Podcast 306: Greco-Roman Soundsystem
- Words: Shawn Reynaldo
Over the past six years, Greco-Roman has quietly developed into one of dance music's more interesting outposts. Balancing a nose for the dancefloor with a genuine dedication to left-of-center pop sounds, the DJ collective and low-key imprint has birthed records from the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Disclosure, Hackman, Baio, and Hot Chip's Joe Goddard (who also happens to be one of the Greco-Roman's founders). Next month, the label will be issuing its first compilation, We Make Colourful Music Because We Dance in the Dark, a double LP collecting many of the highlights from the Greco-Roman discography. The album marks a sort of milestone for Greco-Roman, so we elected to commemorate the occasion by inviting the crew to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series.
The Greco-Roman Soundystem often features a rotating cast of label affiliates, but it's headed up by Full Nelson (a.k.a. label co-founder Alex Waldron), who has assumed the DJ duties here. He's dubbed the podcast the Moving House mix, and sent along the following explanation:
After seven years, I am moving back from Berlin to London and I am surrounded by record boxes. For this mix, I decided to grab the bag of house records next to the door that I played at my farewell party at Farbfernseher... so this is quite literally my farewell to Berlin.
The podcast finds Full Nelson going heavy on upbeat '90s house selections, and though he sees the mix as his way of saying goodbye to the German capital, he ought to consider employing it as a sort of musical business card—after all, it captures the same sense of fun that typifies the Greco-Roman catalog.
01 Lil Louis & The World "I Called U" (FFRR)
02 Pressure Drop "Feeling Good (Touch 1)" (Big World)
03 Essence "Moments in House" (Strictly Rhythm)
04 No Smoke "Black Is Black" (Warriors Dance)
05 House of Venus "Dish Queen" (Champion)
06 The Untouchables "What Cha' Say (C'mon)" (Strictly Rhythm)
07 O.C. Connection "Me Tarik Ali" (Razor)
08 Alias "II Play with Voices" (Very Important Plastic)
09 M Dubs "Over Here" (Babyshack)
10 Mood II Swing feat. Carol Sylvan "Closer" (King Street)
11 Reggie R "Strings '89" (Real House)
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