English producer/DJ Tom Staar (Thomas Ingamells) recently unveiled the second chapter to his monthly radio show titled “Staar Playr“. After missing out covering the maiden episode released back in January, we have a lot of ground to cover. Tom recently celebrated a huge milestone in his career, he had the honor to usher in Axtone Records 100th release with his alluring single “Come Together“. He poured everything he had into the record, even writing the lyrics that went on to be performed by Matt Hope. As the architect behind the label StaarTraxx, co-founder of Cartel Recordings, and a bonafide groove house master, Staar hones a strong reputation within the dance community. With Miami Music Week on the horizon, we can expect loads of exciting performances to come from Staar and his colleagues. So what better way to get psyched for a week of mayhem in Miami than an hour of Staar’s favorites? Let’s dive right in.
Admirably, “Come Together” was the first tune be played on episode 2, followed by an exquisite ID that Staar has been playing out for the past few months. As we would expect, this episode is pumped full of exciting new unreleased music, roughly 7-8 unreleased records. The first ID to ring out is a Staar Playr exclusive, rumored to be a tasty collaboration with Simon Kidzoo, the exotic vibes of “Papa Mondo (unofficial title according to 1001tracklists.com)” will leave you moving every inch of your body. The tune is ripe with Latin, mariachi, and samba influences. The track was played by Staar at a few of his ADE performances in October of 2017, keep an eye on it in the months to come. Another all time favorite by Staar, his bootleg of KernKraft 400’s “Zombie Nation” is essentially becoming a staple of his, the iconic melody paired with phat beats laid down by Tom is a sure crowd pleaser. Staar then confesses his love for the old disco samples as Mella Dee’s “Techno Disco Tool” jams.
Expressing his excitement for the upcoming WMC, he explains how Basement Jaxx’s smasher “Bingo Bango” reworked by himself and Kryder could see the light of day in the coming weeks. A “Miami banger”, Bingo Bango is sure to bring parties to life. Following “Grooves On The Vinyl”, one of the most auspicious ID’s of the whole show plays, an incredibly stand-out record. Beautiful horns, heart-melting harmonies, and the most happy melody one could conjure up complete this memorable ID. Could it be from Tom? Who knows. Getting into the meat of the show, we hear tunes from Brown Sugar, Dick Johnson, and Kinnerman. Staar has mentioned his love for techno, and those few tracks attest to that.
The most recent release from his label produced by Nico De Andrea & Pete Dash titled “Burning Sun” makes an appearance, you can check out the exclusive WeRaveYou premiere here. Another staple in Staar’s sets recently has been the famed Tom Staar and Kryder bootleg of “Storm”, it will remain unreleased, only for live shows. An upcoming release on StaarTraxx, the ultra hyped “East Soul” with it’s eastern sounding melody and phenomenal groove, leave us eagerly awaiting its release. Following Staars recent output “More and More“, the Spoiled & Zigo track remixed by Staar is a deadly banger. Another ID follows, and go figure, it is an electro inspired beast.
Arriving at the last few songs on the show, we hear Dirty South’s divine “If It All Stops” . Staar touches on his respect for Dirty South as well as his praise for his new album, XV. Wrapping things up with a Mambo Brothers ID expected to be released in March, “Kasai” has classic Ibiza vibes and comes as the perfect close to an exceptional hour of some of house music’s best.
Enough with the talk! Tune into to Staar Playr Episode 2 here.