I was first introduced to this 1984 synth classic, on the Fantazia ‘Twice as Nice’ album, heavily sampled by Shake Ya Bones on ‘Free’. Working my way back to the original electronic and beatless masterpiece. Always within reach. Timeless!
2. Vince Watson – Eminescence
Totally in awe of this 2015 piano hook from Vince Watson. The soundtrack to the last season I worked in Ibiza. We had this on repeat in the car all summer and it takes me back there in a flash.
3. Danny Loko – Coastal (Eelke Kleijn Remix)
Contender for a favourite track of all time. A real chameleon – funky, progressive, housey, trancey, melancholic but also uplifting. Amazing memories of playing this on warm up duties at Amnesia and Space.
4. The Doors – Peace Frog
Big Doors fan. possibly one of their most underrated tracks. John Densmore’s impressive drumming, Robbie’s swinging guitar licks and a slightly more aggressive vocal from Jim. Always loved this funky highlight from their penultimate album. ‘Morrison Hotel’.
5. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (Gigamesh Edit)
Staying very true to the original, a subtle and carefully treated update of Stevie Nicks’ mesmerising vocal. Reminds me of being sat outside KM5 one morning after an end of season party. A nearby car had this particular version blaring out, with me and my friend just sat there on the curb reflecting on what an amazing summer we’d just had. Magic!
6. Baffled Featuring Colour Girl – I Believe In You
I was really into the big bassline Speed Garage wave of ’97/98, and this one reminds me of leaving college and crazy house parties with my hometown pals.
7. M People – Someday (Sasha’s Full Master)
I will probably get crucified for not choosing the original Ce Ce Rogers version which I love in equal measure, but Sasha’s remix of this cover from Heather Small (capturing the lyrics beautifully) is also incredible. Given to me on vinyl as a bday present many years ago, and a special track in the collection.
8. Huff & Herb – Feeling Good (Epic Mix)
Always loved this Nina Simone sampling slice of mid 90’s House music. Lovely memory of playing this off the back of a lorry, watching the sun come up over a South West free-party circa ’97/98.
9. Nomad – Devotion
I think maybe my life would be a whole lot different if I hadn’t seen this on MTV when I was about 10 years old. An early and naive glimpse into (OK more commercial) rave culture, but this video certainly fuelled intrigue to find out more. Often dig this 12” out for the house parties. A fun track. Thank you Nomad and Mikee Freedom for the intro.. 🙂
A big fan of the Mondays, and the pure magic of this masterpiece will never fade. RIP Andy Weatherall – a great talent and huge loss.
11. Cygnus X – The Orange Theme (Original Mix)
I first heard this hypnotic beast on a Carl Cox mixtape around the time he released Fact, definitely responsible in some way (along with others such as Drax’s Amphetamine) for switching me on to harder, faster and more underground trance sounds.