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This November MOVELTRAXX founder BIG DOPE P unleashes his debut album MEHLISH: an extraordinary collection of music that smashes the boundaries between hard-hitting electronic club sounds and old-school, sample-driven hip-hop.
MEHLISH features collaborations with a wide range of singularly talented artists, including TT The Artist, DJ Slugo, Karlito (from legendary french rap band Mafia K1 Fry), Mighty Mark, DJ Jayhood, Feadz and more. Infused with that instantly recognisable Big Dope P sound, the LP packs in influences from Chicago Ghetto House to French Hip Hop via Footwork, 80s Funk & US/UK rap across 11 distinct and dynamic tracks.
“I wanted to bring something fresh to the table while still having a body of work that related to what I had previously released. This album is about beating the odds and having fun no matter what life throws at you and is dedicated to everyone who supported us since we started Moveltraxx, from the close friends we tragically lost, to the incredible moments we had touring around the world.” Big Dope P
Ahead of its release, Big Dope P brings us a selection of some of his all-time favourite cuts.
Steve Wonder – As
It’s a song I heard a lot at home growing up and it was probably my first favorite song.
Alliance Ethnik – Respect (feat. Vinia Mojica)
I think this came out when I was like 6 or 7 and it was the first time I wanted to own a CD single. I knew all the lyrics by heart!
Armand Van Helden & DJ Sneak – Psychic Bounty Killaz
I bought AVH’s 2 Future 4 U LP to have the long version of « U Don’t Know Me » and that’s how I discovered this DJ Sneak collab. Nothing was the same and I knew I would be making tracks at some point.
Mafia K1 Fry – Pour Ceux
This song is one of the biggest classics in French rap history.. When I was listening to this everyday on my way to middle school I had no idea Karlito would be on my debut album 15 years later.
Paul Johnson – Burning For Your Yearning
I discovered this song in Paul’s “In Motion” mixed cd and non-only was I obsessed with this track but the CD made me want to start DJing too. I had the honor to release PJ’s music on my label Moveltraxx and it will always be one of the things I’ll be the most proud of.
DJ Deeon – The Freaks
If Ghetto House was a video game, this track would definitely be the final boss.
MR. DE’ – Dance
If we combined Juke, Footwork, Ghettotech, Bmore and Jersey club into 1 genre, Mr De’s Debut album would be number 1 in that category. The record is incredible and he is behind most of DJ Assault hits too, we don’t pay enough respect to him in my opinion.
DJ Clent – Bounce
That whole EP was one the first actual Footwork classics and the blueprint for a lot of things that happened the following years.
King Louie – Day
Chicago Drill is one the last genre I’ve been over excited with and that song was in loop mode all summer 2014. King Louie, Katie Got Bandz, Dreezy and that whole scene really soundtracked a lot of memorable moments in my squad.
DJ Earl – Wrk Dat Body
Earl is inspiring, he is constantly pushing the boundaries of footwork music. His sophomore album that came out on Moveltraxx is probably my all time favorite in the genre. It was the first time we released an album on the label and went extra hard for it and it gave me the confidence needed to release mine there instead of signing it on another label.
Big Dope P – MEHLISH is out 12 November on Moveltraxx – listen & buy