If his handful of delectable, slow-burning house and disco 12”s from the past few years were just Milo Johnson flexing his chops again after a lengthy studio absence, then his 2012 debut long player, Return of the Savage, was his proclamation of having assumed mastery over his studio.
Having originally been a pivotal part of Britain’s sound system culture in the 1980s, Johnson relocated to New York at the tail end of the decade and soon after began releasing raw, underground house as Nature Boy. After a run of half a dozen EPs and a compilation of his earliest work, his output halted abruptly and it would take almost 20 years before we heard from him again.
When he returned it was as DJ Nature, and the sluggish, hypnotic disco cuts which found a home on Golf Channel Recordings left no doubt that he had unfinished business. Little White Earbuds tracked down Johnson to quiz him about his approach to recording, to find out what he was up to during his musical hiatus and to see what he has in store for us next. He also mixed our 167th exclusive podcast; a hugely enjoyable collection of deep house and affiliated business with a few eclectic diversions thrown in for good measure.
01. Little Big Orchestra, “Toys & Diamonds” [Good Ratio Music]
02. Joss Moog, “Childhood Fancy” [Robsoul Recordings]
03. Jose Rico, “Mind Weapon” [Semantica]
04. Jimpster, “Brought to Bare” [Freerange]
05. Grooveman Spot, “Compromise” [Jazzy Sport]
06. Debukas, “I am Machinery” [Debukas]
07. NY*AK, “Space Soul Retreat” [Audio Parallax]
08. Roberto Rodriguez, “Lies” (Arttu Remix) [Serenades]
09. Frank & Tony, “Breath Game” [Scissor & Thread]
10. Matias Aguayo, “El Camarón” [Cómeme]
11. Theo Parrish, “Dan Ryan (ft. Jerrald James)” [Sound Signature]
12. Even Drones, “Track Two” [Even Drones]
13. Nowakowski, “They Get Up” [Room With A View]
14. Atom™, “Ich Bin Meine Maschine” [Raster-Noton]
15. Gary Romalis, “Fever (Jive Turkey)” [Share Records]
16. Gregor Schwellenbach, “Closer Musik’s Departures” [Kompakt]
17. Isolée, “Dennis” [Tamed Musiq]
18. Ivano Tetelepta & Roger Gerressen, “Time” [Apparel Music]
19. Session Victim, “Random Blues” [Wolf Music Recordings]
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