With that supposed summer sabbatical at least stalled, Disco Matt gets back in the groove, re-starting his “Podcast Of the Week” selections & choosing Brent Nicholls & his “HPVIP 12” mix, dedicated to this year’s Hustlaball London event, which takes place on Saturday (7th July), download/stream options an image click away below, while DM dishes up his devotion on this bonanza of Brent beats beneath.
While there are plenty of D.J.’s, both in London & internationally, that press our musical buttons, the ones that also make us smile from ear to ear with their superb selections are few & far between. Then there are those that also make it into our continual playlist collection, one such individual being Brent Nicholls, an antipodean by birth & design, but a D.J. & scene figure torre de force that has made his home in London & very much made his mark on the scene. With a list of clubbing achievements longer than our arms, the mere mention of brands, Action, Beyond, Hard On!, Lovechild, Matinee, PSP (it’s back by the way) & Salvation speaking enough volumes, Brent having played for each & every one of theme, that long list goes on & on, while we probably most affectionately connect this genial gent with superb social soiree Industri, a club that marked our birth among a whole host of other life changing moments.
But included in this prolific package is, of course, Hustlaball, Brent having represented the brand in London for the full five years it has been cutting a stride in the capital, whether it be playing in the VIP room or in the thick of the Hard On! Space action, Mr Nicholls’ services once again being called upon this Saturday (7th July) when Hustlaball returns, but to a new home host in the form of Brixton Electric, he once again holding sway in the VIP area. So it comes as no surprise that he has laid down a compilation in celebration, this fifteen tracked triumph starting as it means to go on with the dirty funky “I Wanna Be Like Talking Heads” then tripping through towering tunes including “Let The Beat Hit Em”, “U Make Me Wanna” & “U Got Me Rockin”, Brent explaining of his selections, “…this mix contains an eclectic collection of tunes, starting off sexy & sultry, then getting all American circuit & dirty, before moving into funky & chunky, as well as a tip to the old school with a touch (just a sprinkle) of hard house, before returning to funky…”
And he isn’t wrong at all, in fact, the way Brent has blended all these musical genres is quite brilliant and, for us, marks his best compilation of 2012 so far (and by a long shot may we say), it very much taking us back to the purple patch period of 20008/10 when each & every podcast of his hitting our heavenly mark, time & time again, “Disco Electrique”, “LGDF”, “Get On MGF” just three examples, “HBVIP2012” looking like going the same way as these marvelous mixes, straight onto our iPod & MP3 player and into our continual daily. playlists. So it pretty much goes without saying that we cannot recommend this, how does Brent put it, “…dirty filthy cock slapping whore…” of a mix and one you can download &/or stream via direct link http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2012/06/27/hbvip2012/, Mr Nicholls offering a variety of vehicles in which you can do so, Dropbox, iTunes, Mediafire, & Mixcloud, while you can even scan your phone against the special panel to view the compilation, following which you can soak up its splendour to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge that, in Brent’s brilliant beats hands, music is the answer. (DISCO MATT)