Asha Puthli – Space Talk
This track from 1976 is the definition of smooth for me, besides being one of the most famous samples from Notorious BIG’s ‘World is filled’ classic, this tune will always be perfect to lay back and light a joint and relax to.
Cardace & Perazzini – Noir
Can’t get enough of the jazzy elements on this record by Cardace & Perazzini. What I love is the breakdown on this is super organic and loose. It has always been one of my goto’s.
Candido – Thousand Finger Man
This one is an ultimate classic for me. Salsoul feel good music at it’s best. For some reason, I always picture it being played around Christmas time, intimate and sophisticated.
Dictaphone – Suitcase (It Suits U Mix)
All about the retro nu-wave vibe on this joint. This track for me is so universal. Throw it in a disco, electro, or minimal set, this track would work for both.
Dimitri from Brooklyn – I Knead You
A super classy re-edit of the disco bomb Sylvester – I need you. The arrangement is what stands out the most for me on this. Record is full of positive energy, you can only play this one out on special occasions.
Billy Ocean – Nights
Growing up in the city this one was a certified NY dance floor classic. This was the jam that got the night started and those lyrics were so on point, “One of them nights, one of them nights u feel like gettin down!”
Barbara Mason – Another Man
The beat on this one is everything, so funky. They used to be played this one at my local skating rink growing up in Jersey, nostalgic memories.
Fugees – Zealots
Not much introduction is needed for the Fugees. Quintessential 90’s hiphop. Lauryn Hill’s flow on this one is untouchable.
Little Brother – War
Little Brother was one of the most underrated hip hop groups coming from North Carolina and are still probably one of my favourite all-time hip hop groups to ever existed. Real MC’s, promoting real music at a time when the overall hip hop sound was shifting away from what I like to think of as real hip-hop music. They had so many, but this was one of my favourites. Not to mention, one of my favourite hip hop producers, 9th wonder on the beat.
Random Factor – Convergence
When I listen to this track I just feel like I’m in the future floating through space exploring different cosmos, such a jam ahead of its time, love Random factor.