I can remember vividly the first time I heard this record. I had gone around to a friend’s house to have a mix and a game on Goldeneye, when I walked in this was booming out the speakers. It was like nothing else around at the time, that singing robot voice with those soul stirring synth lines it just hypnotised me.
02: Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien. The dream team. Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad are probably my favourite albums of all time. Incredible.
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (Official Video)
03: Toto – Georgy Porgy
This is one of those records I just come back to again and again. Beautiful.
Toto Feat Cheryl Lynn-Georgy Porgy
04: Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce
This record was the first time I ever heard a talk box, something about singing robots that get’s me. Roger Troutman was the master.
Zapp & Roger - More Bounce To The Ounce
05: Parliament – Give Up The Funk
A real lesson in groove.
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
06: The Crusaders – Street Life
I inherited the album from my Dad, when I got my first setup I used to play it all the time, a great record and those solo’s are just delicious.
Street Life - The Crusaders '1979
07: James Brown – Payback
This is another masterclass in groove, I love so many James Brown records. Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks on drums, probably the most sampled men ever. They changed the game.
James Brown - Payback
08: Ohio Players – Funky Worm
I just love this record! I must have played it a thousand times. Those Arp solo’s are from another planet, sampled countless times. Another game changer.
09: Tom Browne – Funkin For Jamaica
Incredible record. Apparently born out of jam session in Jamaica, Queens New York. That bass riff…forget about it. The embodiment of groove.
Tom Browne - Funkin' for Jamaica
10: George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto
Another record I inherited from my Dad. The musicianship is just insane. From 5:17 to 6:30 is just mind blowing, I think I know it off by heart.
‘Deja Vu’ is certain to twist its way into listeners’ heads and quickly become a massive dancefloor weapon this summer, thanks to its catchy hooks and sexy vocal refrains. The track perfectly demonstrates Curtis Gabriel’s ability to fuse old school house elements together with powerful bass.
Sheffield born Curtis Gabriel has cemented his reputation as one of the most exciting house producers around, thanks to a string of acclaimed remixes and productions. These include ‘If I Can’, ‘True’, ‘Everywhere You Go’ and collaborations with Sam Divine on ‘Confessions’, ‘Flashing Lights’ and their remixes of Sweet Female Attitude’s ‘Flowers’ and Mowgli’s ‘Back in the Day’.
Curtis Gabriel’s releases have been supported by many top selectors, including Todd Terry, Oliver Heldens, Disclosure, Hannah Wants, Gorgon City, and DJ S.K.T.