| "I wanted something that captured the feeling you get at 4 in the morning," says DJ Touch. "The feeling you get when youve been dancing all night and the vibe shifts into a new dimension." His memory of a party at Manumission especially inspired the title - a moment when the glow of dawn permeated the interior of the club and darkness elided into a transcendence of UV. Its the ambience that lurks at the core of the dance-floor, a place where DJ Touch feels right at home. "The music I play has the energy of the city," he says . |
"Cities combine danger and allure."
He expresses this with a mix that keeps the pressure consistently rising, never letting the energy drop, while throwing down a bag of tricks and edgy tracks that catch the listener off guard, keeping the interest levels at a high. It is a fine example of a House DJ applying the seductive groove technique with an inveterate Hip Hop kids attitude towards mashing things up and throwing them in yer face. Dangerous and alluring. A bit like DJ Touch himself, in fact. Hmm
Now he is staking his claim with his world premier DJ mix album, the sound of yesteryear has been consigned to where it belongs and he is back to pushing the boundaries. Ultraviolet light, conveniently, exists on the edge of the spectrum (it is also used to lure and kill insects, and any writer who can work that one into a review is a better man than I am!). Following hot on the heels of Journeys by DJs seminal Coldcut release, DJ Touch continues in the tradition of DJs that are developing the art-form by jamming different sounds and genres together to forge something entirely fresh and exciting.
The tracklist features current hotties from labels in UK, France, Canada and USA, with DJs as far removed as King Britt and Frankie Bones rubbing shoulders with new upstarts like the Audio Bullys and Incredible Melting Man. House legend Pal Joey gets a look-in, along with producer-of-the-moment Phil Kieran and many more (see list on back promo wallet). However this is very much DJ Touchs album, with self-penned tracks in the beginning, middle and end, a clutch of production FX that only the true spotter will be able to pick out, and, to make this album unimpeachably unique, some name checks from two very special surprise guests.