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As a former vocalist in Andy Butler’s constantly evolving Nu-disco outfit Hercules and Love Affair, Kim Ann Foxman has been a huge name within the dance music scene for years. The all-round creative artist, producer and label head has maintained an authentic US house sound throughout her whole music career, and with deep roots in the New York house scene – she’s a big purveyor of the classic Chicago sound which spread through the US, with new blends of modern soul and deep bass grooves.
In 2014, Kim Ann Foxman launched New York based imprint Firehouse Records in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, and since the inaugural release the material has been charted by the likes of San Francisco collective Honey Soundsystem, Andrew Grant and Jussi E. Constantly inspired by her New York surroundings, the label was created to become a channel of exploration for the underground local music scene, and in May she’ll be running a Firehouse party alongside Ellen Allien, Discwoman and L.I.E.S prodigy Jake Reif (aka Device Control).
Born in Hawaii, she became immersed in the contained rave culture of the island when she heard her first techno compilation. After a move to San Francisco, she began collecting records and going to warehouse parties, which drew her deeply into crate digging and DJ’ing – and things then began to move on a swift upward trajectory.
She’s held down a long-standing residency in Brooklyn club Goodroom, and has played regularly at Berghain alongside the likes of Honey Dijon, Heidi and Soundstream. Her latest EP Energy on Firehouse is a four-track journey through the elements of her high-energy signature sound, and is available to buy now. Today we’re taking a glimpse into Kim Ann Foxman’s record collection; here are four tracks by producers she’s been following.