By Jacob Katel
By Karli Evans
By Jose D. Duran
By Pablo Chacon Alvarez
By Kat Bein
By Abel Folgar
By Laurie Charles
Long before dance music was divided into a million subgenres, Héctor Romero was mixing things up at his legendary block parties in the Bronx. During those anything-goes days, Romero — then known as Baby Hec — developed a love for early house music through residencies at legendary NYC clubs such as the Roxy and the Palladium.
Ever the busy man, Romero went on to form part of Def Mix Productions, the top indie dance label that houses Frankie Knuckles and David Morales. Most recently he released Pasha Ibiza: Winter Session 4, a compilation of his DJ set at the iconic Ibiza club.
His new project is SAW Recordings, a progressive house label he helms alongside Japanese legend Satoshi Tomiie. So far, SAW has released strictly progressive singles like Audiofly's "Stolen Goods," and Romero's live set, along with Tomiie's, should be the golden ticket for those looking for the left field, cutting edge of house music.
1. Elmar Schubert, "Breaking Curfew (Sasse Remix)" (Fantasize Records)
2. Tiger Stripes and Jerome Sydenham, "F12 (Argy's 6 a.m. Mix)" (Ibadan Records)
3. Virtualmismo, "Mismoplastico (Shakedown Remix)" (Arcobaleno Digitale)
4. DJ Yello, "Medium" (Wolfskuil)
5. Tiger Stripes and Jerome Sydenham, "Elevation (Radio Slave's One More Kiss Remix" (Ibadan Records)
6. Ben Westbeech, "Hang Around (Wahoo Main Mix)" (Brownswood Recordings)
7. Robert Owens, "Inside My World" (Compost)
8. ATFC, "Speed Up" (Main Defected)
9. Mark Knight and Funkagenda, "Shogun (Exacta Remix Tool Room)" (Trax)
10. Spencer Parker and Diesel Pres. Co. Lab, "Music Box" (SAW Recordings)