London bred DJ/producer John Graham has been delighting fellow DJs and clubbers alike since the early ’90s, consistently delivering choice productions and remixes under his Quivver alias. This month the L.A.-based maestro offered up his old-school flavored Takin’ Over EP for John Digweed’s Bedrock Records. Each of the three tracks finds Graham pairing warm basslines with deep, chilled grooves for maximum effect. The EP arrives only a few weeks after the release of Cold Sun, a rock/electronic album he issued via Distinctive, at the end of June. Ahead of a busy September, which will find him traipsing to clubs all across America, Graham schools us on five tracks he’s living for right now.
Quivver’s Takin’ Over EP is out now on Bedrock. The next edition of Graham’s Controlled Substance airs August 17, 2015 on Frisky Radio.
1. Nervo – “Haute Mess” (Anna Remix) (Ultra)
I’ve been playing all of Anna’s recent stuff. The production on this remix is outstanding, particularly the manipulation and mangling of the vocals. Superb!
2. Metodi Hristov – “Satisfy My Hunger” (Be One)
A hypnotic, chugging groove with some cool percussion and vocal snippets from another of the most consistent producers of late.
3. Leftfield – “Universal Everything” (Infectious Music)
The new Leftfield album has been the soundtrack to my summer, and this track is a monster! Classic Leftfield! It will destroy any dance floor, anywhere.
4. Quivver – “Takin’ Over” (Bedrock)
I had to include something from my new EP on Bedrock. I made this track with Ibiza beaches in mind — a laid-back groove and old-school chord stabs with a washed-out vocal sample and a hint of acid.
5. DJ Tonio – “Bigger Than Yours” (Olivier Giacomotto Mix) (Suara)
Olivier is probably the most played artist on my Frisky Show. His stuff is always brilliant but this is huge even by his standards. This has been one of the biggest tracks of the year for me — and definitely the bassline of the year so far.