Marques Wyatt's efforts in bringing and cultivating house music on the West Coast for the last fifteen years are undeniable and admirable. Toiling away at translating the authentic vibes from New York and Chicago to the malleable nature of California, his efforts have paid off, as we have now developed our own house producers that are now rivaling -- and surpassing -- those once-idols from the East Coast. Wyatt's most effective tools have been his weekly and monthly live events, where he has trained the house-hungry ears of his faithful followers to recognize the best material in that vein worldwide.
For the last five years, this has occurred at Deep, his Sunday night Hollywood party, the energy and aesthetic of which is seamlessly captured on Horizons, his fourth mixed compilation. Shedding light on the spiritual side of the 4/4 beat, Wyatt balances the warm Latin vibes that have become an integral element of his sound with uplifting vocals and an overall happy energy. An excellent representation of what it feels like to be locked into a nourishing groove at a bumping house club at the peak of the night, Horizons is full of joyful feelings, from the spicy "Musica (NNY Funked Up Mix)" by S.O.M. (featuring the sultry vocals of Barbara Mendes) to the flavorful bumps of Los Hermanos' "Quetzal" and Onsulade's "Same Thing" (featuring Maiya James). Horizons encompasses the entire house package, West Coast and otherwise.
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