TOTD // 03/04 // Huxley

Published: April 3, 2017, words by Hannah Edwards

Part of the Snowbombing 2017: 8,947ft above the ordinary takeover


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A well-known name in the house music scene, Huxley has built up his reputation over the last 8 years. It all began with Sassanids – a collaborative EP with fellow producer and friend Ethyl – that was released in 2009. This duo went on to release the ‘Beatport Deep House 2010’ nominated Mother Tongue on Tsuba Records later that same year. Since this time, Huxley has gone on to carve out his own solo career with great success, releasing on esteemed labels such as Hypercolour, AUS Music and 20:20 vision (as well as his home label Tsuba, of course). His appeal as a DJ comes from his versatility of styles; from big basslines to stripped-back house, he is an artist who unites a variety of sounds, styles and scenes with ease. His discography is deep and diverse, featuring solo releases, collaborations and weighty remixes, and almost too many singles, EPs and albums to count.

Huxley is constantly switching up his sound, trying new things with every new project he works on. His 2013 dancefloor anthem ‘Let It Go‘ was a foray into a more commercial pop-house direction. He carried this sentiment through to his ambitious debut album Blurred, released on AUS Music in 2014, which consisted of a series of tracks with melodic vocals over driving drum-samples and catchy rhythms. Riding this creative wave, Huxley established his own record label – No Idea’s Original – in 2015, which has become an outlet for a wide range of house and techno sounds from Huxley and friends. No Idea’s Original boasts releases from established artists such as Mr. G and Bodhi, and has also developed into a party series, showcasing likeminded artists in intimate club spaces across London. In 2017, Huxley’s schedule is busy as ever, seeing the launch of his two new aliases ‘Hux’ and ‘Martinet’ – the first of which debuted on Darius Syrossian’s ‘Do Not Sleep’ (focused on more stripped back house) and the latter which debuted on Sasha’s ‘Last Night On Earth’ ( a melodic focus). Alongside this he continues to run his record label, and play at festivals and clubs around the globe, one of these festivals being Snowbombing. As one of the only festivals above 8,000ft, there’s no doubt this event is above the ordinary. With such a prolonged time at the top of his game, Huxley most certainly has a few tracks in the locker that are also are above the ordinary. Here are four of them.

via youtube

Chez Damier

Speechless (Rex Club Paris Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I just rediscovered this track from the master Chez Damier. It’s an amazing record with killer use of vocals and rhythm and definitely one that stands out (as all his tracks do!). It’s a great track to warm up a crowd with, simply wicked. Chez is one of the people that really got me into deep house and it would be criminal not to include a record of his in this list.”
via soundcloud

Arthur Baker ft. Alan Vega

Angel of Hell (Paranoid London Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“A sick 303 with tough beats… there isn’t much more to say. Paranoid London do this sound so well that it’s almost unfair to everyone else that tries it, absolute banger. I could have chosen anything by these chaps to put in this list, but this is the one I listened to today!”
via youtube

Chiapet

Westworld

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I originally heard this record on a mix CD from Nic Fancuilli and loved it. It’s a pretty basic record when it comes down to it, but everything is there for a reason and helps the track come alive. This is a proper tech-house record, house music with some groove. I’ve never found out if this is an alias or not, but I haven’t heard anymore from Chiapet since this record. If it’s not an alias or if it is, whoever is behind this track should come back and make more music!”
via youtube

Dan Ghenacia

Da Doo Da

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“One of the french masters of house music. A solid groove and I love the way this record works, absolutely killer. This can definitely be classed as 8,497ft above the ordinary!”

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