The Gray Area monthly Saturday afternoon takeover of Diplo's Revolution on Sirius XM has become a hotly-anticipated tradition. A proper pre-game and an appropriate soundtrack to get your weekend going. Every month brings fresh sonic treats from fantastic talent from all over the world. It's eight hours of music discovery, dancing in your pajamas, and reminding yourself why you love house music so much.
February's edition is no different. The lineup is a who's who of rising and established talent. And perhaps a little preview for some of our upcoming in-person shows.
Anabel Englund's sultry sweet voice is a sonic bridge. Her lyrical prowess connects pounding house beats with raw human emotion. Songs like "Elektricity" with Lee Foss and MK, "Reverse Skydiving" with Hot Natured, and "Coming Home" with Vintage Culture and Leftwing:Kody and dozens of others exemplify how the addition of Englund's voice to a track elevates it into timeless territory. Yet, beyond her collaborative efforts. She's a talented musician who is more than a vocalist. Her 2020 debut album Messing With Magic explored her diversity and produced two #1 US Dance Airplay singles, "So Hot" and "Picture Us."
Grammy-award winning-producer CID is known across dance music as a diverse talent, having worked with Cedric Gervais, Dombresky, Westend, and many more. The Queens-born artist has been honing his craft since he started digging through the record crates of New York shops at age 11. Spending most of his life around music, he's grown to be a sought-after studio engineer working with CBS and in-demand DJ, with appearances at EDC Vegas, Tomorrowland, and Ultra. His tastemaker label Night Service Only (distributed by dance giant Spinnin) represents the underground sound with a growing catalog of emerging artists on the roster.
Born into a dance music family, Dillon Nathaniel fell in love with dance music when his dad took him to EDC Los Angeles in 2010—his early days as a producer-led to massive wins, releasing music with labels like Confession and Insomniac. He's since established himself as a powerhouse producer releasing on lauded labels like Repopulate Mars, Glasgow Underground, Sweat It Out, and Solardo's Sola. His OCHO set will be the perfect preview for his appearance at the MK Pool Party on March 25 in Miami.
Russian-born Eskuche is known for his rugged basslines and bustin' drums. A part of the Relief Records crew, Green Velvet personally tapped him to co-headline the label's recent North American tour. And while releasing with such a legendary label is iconic, his credits extend into all avenues of house music. He frequently collaborates with house icons like Hannah Wants and Tube & Berger but also has an impressive catalog of solo releases on labels like Moon Harbour, Mark Knight's Toolroom, and Farris Wheel.
Tune In to OCHO on Diplo's Revolution: https://siriusxm.us/OchoSXM
Desert Hearts co-founder Mikey Lion believes that house, techno, and love can change the world. And alongside Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and the rest of the Desert Hearts crew he is doing that one set and song at a time. His unrelenting positive energy and dusty sub thumping funky house beats have placed him not just at the center of the West Coast house movement, but at the pinnacle of a global movement. Realized during the pandemic Mikey helped usher the Desert Heart family into new territory by establishing an early presence on Twitch and turning the brand into a global force spreading positivity, good times, and proper beats to fans in every corner of the planet.
German-producer Reboot was brought up on a diet of serious underground talent, spending his younger years at Sven Vath's infamous Omen nightclub in Frankfurt. Known for intoxicating rhythmic work and body working basslines, his music defies genre with influences ranging from jazz to world music and classic house. An equally impressive DJ, he's performed in some of the world's most storied rooms, including Womb (Tokyo), Fabric (London), and Cocoon (Frankfurt).
Lush and undulating synth layers permeate SOHMI's music. Her music reverberates with notes of disco, classic house, and pop. Her sultry voice clings to her swinging rhythms beautifuly. Despite her relatively young career, she's racked up an impressive list of credits, including work with the legendary Booka Shade, praise from BBC Radio1's Danny Howard, and a growing global fan base.
English artist Wheats was born for dance music. Despite growing up in a small town without a big scene, his dad made sure he knew about house music playing Carl Cox and Frankie Knuckles at home. He connected with Toolroom boss Mark Knight after handing him a demo at a club night. His Slip EP marked the beginning of a tight-knit relationship with the label leading to a management deal. Despite his relatively short career (only two years), he's already made a massive impact as a globe-trotting DJ. And chances are, if you've stepped into a club in the last year, you've likely heard a Wheats record playing at some point.
Tune In to OCHO on Diplo's Revolution Saturday, February 19, 2022.
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