One of the best Back To Mine selections we have ever had? We think so. Jumping on the back of Moe’s ‘No One’ release via A&M Music which is out now, we all agree that no one does it like Detroit. And so it proves here as Motor City resident Moe Taha kicks off his own new label with an irresistible dose of uplifting Midwestern house music. Moe Taha has come up steeped in the musical richness and vitality of his home city. From Moodymann to Jeff Mills, machine rhythms and electronic soul have long been in his blood. A vinyl lover and turntablist for as long as he can remember, he has also gone deep into the Latin sounds of Cuba, the jazz of Louis Armstrong and emotion of Aretha Franklin, all while attending college and studying music in a number of different countries along the way. He has a rich style that marked him out as something of a child prodigy, and now he comes good on that with this debut single on his own new imprint. The label has been founded to shine a light on talented artists, regardless of who they are, and what they have or haven’t achieved. Get set for a wonderful Back To Mine ten…
“I wasn’t sure where to start with this. For some reasons, I found myself struggling to narrow this to 10 tracks. I’ll try my best and please note that there isn’t an order to this…enjoy.”
David Bowie – Lets Dance
You can’t be cooler than David Bowie. Haunting and magical voice, you always know that is Bowie singing. Nobody sounded like him. I always listen to this track after a long Friday at work and making plans in my head for the weekend. Timeless record for sure.
David Bowie - Let's Dance (Official Video)
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones, Pt. 2
One of the greatest Rap beat of all time by Havoc, with on the greatest lyricist of all time. This song makes me want to go to the gym, get that extra 2 pushes in, get up early for work. My go to track when I need that extra motivation. Prodigy was just special. Plus, who doesn’t like that last battle with Em in the movie 8 Mile?
Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II (Official HD Video)
Moodymann – I Can’t Kick this Feeling When it Hits
If u know anything about Detroit music, u must know that Moodymann is a legend. This track just hits different. Moodymann just has a special way of creating, with a unique style and always true to Detroit.
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
This must be one of my all-time favorite song. I frankly think that if we all listen to this song at least once a day, the world would be a better place. This song just makes everything ok, instantly.Truly a masterpiece.
Bill Withers - Lovely Day (1988) Original sound Version 1977 Remastered
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
I listen to this song every day, and every time I listen to it, it hits different. I get emotional and just makes me humble, makes me forgive and makes me want to help. I mean just think what this man was going through when he wrote this song? World wars going on, the great depression, Jim Crow Laws, Korean war and he was still able to write this. And he was still able to forgive, be humble and found the strength to write this. Incredible.
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (Lyrics)
Balla et ses Balladins – Paulette
I grew up listening to this song and just makes me want to be a kid again. My mother and Aunt always had it on. The guitar and saxophone are just incredible with the band lead vocalist voice. Truly a masterpiece.
Paulette by Balla et ses Balladins (1980)
Buena Vista Social Club – Candela
Classic salsa Cubana and one of the greatest all-time albums produced in my opinion. El Guayabero is a genius for writing this track. This Is my go-to song when I want to dance, be festive or just to be in a better mood. I remember my Aunt always jamming to this track, Just Brings lots of memories.
Buena Vista Social Club - Candela (Official Audio)
Black Uhuru – Sponji Reggae
Heavy bassline, nice rocksteady drums is what makes this song special to me.
Black Uhuru - Sponji Reggae (12'' version)
Supreme NTM – Nique la Police
The track I listen to at the gym or when I need that extra boost. Joey star’s voice just hits different. Heavy and Gangster. The song also always reminds me of Cute Killer- Nique la police in la Haine, the movie. One of my favorite movies.
SUPREME NTM - NIQUE LA POLICE
Steve Hurley ( Silk ) – Jack your Body
This is the song that got me into house music. The groove is just so vibing, that u cant help but to dance to it. Old school classic jam right here.
STEVE "SILK" HURLEY - Jack Your Body (Original Mix) 1986
Jeff Mills – The Bells
If one had to name a track that defines what techno is by essence, it would be this track. If you haven’t heard the third track on wax on a massive sound system, I’m afraid you haven’t heard what real techno sounds like yet.