1. Nuyorican Soul – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4Hero Remix)
My mate (and a mentor) Bryan gave me a 4Hero remix album and this was on it. The switch at 3:51 just gets me every time.
2. Crazy P – There’s A Better Place
NYE at 360 in Dubai and Jamie Odell aka Jimpster played this. The old Willy Wonka vocal sample. Fantastic. I always use this to transition from a chilled set moving towards a housier vibe. When the bass kicks in the volume goes up and it raises the hairs on the back of my neck. Sublime. Crazy P Mighty Mouse.
3. Sister Sledge – Lost In Music (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
Nile Rodgers. Legend. Fact. Another NYE in Dubai. Massively undersold gig after greedy promoters, but amazing stage production with The Jackson’s, Incognito and Sister Sledge all on the line up! Best NYE ever for me despite being in a wheelchair after a knee operation. This remix by Dimitri From Paris just expands on an almost perfect piece of music.
4. Joey Negro – Must Be The Music (The Original Disco Mix)
Most people are more familiar with the club version which is also great, but this is far better in my opinion. Excellent piece of music. 👌🏼
5. Groove Armada – Easy
The strings arrangement, then the hypnotic piano just works for me. A great simple vocal on top. My favourite track of theirs.
6. Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line
My mate Gerald and I went into Bar Spetses (on a Greek island) and the owner tells us he has many musicians that frequent his bar. We ask who and he includes Sophie Barker. Later that week we’re enjoying an acoustic set from her and Dedi in some surreal unforgettable moment. Priceless.
7. Richard Earnshaw – In Time
Richard Earnshaw is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the fortune to meet in this industry. In Time from the album of the same name ticks all the boxes for me. Even a remix from my favourite producer Grant Nelson couldn’t take the original away from me. Can’t wait for the next album as every track on this is fantastic and it’s a long time coming so hurry up chap.
A classic house track but a lesser known remix that didn’t get the recognition it deserved. Just listen and learn.
9. G-Club – Guitarra G
At 15 years old, spotty little teenager Tom meets Gerald Elms with Taylor Doobay at Lisa Henderson & Alistair Henderson’s house. A few years later, me and Dan Tait are in the queue at Ministry of Sound on Roger Sanchez’s Guestlist who answered the phone earlier that day when we called up blagging Guestlist at 16 or 17 years old. Another few years on this track comes out. Then we start promoting the live events at The Vibe Bar with industry heads coming down every month to see this performed live. Man, we took those days for granted. Lugging Shovell’s drums out of the Renault 5 and a chicken bhuna on the terrace. The amount of people who name this as their favourite track is astounding. The fact his Dad didn’t fully recognise his Son’s success until he saw this included in a Newspaper cover cd always makes me laugh.
10. Tom Chubb & Jennifer Anne Todd – All In Or Nothing (Eddie Miller Remix)
Eddie & Jennifer had worked together in their band James Brown is Annie. When we got this remix back from Eddie I was blown away and loved what he did with it and how different it is to the original, yet lucky to get to have my name against it.