Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa / 1972

When I heard this song for the first time back in the early 1980’s, I was so impressed that I decided, if I would ever start djing, my dj name has to be Makossa.

Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango (1973)

Kraftwerk – It’s more fun to compute / 1981

The godfathers of electronic music .. still on the road for over 40 years .. every DJ should have seen them live.

Kraftwerk – It's more fun to compute

Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – The Message / 1981

No explanation necessary – the biggest Hip Hop anthem ever – for me.

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

A Number of Names – Sharevari / 1981 

Big underground hit during my early DJ days at U4 Vienna, was re-released a few times, decades later.

A Number Of Names 'Sharevari' Capriccio 1981

EManuel Göttsching – E2E4 / 1984

This legendary masterpiece of Electronic music I discovered on a cosmic tape out of Italy, these tapes were a huge inspiration for me and very in demand & popular in Vienna in the mid 1980ies.  

Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 (Full Length Version) – 1981/1984

Mory Kante – Yekeyeke (Afro Acid rmx) / 1987

The fusion of traditional African & electronic music started in the 1980ies for me.

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke (Afro-Acid Remix)

Jaydee – Plastic Dreams / 1993

This was a blast back in the days .. everybody knows I guess 😉

Jaydee-Plastic Dreams HQ (Original Long Version)

Cobblestone Jazz – Dump Truck / 2006

one of my fav techno future jazz bangers, legendary live show at the Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Festival 2007, good guy Mathew Jonson.

Cobblestone Jazz – Dump Truck (Original Mix)

Pachanga Boys – Time / 2011

Summer festival sun rising anthem #1.

Pachanga – Boys Time

Emmanuel Jal – Kuar (Henrik Schwarz rmx) / 2013

Emmanuel Jal & Henrik Schwarz x Innervisions – hard to top.

IV29 Emmanuel Jal – Kuar (Henrik Schwarz remix) – Kuar EP

Makossa & Megablast – Kunuaka Remixes Part 2 (Stripped Down)

After the success of Part 1, Stripped Down serves up a second EP of fantastic remixes of ‘Kunuaka’ from Makossa & Megablast’s seminal album of the same name. This time Booka Shade, Stereo MCs, DJ T and Jenia Tarsol all come correct. First up are Get Physical label founders and melodic dance-pop icons Booka Shade. They flip the track into something warm and rubbery, with rich and classy melodies dancing over the woody beats. Then come Stereo MCs, whose Connected label is one of the best for lovers of afro tinged and organic house. They remix it into a stripped back, heady cut with wavy drums and involving lead synths that take you deep in on yourself. DJ T. is a giant of the scene who has opened clubs, founded Get Physical, played all over the world and defined House & Techno over countless EPs and LPs. He offers two versions: the Body Liberation Remix is a throwback jam with wobbly bass stabs a la Flat Eric and dusty breakbeats. The Body Contact Remix is just as clubready but deeper, with crisp drums and plenty of tension in the stringy synth lines. Jenia Tarsol made a name with an Ibiza residency alongside Guy Gerber‘s RUMORS and has gone on from his Israeli roots to be a real international presence. For his remix, he was joined in the studio by Chaim and Sado V from Red Axes and the result is something special. It’s a progressive, well balanced affair with little melodic riffs that keep you in suspense and always along for the ride. Last, of all the still magic original is included and will get any floor jumping.

Makossa & Megablast – Kunuaka Remixes Part 2 (Stripped Down) Release: 20th Sept (Beatport), 4th Oct Cat No: STRD009 Format: vinyl, digital