Mixmag Best EP: Honey Dijon

When it comes to producing, Honey Dijon applies the same thoughtfulness as she does to her mixes and live performances. Collaborating with the likes of Celeda and Dajae, her tracks have graced labels like Nervous, Toolroom Records, Classic Recordings, and more. The latter imprint is host to ‘Houze’, our Best Of North America winner for Best Track/EP. 2016’s ‘Houze’ comes after two singles on Classic in the previous year: ‘Burn’ and ‘Thunda’. Where these two releases leaned toward more groovy disco tones, ‘Houze’ stands in stark opposition.

Joined by Seven Davis Jr., ‘Houze’ is an exercise in jacking acid house, a body-moving journey that is primed for sending an already-excited dancefloor over the edge. To make something that feels at once retro and current is not easy, but ‘Houze’ bridges eras effortlessly. Elements like sharply sliced and triggered vocals and stripped back breaks hover without feeling tied to a place or time. And that’s the beauty of it. Lines can be traced in ‘Houze’ to Chicago, to New York, to the 1980s, and to 2017. In other words, it’s simply a manifestation of Honey Dijon.

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