When a music mix includes the word “Disco” it is hard for us to resist, Brent Nicholls’ latest compilation creation one such example, his “Disco Pills & Other Thrills” mix making it to DM’s podcast of the week slot, download/stream options a banner selection away opposite or an image click below, while DM delves deeper on this Brent beats bonanza & its creator beneath.
There was a time, not too long ago at that, when our ears were virtually constantly filled by a Brent Nicholls mix, indeed last year saw us collaborate with this amiable antipodean on no less than three compilations in what was a pretty short lived “Dances-tastic” series, our considerable collection still swimming with his sounds, classic & favourite mixes including “Get On MyGayFace”, “Disco Electrique”, his “LGDF” Vol.’s and a string of recording’s from live performances “Beyond Pervert”, “Society” & “Barcode” right up there too. Indeed of all the D.J.’s creations that make it to our collection (and there are a lot), Brent tops the pile by a long stretch, over 50 podcasts hogging our hard-drive, while we have more than a handful of CD recordings (yes they still exist!) from a few years ago, all that mark magical moments in our musical memories. Plus a more prolific podcast producer we don’t know, he often racking up at least a couple of compilations for each month of the year & mixing up recordings from live performances with devotions to the many genres & house music he has stepped through in his colourful career, while his style of sound has found & continues to find resplendent resonance with our traversing tastes, even if he has not been our flavour of the month for six or so.
However, with Brent’s latest podcast production, all that looks set to change, a quick glance down the playlist enticing us in with a handful of familiar names & indeed tracks that find immediate resonance, artists Stefano Noferini & Crazibiza for example, two real favourites of ours, while tracks that stretch to re-works of Abba, & New Order immediately brought a smile to our faces when we pressed this podcast play button for the first time. Indeed with hints to other house classics that include “Ticket To Ride” & “You’re No Alone”, Brent has certainly injected plenty of his so called “Disco Thrills” into this mix, neatly blending them with his now trademark Nu-Funk sound of track choices, Mr Nicholls explaining of this compilation, “…I have selected tracks I actually like, ones that are rocking my world and that are fresh off the mp3 press…” he adding, “…on Disco Pills I mix up a variety of genres into one smooth groove, containing progressive, electro, funky, disco, latin & tech…” the contents of his Disco Pills bottle very much reflecting what is say’s on the label. And the finished product is one that very much takes you on a journey, dipping back into the past then whizzing you right up to the present & then back again, each track keeping you hooked & honed in on this exciting eclectic experience, one which we are sure you will enjoy taking following a visit to http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/2012/05/10/podcastdiscopills/, where you will find download/stream options a-plenty, including Mediafire, iTunes, Mixcloud, & Dropbox, while iPhone uses can use the specially created QR code, a system which seems all the rave right now.
So what else has been on the Brent Nicholls production line while our backs have been turned? Well, with “Disco Pills” representing his, as he puts it, “…first non club/promo/speciality…” mix of the year, the other seven podcast productions for 2012 so far naturally fall into the other brackets, live sessions of two of his residencies, Play>Time & Hard On! reflective of the different styles he plays in these clubs, the latter seeing him come out to play (possibly in more ways than one) this coming Saturday, while Play>Time welcomes this down under dude to deck duty, next Friday (25th May. Over & above these two, another live session, this time from South London spot Kazbar (on our doorstep in Clapham) reflects yet another style of sound this incredibly versatile veteran. As for the “speciality” bracket, his devotion to legendary Swedish group Abba (we are both huge fans!) is a must listen, containing 12 classic tracks, some remixed, but is definitely one for Agnetha, Frida, Benny & Bjorn fans, while more conformist to his house music traditions while filling that “promo” category is his recording lifted straight from his appearance on Gaydar Radio’s “Club Nation” Saturday night show in March, all these compilations still available to download/listen by tripping through http://djbrentnicholls.com/web/category/podcast/, his Abba podcast definitely getting our vote. Plus, if you happen to work out in Soho Gym’s in Camden, catch Mr Nicholls pumping his musical iron once a month, while away from the decks, his web designing keeps him pretty busy during the working week, that on top of managing clubbing website SeenQueen, all adding up to a tore de force talent still lauding it large in London. (DISCO MATT)