This month’s groove is a funky, bluesy jam by DJ Harry featuring Lissie.
DJ Harry’s full-length of all original material, Collision, is being released on The String Cheese Incident’s label, SCI Fidelity Records. A much bigger outlet than your average house imprint, SCI Fidelity goes beyond the twelve-inch market—while still catering to it—yet also incorporates a broader demographic, something DJ Harry took into consideration when putting the project together.
“I played [the] Bonnaroo [Festival] a couple of years ago,” recounts DJ Harry. “There were no other house music DJs on the bill, only hip hop DJs. When a hip hop beat kicked in, people immediately started dancing or nodding their heads. Even though house music is originally an American form of music, it’s never been pursued in a mainstream way. In watching people’s reactions at Bonnaroo, I thought that on my next album I would focus something more people would understand, while still appealing to house music fans.”
That is exactly what DJ Harry has accomplished with Collision. A daring combination of different sounds and styles, he manages to make it all work with a coherence that is unique to him. “I tried to make music that represents me, but also hit a lot of different points,” he explains. “It is all one vibe, one kind of energy.”
Whittling down 100 songs to the 10 on Collision, DJ Harry worked with 15 musicians to create the organic and tangible sounds heard on the album. Writing everything himself, he then brought in musician friends to input live instruments onto the tracks, sometimes up to three different bass players on one tune, giving each number body and flavor.
A standout on Collision is DJ Harry’s collaboration with newcomer vocalist Lissie on “All My Life.” A discovery of DJ Harry’s, Lissie’s voice and style drew him in during an acoustic performance and a working relationship was soon cemented. Based on DJ Harry’s backing tracks and random lines from Lissie’s journal, “All My Life” is a spine-tingling, sparkler of a track that is on par with the likes of Zero 7 and Morcheeba.
This is a great track. Make sure you add this to your collection. Available on iTunes and where ever you purchase your music.