Singer, Songwriter, DJ and Producer, DJ Rae’s has been turning heads on the scene since she exploded onto the House scene with ‘Can’t Stop’ alongside Sandy Rivera (KOT) on Defected Records in 2008. Since then, Rae has gone on to work with names such as ATFC, DJ SKT, David Penn, Maxinne, Doorly, Danism + Train, Monki, The Deepshakerz, Gene Farris, Hacienda Classical and more, as well as releasing her own solo productions, most recently, ’The Journey’ on Quantize Recordings. Returning to Quantize Recordings this month with her new soulful collaboration ‘Paradise’ with Neil Pierce, DMC invites Rae to share her home listening favourites…
Stevie Wonder – Knocks Me Off My Feet
It’s just bliss listening to this, Stevie’s words and his unique delivery, he really takes you there with him, somewhere beautiful, filled with love. I’m smiling big when I hear this.
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me Off My Feet
Nuyorican Soul – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
What a piece of music, I was on the beach in Ibiza the first time I heard this, 18 on my first holiday there. I didn’t come back for 6 months, that says it all doesn’t it. I see the waves and feel that mellow buzz of the Balearics every time I hear this.
Nuyorican Soul - I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun. 4hero
Jamiroquai – This Corner Of The Earth
This is just a beautiful song, showing JK’s delicate side, my big bro was a fan and when I heard his first album, or should I say stole it from my bro when I could, I was sold too. He totally had his own vibe and stood out, I did have a bit of a thing for him growing up.
Jamiroquai - Corner of the Earth
Change Ft Luther Vandross – The Glow Of Love
Luther is one of my most loved male voices of all time, so smooth like silk gliding over me. I’m so sad he’s not with us, but songs like this touched my soul and bring such warmth every time I hear them.
Change ft Luther Vandross - The Glow Of Love (Warner Bros/RFC Records 1980)
Sade – No Ordinary Love
Sade is just pure class, unique and in her own lane. I admire her, such stunning songs and that effortless beautiful tone that makes me drift away with her.
Sade - No Ordinary Love - Official - 1992
Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
My mum introduced me to this heavenly voice, she had a few of Randy’s songs on 7inch and I used to play them over and over all through my years at home, singing along, trying to get her special intonations. Her voice transports me back in time and I’ve never heard anyone to compare. Just beautiful.
Randy Crawford One Day I'll Fly Away
Moloko – The Time Is Now
Moloko hit a real sweet spot In their unique lane In crossover dance music, really aspirational to me. I was hooked on Roisin’s voice and lyrics right from the off, she was a big inspiration to me at the time when I was finding my feet as a songwriter and artist. I listened to Moloko’s albums a lot from start to finish.
Moloko - The Time Is Now (Official HD Video)
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
A really good moment in time in dance music. My all time go to, anytime any place,the emotive journey of strings, Shara’s vocal, soulfully raw, a timeless masterpiece.
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
Lenny Kravitz – Heaven Help
This one hits the old romantic in me, the emotive chords get me from the off, what a man, but he sounds so delicate here, intimate and sensitive. If a man ever sang to his girl you would want it to be like this.
Lenny Kravitz "Heaven Help"
John Lennon – Jealous Guy
Since my dad first played me the album ‘Imagine’ as a child, I was in. John’s voice and words got me, I wanted to know more and the more I knew the more I loved, I knew even as a kid he was different, he was really saying something. This song takes me to my childhood and makes me cry every time I hear it, but that’s OK, a few tears at the end of the night means we had a good one.
Jealous Guy (Remastered 2010)
DJ Rae & Neil Pierce ‘Paradise’ will be released on Traxsource promo April 16th / Full release April 30th 2021 on Quantize Recordings