Tomiie soon found himself among the house music elite, working as part of the Def Mix crew and remixing the likes of David Bowie, U2 and Mariah Carey along the way. But Tomiie's always been underground at heart and on his newest mix CD, he proves it, mixing underrated heroes like Wareika, Andomat 3000, Adultnapper, Radio Slave and Toby Tobias over the course of two CDs. We caught up with the DJ in Argentina last week to quiz him about some of those picks and other records that have been in his box of late.
Marc Houle - Selection 12 [M_nus]
"I don't follow Richie Hawtin's label so much actually. I just found this particular track on Beatport while browsing around. But, for me, I don't care about names or what someone is famous for, I'm just looking for quality music. I play this early on my set, as it's perfect for picking up the mood. It's rocky, dark and atmospheric—perfect for building into the third gear.
Luciano Pizzella - We Need It [Saw Recordings]
"This will be coming out on my label, Saw Recordings, either later this year or early on in 2009. It's very musical and, like the Houle track, very moody. It's very deep as well. Luciano has been doing stuff for Broque and Italic that has been very techno and I randomly met him via MySpace after I was playing some of his tracks in my set, so I signed him up to the label."
Toby Tobias - Space Shuffle [Rekids]
"You have to listen to the whole album here. Each individual song is amazing, but it's so rare that you get an entire package that works this well. So often in dance music, you simply pick out the tracks that you want to play, but this is a musical journey kind of like Trentemøller's album from last year in that respect. This is by far my favorite electronic music album of the year."
David K - Yakiniku [Freak n' Chic]
"I like non-obvious music that sort of works in a niche between genres. David's music is somewhere in between—it's housey, funky, techy, all of those things. I talked to him the other day and he's apparently using some special software that I had never really heard of before, and I think that you can hear that. The way he's using sounds is really unique. I only picked this song because I had to—I'm playing just about everything of his at the moment."
Silicone Soul - The Call of the Wind [Soma]
"I've enjoyed Silicone Soul's work for a long time. Again, this is house-y, but not obvious. They have their own sound. I think it should be coming out either this month or next month. I don't tend to play classics in my sets. Maybe if it's an extended eight-hour thing I'll play some things at the very end, but often I'm only playing for a few hours and I'd rather just play new stuff in that case."
Jarett Sennels - Suckerpunch! [Hey! Records]
"I actually don't know this guy at all, but it's on Michel De Hey's label. I play this around the peak-hour. It's got really tight drums and a slightly tribal feel to it, but not over-the-top. (Which is something that I don't like about a lot of tribal.) The percussion programming and effects are really excellent here."
Solomun vs. Ost & Kjex - Federgewicht (Hamburg Version) [Diynamic]
"This is one of the rare tracks that I will play with vocals. It's quite different from the other stuff that Solomun is doing at the moment and, at first, I wasn't really sure about it, but it really has grown on me. The rolling bassline is great and it's a track that works really well for changing the mood. There haven't been a lot of interesting vocal records—nothing like 15 or 20 years ago. Back then, there was no format, so there would be so many different things going on, nowadays I don't hear that as much."
Luke Solomon - Spirits [Rekids]
"It's almost as though Solomon did a Masters At Work track here. He put these live instruments in it and it's, at the same time, very tech-y and got a great groove. This mixture of the electronic and acoustic was really interesting to me back then. He probably didn't mean it to sound like that, but it has that impact for me, so I played it a ton throughout the summer—along with the Prins Thomas remix as well."
Polder - Bondage (Rmx by D'Julz) [Intacto]
"I've been a big fan of D'Julz stuff for a while. His production has been getting better and better. This particular track has such tight drums and production and is perfect for peak-time. I don't actually like peak-time records that much. [laughs] I enjoy the pre-peak-time. I don't mind playing warm-up to other DJs and playing the deep stuff at all."
Mes - Madrugada [Saw Recordings]
"This is my own track and showcases a bit of my deeper side. I wanted to make something that I would play early on in my set, as an opener. I call it modern deep house with a little bit of a tech element to it. It's got some nice little melodies and stays away from being over the top. It's the first time that I've recorded under the name, and I chose it because it's basically the SAW logo upside down. Hopefully we'll have a Toby Tobias remix for it soon and have it released soon."