Lee Dorsey - Get Out My Life Woman
A song that has been covered many times and also sampled much more by artists like Cypress Hill, Nas, De La Soul & Beck. It’s hard to choose which one is my preferred version as theres a version by Joe Williams that has a really cool piano riff at the start but that gets a bit energetic with the orchestra and this is perfect for lazy days and even more perfect for summer bbq’s.
The Beatles - Come Together
This group doesn’t really need any introduction so i’m not going to give them one. To me this is the fab four’s best piece of work but thats my own opinion. I just love the rawness of it
The Pharcyde - Passin’ Me By
90’s classic from the group’s debut album. When a track samples both material from Quincy Jones & Jimmi Hendrix how can it not be anything short of brilliant. The golden era of hip hop.
Hurts - Wonderful Life
English synth pop from 2010 that sounds just as good as the stuff that the likes of Duran Duran, Soft Cell and Spandau Ballet were knocking out in the 80’s
Jake Bugg - Taste It
Pure Rock & Roll from the talented Nottingham lad. I’m trying to cut down on my caffeine intake at the moment so whenever I need a quick pick me up I out this on.
ON THE ROAD
Trus’me - I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
Prime Numbers, Trus’me’s label is one i constantly check for quality tracks that span the house & techno spectrum. Southampton’s finest Alan Fitzpatrick really nails this remix, I just can’t get enough of it and I think it will be a really big track this summer for a lot of people. It has all the elements that work equally well on a dancefloor, festival field or warehouse space.
Russ Gabriel - Live In Tokyo
Straight up heat on the recently relaunched Ferox imprint. You can always count on Russ to deliver quality tracks and this is just another fine example of his studio prowess.
JTH - Something
Theres a saying that goes in house & techno, “Get the kick & the bass right and the track writes itself”. This has never left my record box since I found it a couple of years ago. The very definition of a “dj tool” in that it literally is just drums and bass which I find a lot of music journalists frown upon but its these tracks that more often than not really drive a party forward as when your dancing you follow the rhythm of the drums and the bassline and not so much the melodic elements. I mean try and imagine a DJ set of any genre without a kick drum or bass line, impossible!
Robert Hood - Rhythm Of Vision
A classic from a real living legend, i’m so excited to have a remix from Robert for my label Rogue Society’s next release out later this year as i’ve been a big fan of his for a very long time and when it comes to techno he definitely is my biggest influence in terms of production. I’m more known for making and playing house music but recently I’ve been working on more techno based material and incorporating more and more tracks into my sets when the time and the gig is right. There’s some tracks you can only play in certain sets or at certain times and I find that this sounds just as good pitched down in a house set as it does speeded up in a techno set.
Mr. G - Blessed
Another artist who In my mind deserves every bit of praise he gets. I have made the comment before that I could easily play a set of just his tracks and it would probably be one of my better received performances.