DJ Reactions: Ian Friday - Solid Release Jazzie B - This is nice! Nick Holder - Putting this on high rotation Greg Gauthier - All 3 mixes are nice, hard to choose one , great vibe again from Tribe ! CJ Mackintosh - Very Nice...Pablo's mix for me but like the other mixes too :) DJ Booker T - heavyyy mixes playing pablo martinez mix Jose Marquez - Perfect package of desert heat! Can't wait to drop this, thanks! Luis Radio - nice packege..support
Hallex M is a mighty multi-tasker, being a globe-trotting DJ, producer and remixer, a record label owner, marketing manager and a prolific events promoter. He's now based in Hong Kong but grew up in and developed his DJ skills in France, and for 'Sahara' he went back there (virtually, at least) to team up with his cousin, Loic L, and Canadian singer Uness. Together they make the desert bloom with a track that is a love song ('I miss you like the rain') that features a spoken commentary on being lost in the desert, literally and metaphorically.
London's own Pablo Martinez has played everywhere from swanky A-list parties in Knightsbridge to full-moon all-nighters in Thailand, and while he's best known as a house DJ his Hispanic upbringing and diverse musical education (not to mention his digital label, CliqueAMP, which releases dance, nu-jazz, Afro and Latin music) inspire him to bring all sorts of influences into his remixes. Here he gives the track a solid foundation of a chunky techy loop and foregrounds and emphasises the rich, evocative vocals that we're expecting crowds to be singing along to long before the end of the track.
Chouaib El Assaad aka Cee Ellassaad is a fast-rising DJ, producer and broadcaster from the Atlantic coast of Morocco whose music focuses on deep, soulful and Afro house, so he's been on our radar for a while. We were impressed by his single, 'Wanna Be,' produced late last year which featured the vocals of American jazz singer Heidi Martin, and living so close to the Sahara he was an obvious choice for this track, his lovely desert mix adding a melodic xylophone and a darkly moody cello instrumental to close out the track, suggesting there aren't always happy endings out there in the Sahara.