Record Label: Origin Peoples
A great DJ massages your mind and stimulates your body to optimal health, providing an escape valve from life's multitude of frustrations and anxieties. California-bred DJ Randy “Hotthobo” Ellis has earned a PhD in slipping feel-good frequencies into your ears, and "Cold Showers" (his latest mix) delivers a strategy to help you get loose.
Side A evokes the carefree uplift of a summer block party. With a smooth prelude of lavishly synthed-up boogie funk, throughout this stretch you'll hear bulbous bass struts, seductive lyrics, and 80’s hip-hop throwbacks.
Side B delves into basement-soul drums, sumptuous smooth-jazz melodies, and sublimely lackadaisical cosmic disco torch songs, but the highlight is a louche, space-funk instrumental that comes across like Moog miniaturist Jean-Jacques Perrey meets Billy Preston's “Outa-Space”... at 16 rpm.
Hotthobo mixes up the tempos here with his boogie, disco, hip-hop, and R&B selections, but he never fails to maintain a luxurious, euphoric vibe. If the riveting club-music eccentricities of Chocolate Industries' revelatory Personal Space (Electronic Soul 1974-1984) compilation floats your yacht, you'll swoon yourself silly to Cold Showers.