Rinse: 23


Rinse: 23 marks the beginning of a new era for Rinse FM's mix CD series. Where previous installments have featured only DJs who regularly play on the station at the time of release, in the future the mix series is set to cast its net wider. Future installments will also feature DJs who are respected pioneers or important new artists within the sounds and scenes that Rinse plays and represents. The next edition in Rinse's iconic mix CD series will come from rising London-based house DJ Richy Ahmed. Moving from deep house into harder and more driving domains, Rinse: 23 captures the broad-minded approach and instinctive feel for dancefloor dynamics that have seen Ahmed's reputation as a DJ soar over the past few years. "The thing I look for in every track, that's universal in every type of music that I play -- I look for the groove," enthuses Ahmed of the music he's drawn to for his sets. "I like it jacking, I like energy." That attitude sits at the heart of Rinse: 23. Taking a gradual trajectory from the shimmery deep house of Outboxx's "Sunshine Mills" downwards into the driving, techno-infused grooves of Waff's "Body Ice" and Subb-an's "Cloak & Dagger," the crucial thread that runs throughout the mix is a compulsive sense of swing and undulating motion. It's very much a club-centerd mix, plunging straight into the heart of the dancefloor and drawing the listener along in its slipstream. Along the way it passes through a whole range of exclusives, including Mark Jenkyns' taut, thrillingly elastic "Mind Dust" and, a highlight, Richy's own, dubbed-out new track "Your Love." As one of the key names behind the London-based label Hot Creations, alongside Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, Ahmed is developing into an increasingly influential figure in house music both in the UK and further afield. Having grown up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, in his late teens he fell in love with house music on a trip to Ibiza, and during successive trips became good friends with Jones, Foss, and a number of other DJs who have gone on to become well-known names within house music circles. He swiftly developed a reputation for his incendiary DJ sets, and he has recently been playing at progressively larger and more renowned venues. Other artists include: Demarzo, Les Cerveaux Lents, Jey Kurmis, Chaos In The CBD, Hot Natured (feat. Anabel Englund), Tom Shorterz, Danny Tenaglia (feat. Lula), Chris Lattner & East End Dubs, Kim Ann Foxman Creature, Vaal, Tale Of Us & Luca Cazal, Tanka, Michael Janson, Lake People, Phonique (feat. Erlend Øye), and Burnski.