Review: Above The City

Above The City Culprit CompilationEarly next month sees the digital release of Culprit Records’ first ever compilation, Above The City. Inspired by their legendary Sunday rooftop sessions at LA’s Standard Hotel; it’s the perfect release to compliment the current (and somewhat unexpected) heatwave here in the UK. Listen to it, enjoy the sunshine, and then picture yourself swaying to the beats, on a rooftop with LA’s beautiful house-scenesters. As opposed to peeling off your raincoat and bemoaning the end of summer, which, let’s be frank, we all assumed we’d be doing from here on out.

Opening with the idyllic sounding chatter of birds, it ambles along pleasantly enough with some fairly chilled tracks from LA’s Clovis and London based Mark Chambers & Soho, but, like all great parties, Above The City doesn’t really hit its stride until about half way through. Nikko Gibler‘s contribution ‘Hide From No-One’ starts innocently enough, with a great beat to get the limbs moving that bit more. Then, a saucy little beat comes in over the top, and oh my, when the male vocals kick in… it’s enough to get a girl all over-excited about music again. After that it is just relentless. Lula Circus, if you’ve not come across them yet, are an absolute joy to discover. ‘Mary Jane Loves Me’ is a stunner of a track. If this is a fantasy set-list of a rooftop Culprit party, right now you’d be fairly sloshed, grinning from ear to ear, dancing your arse off. It’s that bloody good.

Drawing things to a close, but not winding things down is Leeds Death On The Balcony. This is totally the point in the party when you’ve realised you’re really quite mashed and you have a perfect bubble of a moment. Drinking with your pals, lighting each other’s cigarettes, taking photos, dancing together. Bliss. Finishing things for us off is half of Visionquest: Lee Curtiss and Seth Troxler. No, they’re not really calming it down either, just sparking those after-party craving with their track ‘Spending Time’.

This is a great first compilation-outing from Culprit, the label set up by DJ collective Droog. Considering that it was two years in the making, it sure ought to be. The signs have been there all along though, with their parties attracting stellar line-ups including Hot Natured, Magda, Dyed Soundorom, Shonky, Tanner Ross, Soul Clap, Benoit & Sergio, members of Visionquest, M A N I K…. I could go on here, but you get the gist as to what makes this so special. Fantasy setlist indeed.

Nikko Gibler – Hide From No-One (excerpt)

Lula Circus – Mary Jane Loves Me (excerpt)

Above The City is out on digital release on the 10th October.

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2 Responses to “Review: Above The City”

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