You begin to follow trends when you spend as much time on social networks as I do. As a promoter, I look out for those who Like, retweet and comment on the content I enjoy. I figure these are the people who’d dig the music we provide, or in this case, provide the music we dig.
Obviously, Stuart Johnston is one of these people. We’ve been praising many of the same artists, loving and listening to the best of progressive house for a very long time. Together we support and encourage the legends and fresh talent of our underground even though we’re situated over 5000 km apart. It’s a bond I’ve felt before and is very real to me. It’s one of the most beautiful things about our scene.
After hearing this exclusive, I’m pretty sure he feels the same way. It’s a serious compilation; super tight, skillfully programmed and methodically captivating. I know A LOT of effort was put into this mix; we’re sincerely thankful for such an exquisite gift.
The journey kicks off on a tech / tribal tip with an intro from Scottish maestros Slam. It reaches forward to gorgeous synths from Stelios Vassiloudis, which then melts into the hypnotic strings of Berg. A deep gruuv is the undertone for the second half, rolling into a super-suave conclusion in Vincenzo’s version of Nuribo.
An instant btb classic and an incredible start to what we already know will be a long-lasting friendship. Thanks again Papa Johnston.
I don’t often post artist bios straight up in this forum; I usually just reference them to confirm the facts. But I’m including Stuart’s below because it’s well written and quite frankly he needs to get his money’s worth…
The shimmer of a beat the smooth edge of a flowing groove, dance music that seamlessly emerges from an electronic belly brimming with funk, soul and depth. Sounds which materialise in mixes by Belfast based DJ Stuart Johnston play-listed over the last 6 months by online Electronic Dance Music radio stations such as Frisky Radio and Proton Radio.
Submerging himself into a world of beats, grooves and rhythms in the early 90s the Belfast DJ frequented clubs such as The Art College Belfast, Kelly’s Portrush, and Circus Circus Banbridge, Stuart was greatly influenced by the DJ’s who played these clubs, David Holmes, Ian McCready, Chris Hurley, Glen Molly and Jacko.
His recent sets span the deep and melodic side of electronica and techier productions by artists such as Tale Of Us, Maya Jane Coles, Solomun, Tigerskin, Maceo Plex & Sasse. He cites DJ’s such as Desyn Masiello, Ricky Ryan, Luke Fair, Tom Morgan, Hisham Zahran and Dana Bergquist as contemporary peers.
Does the world still need DJs we hear you ask ? Just as a disco ball needs to spin and feet need to hit the floor. It appears so.
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