If you’re looking for some really steady, downtempo tunes for some cocktails on your roofdeck or lazing around the couch with some friends over a few drinks – check out Naked Music’s catalogue. What’s awesome about this label is everything from the consistency and mix of the albums down to the album artwork. It’s perfect for playing as background music to a relaxed party – not too loud and intrusive as to distract you from that conversation you’re trying to have with that hottie in the short cocktail dress… and none too boring either.
You start off with a cozy beat that conjures up images of the New York lounge scene coupled with the purity of San Francisco’s deep house, toss in some vocals by some of deep house’s sexiest voices like Lisa Shaw, Gaelle, Aya and Sade and you’ve got the perfect soundtrack for a well-dressed cocktail party.
The label peaked between 1999-2004 and pretty much disappeared from there and later resurfaced with a different look and feel to it. San Francisco deep house legend Miguel Migs’ did 2 of his first 3 albums under this label and was, to me – some of his best work to date.
Albums to check out:
- The Nude Dimensions series (Vol. 1-3)
- Bare Essentials (Vol. 1 & 2)
- Nude Tempo One
- Carte Blanche (Vol. 1-3)
- Colorful You (Miguel Migs’ 2nd or 3rd studio release)
- The Pearl – Aquanote
- Beautiful Tomorrow – Blue Six
- Midnight Snack
- Cherry – Lisa Shaw
For a full discography and a short bio, check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_Music#Studio_albums
Official Website: http://www.naked-music.com/