Guesthouse Music In 5 Records
Since its launch in winter 2004, Oakland’s Guesthouse Music has established itself as one of the premiere underground house labels in the world. Featuring a talent roster of more than 100 artists such as Gene Farris, Johnny Fiasco, Sonny Fodera, J Paul Getto, Mark Funk & Demarkus Lewis. The label helmed by producer/DJ Mes (aka Jason Sutton) has gone on to drop 180 releases by artists from 35 countries. Defined by a catalogue of beats that bump, thump and pump, Guesthouse continues blending old and new school sounds to deliver diggable tunes to the dance floor and beyond.
Here are 5 Releases past and present that have shaped the label.
The 5 definitive trax…
1. Cozy Creatures – Show U The Way
This record really put us on the map and made everyone take notice of Guesthouse Music at home in the states and overseas. ‘Show U The Way’ defined our sound as Underground House and still works dance floors into a frenzy today. Thanks to the funky Belgians, Raoul and Dimitri (Cozy Creatures) for taking a chance on a small label early on.
2. The Sound Republic – Whatcha Mama Gunna Say?
The Sound republic inspired a whole generation of ‘Nu Skool’ producers with their releases on Guesthouse. Its hard to pick a favorite as they did so many good tunes for us but if I have to pick one that I always go back to it’s ‘What Cha Mamma Gunan Say’. I vividly remember playing this record every day at WMC the year it came out and people freaking out every time it dropped. Cheers to Frankie and John for this one!
3. Gramophonedzie – Why Don’t You.
This was our highest selling record ever. We sold over 10,000 units before the license was bought out by Virgin Music. This record made a career for Gramophonedzie as a DJ and Producer launching him into the stratosphere as an overnight success. ‘Why Don’t You’ also broke down genre barriers for House Music whilst being was played by top DJ’s across the globe who played house, deep, tech, minimal, jackin, soulful etc.
4. DJ Sneak – Did it at the Disco
Sneak doing his thing and at his best in my opinion. It may be a well known sample thats been done before but Sneak has a way of making tracks his own and he did just that with this track. Impossible to stand still to with an infections groove and sneaky beats. Still relevant and stands up against any track being made today.
5. DJ Mes & Sonny Fodera – Wanna Do
Simply put, this is a Jam! Play this anytime, anywhere and people feel compelled to get out on the dance floor and boogie. This record is what Guesthouse is all about, party time music aimed directly at the dance floor.