DJ Cream is an Italian producer from Bologna. Like many in the university city, he was bitten by the house bug at a young age. A founder member of the city’s increasingly essential Homequest crew (a collective of musicians that can lay claim to being amongst the most exciting in Italy right now), Cream is similarly involved in 320KB Music, a label he helped establish that’s played host to numerous records from the likes of Tommy Vicari Jr. Added to all this is the fact that he’s also involved in the BoloRepresent project alongside Dumbo Beat, Dj P!sta, Jackie, Dino Angioletti and Fabrizio Maurizi. For DJ Cream, wearing one hat is never enough.
All of this brings us nicely to Cream’s latest EP, MPC Trips. Titled in homage to the producer’s love affair with the famous sampler that spawned these works, the release marks Cream’s inaugural outing for 320KB’s sub label, Smile & Stay High. Littered with glorious house cuts from the get go, it’s a heavyweight EP that’s sure to keep you both smiling and dancing.
Opening up the record is the sounds of “My Choice”. A bubbly number full of atmosphere aplenty, it – like much of the album – is heavily influenced by Phil Weeks and his label, Robsoul. As Cream explains; “I met Phil a few years ago, which ultimately resulted in a nice friendship. As Homequest we made an album, Return to the Classics, which was released on Robsoul Jazz. So hopefully this dancefloor ethos shines through on this release!” It certainly does. As “In Da Archive” merges a a hip hop aesthetic with a rambunctious house music edge, the records dancefloor ethos is emphasises further still.
The B side gets under way courtesy of “Sunday Track”. Melodic and refined, it glides at an ethereal pace, with its firm kicks acting as a fine counterbalance. Concluding the release is the sounds of “Got My J”. Another rambunctious effort, this one is all about the canny vocals and clever drums. A fascinating glimpse into a producer who looks set to make waves over the next while, DJ Cream’s latest is a real joy from beginning to end.