Thursday, 6 December 2012

2012 - TEN BIGGEST TRACKS

2012 was a pretty good year for dance music. For every Tommy Trash or Ingrosso threatening to drag in into the mire, there was a Tom Trago or a Prosumer able to raise it to the heights.

Here are my top ten tracks of 2012, in no particular order..........

1. TOM TRAGO - USE ME AGAIN (CARL CRAIG REMIX) Disco and techno meet in one almighty, uplifting track. Worked magic in both the underground basement rooms and the peaktime Ibiza Amnesia sets. Huge.



2. SANTE FEAT. LORENZO HALL - HOMEGIRL Soulful rnb vocals may have been overdone in 2012, but when they work (see also Dusky - Flo Jam), they WORK.
On the right side of the cheese divide, Sante brought the soul with a strong vocal, and the simplest but catchiest piano hook on the year.



3. KINK - EXPRESS A track I heard on Beats In Space mixes for maybe 2 months before finally identifying it, this was a real favourite in a year of already massive tracks from Kink. Dark, moody and funky, the sound of a train never sounded so good.



4. JETS - SIN LOVE WITH YOU As if Machine drum and Jimmy Edgar weren't good enough separately, they combine here to form JETS. This rework of Thelma Houston's 'You Used to Hold Me So Tight' was always going to be down my street, as I love the original. But this is next level. 11/10.



5. TODD TERJE - INSPECTOR NORSE Inspector Norse definitely split opinion in 2012. It's described as 'too euro', 'cheesy', 'novelty record' on one hand, but 'fun','destroys any floor' and 'genius' on the other.
If you ask me, it's Todd revisiting his track 'Eurodans' from about 5 tears ago, and giving it a new twist.
I heard Agoria play this at Pitch Black at Trouw in Amsterdam, and Ive got to say, it was the track of the night. Quirky disco/house doing damage.



6. GEEEMAN - BANG'T I played a lot of Detroit and Chicago-inspired stuff in 2012, and this one was the pick of the bunch. In-your-face and driving house, with that 90's synth running through, this devastated even the most po-faced dancefloor.



7. GEORGE FITZGERALD - LIKE A CHILD This year saw a barrage of garage-influenced names break through. Breach, Disclosure, Mosca and Midland all led the way. When George Fitzgerald popped up with 'Child' on Aus Music, my initial reaction was 'heard it before - next!'
Repeated listens from UK clubs to the dancefloor at Space Ibiza convinced me other wise.
It was the best of the lot. The perfect balance of dark/light and of retro/future.



8. RONDENION - DEVOTION I came across this track by accident, and Im so glad I did. Deep disco-funk from Japan, like a smoother version of cut-up french house for 2012. Bliss.



9. KRL - DECAY The star of 2012. Wolf Music has been one of the labels of the year as well. This was the pinnacle of his sound.



10. DUKE DUMONT - THE GIVER A dj whose tracks I used to love, then seemingly turned into a bore. Then in 2012 went awesome again. His remix of Aluna George is incredible, but his own track The Giver, had to be one of the best tunes of 2012.

Friday, 23 November 2012

New Mix on Podcast

New mix from me on my podcast, with tracks from Duke Dumont, Dusky, Claude Von Stroke and Deetron among many more names currently killing it for me.

Listen here

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Cream 20th Anniversary tour

I've been doing a few dates for the Cream 20th Anniversary Tour recently. This all kicked off with a date in Newcastle, which was amazingly busy and a great atmosphere.
That was followed by the official date at Cream Liverpool at Nation, where I took over the Annexe from K-Klass. Again another sold-out, hyped night.
Last night saw me take to the decks for the Manchester leg of the tour at Sankeys Manchester. This was probably the highlight so far. I warmed up another sell out crowd in the main room before Thomas Gold, who had just had his Essential Mix aired the week before. Tracklist below - tune of the night had to be Duke Dumont - The Giver. Duke is on fire at the moment - check out his Aluna George remix.
Next date for the Cream Tour - Friday 30th November at Newcastle University with myself and Third Party.


Saturday, 18 August 2012

CREAM 20 DEFINING TRACKS 1992-2012 

I was recently asked to pick the top 20 tracks by Mixmag, to celebrate Cream's 20th anniversary this year. Here's my list - let me know what you think, and post your top 20 if you fancy it - I'd love to see them.

1992 - X-Press II - Musik X-press
1993 - Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
1994 - Mory Kante - Yeke Yeke (Hardfloor Remix)
1995 - Wink - Higher State of Consciousness
1996 - Chicane - Offshore
1997 - Mansun - Wide Open Space (Perfecto Remix)
1998 - Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You
1999 - Sasha - Xpander
2000 - Daft Punk - One More Time
2001 - Rui Da Silva - Touch Me
2002- Tim Deluxe - It Just Won't Do
2003- Layo and Bushwacka! - Love Story (vs Finally)
2004- Mylo - Drop The Pressure
2005- Tiesto - Adagio for Strings
2006- Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
2007 The Killers - Mr Brightside (Jaques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix)
2008- Steve Angello and Laidback Luke ft - Robin S - Show Me Be (Hardwell Bootleg)
2009 Deadmau5 - I Remember
2010- Swedish House Mafia - One
2011- Avicii - Levels
2012- Porter Robinson - Language