An interview series where we ask our favourite local DJs about the 5 records in their collection that have their own story to tell…
Amaliah is a London based selector whose sounds span varying genres, often experimenting with lighter notes of disco and soul to heavier UK sounds of UKG, bass and tech.
This eclectic mix is mirrored in her events label, ‘Borne Fruits’ which hosts small scale intimate parties around London matching a house party feel with a free for all on music.
If you’ve missed the parties, check out her monthly Balamii show which taps into all the feel good rhythms.
The Gap Band – Baby Baba Boogie (1979)
One of my all-time favourite sleeves – I bought this record on the day of my first gig at the lovely BBE Store last year and I remember being SO nervous as I was doing a 4-hour vinyl only set which was a first for me at the time. Decided to have a browse around the store to loosen up, saw this and fell in love. Every tune on it is fabulous, especially ‘Baby Baba Boogie’ which is a dancefloor winner.
Missin In Action – Deeper Love (1998)
KILLER UKG edit of Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Deeper Love’ featuring 3 reworks and each one is incredible. Heard ‘Mix 1’ on Call Super and Shanti Celeste’s set from Lente Kabinet last year and had to have it. Personal fave is ‘Mix 2’ for more of a bassy feel.
Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Vibrations (1976)
This record holds a special place in my heart as not only is Roy one of the best to ever do it, but this got passed down to me from my mum who is a source of musical inspiration for me.
The whole track list takes you on such a journey from start to finish, with contrasting moods from songs like ‘Searching’ vs. ‘Higher’ – masterpiece!
Rick Wilhite / Tim Mcallister - The Mc / Son (2013)
Amazing 4 piece edit of disco heavyweights from Rick Wilhite and Tim Mcallister that I came across earlier this year. I’ve completely rinsed ‘Can’t Hide’ but it’s a wicked, more rounded edit of the original by Jimmy Smith. Definitely one of my personal songs for 2020.
Tkumah Sadeek – I Will Be There / Till I See The Light (2018)
Probably one of my favourite releases to come out of 2018, I hunted for this after hearing the B-side at WHP and finally found it at Rush Hour whilst on a solo trip to Amsterdam. Was beyond thrilled when I found it and it’s been a set fav ever since!