The REKIDS boss courses through the New York label's back catalog on a new double-disc compilation.
In his own productions as Radio Slave, Edwards' sound veers toward modern, often repetitive house and techno—or what he describes as "purely sound system music." But as anyone who's heard him DJ can attest, his taste in general has a strong classic house influence, in which labels such as Strictly Rhythm play no small part. "I have loved Strictly material for years, their tracks are pivotal, some of them make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!" he says. "The records I chose for this mix are the ones I'd still play when I'm out."
Strictly Rhythms Vol. 5 spans two discs, each with a distinctly different mood: The Downtown Mix is a low-tempo, afterhours affair, while the Uptown Mix keeps up a more jacking vibe. The compilation has 23 classic cuts in total, 18 of which have been re-edited by Edwards to better suit his stripped-down style. It will follow past editions by Charles Webster, Michel Cleis, Kenny Dope and Mr. V.
CD1: Strictly Downtown Mix
01. Ultra Nate – Situation Critical
02. The Wamdue Project – Remember the Memory
03. Angel Morales feat. Sally Cortes – Burnin Up (Sally's Wet Dub)(Radio Slave Re-Edit)
04. Mood Life – Needs (Not Wants) (Original Mix) / Logic – The Warning (Acapella)
05. Venus – Lippstick
06. After Hours – Feel It (Bonus Beats)
07. Mood II Swing – Do It Your Way
08. Black Magic – Freedom (Make It Funky) (Color 4 Frankie Dub)(Radio Slave Re-Edit)
09. Photon Inc – Everybody Freedom (Scream Beats Radio Slave Re-Edit)
10. Black Magic – Freedom (Make It Funky) (Color 2 On & On Strong Vocal Mix) / Kenny Dope – Watch This (Radio Slave Re-Edit)
11. The Mole People – Break Night
12. DJ Sneak – Keep On Groovin (Fat Bottom Mix)
13. Mood II Swing – All Night Long (Radio Slave Re-Edit) / Hardhead – New York Express (Radio Slave Wildpitchapella)
14. Logic – I Got Somethin (Radio Slave Re-Edit)
CD2: Strictly Uptown Mix
01. Barbara Tucker – Stay Together (The Ravin' Mix – Radio Slave Re-Edit)
02. Mood II Swing – I Like It (Radio Slave Re-Edit)
03. Kenny Dope – Tribal Seagulls (Radio Slave Re-Edit)
04. The Mole People – Ocean / Osunlade – Momma's Groove (Accapella)
05. Hardhead – Demon Dreams (Gravedigger Mix)
06. The Stickman – The Drug
07. Black Magic – Freedom (Make It Funky) (Colour 3 Lil Louis Zohz Sub Dub)
08. The Untouchables – I'm for Real / Todd Terry presents CLS – Can You Feel It? (Accapella)
09. The Untouchables – Little Louie Anthem Part II (Factory Bar Mix)
Strictly Rhythm will release Radio Slave Presents: Strictly Rhythms Vol.5 on October 1st, 2010.