By all accounts, London based DJ, producer and record label owner Bobby has had an extremely rewarding few years. Known to most as Bobby Pleasure after his ‘Pleasure Club’ party series, the come up has been impressive for the Londoner, having made a name for himself as a resident at the excellent and intimate Lion & Lamb pub-turned-club venue in Hoxton.
Gaining recognition through championing an expansive and creative sound that frequents across the spectrum of house and techno, he launched his excellent charity-focused label ‘Needs – Not For Profit’ in 2017, and dropped his first solo release last year – the mind-altering Bam Bam EP with none other than Craig Richards on Remix duty, as his penchant for creativity and commendable desire to make change for the greater good shines through.
With each release on his Needs imprint generating money for worthy causes, such as charities focusing on homelessness and mental health, Bobby’s determination to spread awareness and “give back” to those who need it the most saw him go on to curate several Needs-led events last year. including ‘HeForShe’ – a charity fundraiser in association with UN Women that saw the likes of Peggy Gou and Jackmaster take part in a day of panel talks and DJ sets.
Five releases later and going on to be nominated for ‘best breakthrough label’, it’s fair to say label and owner are on an upwards trajectory, culminating in Bobby being revealed as the latest edition to Legendary institution Fabric’s famous pool of regular DJ’s as the club celebrates its 20th year.
Ahead of his debut set at Five Miles for London partystarters Fall Up alongside D’Julz and Tristan Da Cunha next Saturday 3rd February, we caught up with Bobby to uncover the essential records he’s currently digging, and the ones in the bag that are setting the pace.
N-Gynn – Dark Side Of The Moon (Pleasure Club)
This track is from the first release on my brand new shiny record label Pleasure Club. N-Gynn bringing that tripped out, spacey vibe to the party.
DJ Normal 4 – Return Of The Hooligans (Needs)
Big one from Normal 4 on my other label Needs. This record was in aid of mental health with all profits to Mind charity. Repress coming soon.
Ekbox – Mitsuboshi (Cabaret Recordings)
This whole EP is killer from Evan Baggs & Katsuya Sano, but it’s the A1 which will be getting the most rotation from me. Shouts to DJ Masda.
Tropical Moon – Jungle House (Mint Condition)
A classic recently reissued on Mint Condition. This whole EP is really amazing, but it’s this cut which has been working it’s way into most of my sets as of late.
Joy O – Seed (Hinge Finger)
Joy O is back firing in the studio and this EP on Hinge Finger is possibly the pick of the bunch. Impeccably produced electronic music of various tempos and styles. Go out and buy it quickly.
Kosh – Casablanca Vice (Casa Voyager)
Newish one from Moroccan label Casa Voyager. The Kosh jam ticks all the boxes with deep breaks, spacey pads and a wicked acid line.
ANF – The Surface (NAFF)
Been loving all of the output on NAFF and this one was no different. Tropical, ethereal house with a great bassline.
Ambien Baby – Succession (Isla)
A deep journey with emotive harmonics on this collaboration between D.Tiffany and Dan Rincon. Music for the uninvited.
Calibre – Break That (The Nothing Special)
Quality as always from Calibre and The Nothing Special. Retro-breaky-garage-futurism. Calibre always seems to get it so right.
Omar & Draculas Lutz – Tschuss (My Own Jupiter)
A bloodsucking dancefloor destroyer from two people who know a thing or two about the subject. A perfect club record.