Armand van Helden is Ministry of Sound’s latest ‘Masterpiece’-maker
Following in the footsteps of tastemakers Gilles Peterson, Andrew Weatherall, Carl Craig and, most recently, drum’n’bass pioneer Goldie, Armand van Helden is creating his own Masterpiece. The Boston-born producer (and one-half of Duck Sauce) has been tapped by UK dance institution Ministry of Sound to contribute to their prestigious Masterpiece series, and he’s done so with a massive three-disc mix that documents his lengthy journey through music.
Each disc on the compilation focuses on a different theme central to van Helden’s career as a DJ and producer. The first, titled The Loft (Boston), takes listeners to the club where he got his start, sound-tracked by the likes of Mood II Swing, Masters At Work, Ian Pooley and MK. The second disc, Yacht Rock Don’t Stop, plays out the classics from his youth: California-centric sounds (known otherwise as ‘Blue Eyed Soul’) from Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Player and the Doobie Brothers. The last disc is Forever Freestyle, and it pays homage to a short-lived genre that he says “didn’t last as long as it deserved to,” with cuts from Debbie Deb, Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and more.
“Here is my end quote: ‘HOUSE MUSIC WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS A BIGGER FORM OF MUSIC THAN DISCO,’” van Helden states in the press release. Preview Armand van Helden’s Masterpiece compilation with this 15-minute mini-mix below before its release on Ministry of Sound on February 15. Check out the tracklist and pre-order a copy over on iTunes.