For this Saturday's Junk Love... we invite Alexis Raphael to the club bringing with him the London vibes that he has become known for as part owner of underground London jaunt Crèche and regular contributor to labels Lower East & Hot Creations.
2011 was a key year for Alexis as the smooth sounds of his first two releases gave us a glimpse of his ability to create music with individuality, imagination, punch and funk, and a flurry of bookings including Cyprus, Ibiza, Mexico, Dominican Republic and all over the UK have followed.
Originally a talented pianist, North Londoner Alexis has spent most of his life submerged in electronic music, with a long stint on various pirate radio stations, and gigs in every notable club and warehouse space in London. Through his own Crèche parties, Alexis has also showcased a new wave of dance music to the capital.
‘Spaceship’, Alexis’ first release, dropped on Jamie Jones’ and Lee Foss’ Hot Waves imprint in Spring 2011 and was the top selling tune on the highly acclaimed compilation. Next, Alexis carved out one of this Summer’s anthems – ‘Kitchens and Bedrooms’. The track injected soul across dance floors worldwide and with remixes from peers Lee Foss and Richy Ahmed, was undoubtedly one of the standout debut EPs of 2011.
With support coming from the likes of Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, Jozif, Manik, Droog, Robert James, Solomun, James Teej, Tim Green, Chris Lattner, Julien Chaptal, Xpress 2, Jimpster, System of Survival, Laura Jones, Huxley and Anthony Collins, it’s clear that Alexis has a deep-rooted understanding of what works on the dance floor.
Alexis has a full Hot Creations EP due in April which follows a successful release on Lower East and one of his remixes being featured on the Visionquest Fabric album. He's a man on form so no surprise we wanted to bring him down south!