For long-standing followers of House music, Osunlade is nothing less than a legend of the scene. You’ll be hard pressed to find an artist more spiritual than the producer which is one of the reasons he can be rightfully asserted as a Godfather of Soulful House, as the founder of Yoruba Records the Missouri born, Greece residing tribalist has an astounding CV that includes releases on Strictly Rhythm, Soul Jazz & BBE which dates back to the mid-80’s when he would, for the most part, curate tracks for others, with accreditation often to be found on the releases’ credit list.
However the sound’s appeal has grown synonymously with Osunlade’s, who has consistently attempted to push the boundaries of House and taken influence from artists and sounds from all parts of the world. Although a regular traveller across Asia, Osunlade spent many years residing in St Louis, Los Angeles, New York and Puerto Rico to name a few, yet the producers last five years have been spent on the Greek island of Santorini, which clarifies his experiences and appeal for sounds that span some of the most remote places of the world.
Having spoken with Osunlade earlier this summer (interview here), the producer returns with ‘Peacock’ – his eighth studio album of a storied production career, with the release said to have been recorded in homage to the Yoruban spirit Ochun who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. To mark the release we caught up with the multitalented artist during a recent performance for the excellent ‘Defected Records’ to discuss a wealth of topics including his summer, educating audiences, touring the world and his views on the allegedly decaying state of House in the US.
Osunlade’s eight studio album ‘Peacock’ is out now and available via iTunes here.