This Week in House Music: Punctual, Thiago Guiselini & DJ Minx
There's always room for house in my house! (Are you wondering how many cheesy house phrases I have up my sleeves? I've got a warehouse full of 'em.) I can't believe we're at the seventh edition of This Week in House, and honestly, researching and writing this every week has brought joy and plenty of great tunes into my life, and I'm thrilled to get to share them with you.
Best New Track: Punctual - Maze (feat. PHIA) (Monstercat, May 13)
Bristol-born electronic duoPunctual, Will Lansley and John Morgan, make catchy, anthem-worthy dance-pop. Their latest three-track EP, Maze, is led by the title track, a sparkling dance-pop jam. Melbourne-basedPHIA's longing vocals float atop a pulsing, slightly moody bassline. The track was written during the early days of the pandemic after they'd just moved into their new studio and felt a creative freedom there. The EP also includes the intoxicatingly deep, moody, and '90s dance-tinged "Do It Again," featuring Jordan Shaw, released as a single in February.
Best New Mix: Troally 304: Thiago Guiselini
Sao Paulo-born, Lisbon-based house headThiago Guiselini delivers an hour of joy in the form of eclectic, upbeat rhythms on the latest Troally mix from Brazilian music site Alataj. The DJ, producer, and Soul Set and Amor Records label owner's latest mix includes Chip E ("Like This" featuring K Joy), Maxim Lany ("Optimum"), The Shamen ("Make It Mine"), The Ragga Twins ("Hooligan 69"), and Prince ("Let's Go Crazy"). He mixes the latter two tracks, with a loop of Prince's intro adding an extra dose of jubilance. There are elements of acid house, funk, classic house, and more in this deftly mixed set that will have you grooving wherever you're listening.
Best Classic Track: DJ Minx - A Walk in the Park (2003, Women On Wax Recordings)
Back in 2003,DJ Minx, Detroit's First Lady of Wax, put out her first EP, the four-track Airborne EP. It was the second release on her Women on Wax Recordings, and featured "A Walk in the Park" on the B-side. She produced it in a swift 45 minutes, which is how shechose the name. The five-and-a-half-minute minimal house groover was swiftly picked up by Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin and became a minimal club anthem. Hawtin, who lived in Detroit at the time, discovered it from Villalobos when they B2Bed, and rereleased "A Walk in the Park" on his Minus label the following summer, along with remixes from Villalobos, Magda, Matthew Dear, and Josh Wink.