We all love positive news, and the electronic music scene is anticipating the forthcoming Eton Messy collection to reset the standard for quality underground House. Set for an early December release, this compilation is the culmination of their ten years at the helm of the industry, providing a stream of underground and crossover hits whilst continuing to keep the world dancing.
Recently announcing their cumulative work that showcases a decade of dance through the eyes of Eton Messy, they reflect upon their past, and celebrate their future as a home to UK hit makers and breakthrough clubland producers.
“Selecting the artists was no easy task although once we got into the groove of the curation, it came together very quickly. We basically split it into artists who had been influential to Eton Messy in the past, present and the future (however narrowing it down was the hard bit as there was so much to choose from and good music to select!”
Label owners, Ed Byass & Charlie Wedd provided a little preview into their thought process behind the pinnacle package and their specific track choices: It felt right and came full circle as The Golden Boy kick starts 10 years of Eton Messy Compilation with his club tool ‘Desert Island Disco’. It was only fair for Golden Boy to open proceedings after he was one of the first artists to release on the label. With releases on Sola, Repopluate Mars, Toolroom & more he has gained support from the likes of Camelphat, Solardo, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard, Roger Sanchez, Offaiah, Bob Sinclar, Diplo, and many more.
For us, Bondax are original OGs of the scene that popped off 10 years ago. When we booked them for a small intimate show for a sold out 150 people back in Bristol in 2012 https://ra.co/events/368850 it felt like something special had been formed. Since then they have gone strength to strength and we have always wanted to get them onboard for a release and this seemed like the right time for their 3 year hiatus, they are BACK and bringing the heat. Closing off the Compilation with the beauty that is September feat Family Habits.
The UK based label heads continue…Our Eton Messy Records regulars Donny Rotten and Ros T combined their production prowess to bring ‘The Price’ to the attention of all dance floor fillers alike. With the history both have had with the label it was only right to give them the reigns. With releases on labels such as Altra Moda (Ros recently collaborated with Franky Rizardo), Nervous Records, Miura Records, theBasement Discos and more whilst both have gained strong support from the likes of Sarah Story, Danny Howard, Justin Martin, Joris Voorn, Riva Starr, Hot Since 82, Icarus and many more.
Respect for the past whilst pushing the future forward…
“It was exciting to compile, and now share our cumulative works, benchmarking the brand for the next decade ahead. Our plans for the next chapter are already starting to take shape so come join us on our journey.” Jack of all trades – it’s seldom that the phrase can stand tall on its own, however in relation to these two heroes of the South West,it genuinely stops there. We’re now seeing Ed Byass and Charlie Wedd fast-becoming scene-leading, ‘Jacks’ of the dance-floor to boot; as since birthing their own Eton Messy Records imprint in 2015 – they’ve made some stealthy, but serious strides.
Now returning with their latest VA compilation; shining a proud light on a number of recent signings – whilst tantalisingly teeing us up for the Eton Messy Records assault on 2022.
Eton Messy favourite The Golden Boy will be kickstarting the compilation, followed by debut releases on the label by Luke Fono, Karma Kid and Bondax, whom after all this time, it is hard to believe, considering all the shows they have played with the brand throughout the years.
Extended family members returning to the fray include Ray, whose hardcore-nodding ‘Set Me Free’ throbs with a palpable warehouse heat; Cortese – who join forces with 2XM for another elegant, 2 step-licked houser; plus the label’s most scene-impacting signing to date – LEGATO; who envelops us in his trademark cloak of misty, widescreen finery once more.
Eton Messy have their long-game crosshairs firmly fixed on the future, and keeping their rapidly growing, ravenous fanbase on tender hooks, the release also features some very exciting new faces too. First up, we have some names that are fresh to both label and scene; the likes of Simmerdown – who impress with the stuttering, broken-beat soul of ‘Dilate’; Self Tape – who bring their sure-footed, bittersweet grooves to the party; and MJSB – whose bold, stripped-to-the-core ‘Home’,is an emphatic, percussive-led exercise in ‘less is more’.
The final piece in Ed Byass and Charlie Wedd’s passionately curated love-letter to their present and future Eton Messy faithful, comes via a fistful of piping hot artists, making serious waves in the scene as we speak. Lis Sarroca – one of the most charted underground producers of 2021, who brings a refined, next-level deepness to the fore; the radio smashing Apres – whose warm, Jazz-skimmed contribution does exactly what it says on the tin and transports us instantly to the ‘Poolside’ party of our dreams; plus – big hitters Karma Kid, Fono and fittingly the mighty Bondax, whom are the perfect final LP addition – having thrown out the rule back, just as the EMR boys did a decade back, carving an unprecedented pathway of their own making, through a brave new, almost alien online world.
After loading up on this latest offering from the Bristol-based tastemakers – it’s kind of hard to imagine the online world being the only one they’re kings of before too long. The lead in to the festive party season never looked better, 10 Years Of Eton Messy will be released 3rd December.