Friday, Mar 16 2007 | 11:47

DJ Day is a typical product of modern day hip-hop-culture. He is a dedicated record digger and serious DJ who cut his teeth in the LA undergound scene alongside his friends Aloe Blacc and Exile. But selling beats to rappers was never his main ambition. Instead of doing beat-tapes he got himself a Fender Rhodes, ARP and Minikorg and started making music.

Maybe it’s his upbringing in Southern California but there is definitley a “sunny” side to Day’s music. This may sound a bit like a cliche but when you are literally living in the desert it is not unlikely that this will affect your music. It’s the combination of relaxed and soulful chords and melodies with serious beats and breaks that makes his signature sound, and the growning Day fan-club consists of people like Gilles Peterson, Chairman Mao (“Ego Trip”), The Rub DJs, Garth Trinidad, Jazzy Jeff and The Fader.

The Cologne based record label Melting Pot Music hooked-up with Day through the infamous Soulstrut message board and signed him right after the release of his underground 12″ “What Planet What Station” on Milk Crate Records. His new release “The Day Before” is the first introduction of Day’s music in album format and shows how he has grown as a producer and musician. From the Shadow-esque “Close Your Eyes” (1999) to the yet unreleased remix for Mo’Horizons (2007), the CD features vinyl only releases for MPM, Sound Of Color, Subcontact (Japan) and Curio plus a bunch of unreleased songs including “Closer” with Aloe Blacc. Right now DJ Day is recording his second album, tentatively titled “A New Beginning” and scheduled for release in autumn 2007.

01. Wale – Good Girls (White Label)
02. Black Milk – Sound The Alarm (Fat Beats)
03. DJ Stylus – Saudade (White Label)
04. Thes One – Cheetah (Tres)
05. Choice 37 – Everytime feat. Jung (Untapped Sounds)
06. Kutiman – No Reason For You (MPM)
07. Miles Bonny – Sing Your Song (Innatesounds)
08. Dynamic Corvettes – Funky Music (Joc Max re-edit) (Sure Shot)
09. Sebastian Tellier – La Ritournelle (Lucky Number)
10. El Michaels Affair – The PJ´s feat. Raekwon (Truth & Soul)

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