Part Seventy-Nine. This week’s five tracks come from one of the UK’s finest DJs, Kissy Sell Out. Whether it’s the highly sought-after DJ edits he manages to thrash out 4-at-a-time from the Pioneer CDJ 2000s he has helped develop, or his charming personality and stage presence, there is a level of mischievous determination about Kissy which seems effortless and genuine. It’s this aspect of Kissy’s live shows which often divides audiences into those who dance and those who simply stand a stare, with their camera phones held high, as the young DJ speeds through tune after tune before their eyes…
Based in East London, his time between tours is filled with commitments to the independent record label San City High Records. This is a project he founded while still studying at London’s University of the Arts, and is the label he now manages entirely from his music studio and Shoreditch office with his like-minded team. During his 6 year career, Kissy Sell Out has carved many lasting impressions into the legacy of electronic music. It began with the game-changing official remixes he delivered for a host of chart topping artists such as Gwen Stefani, Calvin Harris and Mark Ronson who approached the young producer as the go-to man for underground crossover mixes of the highest order. This was then followed by a debut electro-pop album “Youth” and the critically acclaimed ambitious sophomore album “Wild Romance”. The spectacle and engineering innovations of Kissy’s second album, in particular, sent shock waves through the industry as he presented a work of electro bumps and basslines constructed from classical instruments which he composed, performed and recorded completely on his own.
From 2007-2012 he hosted a hugely successful BBC Radio 1 show called the “Kissy Klub”. With that radio show, Kissy became an influential force in the developing electro scene not just as a producer but as a taste-maker too. Notable players such as Diplo, Felix Da Housecat, Hervé, Uffie&ErolAlkan made regular appearances alongside exclusive tracks Kissy supported which kick-started careers for a long list of breakthrough producers and DJs across the musical spectrum. 2013 signals the release of a new album but, this time round, with a twist in the tail. San City High ALL STARS, which features a staggering lineup of over 30 of dance music’s biggest and best, has a cast of collaborators which resembles The Avengers! San City High ALL STARS featuring exclusive collabs and mixes with Hatcha, Eats Everything, Zeds Dead, Jack Beats, Hervé, TAI, Saint Saviour, Queen Of Hearts, Taku Takahashi, Ali Love, Ty and many more – ready to lead the assault against the increasingly flat state of dance music. The album is released in most territories through iTunes on February 4th 2013.
Upcoming Releases: Live Wire ft Jane Thomas is out on 28th January. San City High All Stars is out on 4th February via San City High
FIVE SONGS YOU MUST HEAR THIS WEEK #79: KISSY SELL OUT
GOLDIE-KEMISTRY (JUSTIN MARTIN REMAKE)
This track is suuuuuuch a JAM! I made a bootleg of this and “Zebra Katz – Ima Read” when Trumpdisco was with me in the studio at Xmas.
DJ HAZARD & D MINDS-MR HAPPY (PLASTICIAN HAPPY TRAPPY MIX)
I’ll level with ya – if I had done this much-hyped edit I would have just given it away for free…but such is the way of the London DnB scene (even after all these years) I had to actually schedule an official phone call with label boss DJ Hype just to be considered to receive the promo!? I still ain’t got it yet…think maybe Hype’s still processing my application ; )
GABRIELLE APLIN-PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME (CYRIL HAHN REMIX)
Cyril Hahn’s gonna explode this year by the looks of things and good on him : )
I’m a little bit addicted to this Trap tune in my DJ sets at the mo – gLAdiator is giving this whole album away for free on the Youtube video page too so check it out : )
SERGIO MENDES X BRASIL 66-MAS QUE NADA (LAXX ASTROFUNK REMIX)
Been in the studio with Hatcha a lot recently and he introduced me to LAXX. We’ve all been playing “In The Place” to death but this is the latest dub he sent me on Skype a few weeks ago – sounds really clear on a big system, he’s one of the new breed who’s got the fresh thinking but also jaw-dropping engineering skills. Need to get him to teach me a few tricks in the studio soon I reckon!