Junior Mafia – Get Money (1995)
This is one of my all time favorite songs. An ultimate use of an old school R&B sample updated to perfectly fit the vibe of Hip Hop at the time.
Notorious B.I.G – Kick In The Door (1997)
Being from New York everyone has their favorite Biggie song. This is just one of mine that I gravitate too on the regular. The perfect pregame track to get hyped to and take on the night! Something about living in Brooklyn and playing a Biggie song that just feels extra.
Redman – Tonight’s The Night (1992)
The Funk Doctor Spock always hits you with the Boom Bip. They just don’t make them the way they used to anymore. But Redman is still killing it on the new Wu Tang record with Lessons learned.
Heavy D – Nuttin’ But Love (1994)
Heavy D was one of my favorite MC’s. Rest Easy legend. This song reminds me of my childhood. The flow from Heavy was always on point, fun and honest.
Grand Puba – I Like It (1995)
This song is dedicated to one of best friends who passed away Jon Jon Saya. We had many good times together over the years and every time I play this song it’s always bittersweet. But it reminds me of the boss that Jon Jon was. He will be forever missed.
De La Soul – Buddy (Remix) (1989)
You can’t go wrong when a group of super talented artists come together. This one combines De La with Q-tip and the infamous Jungle Brothers. What’s not to like.
Moonchild – Run Away (2017)
When I am home it’s not always house music. I have a big love for R&B and it’s nice to see that there’s still artists with amazing vocal talents and proper funky grooves on the production side still around.
Zhane – Hey Mr DJ (1994)
A fucking classic record that if you don’t know it you might have been living under a rock. My song of choice that gets you into a groove that is simple yet so elegant. That’s not even addressing the fact that Zhane has amazing pipes to boot. I miss R&B like this. But I’m sure you can still find groovers like this still being released but you really to look.
St Germain – Rose Rouge (2000)
This song reminds me of the Soulgasm party in New York. A classic in the house world. So many remixes that don’t do the original justice. For me the original will always be the best. It also helps to have great memories of this song being played in clubs in New York.
Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness (1974)
This for me is a song that I daydream and relax to. A timeless piece. I can’t imagine coming up with a lead line like that. Used many times in tv and film. A true time piece that describes the 70’s in New York with out one word being said.
Ralph Session – The Boogie Down Part 1 (Half Assed Records)
Ralph Session continues to establish himself and the Half Assed label with another exciting new EP, which is the first of a two part release and shows off his superbly stylish sounds once again.
His last single had support from the likes of Jacques Renault, Black Loops and Cinthie who all bought into its authentic grooves. Session himself draws on his experience of the New York scene as both a DJ and dancer, from dazzling disco to freaky after-hours clubs. Having worked with some key vocalists before now he is fast becoming an essential solo producer with plenty of tricks up his sleeve.
The brilliant opener, ‘The Get Down’, is a heart swelling big disco house jam with bouncing kicks and funky riffs. It comes with colourful chords and uplifting strings and is sure to keep dance floors excited with its timeless party appeal.
Then comes the superbly soulful ‘What’s Up With You,’ a more steamy and driving house cut, but one with plenty of noodling key phrases, steamy vocals and loose drum grooves that are packed with character. Echoing the best of disco licked house jams, it is a playful and charming cut that is impossible not to love.
Ralph Session – The Boogie Down Part 1 (Half Assed Records) Release: 15th January 2019 Cat No: HA003