Various Artists Winter Sampler: 20 Year Compilation

Uniting Souls Music (USM027) – Release Date: Dec 15, 2017

Michael Manahan feat. Tamika Jackson – ”Center Peace”
Tokita – ”Jazzcid”
Jeromy Nail – ”Everyday”
Lee Houser – ”Art Of State”
Lee Houser – ”Don’t Even Know Me (Jordan Strong Remix)”
DJ Sulli & 5657 – ”Waiting So Long (S5 Patience Mix)”
Madly In Dub – ”Suenos Verdes”
Jordan Strong & Shonja – ”Picture in the Sky”


Twenty years of Uniting Souls! The “Seattle house music institution” (The Stranger 9/25/17) – collective, events producer, and record label – celebrates an impressive two decades since formation with a compilation showcasing some of the crew’s strongest contributors. Across top notch eight cuts, the Winter Sampler: 20 Year Compilation delivers the deep, underground beats that Uniting Souls is known for. Michael Manahan (Hunt & Gather) starts off the sampler with the groovy “Center Peace,” featuring evocative vocals from Tamika Jackson which alternates between sung and spoken phrases. Spacey pads and sharp chords drive things along nicely. Long-time Uniting Souls denizen Tokita (Night Grooves) then unleashes “Jazzcid” which funks up the proceedings. Its delicious nods to the old school are irresistible. “Everyday” comes courtesy of Jeromy Nail (Innerflight Music), dropping intricate beat programming, bouncing sub bass, and a slinky dance floor vibe. DJ duo Lee Houser (Tilted Records) contributes two cuts, with “Art of State” exhibiting a classic, psychedelic west coast deep house flavor. The pair’s “Don’t Even Know Me” then gets remixed by veteran Uniting Souls DJ Jordan Strong who sublimely places the cut right in the middle of an underground basement party at 4 AM. Reno, Nevada, DJs Sulli & 5657 are up next, delivering some particularly chunky beats and a ton of late night atmosphere. Live electronic trio renowned & much loved in the Pacific Northwest festival community, Madly In Dub lend an exotic flair with “Suenos Verdes,” and Jordan Strong returns to close out the compilation with the deep, percussive, and dark “Picture In The Sky,” a collaboration with Shonja. Winter Sampler: 20 Year Compilation serves as a brilliant ‘state of the nation’ for Uniting Souls and its family. The label and collective is as strong as ever, and there’s no sign of slowing down. Seattle’s house music underground is in good hands.

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Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Michael Manahan brings DJ and live sets that are influenced by cutting edge electronic styles and traditional sounds. This DJ, performer, producer, and space cowboy is an innovator and mainstay of the Pacific Northwest and the West Coast Festival culture. Currently residing as the Lead Producer at Starborne Shows, Lead Producer at Chance of Rain Festival, Lead Producer of Cascadia Festival, Co-Owner of the Re-bar (Seattle Theatre/Night Club) and Partner at Hunt & Gather Records. With Singles and Remixes on Hunt & Gather, Uniting Souls Music, Recovery Tech, Activated Records and over 20 years behind the dex, his performances always up the love!

Jason Tokita has been a regular standout in the West Coast, United States House Music community for nearly 15 years as a DJ/Promoter. In recent years, TOKITA has made good strides in the studio with a handful of original music, most notably ‘True Love,’ released on Kolour Recordings, which held strong on Traxsource’s Deep House Top 10 for nearly 4 weeks. Early 2016, Soul Minority’s remix of his original “Hell Of A Drug,” was featured on Dario D’Attis’s mix on Defected Records ‘In the House Radio.’ His tracks are continuing to make their way into DJ sets from heavyweights like Kolombo, Doc Martin, Mark Farina, Halo Varga, Giom, Gene Farris, Diz and Pezzner. Jason recently moved back to his hometown of Seattle where he plans to hopefully stay and continue to fuel his creativity with inspiration from his peers and friends alike. Look out for his upcoming releases on Night Grooves, Uniting Souls Music, Supremus and Large Records coming Fall/Winter 2017.

A Uniting Souls resident since 2001, Jeromy has earned his chops as a DJ & producer in Seattle’s underground house community. A resident producer at Innerflight Music, with releases on Viva, Build It Records, and Uniting Souls, Jeromy continues to dedicate his passion to house music & dance floors across the PNW.

The dj duo and house music production team known as Lee Houser consists of two of Seattle’s most established players. On one side is Jon Lee, who for over two decades has influenced Seattle’s house music scene through his involvement as a founder & proprietor of area record shops & venues, as well as the storied, recently relaunched Tilted Records label, Seattle’s first deep house label in the 1990s. Jon Lee’s latest solo releases are featured on Touch of Class and Viva Recordings.On the other is Simon Houser, known for spending an abundant time in the studio when not DJ’ing across town. Together, as Lee Houser, the pair perform as a DJ duo, and have releases on a potpourri of underground labels including Proper Slap, KRecordings, Filter Music, and Uniting Souls.

Always a savant in the house music community, Los Angeles native Jordan Strong has played part in unifying a movement in electronic music up & down the West Coast. A Uniting Souls resident DJ since 1999, Jordan has had several releases on the Seattle-based label, including a full-length album. Jordan has co-produced Los Angeles shows such as Housepitality, Big Bang, Village, and fundraising events for NextAid & Give A Beat, two socially-conscious non-profits active in the electronic music community. Jordan’s latest original composition was released on NYC’s Touch of Class.

DJ SULLI & 5657
Reno-based artists Sean Sullivan & Cody Nasir aka SULLi & 5657 have been doin their thang’ in the biggest lil’ city since the early 90′s… They make an unlikely duo – Sulli a globally recognized Deep House Zealot… and Dj 5657, a veteran peak hour dj with a taste for slammin’ filtered grooves. But in the short time working together, they have been on a prolific production binge with releases on a number of respected labels including Selekta Recordings, Aspect Audio, and Uniting Souls

Madly in Dub is Todd Pruitt, Michelle Pruitt and Colby Davis. A live and electronic trio of multi instrumentalists that bring together elements of Dub, Dance, Ambient, and World Music.Tabla, bass, synths, flute and gorgeous samples come together to create dreamy, ethnic flavored, futuristic dub. “Madly in dub succeeds in bringing excitingly diverse elements and influences of melody and rhythm together to stylistically blend them into a hip and tasteful alchemical mix that will get your heart chakra open and keep your butt grooving!” Marc Free , Posi-Tone Records , LA

Seattle’s Uniting Souls is widely regarded as a West Coast “house music institution,” (The Stranger – 09/25/17) producing world-class events known for their intimate, incredibly good vibes since 1997. Uniting Souls Music, the record label branch, was launched by Ramiro in 2004, and has featured several chart-topping releases, sales in over 70 countries & licensing deals with top labels & services, including Toolroom (UK), Om (SF), Balance (Australia), Exotic Refreshment (Poland), Beaubar (Belgium), and NordicTrax (Canada). USM releases have been charted by the likes of Mark Knight, Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, and many others. Celebrating 20 years in 2017, Uniting Souls continues its dedication to building community & fostering connection through the creative energy of love & house music.