on -6, so that will keep us occupied for 10 mins.
6. Wally Badarou - Mambo
Just so one person can say “hey, isn’t this a Massive Attack instrumental”?
(After which we can listen to Massive Attack’s ‘Daydreaming’ featuring Shara Nelson:
7. Tropical Moon – Data Bank
Gotta have at least a little bit of twisted house music at an afterparty, right?
8. Blaze presents Cassioware feat. Sajaeda – Fantasy (Klubhead Mix)
Have you never been to a kick on?
8. Kenny Hawkes – Play The Game
Again on -6. (I play pretty much everything on -6 these days, must be my old age.)
9. Lighthouse Family – Question Of Faith (Idjut Boys Remix)
Tunde Baiyewu’s lovely timbre and the Idjuts delivering one of their trademark strung out / dubbed out reworks. Mint.
10. Gratts Ft. Nathan Haines & Mr. Beale – Sun Circles (Original)
It’d be rude not to. Plus, this one was basically dreamed up for mellow evenings and/or ecstatic afterhours.
Bonus track: Doe Maar – Is Dit Alles
I always enjoy playing music with Dutch lyrics (especially being based down under these days), just to confuse people.
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