your weekly salon mix from thom.

This week’s thom. salon mix from Vancouver’s best men’s salon and barbershop is another melting pot journey through the plethora of genres that make my world go around.

J’san starts the journey off with a chill guitar-driven beat, evoking those morning sunrise vibes. Leavy continues the chilled-out theme with a jazz-infused beat, followed by an RnB infused concoction from Mogillah and Ayana Hay. The jazzy instrumental beats keep flowing by way of San Fran’s finest, Freddie Joachim. Stan Forebee & Kyle McEvoy’s “Kensington” is the perfect conduit between Joachim’s “Out There” and Joe Corfield’s “Wildflower” – all these tracks are reminiscent to the vibe I would curate at various cocktail lounges during the beginning of my DJ career in the late 90’s – early 2000’s.

Falcxne brings his signature instrumental boom-bap soundscape with “Nothing I Can Do”, followed by Otesla’s own take on said sound with “Carbon”. Birocratic stays true to his signature organic sound with “Handsome People”, followed by one of my personal faves, Thatmanmonkz, showcasing his new project Pan Amsterdam. More instrumental goodies from Falcxne, this time back to back features with “Ilsan” and “Travels”.

The pace slowly picks up with a modern RnB/boogie cut from Ruth Koleva, leading into a new personal fave of mine, Rejjie Snow, that features beautiful vocals from Amine and Dana Williams. The boogie vibes continue with Love’s High and Chicago’s finest, Buscrates, blending into France’s finest exports, Souleance.

"...One track that has been a mainstay in my sets for years has been LA’s Kero One’s remix of D’angelo’s  “Spanish Joint” - a beautiful take on this piano driven shaker that’ll be sure to get the hips moving."

— Adam Petipas

One track that has been a mainstay in my sets for years has been LA’s Kero One’s remix of D’angelo’s “Spanish Joint” – a beautiful take on this piano-driven shaker that’ll be sure to get the hips moving. DJ Vas reworks a Joe Bataan classic, “Call My Name”, giving it a little more thump for modern dance floors. A nice uptempo cut “Will Remain” by Detroit’s finest, Black Milk, finds its way into the mix, followed by another soulful, surefire hit, “Bad Bad News” from Leon Bridges. Tom Misch’s remix of Michael Kiwanuka’s “Cold Cold Heart” keeps the soulful thematics going.

As the soulful vibes continue to ooze, we start to delve more into those feel-good disco vibes, starting with a nicely dusted remix of a cult classic, Oliver Cheatham’s “Get Down Saturday Night”, by way of The Noodleman. Another staple that has been in my sets over the years has been this lovely deep cut by one of Canada’s finest disco exports, Eddie C, and his beautiful cosmic journey that is “One With The Stars”. Another deeper disco cut to compliment said the track is New Zealand’s finest disco purveyor, Frank Booker, with his signature sound on “Sugar”.

Another favorite of mine, Mr. Onur Engin, applies his signature chops to the cult classic(A personal fave of mine), William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful For What You Got”, followed by Deep & Disco’s edit aptly called “Feel The Love” – another modern take on another personal fave of mine, Donald Byrd’s “Love Has Come Around”.

To close out the mix, I mitigate the gap between disco and house with a beautiful offering from U-Key and his remix of Saucy Lady’s “Magic Dust”. The energy continues to build, featuring some of Europes finest disco house producers: Giovanni Damico, Art of Tones, D. Lynnwood, The Mauskovic Dance Band, XOA & Contours, Glenn Astro, Live Ones and Actual Proof.

Keeping the smooth vibes going towards the finish line, featured in the mix is a lovely rework of a Curtis Mayfield staple from Chicago’s finest, Jamie 3:26, Moscow’s finest disco and house producer, Lay-Far, makes another appearance in the ongoing series. Another personal fave of mine is London’s Sameed and his stomper “Dusty Jazz”, sure to keep you moving and feeling good inside. Borrowed Identity follows suit with his seminal cut, “Queens Bridge”, leading into an orchestral version of Rock With You(Yeah, you read that correctly!) from Patchworks.

To finalize this journey of connecting the dots between all the genres that get me out of bed in the morning are Leftside Wobble’s edit of Idris Muhammad’s timeless offering, “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” – the perfect Segway to Kon’s take on Hot Chocolate’s “I Just Love What You’re Doing”

I hope you enjoy this week’s journey, folks!

Much Love,

Evo