Secret Weapons 27 – Ralf GUM

Having just released his 4th artist album ‘Progressions’, The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight caught up with GOGO Music boss Ralf GUM amidst the South African leg of his album tour and grabbed a few secret weapons that always rock his spot…

Back in March, South Africa-based house music producer and DJ, Ralf GUM, released his first album in four years. The German-born producer dropped his awe-inspiring In My City, back in 2014, and follows it up with the brilliant Progressions, which is bound to score high on any genuine house-head’s card.

The album does what many house albums fail to do, and tells a story with each of the compositions. GUM returns to some familiar ground, inviting the likes of Joseph Junior and Ayanda Jiya (both of whom have appeared on Ralf‘s GOGO Music), alongside Portia MoniqueLady Alma, and Paul Randolph. With such a star-studded rundown of collaborators, the long player can’t fail to impress.

GUM and his album cohorts deal with multiple themes throughout the work, which include love, loss, race, the interaction between human beings, and life in general. The messages contained within the works are conveyed in multiple fashions, from Mafikizolo‘s Zulu vocals, featured in Uyakhala (which translates as You Cry), to the jazzy delivery of Monique Bingham in Claudette. This gives the album something very different with which to hook its listeners – and it works.

Ralf GUM Progressions is out now on GOGO Music. Grab yourself a copy of the record, here. In the meantime, lets see what love-bombs Ralf likes to detonate above the heads of his audiences, in his Secret Weapons playlist…

Roland ClarkSimple Things (Joe Claussell’s Sacred Rhythm Remix)

This is an amazing almost 14-minute long journey of highest musicality. The lyrics of Roland Clark are great, too. I kept on playing this record since it came out.

DJ Spinna feat. Ovasoul7You Should Be Loving Me (Original)

DJ Spinna did many tracks which don’t leave my box and this is one of my favourite works of his, which should be in the collection of every soulful house lover.

4 Ears feat. Lady BirdCant be Without you (Benny Pecoraio Must Be Sax Dub)

4 Ears was a project I did with Benny Pecoraio and he simply smashed his Dub Mix. The Jimpster-ish bassline, smashing beat and simple Sax just work perfect for the floor.

Gintonic Da CollyBang The Drum (Original Mix)

A simple track and groove, yet so effective and always creating a great atmosphere in the club.

Alex JonesBed (Dan Berkson’s Effortless House Mix)

One of those tracks which keep popping up in my sets and always doing the trick.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Running In The Streets (Charles Webster Remix)

One of my favourite Charles Webster remixes. I love the bassline and filter work on this tune.

Mike DelgadoThe Murder Track

25 years old and still sounding good to me. This is a weapon when playing for some real House Heads.

AtheusDeploy

This is a track for the late hours and real deep sets. I like the dubby delay vibe here.

SelanGravity (Dub Instrumental)

Selan is, of course, known as a great keyboard player and this release of his has a lovely ambience.

Ralf GUM & Monique BinghamLittle W. 12th St. (Ralf GUM Deeper Dub)

This track still kills dance-floors especially in South Africa and is one of my favourite own Dubs I ever did.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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