Trutopia 5 Tracks of the Moment

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Wales-bred and currently London-based house DJ/producer duo Trutopia – brothers Ash and Kris – were doing well by all accounts before the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head at the beginning of 2020.

Since taking the plunge into production several years ago, they’ve been cultivating their deep, ’90s-influenced sound on releases for labels like Strictly Rhythm, Madtech and Armada Subjekt. They’ve also worked hard in the DJ booth, taking their vibes to clubs all over the world.

Before the world went sideways Ash and Kris traveled to New York City in September 2019 at the invitation of Big Apple dance label institution Nervous Records, who’ve previously released Trutopia jams like “4 The Show” and “Can’t Let Go.” They took part in a recording session along with Germany’s Ben Delay and Lisbon’s Moullinex. The result is the four-track Brooklyn Sessions 2020 EP that dropped on April 24. The EP features two stirring contributions from the pair, “You Can Not Hold Back” feat. Koffee and the “Galesa” collab with Moullinex.

Currently in lockdown in London, we caught up with the lads and asked them to share their favorite tracks of the moment.

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Premiere: Weska – Catalyst

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Talented Toronto-bred techno titan Weska has amassed an impressive discography over the past few years. After garnering international attention by way of notable releases on Drumcode, Suara, Filth On Acid and Kraftek, he made a professional pivot in 2019 to digitally self-release his productions without a label.

The rising DJ/producer is energized by his DIY ethos on his upcoming Fourth Wave EP. Weska leverages the freedom to let loose another inspired collection of hard-hitting tracks that elevates his work to a new plateau.

We’re thrilled to world premiere “Catalyst,” a dark and foreboding offering from the three-cut release.

Over seven tense minutes, Weska constructs a taut, menacing groove that’s packed with big kick drums, meandering synth lines and a persistent female vocal sample (“you need me”).

Hit the play button below and be sure to pick up the Fourth Wave EP on May 1.

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Disco-Soul Innovator Hamilton Bohannon Dead at 78

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Hamilton Frederick Bohannon – better known to the world as Bohannon – has died at the age of 78, according to reports on social media.

A percussionist, producer and artist whose work spanned the spectrum of disco, soul and funk, Bohannon is perhaps best known for his 1976 disco classic “Let’s Start the Dance” featuring singer Carolyn Crawford.

Bohannon grew up in Newnan, Georgia. He learned to play drums at school and soon began playing in local bands, one of which included a then-unknown guitarist named Jimi Hendrix. After moving to Detroit in 1967, he formed Bohannon & The Motown Sound. The group backed and toured with a wealth of Motown artists including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross, the Supremes and The Four Tops.

Decades later Bohannon’s dance-centric musical output found a second life by contemporary artists including Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Nine Inch Nails collectively sampling his tracks. Chicago house DJ/producer Paul Johnson sampled the master himself on his 1999 worldwide smash “Get Get Down.”

In 2008, he published a memoir, Bohannon Speaks from the Beginning.

While he had been off the musical radar, he told The Guardian in 2014 that he had been continually working on music.




Detroit DJ/Producer Mike Huckaby Has Died

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Detroit DJ/producer Mike Huckaby has died at the age of 54, according to reports on social media.

In March, Del Smith launched a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of Huckaby who had suffered a “medical setback.”

Smith wrote on the page, “As artists, we do not have the luxury of job funded health care and sometimes need a bit of help, as costs can be extreme. Especially when the unexpected occurs. So please, give what you can and let’s help our brother in his time of need. And say a prayer for our brother.”

Huckaby was an active artist, traveling DJ, sound designer and passionate educator. He worked in the realm of deep house and was a crate-digger with a vast knowledge of music spanning countless genres. His musical resume included releasing music via Tresor, Rick Wade’s Harmonie Park and several other labels, including his own Deep Transportation and S Y N T H imprints.

As a remixer, he lent his golden touch to selections by Pole, Model 500, DeepChord, Vladislav Delay and many others.

I met Huckaby in 2011 at a three-day event hosted by Red Bull in Palm Springs, CA. I found him to be a thoughtful man whose aim was true – he was all about the music. We became Facebook friends and I enjoyed seeing his updates from his many travels. What always impressed me about him was how much he cared about his community and continuously gave back in a selfless way.

There will never be another like Mike Huckaby.

Update (April 26): Del Smith confirmed on Facebook that Huckaby succumbed from complications of Stroke and COVID-19. He added that “there will be a memorial of sorts at an outdoor venue as soon as the restrictions are lifted.”

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