01. Herbie Hancock – Rockit
Herbie Hancock means a lot to me. This track was my first ever encounter with electronic music. I was like 6 years old, going through my dad’s jazz record collection and found this album ‘Future Shock’. It was something else!
02. Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
It’s almost impossible to select a single favourite MJ song. But this video reminded me of the Michael Jackson movie ‘Moonwalker’. I watched that film at least four thousand times when growing up. MJ is definitely the biggest inspiration for my music career. I never paid attention to the lyrics of this song. When I learned that the hook was “Annie are you okay..” I was shocked! Simply GENIUS.
03. Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
Hip hop’s a big part of my life. And I can’t imagine it without good ol’ Wu-Tang Clan. The whole of ‘The 36 Chambers’ album was legendary. And it still is. To me this is the soundtrack of New York.
04. Daft Punk – Face to Face
I remember watching ‘Interstella 5555’ at a movie theatre. It was so different and so cool at the time. Huge inspiration. Daft Punk changed my perception about music videos. They also taught me that electronic music can be exciting as a brand, not only faceless names on vinyls or CDs.
05. X-Press 2 Ft. David Byrne – Lazy
This tune has always had a really weird vibe (in a good way). I remember kind of disliking it when I first heard it, but then it grew on me. Especially the lyrics. It’s such a summer song for me. I was just discovering the more pop side of dance music, alongside Blaze, Tim Deluxe, Shakedown, Junior Jack and similar artists and I loved it so much! There was this legendary YouTube video with Fatboy Slim’s DJ set in Brighton Beach, where he dropped all these tracks. It was my dream since, to create and play music that people would enjoy with big smiles on their faces!
06. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
This must be one of my favourite hip-hop songs ever created. The energy of it is just incredible. I love how Kanye and Jay-Z are always ahead of the curve with their sound and personas.
07. 10cc – I’m Not In Love
For me music is all about how you feel while listening to it. And this one has such a magical mood. It’s a great song, but even greater was the process of making it. I started appreciating this track even more after seeing a short documentary about how it was made. As we can have access to all the best tools with a click of a mouse, it’s really easy to forget how much more complicated everything was back in the day.
08. SAINt JHN – Roses
Love these kinds of songs. It’s meant to be listened to very loudly while driving on a summer night, with all the windows open wide or your rooftop down. You just can’t wait for that 808 to hit you hard!
09. Porter Robinson – Ghost Voices
This is the sickest dance tune from the recent years. I love how Porter Robinson is always so forward-thinking with everything he does. That euro-house/trance/garage mix put through 2018 production is just perfect! To be honest, I think it’s way too underrated. Modern classic.
10. XXXTENTACION – SAD!
The name of the song says it all. I really think he’s the Tupac of this generation. Really sad when things like that happen. X’s music has something different from everything else. All the controversy aside, I love when music portrays the character of the artist.
Amassing support from the likes of Pete Tong, Tiesto, Oliver Heldens and Don Diablo in his career so far, Lithuanian producer EMBODY now delivers his funky new single ‘Be Cool’; a smooth tropical rework of Des’ree’s 1994 classic ‘You Gotta Be’.
Lacing his interpretation of the R&B anthem with a series of melodic twists and luscious downtempo chord patterns, the release of ‘Be Cool’ follows EMBODY’s 5-track Lost & Found EP, and marks the latest step in the meteoric career of one of dance music’s fastest rising talents.
Growing up in Lithuania listening to his dad’s music collection of jazz and blues, Embody was exposed to music from an early age, having also studied classical piano at music school before discovering his love for house and techno music. Having moved to London over 4 years ago, EMBODY started his career on remixing duties, spinning a widely acclaimed cut of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Once Upon A Time’, before reworking tracks for the likes of Rudimental, John Newman, Wilkinson, and Karen Harding.
With his music appearing on MTV hit series ‘Scream’, the artist has gone on to amass over 45 million plays across his remixes and productions. ‘Be Cool’ is sure to follow suit of his previous releases, guaranteed to be a hit this summer that further showcases EMBODY’s talents.