My chart is mainly dedicated to the power and glory of HOUSE — whether it’s deep, techy, vocal infused or dripping with killer basslines that will cause uncontrollable lip-poutage and head nodding — with a touch of Techno, Trap and Dub thrown in to keep it fresh.
This first track by Walker & Royce embodies exactly what I love about house: an utterly slammin bassline paired with dope vocals. Most of my favorite songs are found buried inside mixes, which was the case with this one, from the BananaStreet Mix by Moonwalk.
Connected / Walker & Royce
Delilah / Inside My Love [Redlight Remix]
I’m a sucker for melodic dubstep when it’s done right. Redlight’s remix of “Inside My Love” is a perfect example, which Delilah actually sampled from a song by 70s soul artist Minnie Ripperton. After renditions and remixes, the soul absolutely remains in this haunting and powerful tune.
DJ Sprinkles / Grand Central Part I
I had to pay homage to House head OG, DJ Sprinkles. “Grand Central” dates way back to 2009, and in our rapidly accelerating EDM time, that makes it a classic “oldie.” Sprinkles, aka Terre Thaemlitz, is not only a producer; he’s a cross-dressing speaker and educator on issues regarding sexuality, socio-economics, class, race and linguistics. I’m not sure where or when I first heard this one, but every time I hear it, I literally feel like I’m being plunged into the genre’s bilious, digestive juices, and deep into the bowels of House.
Richelle / Somewhere Secret
Pelican Fly releases always ooze swag, so here’s the element of Trap and Hip Hop I had to include because of its sheer trillness. Richelle runs the Brussels-based independent label along with DJ Slow, both of whom were influenced early on by Belgian rappers. But this is just Richelle’s night job — by day he’s a partner in an architecture firm, explaining: “I love to be able to do a lot of things. Trying to switch from one to the other—it keeps you awake.”
Art Department / Touch You Gently
Part of the Crosstown Rebels crew, Art Department has a knack for melting hearts with ultra deep, baby makin’ slow jams like this one. Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White are known as underground revolutionaries with their unprecedented live DJ/vocal performances (Kenny’s silky yet quirky vocals will make your knees shake, and you might even start touching yourself…gently of course).
Larse / So Long
I probably should’ve had this one on my radar before, but I didn’t hear it until I listened to Trent Cantrelle’s Jetset Republic pool party set from Groove Cruise in January 2012, which also happens to be one of my all time favorite mixes, but is sadly no longer streaming online! But if you’re intrigued and want to hear it, let me know…
Noze / When Tiger Smoked [Arnaud Edit]
A friend of mine who lives in Southern California introduced me to this song, so it will always remind me of the expansive, dusty hills of the suburban idyll that is Orange County. The song matches that ethos well — there’s nothing more chill than guitar and piano melodies — and I love the image of a Tiger puffing on smoke.
Instra:Mental / Let’s talk – [Nakedlunch]
It’s unusual for a song to make you feel creeped out and romantic at the same time, but “Let’s Talk” has the perfect combination of eerie echos, subtle dub sounds and smokin’ hot vocals to do just that.
Dustin Zahn / Stranger To Stability [Len Faki Remix]
“Stranger To Stability” provides a nice contrast to the previous songs with a vital dose of pummeling Techno. It’s one of Carl Cox’s go-to tracks because obviously the energy level is stratospheric. This is what I would imagine (and hope) to be playing in my head during an alien invasion.
Amirali / Just An Illusion [MK Remix]
Beyond the dreamy vocals in the beginning, the breakdown at about a minute in is utter decadence. Another Crosstown Rebels release, Amirali’s production and vocal talents are seamlessly refined by remixing master MK.