1. Grace Jones – Hurricane
Grace Jones is my absolute favorite premier, avant-garde diva. Adore all of her records but Hurricane has a fresh energy, cutting-edge spirit that really captivates my senses.
2. Bebel Gilberto – Aganju
Gorgeous, sexy, positive vibes and grooves! The remixes are exquisite and evoke warmth + smiles from me.
3. Serge Gainsbourg – Love on the Beat
Compelling, provocative & sophisticated overtones. Always enjoy his diverse, artistic output.
4. Eartha Kitt – Where Is My Man
My ultimate choice for fun; the most iconic vocal on Eartha!
5. David Bowie – Fashion
100% the most influential artist on me. Love all of his work but Scary Monsters has a particularly fascinating dark, dense, funky, pioneering sound
6. Lisa Marie Presley – Turbulence
Love & identify with her profound, moody vocal style. I deeply connect with her and she always transports me to the epicenter of my own psyche.
7. Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop the Dance
Elegant, moody and intoxicating tones & rhythms. Seductive on many levels.
8. Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough
True classics of beautiful soulful, house that I can’t get enough of! J
9. Chambao – Ahi Estas Tu
Chill Flamenco music blended with electronic sounds & outrageously divine vocals…
10. Cheba Zahouania – Ya Laolid
I was always a huge fan of pop Rai Music. The fusion of old-world Algerian music combined with modern synths and drum machines – singing about culturally risqué, rebellious topics. Female singer Zahouania’s intense, haunting voice has a force like no other that truly resonates with me.
ISSA (US) feat. Thea Austin – 4:18 AM (ISSA Music)
Landing on ISSA’s own ISSA Music in July, ‘4:18AM’ sees the producer/songwriter who has worked on cuts from the likes of Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu and Paulina Rubio during her career, deliver a clipped, tight piece of funk-laced and jacking house. Heavy ‘on the one’ beats and honeyed vocals, both spoken and sung, from legendary songstress Thea Austin, as well as ISSA herself, makes for a powerful, purple-tinged track. Russian-born, Canada-based Soledrifter known for output for the likes of Peppermint Jam and King Street retains the original’s swagger while adding a weighty dose of electronics into the track’s DNA via prominent bleeps and moody tones.