“For us there’s nothing better than a producer who’s done his time behind the counter of a record shop. If this mix is anything to go, the most formative of Stuart Li’s ten years in the Toronto underground music scene came when he worked at Cosmos Records (who just opened a branch in London), dealing with rare jazz, funk, soul, disco and latin music on a daily basis. Having supplied the heads, Li has taken that knowledge into his own productions which are versatile enough to accommodate elegant house textures and more confrontational warehouse-ready techno cuts.
With the latter on display in his new LP Under The Same Sky, released on Dekmentel in November, we were surprised (and delighted) to receive a mix that hints at Li’s sweeter tooth. Touching on the latin fusion of Eddie Palmieri, Elis Regina’s samba flair and the sophisticated disco arrangements of Norman Connors, this is about as direct a journey through the crate digger’s bible of breaks, melodies and floor-fillers as you’ll get.”
Listen to the mix & read Li’s in depth mix liner notes on The Vinyl Factory.