Sean Delahay is a seasoned Bristol selector. Spending his formative years in punk bands playing guitar and bass, his command of live instrumentation led him to developing a virtuoustic, highly melodic sound, earning him regular appearances at the esteemed Soul Shake and Percolate parties, and seeing him play at the likes of Love International festival. Now with a series of solid releases under of his belt, that have received playtime from the likes of Horse Meat Disco and Tensnake, and a packed out festival schedule, 2018 looks set to be Delahay’s most exciting year yet.
The mix opens with ascendant, space age pads that churn around dramatic string hits and spacey Rhodes licks. The mix’s tone becomes more playful, winding through a stretch of airy house cuts and breezy funk numbers with loose, live instrumentation, before tightening into a chugging groove that takes things into sleazier territory. Moving through a series of Italo cuts, with swaggering percussion and menacing basslines, the drums become continually tougher and the BPM increases. The percussion takes on an EBM inspired framework, supported by low slung guitars and writhing synth leads. Around the 50 minute mark Delahay lets the light back in, with swells of new wave keys and tongue in cheek 80s vocals, but maintains the lurching groove. The mix concludes with a gorgeous nu disco cut, with gossamer pads that shimmer atop bursts of steel drums and a hushed vocal line. This is an hour of road tested, party ready selections that will perfectly soundtrack those warm summer evenings - great stuff.
-- Was there a theme or underlying concept for the mix?
“I've always been into the slower side of dance music - it was actually the crux of my transition into electronic music. I always loved the artists & producers that would push this slower, more progressive side of their productions, as well as the fast paced upbeat material. For example Tiger and Woods and Francis Inferno Orchestra have always released and played slower tracks/sets which I've thoroughly enjoyed. I think another major influence has been Palms Trax, who has released some amazing mixes over the last few years, the main one to mention would be his 2018 essential mix that came out about 6 months back which heavily influenced my recent live selections.”
-- What is the ideal setting for listening to this mix?
“This is a chin scratcher for sure, and something that should be listened to at home in a chilled environment, it does get a little heavier and darker towards the end, but there are plenty of subtle changes and divisions in the tracks that warrant a more definite attention.”
-- Which DJ’s would you say have influenced you the most?
“There is no doubt about it that my favourite right now if probably Gerd Janson: his latest releases and sets have been some of the most sonically influential for me in the last 6 months. I've always been massively influenced by the Scandinavian sound so good old Todd & Lindstrom are strong inspirations for me.”
-- What’s next for Delahay?
“This summer has been great so far - I've played a few festivals including A&B in the French Alps, and had some great releases out on Fate & Fiction recordings & New York based NYLO recordings. There are two more remixes forthcoming with NYLO which I'm excited to get out, and after that I’ll be settling into the studio for winter to start putting together a new selection of tracks. I’ll also be playing at Another World festival on the 4th of August which is just outside of Bristol so come and join me there if you can.”
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