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Criminally underrated purple producer Guido made a triumphant return this month with his 'Moods of Future Joy' LP for Tectonic Recordings (read Dummy's review of it here). To celebrate, he's put together a list for us of tracks that he thinks define the genre – over email, he clairified: "Purple has become a way to describe music that has a certain spirit. If it was to be defined it would be a strange contrasts of words including, warm/melodic/melancholic/deep. That spirit has always been in music but is very apparent in the music listed here and that makes it stand out." For a little more context, check the ever-useful Dummy Guide to Purple.
- L-Wiz – Fotbojan
Guido: "Swedish production duo responsible for some massive tunes and this one is a personal favourite. Not sure this one got the recognition it really deserved, it has a real thoughtful edgy sound."
- Joker – Cruel Intentions Remix
Guido: "One of Joker’s best remixes and really put his sound on the map. Up-tempo, addictive, fresh!"
- Gemmy – Johnny 5
Guido: "Not one of Gemmy’s better known tunes but one of his best. Lots of different layers of melody and the vibe is upbeat and cheerful. Sounds like a futuristic video game soundtrack."
- Ikonika – Millie
Guido: "Wanted to have this track the moment I first heard it on her myspace. Sounds real interesting and unique. Big tune!"
- Joker & Ginz – Purple City
Guido: "Purple in the name, probably when the phrase was first notably coined. Real powerful saw tooth bass with sick melody lines on top. Massive."
- RSD – Naked Mario Kart
Guido: "Ba ba baya. The vocal melody is extremely catchy and people love to sing along to it. An underrated classic!"
- 2000f & JKamata – You don’t know what love is
Guido: "One word… Juicy!!"
- Silkie – Beauty
Guido: "The description is in the name. Melody master class."
- Swindle – Keep Me Warm
Guido: "Very talented music man. Love the vocoder on this and the top melody line that comes in."
- Low Deep – Get Set
Guido: "Classic grime anthem. Vocal version is epic too!"
Tectonic Recordings released 'Moods of Future Joy' in November 2013.