Ian Pooley is one of those DJs that walks the fine line between being a respected underground artist and having mainstream success. With twenty years of experience under his belt, we don’t need to tell you that this guy has had a significant impact on the music industry. We’re proud to feature the German-based veteran in our mix series today.
Known as a chameleon in the studio, Pooley has been able to take on many different sounds and genres over the years, scouring influences from around the globe – like Detroit, Chicago or Brazil. He flirts with funk when it pleases him and always tries to put an emphasis on the groove. His first projects led him to explore dark, hypnotic beats, while his later longplayers on V2 Records were praised for their take on Brazilian samba. Pooley’s expertise lies in forging new trends before disappearing from the spotlight, only to re-emerge in a completely new direction.
2012 brought him back to the spotlight with a critically appraised release on Innervisions and his fifth studio album, ‘What I Do‘, released in early 2013 on his own label Pooled Music. Ian’s latest release came in the form of the re-issue of his highly regarded ‘Chord Memory’ EP, a mezmerizing dub techno cut made with a strong fix for the dance floor. It was the sole release that launched him into the scene back in 1996. The EP is now being released on Joris Voorn‘s and Edwin Oosterwal‘s label Rejected.
Ian’s mix is an expansive one, touching many different sounds and sounding a bit like the chameleon that he is himself. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.