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Phil Weeks shares 10 influential house tracks

DJ/producer Phil Weeks is a house music purist. His mixing is old school Chicago with a nu-school French flare going from the deepest house to the techiest. His production sounds like it could have been released in the 90’s partly because he uses the same gear: 808’s, 909’s, 606’s, even vintage keys. He prefers vinyl, likes his mixes dirty, and knows how to rock a crowd with a heavy-hitting bass line.

The French artist is a house purist dedicated to bringing the world only proper house music with his Djing, his productions, and his label, Robsoul Recordings. A true lover of house music, Phil Weeks’ DJ career started 10 years ago. With skills comparable to the best and crowd-pleasing track selection, it wasn’t long before he became a major player in the house music scene. He has played at some of the world’s most renowned venues like Queen’s Club, Sankey’s Soap, Circus, Ministry of Sound, Back to Basics, and Stereo. By 2001 he was ready for the next step and Robsoul Recordings was born. Originally the label was meant as an avenue for Phil to release his own tracks the way he wanted to and the success was more than he anticipated. Phil Weeks’ early releases ‘Yeah I Like It’ and ‘It Put Me Well’ became classics in less than 2 months.

Now Phil Weeks is one of the world’s most sought after producers saving his best work for his label and often releasing other tracks under monikers like PW. It wasn’t long before this success lead to the decision to sign other artists to the label. Consequently, Robsoul is now one of the world’s most renowned and respected house music labels featuring some of the world’s best like Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, David Duriez, No Assembly Firm, Fries & Bridges and Chris Carrier. Releases are selling out in a time when many labels aren’t able to keep afloat. But he isn’t one to brag about this. To him, it’s all about keeping proper house music alive. This just goes to show Phil Weeks is a house purist.

1. Romanthony – Let Me Show You Love (Quick Dub) – Azuli (1994)

“It took me over 2 years to find this record back in the day. Finally found it in Munich/Germany. Remember it was no internet at that time”.

2. Daft Punk – Revolution 909 – Soma/Virgin (1997)

“This album “Homework” is a masterpiece. I knew then I wanted to dedicate my life to Housemusic”.

3. DJ Rasoul – San Francisco Nights – Large (1998)

“One of my fav. producer ever. A big inspiration for me when I started producing Housemusic.”

4. Franckie Knuckles feat. Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride – Trax (1987)

“A real classic from 1987. I remember the first time I heard this on a club. Goosebumps!”

5. Cajmere feat. Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Goodies Mix) Cajual (1994)

“Another Chicago classic from Green Velvet aka Cajmere. People always go nuts when they hear it in the club”.

6. Moodymann – Shade Of Jae – KDJ (1999)

Moodymann has always been a big inspiration for me. Soul Samples, MPC Beats & big creativity”.

7. Crustation – Flame (Mood II Swing borderline Insanity Dub) – Jive (1997)

“Mood II Swing has been the main inspiration for me. SP1200 beats, 12 bits sound. Full of feelings”.

8. C.J Bolland – Sugar Is Sweeter – (Armand’s Drum And Bass Mix) – FFRR (1996)

“I still rock this track. This is the definition of a club track for the DJs. Perfect to mix in and out”.

9. Djaimin’ – Open The Door (DJ Shorty’s Zanzibar Stomper Mix) – Slip’n’ Slide (1998)

“This is one of my secret weapons, fun & powerful”.

10. Akufen – Deck The House – Force Inc (2002)

“First time I heard this track I was in San Francisco at a boat party around the Alcatraz jail. I was on mushrooms, was crazy!”

Phil Week  and Charlie Sputnik’s ‘Say What You Want’ EP is out now via Mother Recordings. Grab your copy.

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