Bokah Mix #013 – The Golden Boy

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Our next instalment in the Bokah Mix Series comes from a producer rising through the ranks of feel-good house music, releasing on labels from the likes of Eton Messy to Ministry of Sound and becoming known for his fun-loving bootlegs as well as on-point productions; Mix #13 comes from The Golden Boy.

Dominic Hammonds first caught the attention of Bristol tastemakers back in 2012 with his much loved remix of Lauryn Hill’s ‘Doo Wop’ under his The Golden Boy moniker. Naming the bootleg ‘That Thing’, the track rejuvenated a classic and is still a favourite in his and many of his fellow DJs’ sets two years later. Picked up by Eton Messy following the remix, The Golden Boy released a handful of free downloads through the channel, most recently and notably taking on Whitney Houston’s dance belter ‘Love Will Save The Day’, retaining it’s vintage feel but adding a huge beat equipped with kicks and claps galore.

Never affiliating himself with one particular label, Hammonds has steadily been sowing his seed throughout the UK’s club-focused collectives, releasing on SubSoul, Madhouse, Top Billin, MadTech, HK Records, and more. His remix catalogue includes reworking tracks from fellow throwback kings Blonde, indie-outfit Theme Park, and more recently house heavy-hitter MK on Ministry of Sound. With his own productions, Hammonds’ latest release just arrived on Bmkltsch Records in the shape of The Dream EP; a colourful outing in big vocal samples, plush 90’s piano melodies, and heavy low-ended basslines.

Putting together his mix for Bokah, The Golden Boy’s pulled out all the stops for this one-hour session in fast-paced, fun-packed house. Mixing through huge remixes from Ben Gomori, Just Kiddin, and Doc Daneeka, as well as big hitters from Marquis Hawkes and Duke Dumont, before finishing on a few of his own productions, it’s definitely one to get you moving.

Download the mix and read our interview with The Golden Boy below.

Tracklist

1. Laura Welsh – Break The Fall (Ninetoes Remix)
2. George Michael – Fastlove (Part 1) (Ben Gomori’s Get Down Edit)
3. La Roux – Uptight Downtown (Just Kiddin Remix)
4. Purple Disco Machine – Musique
5. TCTS – Games (Doc Daneeka Remix)
6. Marquis Hawkes – Can’t Find A Reason
7. Duke Dumont – Mumble Man
8. Jasper James – V Moog
9. Sidney Charles – Ruffline
10. Oliver $ & Jimi Jules – Pushing On (The Golden Boy Edit)
11. Krankbrother – Thank You Baby
12. The Golden Boy – Feels So Good
13. Luniz – I Got 5 On It

Thanks for doing the mix! Some huge tracks in there, tell us a bit about your track selection and the vibe behind the mix? Is it a typical Golden Boy set?

No worries, I tried to give this a real summertime vibe to try and bring a bit of cheer into this dark and gloomy October! The set is similar to a typical set, however I normally adapt them depending on who I’m playing with/time etc.

Your new EP, The Dream, just came out on Dutch label Bmkltsch Rcrds, tell us a bit about the release and how it compares to your other productions?

The release was the first of my new releases in which I’ve changed my style every so slightly. It still has the typical Golden Boy characteristics however they’re a little more dark and punchy. Both have had wicked responses when I’ve played them as well!

You’ve released tracks, EPs and remixes across the likes of SubSoul, Madhouse, Ministry of Sound, and Troupe Records – quite a selection. Can you see yourself affiliating more with one label soon or will you continue to release across a spectrum of labels?

I like to have a bit of variation in regards to labels as I feel they can all offer something different. I think long term once I start an album for example, I may start affiliating myself with just one label. Maybe even my own!

You’ve always been fairly well known for your remixes and bootlegs, most notably your edits of Whitney Houston & Lauren Hill – how does working on remix material compare to your original productions?

I always start a remix by going through the vocal and finding bits that I like. Then I’ll add a melody and go from there. Normally gets changed about 10 times, as I’m so picky!

You draw a lot of inspiration and samples from 90’s R&B and classic soul – are these two styles of music you grew up listening to?

I listened to so many different types of music as a kid I couldn’t really put my finger on a set genre. I do have memories of my aunties playing me tunes like Livin’ Joy’s ‘Dreamer’ from a really young age and dancing around like a crazy person!

You’ve worked a lot with Eton Messy and they’ve supported you heavily over the years – how did this relationship come about?

A friend sent Adam ‘That Thing’ and he loved it, got in touch and posted it on the channel. The rest is history really. Met them all at my first Eton Messy show in Nottingham and since then we have been good friends! Top lads.

You’ve got a busy touring schedule at the moment – what have been your favourite festivals and nights you’ve played at this summer?

I played at Ministry of Sound again and that’s always a special night; you can’t quite beat the sound system in there. Other than that I played in Nottingham for No Tomorrow Festival where I warmed up for Duke Dumont, which was pretty special, and also in Cardiff for Color Festival at Splott Warehouse with Secondcity, Annie Mac and Redlight, which was an unreal experience.

And finally, what one track can’t you get enough of at the moment?

Can’t Find A Reason’ by Marquis Hawkes; the vocal is mesmerising and makes dance floors go mental.

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