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Eats Everything picks ten brilliant Bristol house music records

Written by
Jon Cook

Bristol's very own house music megastar, Eats Everything, jets back from a summer in Ibiza to play the Arcadia Spectacular in Queen Square on Saturday September 5, alongside Annie Mac, Monki and GotSome.

While Bristol is globally renowned for its contribution to jungle, dubstep and other bass-heavy strains of dance music, the city's been earning quite a rep as a house music hotspot over the last few years, too. The likes of Julio Bashmore, Waifs & Strays, Shanti Celeste and the Futureboogie fraternity have all been busy proving that, here in the West, we can do 4/4 grooves as well as anyone and anywhere.

Ahead of Eats's set for Arcadia we tracked the big man down for a history lesson in Bristol house music. He was more than happy to oblige, although keen to express that this is by no means a 'top ten', but rather a selection of ten great records from Bristolian producers.

Whatever it is, this is a solid list of damn good music - read (and listen) on for some of Bristol's brightest 4/4 moments...

Carlton - 'Do You Dream' (1990)

Carlton is probably, to my knowledge anyway, Bristol's first house artist to find real success. This record came out in 1990 on Bristol legends Smith & Mighty's Three Stripe record label and it quickly got picked up by the main man Pete Tong and re-released of FFRR. Really wicked record at the height of the acid house era. Loves it babs.

Julio Bashmore - 'Simple Love' (2015)

This record is off Bashmore's recent album 'Knocking Boots' and is already a classic in my eyes. The guy that really opened the door for the wave of Bristolians (like me) to breakthrough. Absolute quality and one of the best producers around.

Waifs & Strays - 'Yeah Yeah' (2010)

Amos of Waifs & Strays has been one of my best friends for a long time, is a great DJ and a great producer. I could have chosen any number of his tracks, but this was his breakthrough record way back in 2010. It's a real belter and it still sounds fresh as a daisy today.

Eats Everything - 'The Withywood Walk' (2013)

I think this is my favourite record I have made - or it's certainly up there - and I still play it to this day. It kind of went under the radar, but the reaction on the dancefloor whenever I play it is amazing, and it's named after an area of Bristol so seems fitting for this lickle list.

Crazy P - 'Changes' (Lukas Remix) (2012)

Lukas is one of my best mates, my studio partner when we make music under the production moniker "The Eel" and a wonderful, wonderful DJ and selector. This record didn't ever come out and I have no idea why, because it's fucking brilliant. Wicked, groovy piano-driven record that just rolls along in a very Lukas-ish way.

The White Lamp - 'It's You' (Ron Basejam Remix) (2012)

Amazing slice of chunky disco-fuelled Bristol goodness on Futureboogie recordings. It's tough to pick a single track from Futureboogie, but I'm trying to be as fair and varied as possible, so am narrowing my horizons. Such a good label, such good people and such gooooooood music.

Behling, Simpson & Shanti Celeste - 'Closer' (2012)

The super combo of Sam 'Baobinga' Simpson, Ed 'I.D.' Bayling and future superstar Shanti Celeste is just as you would imagine it to be….fucking brilliant. Slow, low slung beefy house music with a killer vocal and synth combo. Bonertastic stuff.

Christophe - 'Apache' (2013)

Another very, very, very good friend of mine and absolutely badboy DJ and selector. This is my favourite record Chris has made. Euphoric and proggy, but with a good ol' Bristol bump to it. The breakdown is the stuff of legend. What a man.

Breach ft Andrea Triana - 'Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)' (2013)

Breach, aka Ben Westbeech, is another Bristol legend. He's an uber talented man who can play many instruments (including the pink oboe…) and frequently produces outstanding music. I know this was in the charts and could be considered "cheesy", but fuck it, a good record is a good record no matter how overplayed it becomes. This is a very good record.

Julio Bashmore - 'Battle For Middle You' (2012)

The best record made by a "house" music artist from Bristol and in the top 20 house and techno records released in the last decade for me. Absolutely first class.

Eats Everything performs at Arcadia Spectacular in Queen Square on Saturday September 5.

Check our exclusive gallery of images from Arcadia at Glastonbury for an idea of what to expect.

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