Yousef approaches his third decade in the business, nearly fifteen years of acid house dedication that has seen him throw his life into dance music, but there’s still room for growth artistically and professionally. Completely comfortable in his own skin, yet itching for progress and further creative empowerment, Yousef has strode headlong into the year with increasing maturity and prowess. Perhaps the talking point of the year so far refers to the imminent arrival of his artist album, his first proper. Whilst 2005’s ‘Friends’ EP saw a collection of collaborations extend the usual club format of single, this is Yousef tackling that tricky beast completely on his own, finally laying down on wax a watermark of his effervescent personality. It showcases the different dynamics to his sound as a performer alongside material more reflective of the man away from the booth, with the club tracks already seeing some heavy support from the usual rag tag ensemble of dance music greats; Sasha, Nic Fanciulli
, Carl Cox, Steve Lawler, Radio Slave and Nick Curly
He’s already remixed Stu Hirst and Fergie to devastating effect this year, whilst Fatboy Slim’s single with rasp voiced rudeboy Jamie T ‘Local Town’, will feature a stonking Yousef remix. Nic Fanciulli asked him for a single from the aforementioned album’ “i suggest” drops on Saved Records in july 09. Following on from previous work for CR2, JBO, Skint and Underwater and Berwick street. Whether criss-crossing the globe with his arsenal of varied sounds or impregnating his own individual aural histrionics on wax, Yousef is stamping his identity on dance music and leaving a lasting impression. There’s few who come close in terms of dedication or in the variance of approach, Yos hits each and every base with alarming regularity. And the best part yet? The journey has only just begun...