Bill Brewster's a man who knows his way round tempos. As the founder of DJ History, co-author of the seminal Last Night a DJ Saved My Life — one of the very few books on dance music that's actually really fucking good — compiler of essential interview compendium The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries, esteemed crate digger, and half of the team behind globetrotting 'professional house party' Low Life, Brewster's a man you can trust.
As he gets ready to release the next instalment of the Late Night Tales series — the low tempo, high octane After Dark Nocturne, mixed by Brewster himself — we thought we'd get him to school us in the slower, sultry end of the spectrum. Without further ado, let's hand it over to this selector of selectors.
"This came out on a label run by Ewan Pearson, Misericord. Al's done a lot of stuff with Ewan over the years, not so much now as Ewan is living out in Berlin. I think Al Usher is one of the most underrated producers in the U.K.. Unfortunately he doesn't do that much these days, but everything he has is brilliant, and this is no exception. It's just a really simple track, really nice keyboards, arranged really well. There's something really bouncy, irresistibly funky about it."
"The Jamiroquai track was first introduced to me by Jon Marsh from The Beloved. I used to play with him a lot at Fabric. We often used to go back to his house after we'd finished as it was only round the corner from the club. This is one of the things he played me. It's from about 1993 or '94 - a promo version that was never released, by a guy called DJ D-Zire, and it's completely unlike the main version - it's only really got that vocal bit."