Friday, February 25, 2011

FACT mix 225: Tevo Howard

FACT mix 225: Tevo Howard

FACT mix 225 - Tevo Howard by factmag

FACT mix 225 comes from one of underground house music’s most serious emerging talents: Tevo Howard.

We say “emerging”, but Howard has been spinning records since 1987, when he’d barely hit puberty. Growing up in Chicago at that time, it was perhaps inevitable that he’d catch the house bug; but his interest in music went beyond that, and he would later study music and bass guitar at college (this would be the first of several degrees in different subjects embarked upon by the academically gifted, but eternally restless, artist).

In 2006 Howard took time out from university to build his own studio, Beautiful Granville Studios, and by his own estimation that’s when his real career began in earnest. In 2008 he began putting out records via his in-house Beautiful Granville imprint, kicking off with a 12″ from his bro Rick ‘Poppa’ Howard but concentrating largely on his own productions. Dedicated fans of Chi-town dance music quickly picked up on Howard’s striking tracks, which combine raw dancefloor jacking with uncommon depth and musicality.

The Rush Hour-released ‘Move’ and below-radar club smash ‘Without Me’ introduced Howard to a larger audience, and in 2010 the latter track was relicensed by Rebirth for a vocal version featuring Tracey Thorn. Rush Hour, meanwhile, put together a 2×12″ doublepack of sumptuous analogue productions from Granville HQ, Crystal Republic,which for us is this producer’s most formidable statement to date. A new album, his debut proper, is set to follow on Rush Hour later this year.

Most recently Howard has entered the Buzzin’ Fly fold, with the release of ‘The Age of Compassion’. He’ll be appearing at Buzzin’ Fly’s Spring Party at Cable in London on Saturday 5 March, performing separate DJ and live sets, alongside Ben Watt, Chris Woodward, Marcus Worgull and Prins Thomas. More information on that night here.

To herald his visit to London, our man has handed us a rollicking mix of cask-matured house classics, recorded live in Jerusalem earlier this month. You need only look at the (rather sketchy) tracklist below to know what pleasures await you: this is the warm, wild and authentic sound of Chicago, and it feels more vital than ever.

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Tricky Disco – Tricky Disco
Another Sleepless Night – Shawn Christopher
Fingers Inc. – A Path
First in first out – Front 242
Unknown italo track
Work that mutha fucker – Steve pointdexter
It’s you – ESP
Like This
The promised land – Joe Smooth
Dancing in my sleep
Ma Foom Bey
Angel Eyes – lime
Unknown track Molokai
House sensation – Liam
Farley – unknown track
I’m hungry
Hypnotic samba – on zyx
Computer games – Steve pointdexter
Dancing therapy – ims
The garden
Bad boy – franky knuckles
You used to hold me – ralphie Rosario
Move – John rocca
Video Clash – lil louis
Can’t stop the house
Don’t do it – Paris gray
You ain’t really down – status 4
Dance – earth people
Jack my body – j.m. Silk
For those who like to groove
What’s your name – Kano
I wanna have some fun – Samantha fox
Pump up Chicago – mr. Lee
Do you love me – Denise


JDLP said...

Thanks Ms. Groove Bunny for sharing this. JDLP : )

Groove-Bunny said...

; )