Musicians since their early teenage years, M.F.S: Observatory first surfaced in 2010, with their inaugural releases arriving in 2012. Heavily influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Maya Jane Coles, Four Tet, Butch and Santè, theirs is a wide-ranging sound – and as such it’s hardly surprising their music has been picked up by a wide range of discerning, eclectic and globally-respected labels. From Little Helpers to AlphaHouse to Flashmob Records to W&O Street tracks and Roush, they continue to win favour from some of the scene’s most influential outlets.
In 2016 the duo kicked off their own, appropriately-named Observatory Music imprint, a label that’s played host to some of their finest releases to date. The home for their letter series (whereby the boys release an EP dedicated to each letter of the alphabet), it’s seen them release a staggering amount of expertly-curated EPs, with a range of esteemed names throwing their support behind each release.
In 2017, the boys also embarked on arguably their biggest remix project to date: remixing Maya Jane Coles for Skint Records. Handpicked by Maya to remix her track ‘Weak’, the boys turned in an expert remix that paid homage to the original while also showcasing their own flair for remixing in some fashion. We checked in with the lads recently, as they gave us a rundown on their favourite Back 2 Mine cuts. Here’s what they had to say…
Ricardo Villalobos – Enfants (Chants)
Unique and special for us, we always play Enfants at the afterparty. It’s a classic, the vocals are mad, the melody jumps right at you and it has a unique sound. It’s not easy to make a track like that!
Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt
This is a classic French house track from Pepe Bradock. Really musically and really groovy, we fell in love in this track because of the modulation of the piano and the up/down vibe of the vocal. Another classic.
Luciano – Los Ninos De Fuera
Such a perfect afterparty track, complete with tribal groove and massive bass line, and with this addictive vocal! This record is a great way to gauge people’s general party attitude.
The Chemical Brothers – Asleep From Day
We have always dreamed of playing when the sun is rising and every time we listen to this track full of melody, with an enveloping vocal, our dreams come alive for a moment!
This track – without drums – is the perfect way to say goodbye to the people. We hope to have soon the chance to play this track out live, would be a fantastic moment for us.
Fort Romeau – Secrets & Lies
There is an amazing vocal sample in this track. It’s full of melody and vibes, features a perfect groove and bassline and with this acid vein, this track is credible and musically accessible to an uninitiated listener. Twisty syncs, straight bassline and a magic touch given by the vocals from ’Dirty Dancing’. An absolute gem that will make sunglasses slip off all the heads of the afterparty!
Subjoi – The Way I Feel
Back with a classic house track, massive bassline and kick, with a solid melody and classy vocal sample, the combo of perfection.
Nu & Jo.Ke – Who Loves The Sun (Acid Pauli´s Let It Be Naked Remix)
Who loves the sun is the perfect title for an afterparty track. By the way, this one came with a massive remix from the master Acid Pauli. We have pure love for the vocal, the bass line and the groove are huge. Also, the piano works perfect with all music parts.
Moderat – Bad Kingdom (Dj Koze Remix)
The perfect remix. This remix contains highs and lows which only Dj Koze can create.
This wraparound bass line with this straight kick, the vocal cut and adapted to perfection — we are in love with the acid synth. This remix should be in books in music university. Pure class.
Wax – No. 30003
Classy house track and perfect for an afterparty. Slow but not too much with an ideal groove. The piano is fantastic, harmonious with a crazy sound. Also, the chorus in the background is huge.
D.M.S. – Let Me Tell You Somethin (Tee’s Illhouse Mix)
The perfect track to open the afterparty, with happy vibes and excellent vibration. Groovy and classic house track, the first drop is fantastic. A staple of our afterparty sets!
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