Trentemøller – Moan
A track that really influenced me into stepping into the electronic realm and stepping away from Hip-Hop/RnB. From the vocals to the impeccable sound design this is one of those tracks that you can really feel when listening to it. Just one of those timeless, amazingly produced, electronic tracks that gives you goosebumps.
NAS Feat. AZ – Life’s a Bitch
This track was always a favorite in the car. Especially back in high school, during the summer, windows down, blasting on a proper sound system. The first verse by AZ in this track is also one of my favorite rap verses of all time. “Life’s a Bitch” has always been a commonly used expression for a reason. You only get one life so we have to make the best of it. That’s a motto I will always live by.
Led Zeppelin – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
One of my favorite classic rock songs. I love tracks that build up patiently and tell a story without really saying much at all. A style we like to use in our Smeed & Suspence productions. Not to mention the beautiful vocals and guitar melodies.
Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
One of my favorite hip hop tracks and groups of all time. I am a huge fan of Jazz, Hip-Hop, RnB and this track fuzes all of that together perfectly. It is also appropriately my favorite song to kick back and relax to.
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
I love Radiohead because I find there music to be some of the most creatively composed of all time. Another example of music that develops, changes, tells a story, and emotionally captures listeners attention till the very last note.
William De Vaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got
I will always have room on the turntable for this tune because it reminds me every time to stay grateful and thankful for everything that I have. To not forget or loose hold on the true beauties in life. The underlining message of the song is you don’t need money or a fancy car to be happy. Just stay true to yourself and find happiness within…
Dave Brubeck – Take Five
This composition has always had a special place in my heart since my grandfather was a jazz musician, and a huge inspiration on my early musical taste. I could go on for days about Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and the one and only Louis Armstrong because of all the stories and records i’ve listened to with the old gramps, so ill leave you with one of my favorites of all time by the legend Dave Brubeck.
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (The Album)
Where do I begin when it comes to the one and only talking heads? David Byrne is one of the craziest and forward thinking musicians of our time and the whole stop making sense album will forever be timeless. Bass lines have always driven my musical taste and I truly believe it’s all about the Funk. This whole album has taught me a lot of things about creativity, boundary pushing and not giving a crap what others think about as long as I truly believe in it.
“Music from within the heart, is music that is truly Art”.
Jay – Z’s Reasonable Doubt (The Album)
One of my favorites, if not my favorite, hip hop albums of all time. The struggles of being a starving musician aren’t always easily seen to the public’s eye, and to able to survive making music without having to work the streets often clash in this industry. Jay – z saw music as a way out, and used his business and street skills to get where he is today . “From bricks to billboards”.
Booka Shade – In White Rooms (Mexico Mix)
This was one of the tracks that first got me really into house music. It really showed me that djS and producers are not just button pushers. When I was a bit younger I traveled around a lot just to see my favorite bands plays and was kind of bias towards electronic music that wasn’t played live. After getting put on to people like DJ T , Steve bug, Loco Dice and Josh Wink I knew there was way more out there that had to be explored.. Moral of the story is this song sparked something in me that I couldn’t turn back from and have been addicted to proper dance music since.
Smeed & Suspence – The Chase EP (Cenote Records)
Melodically focussed, Boston based deep house label Cenote Records continue to serve up beautifully formed EPs with a new one from Smeed & Suspence. It features two top tracks from the pair as well as remixes from Parcel and V i v i d. Bostonians Smeed & Suspence have been creating forward thinking house music for a few years, and with great results. With a wide remit that takes in everything from darkness to deepness, melodic magic to moving emotions they have found favour with the likes of Maceo Plex and Steve Lawler and it comes on labels like Motek as well as Modern Day Music.
Up first the excellent ‘Running’ sets an engaging and sensuous tone with a gentle deep house groove. Whispered vocals and emotive melodies roll out up top and really get under your skin as you lose yourself in the wide open space of the track. First remixer Parcel is Los Angeles based Tarek Nasr who has releases on Motek amongst others and he flips the cut into something more tech inclined thanks to its driving drums and prodding bass smears. Fulsome and yet still stuffed with real feeling, it is a fine bit of work. The sublime ‘Chasing’ is then seven minutes of soft and inviting deep house that is awash with romantic and late night atmospheres as wispy synths drift above rolling rubber drums. Gentle trumpet riffs and cymbal rolls add mood to the groove with real style. Remixer V i v i d is based in Pakistan and has put out infectious tech on Suruba, Sol Selects and more. His great vision is more direct and bumpy, with undulating drums setting a more up beat groove as wailing synth sounds bring an intoxicating feeling of Asian exotica to the table.