Halal Sol’s immaculate Guest Mix should come with a warning for some: it’ll make you miss the dancefloor badly.
It’s a reminder of older, gentler times, but the mix itself is packed with infectious four-to-the-floor grooves and strains of classic soul — the good stuff that makes a night out in town that much more worthwhile.
Halal Sol’s methodology to this sojourn is simple: “I wanted to emulate the feeling of being on the dance floor. There's a steady build up of energy from the first track all the way to the last track. In between, there are breaks and drops that give your ears (and feet) some time to rest before the final few tracks.”
Gather some friends, pour out the champagne and turn this up (as loud as your neighbours would allow). And when you’re done, take notes from the man himself on some of the tracks featured here and his next moves — hopefully one that might involve the dancefloor.
Tell us about some of the songs in this mix!
Crystal Waters - ‘Gypsy Woman’
This track needs no introduction. It was one of the first tracks I fell in love with when I first started getting into House music. I love its timeless-ness. It has all the classic elements of a house track; the drums, the bass, the chords and Waters' soulful and addictive voice.
Doug Willis - ‘I Got It (Joey Negro Remix)’
Another classic house beat. I think this track came out around the same time as ‘Gypsy Woman’. What I love about this track is that it sounds like it could have been released recently. I really dig the chord progression change half way through the track. It feels refreshing and makes you feel lifted before bringing you back down to the regular chord progression. The bassline is really simple but it goes so well with the drums. I feel the bassline and drums could just be a track on its own.
Earth Boys - ‘Raining Outside’
This is one of those tracks that I happen to chance upon and instantly got drawn to it. The musical elements are deep, chill and great on its own. Then, the vocals come in. It's pitched down and mixed with effects that I feel is the opposite of the musical elements of the track. But, somehow, it just gels well and makes this track rather addictive. Then there's the not-so-discreet meaning of the lyrics. Innocent me thought the track was about a rainy day.
In general, what do you look for when putting together a mix?
The tracks have to flow. When putting a mix, I try to get a theme going first, whether it's to kick away the Monday blues or to celebrate the start of the weekend. With that in mind, I'll head to my track libraries to pick out the tracks. This SGCR mix was done in my bedroom so I don't really have a crowd to read to see if the track fits the vibe. With this mix, I wanted to emulate the feeling of being on the dance floor. There's a steady build up of energy from the first track all the way to the last track. In between, there are breaks and drops that give your ears (and feet) some time to rest before the final few tracks.
Did you find yourself digging for more tunes under quarantine?
Definitely! With the quarantine, I found myself at home more. When working, I have music playing in the background through YouTube or Spotify. The music starts with a track I like — then I let the app algorithm take me on a musical journey of discovery of similar-sounding tracks. With the tracks I like, I'll go ahead and procure them. The music is supposed to help me focus on my work, but I get pretty distracted from all the tunes I discover. Please don't tell my boss. :D
What other moves can we expect from you?
This year will be a great year! I have an EP coming out with Darker Than Wax mid-year which I am really proud of. I spent a lot of time on the EP trying to keep things interesting with the elements I use. Each track is a different facet of music styles I like with the Halal Sol touch. That said, most of the tracks are house tracks so I am staying true to my roots.