PG DESERT

AmericAAA

For the next three weeks, I’m in the states on a holiday but also a record buying and some what a musical education trip. Something I’ve learnt is that I never want to stop learning and if I think I know everything then its time to stop DJ …. PERIOD. So far the trip has been amazing apart from one idiot LA based DJ who of course i won’t name names, whose ego was bruised when he thought that GIRL could possibly know more about Disco than him, apart from that LA has provided a nice starting point to the trip.

One of the best moment of the trip was reading my Paradise Garage book in the middle of the desert. It was perfect, even though I’ve been researching PG this book give you so much more insight and really paints the picture of the time. I highly recommend reading it, to any disco fan out there.

PG DESERT

Stay tuned. I’ve got some big blog posts coming when I get to Chicago.

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House ………………………..

House music hey, its a genre that will never die IMO but lets understand that it is also a blanket term and used by some Djs who play this god awful version of house. EDM I’m looking at you bro.

My version of house is soulful and filled with groove, it was the love child from disco. I’ve got so many memories of amazing nights out dancing for hours to house. I really started to connect with house when I moved to mexico after i finished my degree. I was surround by clubs and Djs for the first time and it was one club in particular that used to house the greats such as Derrick Cater, Mark Farina and more. The mexicans taught me how to go out all night dancing with out being a booze hound, their passion for the music was incredible and not masked by a millions bags of M and 300 vodka sodas.

Its people like Frankie Knuckles that introduced me to it and I’m so thankful I was able to see him play and not only play but see that amazing smile he had before he died.

This week I was able to go and dance to the house I LOVE, so many times you go and see a dj who claims to play house and it turns out to be awful electo, tech house with no soul. 90s house is where it was at for me. 80’s was fantastic as well but by the time the 90s came producers were able to create amazing house tunes that took you to deeper places.

The following is collection of house tunes that really get to me, this is not just HOUSE but Italo house, 90s house , soulful house. As disco is blanket term for many sub genres so is HOUSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Sounds of Blackness – The Pressure (Frankie Knuckles remix)

Frankie of course has to be on this list, there is something about his music that I always connected to. I LOVE a big arse long emotional intro and this song has it all. I love house music that has amazing stories within it esp when paired with epic strings and dem hats…. dem hats baby.

Crazy P – Theres a better place 

Released in 2002 on the LP The Wicked is music,  this one tune became the staple tune for our share house during my time at uni. We used to sit with the CD on repeat for hours. We never got sick of it. Honestly the neighbours must have thought we were “special” , one song on repeat for 6 hours while we drank and sat outside.  I’ve seen Crazy P live a few times now and their energy is like no other, still touring and make their classic signature disco house sound …. WELL DONE guys!

Motivation – Atmosphere (Dimitri from paris edit)

Old mate Dimitri has had one of the most successful careers known in the industry, a night at the playboy mansion? Who could forget that. It was around the time Bob Sinclair was making decent music as well. DFP has been a huge influence on me and esp with the soulful disco house vibes. This track is more so on the disco house tip its a clear reminder of time in music where the soulful was IN….

Jon Cutler – Its yours (Frankie Feliciano remix)

Mate, lay back close the eyes and you’ll be taken back to 2001 Ibiza chill haha!
Honestly love the guitar in this tune though and its still a fav tune to listen to on the beach.

Soundstream – Makin Love

taking it up a notch now. Still on that loopy disco tip this has that drive that house music creates on the dance floor. Its one thing to listen to this on you ipod on the tram its another to having it blasting on a set of Club speakers at a festival.  A slow burner indeed but its got the drive to keep you until the end… if you let it :)

Felix – Don’t you want me

Lets take it up, 1992 where rave house was the norm, high intensity synth stabs and BIG VOCALS were everything.
Recently hearing a remix of this at Berghain in berlin I was slightly sad because it didn’t use the energy in the felix version. It teased you 5mins… This was fist pumping at its best, that break in song with DON”T YOU WANT MY LOVIN” then RAVEEEE. . Its also clearly an influence in in new house ,  ive heard so many new releases that remind me of these early 90s rave house tunes. Honestly this song has the kind of DROP that makes you want to punch someone in the face, in a good way.

Basement Jaxx – Rendez- VU

Man these guys killed it. Live shows, their music was forever changing and evolving. For me this was the song that always stood out. It just had everything one could want on the DF in 1999, well school discos for me at that time. The spanish guitar element just made it an unstoppable force. My obsession with other cultures and their music drew me straight into this track and it never leaves you. I’ve only seen a couple of DJs pull this out in sets but POWER TO YOU>>>>>

Gat Decor – Passion 

Obvious , I know. But there is something special about this track and I always love a good emotional intro. So this is a no brainer really.

Davina – Don’t you want it

More from the early 90s. You should be able to tell by the hats straight up :)
Long tracks with long journeys and good vocals. This one is another on that list. Even a bit of spoken word in there too haha.

Romanthony – Hold on 

This one, man another great legend of dance music that sadly passed away. What draws me to this song is the spoken word element as well as again A BIG ARSE LONG EMOTIONAL INTRO.

Don Carlos – House jazz
Got to add some Don Carlos in here as well, on that jazzy house tip you can’t go past that late 90s early 00’s jazz house sound. Get some sax into your life.

GULITY PLEASURE HOUSE

The Shapeshifters – lola’s theme

Sorry but I got to admit this tune is bloody awesome , its cheesy as hell but its amazing and I still bring out the wax of this on the home turnie.