1) Shirley Bassey – Light my fire
Shirley has one of the greatest voices for me. This song follows me from an early age on, when my mum used to play her album on our home stereo, up to the remix i’ve done with the human drum machine Killa Kella for the Battle of the Year soundtrack.
2) Katalyst – How bout us ft. Steve Spacek
One of my favorite producers, Katalyst from Australia, together with the genius Steve Spacek. Love his crunchy drum programming and the selection and flip of samples. Overseen for sure, but always on my radar.
3) Tenor Saw – Ring the Alarm
One of my digital reggae faves and best version on the Stalag Riddim. Remember hearing it allover the clubs in Berlin beginning of the 90s still.
4) Veronika Fischer & Günther Fischer – Schönhauser
I recorded the very first german funk & soul mixtape ever, together with my Partner in Crime Katmando, in 2003 and this was the opener. A tasty composition from the former GDR. The lyrics are about the Schönhauser Allee at night, one of the main streets of the district where im living.
5) Jungle Brothers – Straight out the Jungle
Back to the 1988, one of the best years in hip hop to me. When this album came out, it changed everything to me and my style formed a lot of their production style. The whole atmosphere catched me from the first seconds and never left. The use of Mandrill’s „Mango Meat“ plus the Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5’s „The Message“ in the chorus is just a magic combination.
6) School of Hard Knocks – Dirty cop named Harry
Up to the 90s. Always was a huge fan of Rakim, Big Daddy Kane & Guru. School of Hard Knocks whole album sounded like a best of merged version, one of the few you can listen through till today with no skipping. This track specially is storytelling at his best over Bill Withers „Who is he“. Alltime favourite!
7) Leena Conquest – Boundaries
This song captures the essence of the first half of the nineties for me. Austrian producers meeting NYC Jazz Singer and nailing it! Big underground floor filler back then!
8) Placebo – Humpty Dumpty
Holy grail of digging from 1971. Legendary belgian jazz pianist Marc Moulin lead the group and brought us some outstanding classics that stand the test of time.
9) DJ Shadow – The Number Song (Cut Chemist Remix)
Always been a fan of cut’n’paste tunes, like the ones from Steinski or Coldcut. Endtroducing from Dj Shadow is a milestone and this Remix by Cut Chemist brings the whole essence to the floor. Absolute masterpiece that i played to death in the second half of the 90s.
10) The Alliance – Action (Remix)
Also Berlin got his cut’n’paste masterpiece. The first generation of Hip Hop producers over here, The Alliance, put this stunning collage together. In the summer of 1989 there was no place in the city, where you could hide from this champion mix in perfect Latin Rascals tradition.
11) Jazzanova – Boom Clicky Boom Clack
When i started producing in 1992, i had an early mentor. Roskow, formerly from the early rap group Rock da Most, who had already a studio setup with an Emax 2 keyboard sampler as the heart. He was the first who showed me how to flip samples and breaks. Later he became one of the founding members of Jazzanova. This is one of my faves produced by him from the Jazzanova era, a floor shaker indeed!
12) Pete Rodriguez – I like it like that
NYC latin boogaloo at it’s finest. Grand tune from 1967 which never leaves my box for a proper latin selection, capturing perfectly the time shortly before hip hop was emerging.
13) Vicky D – This beat is mine
This early 80s boogie funk banger on SAM Records never dissapoints. One of those feel good songs that find the way into my boogie funk selections constantly.
14) James Brown – The Boss
No list would be appropriate without the gofather of funk, Mr. Dynamite. One of his alltime classics. Played and sampled to death, but with joy in the eyes. You can find the Dusty Donuts Edit from Naughty NMX & me on heavy rotation in my sets.
15) Al Wilson – The Snake
Usually i’m not deep into northern soul, but this 1968 nugget always catches me on the spot. The story gives you a live lesson while dancing the night away.
16) Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang (My baby shot me down)
The beauty of Nancy’s cover from Cher is a undisputed essence of the 60s.
17) Alice Russell – Crazy
Alice is on top of my UK soul singers list . Her cover of Gnarls Barkley’s „Crazy“ is just breathtaking and a perfect example of how you can take a composition and make it your own. Played it uncountable times as the last song of the night.