When David Holmes constructed an essential Mix for Pete Tong's Radio 1 show, it marked a watershed moment in his career....
WHEN DAVID HOLMES CONSTRUCTED AN Essential Mix for Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show, it marked a watershed moment in his career. Revered as a top-notch but somewhat anonymous club DJ, his mix confirmed the arrival of an eclectic and witty left-field force in dance music’s often narrow world.
This isn’t that epochal mix, but it’s just as revelatory. Holmes weaves different musical strands together into a veritable magic carpet of sound. He often simply plays one record after the next, dropping fragments of found sound over the joins. None of it is ‘dance’ music per se, but it’s funkier than James Brown’s pelvis. Marlena Shaw’s gorgeous ‘California Soul’ segues into Jurassic 5’s cut-and-paste ‘Lesson 6′; Percy Faith sits down alongside a cover version of The Temptations’ ‘Get Ready’; even Skylab and cat-loving Brigitte Bardot get a look in.
Holmes loses his way on side two, sitars clashing with muddy drum solos to little positive effect. But as proof that an eclectic selection can keep you dancing just as successfully as a two-hour techno megamix, this record certainly makes its point.