YouTube Sessions: Ron Morelli & Will Bankhead

Ron Morelli and Will Bankhead are head honchos of two of the most prolific and well-respected labels in the scene right now. L.I.E.S. and The Trilogy Tapes, owned by Morelli and Bankhead respectively, have both risen through the ranks of the underground to gain the recognition they deserve with their own unique take on things.

Indeed, L.I.E.S. found itself sitting pretty at the top of Resident’s Advisors label’s of the year chart at the end of last year, a revelation that surprised many, but was testament to the quality of material that the New York-based label was churning out. Focussing on a raw punk ethic and a refusal to conform to expectation, Morelli fostered relative unknowns, with his trust repaid with some of the most interesting music to emerge in the past few years. From the ghetto stomp of Delroy Edwards to the tropical beach-house of Legowelt and Xosar alter-egos Trackman Belafonte and Bonquiqui, L.I.E.S. may not always give you a slice of the expected, but you can guarantee it’s going to be worth your time.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Will Bankhead ploughs a similar furrow with his own The Trilogy Tapes but with a distinct UK flavour. As the name suggests, the label initially placed a strong emphasis on a neglected format, the grainy warmth of the humble tape, an interesting stance in a world obsessed with high-definition crystal clear audio. Mixtapes from the likes of Ben UFO and Kassem Mosse in the early days were a statement of intent, taking an atypical approach to the world’s of house and techno and a general lack of regard for sticking to any particular genre. Like Morelli, Bankhead champions fresh talent such as MGUN, Tuff Sherm and Dro Carey, with the results being a welcome breath of fresh air amongst tried-and-tested formulas in the scene.

We’ve asked both label bosses to come together and pick five of their favourite tracks from each others labels. They’ve got a lot to choose from, so I’m sure you’re as interested as we are to find out what they’ve picked. If you want to catch the pairing appear together, be sure to make it to Secret Sundaze x Go Bang this Bank Holiday Monday. They’re joined by a whole host of other top artists, so make sure you check it out. But anyway, here’s what Morelli and Bankhead came up with when we asked them to pick their favourites from each other’s labels…

Ron Morelli on The Trilogy Tapes

MGUN – The Race

“MGUN out of Detroit murders this one, it’s like Black Sabbath electro shit. Sick!”

Tuff Sherm – Leg Man

“This is perfect hypnotic minimal jack, nod ya head to this and get in the zone.”

Tuff Sherm – Cleric

“Another one from the Sherm again pushing close to the edges of the techno world.”

Anthony Naples – El Portal

“Deep slice from Anthony here, NYC stand up!”

MM/KM ( Mix Mup/Kassem Mosse) – Lost In NPE2

“Some breakbeat piano vibes here from KM/MM. Way classy stuff from some monsters of the underground.”

Will Bankhead on L.I.E.S

Tereke – Damn

“You can’t try and explain this abnormality. No better artist or label right now.”

 Vereker – Next

“An English man trapped inside an American. Who doesn’t love Vereker? Watch out for a TTT release very soon.”

 Willie Burns – You for Her

“Willie can do no wrong. Master of copious styles.”

Trackman Lafonte & BonQuiQui – Pacific House

“This YouTube was knocking about a long time before the release dropped, it had everyone confounded, another very shrewd marketing ploy from Morelli’s insatiable business mind.”

Dolo Percussion – Dolo 4 

“Son, only Max D can do this.”

If that wasn’t enough to sate your appetite for L.I.E.S. and The Trilogy Tapes, why not check out this interview with Ron Morelli?

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