Baby I Need Your Loving – The Four Tops
I was brought up on a diet of Motown and soul. The harmonic shift to the chorus from the verse in this song induces a special kind of hands in the air, head back, bleed your heart out euphoria you can rarely beat.
Bjork – Who Is It
Always loved this. Don’t know why. Makes me feel invincible.
Ruby Blue – Roisin Murphy
I once did a burlesque routine with my friends not long after graduating art school to this tune to an actual real life paying audience. Thank fuck iphones hadn’t really caught on yet.
This Must Be The Place – Talking Heads
We all have those songs that transport us back to an exact place and moment in time. This is one of mine. Every time I hear it I’m back on a hill in the South Downs dancing with no shoes on, day-time battered and surrounded by friends. This song is blasting out of a shitty cassette player that I never really understood whether it was carted around to alfresco parties in an ironic way or because of a genuine love for lo-fi format.
Tirzah & Micachu – I’m Not Dancing
A powerhouse pair no doubt. I’ve always loved this song since the first time I heard it, it’s weird, wonky but very danceable. My favourite kind of electronic music.
Archangel – Burial
Many a tear has been shed on the dancefloor when this has dropped. Emotional, dark dance music. It always gets me in the feels.
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
This is my karaoke weapon of choice.
Cherish – Madonna
Cheesey and glorious. Embarrassed to admit that every time I’m on a beach I try and recreate this video.
SBTKRT – Wildfire
The vocal. The minimal production. I remember the goosebumps the first time I heard this track. I’d never heard someone do so much with so little. It still seems effortless.
Bump & Flex – Long Time Coming
I’ve got a deep love for old school garage. I played this song in my own DJ set…at my own wedding… yeah.
Lau.ra – Sideways (inc. Sworn Virgins remix) (Needwant)
Dance floor futurist Lau.ra kicks off 2020 with a fantastically fresh new single on Needwant that proves just why Annie Mac has dubbed her “a one woman powerhouse.” Boosting this standout package is a big remix from Paranoid London’s disco alter-ego, Sworn Virgins. Lau.ra is an alias from DJ, producer and vocalist Laura Bettinson who has already picked up praise from The Guardian, Future Music and Billboard. Under her own name, the hotly tipped star has made subversive synth and electro-pop with unhinged rhythms and intriguing textures. She has previously featured on tracks by the likes of Sasha, Four Tet, Maribou State and David Lynch and has many more collaborations in the works for 2020, all while being one-third of Ultraísta with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Now focussed on her solo career, this is set to be a breakout year for the Midlands born, London based talent. This brand new single comes with a specially made video featuring footwork dancers and a ‘Sideways’ dance move that is set to be one of the early viral trends of 2020. The superb ‘Sideways’ features rising self-taught star Secaina on vocals. Previously signed to Capitol Records, she has two critically acclaimed solo releases under her belt and here delivers a brilliant vocal that lends the track its curious appeal as she deadpans about the titular dance move. Another wonderfully weird vocal stab is twisted through a kaleidoscopic filter, while wonky drum grooves, blasts of grizzly bass and warped rubber synths all add up to a fantastically fat and wobbly groove that straddles multiple genres at once. On the B-side, cult underground house, techno and acid pair Paranoid London become Sworn Virgins and serve up a superbly seedy remix. It bristles with analogue drum work, icy hits and chopped up vocals that are perfectly unbalanced. The rugged groove keeps on pumping beneath it all and ensures maximum dance floor impact.