1. STEELY DAN 'PEG' (FINGERMAN EDIT)
A definite candidate for my tune of the summer. Still a great mystery as to why this wasn't a UK hit when released in '77. Most people in Britain know it via the De La Soul single 'Eye Know', which sampled it 25 years ago, and was a massive hit during the 2nd summer of love.
2. JAMES BROWN 'GIVE IT UP AND TURNIT A LOOSE' (REFLEX EDIT)
Another track that's much better known in the US, where it was a top 20 hit, than the UK. This was one of the tracks DJ Kool Herc was known for playing as he laid the foundations for Hip Hop in the Bronx during the early 80's, whilst elsewhere in New York, it was also a favourite at David Mancuso's seminal Loft parties.
3. THE DOORS "RIDERS ON THE STORM' (LUXXURY REWORK)
Working from the original stems, Los Angeles DJ Luxxury has respectfully brought The Doors to the dance floor. With that midas West Coast touch of his, Luxxury did a mean rework of 'Hotel California' by The Eagles, which brought his name to wider attention, whilst provoking the wrath of rights owner Warner Music in the process.
4. DIONNE WARWICK 'WALK ON BY' (DISCO TECH REWORK)
Classic 1964 song swept with emotion. Sung by Dionne Warwick, who's work with ace songwriters Bert Bacharach & Hal David was such a prominent feature of the 60's soundscape. Warwick was the first cousin of another vocal great, the late Whitney Houston.
5. THE BEATLES 'THE WORD' (GW & PEZA REWORK)
From 1965's 'Rubber Soul' album, 'The Word' heralded the oncoming Beatles psychedelic period, the word, of course, being the 4 letter one, which along with 'peace' reflected the Hippie ethos – 'love'. It was a track I thought would translate to now which a bit of a re-imagining, so I edited a ruff for Peza to beef up and work his acid magic into.
You can catch Greg Wilson and Kert Leveridge along with special guest TBA at The Island on the 3rd of October. This one is not to be missed!
More info & tickets available here.