Mella Dee stomps back into the limelight with ‘Sidney Street’ EP
Yorkshire born and London based DJ and producer, Mella Dee, returns with his latest release ‘Sidney Street’. ‘Sidney Street’ is his second release of the year, following January’s similarly dancefloor-focused EP ‘Ridgewood’, with the full EP out today on his own imprint, Warehouse Music.
Real name Ryan Aitchison, Mella Dee’s discography stems from a forward thinking approach to classic rave — taking inspiration from a melting pot of soundscapes that Northern warehouse parties are famed for. A blend of bassline, hardcore and garage influences has seen Aitchison’s fresh take on house and techno thrive. With tracks known unanimously throughout the global underground music scene (remember ‘Techno Disco Tool’?), a residency at The Warehouse Project and a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix under his belt, Mella Dee is on a constant upwards trajectory. This is only further encapsulated by ‘Sidney Street’, with the titular track having already featured on Triple J, Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist and as ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
Written in honour of Sheffield nightclub Niche, ‘Sidney Street’ offers an energetic, respectful homage to a club that helped shape the quintessential British dance music sound we know and love today. Crisp hi-hats and sugary vocals bounce off a catchy, rolling bassline – a staple feature across the entire release, with the remaining three tracks ‘Dev Green’, ‘Eccy Road’ and ‘Copley Road’ equally as chunky in a toast to driving Detroit electronica and the way in which it has been absorbed into and appreciated by British dance culture.
Expect ‘Sidney Street’ and so much more when Mella Dee (finally!) lights up Sydney’s Civic Underground on the 27th of November, supported by Cassettes for Kids, Roof and Roxy Lotz.
Words by JESSICA NEGUS