The track I’ll be opening my next DJ set with
Soul Clap – Future 4 Love
It’s the first track on our new album. It’s a welcoming to the listener, to the dancer, to everyone. “Good morning, Good afternoon. Good evening. How you been?”
The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
Morris Day & The Time – Jungle Love
If you LOVE prince, and you LOVE the funk, you gotta love Morris Day & The Time. They’re also from Minneapolis and have such an incredible sound, so tight and larger than life. Jungle Love might be their most famous song, but there are really so many to choose from. We almost got to see them live in Coney Island this summer, but then had to go to a gig, but the tickets were in hand! Oh well, this is the jam…
The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Craig David – Re-Rewind
The track I wish I’d signed to my label
A Band Called Flash – Sliph
This band was created by Chicago deep house maestro Ron Trent and we were literally offered the EP to release on Soul Clap Records, but we took too long and Rush Hour picked it up. It’s some of the best music from last winter, funked up disco that works on the dancefloor and we cry a little everytime we play it.
The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year
PillowTalk – Booty Rang
This is an absolute heater from our Crew Love fam. Booty house meets R&B in the way that only PillowTalk can do. Not sure how this wasn’t a summer dancefloor anthem.
The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
Shy FX – Original Nuttah
You probably didn’t know that Boston had a vibrant drum & bass scene in the early 2000’s. There was a night called The Rinse on Wednesdays that got 300+ people out every week for big UK DJs, and Elements on Thursdays is still going 15+ years on! Eli even worked at the D&B record shop called 4Front for a few years, and we both love our jungle/d&b
The track that got me out of bed this morning
Mick Jenkins – Communicate
After a decade of wackness hip-hop has finally made a come back. Buoyed by Kendrick Lamar, there’s a whole generation of new exciting MCs like Chance The Rapper, Anderson Paak and Joey Bada$$ who are doing new creative things. I just found Mick Jenkins when he dropped his The Healing Component album. This jam is produced by Kaytranda (more on him later).
The track I wish I’d never played
Lil Jon – Get Low
Still a little embarrassed we had to play Lil John at a bar mitzvah however many years ago. The kids were begging for it… “To The WINDOW, To the WALL!, Till the…” I mean you know the rest… these were 13 year olds for petes sake!
The track that should have been a crossover hit
Baby Prince – I Wanna Squeeze You
In an alternate reality this was the biggest hit of 2011. Gadi from Wolf + Lamb aka Baby Prince wrote this at the end of our DJ Kicks tour when we were all feeling so inspired and excited about music. It’s still one of the best songs from our Crew Love collective, but even die hard fans don’t know it.
The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
The O’Jays – Love Train
I just DJed my friend’s brother’s wedding last weekend and while Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al gets people crazy, this jam is a deeper cut that has such an amazing message and closed out the party with a giant dance circle.
The best track by my favourite new artist
Kaytranada – You’re The One ft. SYD
This is a tough one, because Kaytra’s entire 99.9% album that dropped earlier this year is just next level, incredible, creative music. But I gotta go with this one because I love SYD!
The ideal festival track
Ultra Nate – Free
Wanna make every one on a dance floor lose their minds simultaneously? Look no further!
The track I’d play at sunset in Ibiza
Mark Barrott – Cirrus & Cumulus
There are so many amazing Balearic songs we could mention here, but this is a brand new beautiful one. It’s off of the second installment in Barrott’s Sketches From An Island series, which deserves all the attention in the world.
The track I’d play at my funeral
Armand Van Helden – Floherz
Armand is one of our favorites from the 90’s house days. This epic deep vocal bomb with the unforgettable Donald Byrd sample STILL sets every dance floor on fire. And hey, if its a funeral, then there’s GOT to be Flowerzzzz.