South African deep house label Stay True Sounds is about to release its fourth annual compilation album. Check out a preview of this track by AndileAndy remixed by Buddynice!
Leaders are needed to rock South Africa, the country where we find the biggest deep house crowd in the world. Kid Fonque is one of them. He has been at the helm of Stay True Sounds since 2016, always on the lookout of a new generation of producers capable of continuously innovating and refreshing the genre. A key player in the huge local house scene – and therefore global house scene – Fonque, both producer and radio anchor, took the time to compile twenty tracks essential to the label. A not-so-straightforward mission for a label who usually releases at least two albums, or EPs, each month : “Compiling 20 tunes for STS Vol.4 is a continuous job that I do in the background of my everyday life”, he says. “For me it’s all about a feeling… If the music connects with me, I licence it and make sure it has its place. The comp is so musically diverse but the one central connection to all the tunes is the quality which I make sure is on point when releasing any content on my label Stay True Sounds.”
The collection naturally includes tracks that helped make 2021 shine, like this streamlined version (even more so) of the Tea White’s classic “Bread & Milk”, the groovy “Billow Made me Do it” from KVRVBO and Billowjazz or the synthesised anthem “Make up Your Mind” from Chronical Deep. The album features new talents to follow closely like Thabo Tonnik, Baxsphere or Deep Essentials, as well as major producers who were already part of the family like China Charmeleon, Fka Mash or SGVO. While deep and soulful house has already become part of the DNA of this great country, Fonque calls on the global house scene to “listen and support what’s happening in South Africa, where the house scene is so special and offers so much to discover.”