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“I know it’s proper cheese… Please don’t rinse me for it!” Toolroom’s Weiss picks some all-time favourites, including a classic power ballad.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Luckily, I had a lot of records given to me as a young child, but the first ever record I bought was Kadoc – ‘The Night Train’ on an import from Amsterdam. I traveled to Guildford on the train when I was about 13 and spent all my pocket money on it. I was so excited to get home and play it on my belt-driven decks.

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

Growing up I listened to a lot of electronic dance music from the 80s, but I started off listening to hardcore mix tapes on my Walkman walking to school in the early 90s, and then started to buy records.

Your favourite ever record?

This is such a tough question, but if I had to pick one… ‘Boy In The Bubble’ by Paul Simon from the Graceland album. I just love the whole album but this one has to be one of my favourites from it.

The guilty pleasure?

Hmm, interesting… Foreigner – ‘I Want To Know What Love Is.’ Yes, yes, I know it’s proper cheese but I think it’s a well-written song. Please don’t rinse me for it!

The last track of the night?

I do like playing a classic at the end of the night: Kariya, Frankie Knuckles but… Gat Décor – ‘Passion (Original Mix)’ always seems to come out.

The best chillout record?

I love Massive Attack and everything they have ever done but ‘Teardrop’ is a great one for me.

The best record for a family party?

The Proclaimers – ‘Letter From America.’ What a great party track, it tends to get everyone up.

The worst record you’ve ever heard?

Aqua – ‘Barbie Girl’. Fucking terrible!!!

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Red Rack’em

Still riding high on the success of the all-conquering ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’, Danny Berman talks us through his musical favourites.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

MC Hammer – ‘You Can’t Touch This’. I had this on 7″ single and I just loved the Rick James beat and the “oh oh oh” backing vocals on it. Dope.

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

Jean Michel JarreOxygene. My parents had the LP of this and I was scared of the cover as there was skull inside the earth. This is definitely the first electronic music I heard.

Your favourite ever record?

Astrud Gilberto – ‘Beginnings’. My friend Fraser played this to me one drunken night in Edinburgh and it’s just such a beautiful song. Her voice and the backing vocals are just so awesome. The whole track is an opus.

The guaranteed floor-filler?

Eddie And The Eggs – ‘A Cup Of Coffee’. One of Maurice Fulton‘s lesser-known bangers. Garage beats mixed with ravey stabs and a guitar solo – shouldn’t work but always slays it.

The guilty pleasure?

DAF – ‘Party’. I love everything DAF do but I am aware that they also sound really shady at times. I love their music – it makes me feel so perverted.

The last track of the night?

Luther Davis Group – ‘To Be Free’. Me and my younger brother used to put this on after a heavy night out when we lived together and dance around to it. The playing is pretty rough but it’s got such an innocent vibe about it. Freeeeeeeeee…

The best chillout record?

Vladimir Cosma – ‘Sentimental Walk’. This is some proper no talking, only touching vibes. Sometimes words are too much.

The record everyone loves but you hate?

Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’. Jeezus H Christ – do we have to hear this again. It’s so schmaltzy and lame. I can feel the collective boredom of the room when this gets dropped.

The best record for a family party?

Air – Modular Mix. I bought my parents this on CD years ago and they love it. So if we have people over to dinner and stuff like that my dad often puts it on. It’s the perfect background music for socialising.

The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Bo Hansson – ‘Solen (Parallellt Eller 90°)’. Me and my friends all got into Bo Hansson in Nottingham during our pretentious yacht rock phase. The Magician’s Hat is an amazing cosmic psychedelic trippy album and this is my favourite track from it.

The worst record you’ve ever heard?

Aqua – ‘Barbie Girl’. Up their with ‘Agadoo’ for just shocking pap. I dunno what else to say really. I guess some modern EDM is on the same level.

The record you’re proudest of?

‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’. I just released my new album Self Portrait on my Bergerac label and I am really proud of it because I worked on it for four years. I picked ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ because it was the biggest selling dance record of 2016. That’s something to be proud of.

The future classic?

‘Tomato Pope’. I think this track is even better than ‘Wonky Bassline’, but it got kind of lost in the Wonky hype when it came out in November. I really think ‘Tomato Pope’ deserves as much attention, but I guess it’s not as accessible as Wonky. Booo…

 

Red Rack’em’s album, Self Portrait, is out now via Bergerac. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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Theo Kottis

“I was late to the party with buying vinyl, though it didn’t take me long to get the bug!” Edinburgh’s Theo Kottis picks his musical favourites.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

Beesmunt Soundsystem – ‘How I Wish’. I’ve been a DJ for a while but I learnt to play on CDJs so I was late to the party with buying vinyl, though it didn’t take me long to get the bug. I nabbed this one in 2014 after attending a few Just Jack events in Bristol, and I’ve been stocking up ever since!

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

Culture Beat – ‘Mr. Vain’. It might sound far fetched, but I reckon as early as five years old, in front of my TV, dancing to this!

Your favourite ever record?

Soul Capsule – ‘Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)’. Ah, the toughest question! It changes all the time but I’ll go with this one for now. It’s beautiful and I’ve found I’ve had it on repeat recently. I make sure to play this track out at special moments.

The guaranteed floor-filler?

Omar – ‘Feeling You (Henrik Schwarz Remix)’. Everything on this record is brilliant: amazing synth work, vocal and even saxophone. Something for everyone!

The last track of the night?

Talk Talk – ‘It´s My Life’. A classic! I’ve been playing an edit of it recently and it always ends the night on a happy note.

The best chillout record?

Hokuto Sato – ‘Via Negativa’. Lovely deep track with a great jazz breakdown. Perfect for warm ups.

The best record for a family party?

Marvin Gaye – ‘Got To Give lt Up’. This track is sure to get everyone dancing – from your missus to Granny! It’s a crowd pleaser without the cheese!

The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Blood Orange – ‘Sutphin Boulevard’. One of my favourite bands – I have visions of playing this out this summer season, on the beach, during sunset – perfect vibes.

 

Find Theo on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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Sid le Rock

“Late at night, chain-smoking alone in my underwear…” Canadian tech maestro Sid le Rock reveals his musical favourites.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

My first offence was First Offence, an album by the Canadian heartthrob Corey Hart. My folks took us to Kmart department store. With five bucks burning in my pockets (earned from my weekly work chores), my younger sister and I combined our allowances and together, purchased this bad boy. ‘Sunglasses at Night’, uh, obviously.

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

“WTF is this?! I want more!” is what I said to myself, when I first saw Herbie Hancock’s video of ‘Rockit’. One of many life changers!

Your favourite ever record?

If you would have asked me this question last week, or say… each and every week in the year, you’d get a different answer from me each time. This week, as it’s coming out warm from my speakers, I’d go with The Low End Theory album by A Tribe Called Quest. From top to bottom, this album is supreme. ‘Buggin’ Out’ gets a few more repeat plays.

The guaranteed floor-filler?

I’ll go with a ‘Fog Machine’ as my final answer.

The guilty pleasure?

Detroit Grand Pubahs – ‘Sandwiches’!

The last track of the night?

‘Safety Dance’ by Men Without Hats is usually my go-to track to end the night. Equally, a good way to start the night.

The best chillout record?

Heard many times around the house as I was growing up, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac will always be embedded in my memories. C’mon, there is no denying it. Everyone loves ‘Dreams’.

The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Lazy Sunday afternoon? I own this. Here’s some more Canadiana I gotta drop. The Cowboy Junkies version of ‘Sweet Jane’. In my opinion, this blows away The Velvet Underground’s original version. But, play em back to back… perfect combo.

The worst record you’ve ever heard?

This is a harder question than “best record”. The worst are better left forgotten.

The record you’re proudest of?

There are a few I am truly proud of as I reflect on the many records that I’ve put out during my 15 years of producing. On the other hand, a few that I wish could be wiped out from existence. However, I am quickly drawn to ‘Still Life’ and ‘Foreign Love’. Both of these tracks embody a naivety, yet a sense of realness to my self expressions. Putting all my truest emotions in ‘captions’, captured in a personal snapshot that rehashes fond memories that are only known to me whenever I revisit these songs, late at night, chain-smoking alone in my underwear. I do enjoy airing out 😉

 

Sid le Rock’s Elasticity EP is out on March 3rd via My Favourite Robot Records. Find him on Facebook and SoundCloud.

 

 

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David Herrero

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With his fourth LP due soon on Saved Records, David Herrero reflects on his musical history.

What’s the first record you ever bought?

I’ve always been a lover of English 80s pop and a big fan of the American funk and disco music from the 70s and 80s, but my first purchase was a compilation of techno artists in the early 90s from the Mute label called NovaMute: Version 1.1. Here are some of the key tracks from it:

The first time you remember hearing electronic music?

I think that my first experience around electronic music was when I was 11 or 12 years old, listening to old tapes from Detroit techno artists like Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson.

Your favourite ever record?

There are a lot. I think there are a thousand I could pick, but I but will say two are truly key, one from techno and another one from house. Jeff Mills – ‘i9’…

…and Mateo & Matos – ‘NJ Style’:

The last track of the night?

For me this is the track. It creates really warm spreading feelings and happiness like no other.

The best chillout record?

I like the style but I don’t know that much about the artists from this genre, anyway for me this one is the best

The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?

For Sundays I like deeper sounds and I think it would be perfect with Kevin Yost:

The record you’re proudest of?

All tracks have something of me inside them and almost every track I am proud of in some way, but I will appoint two that I identify with so much:

David Herrero’s Body, Soul & Other Things LP is out on December 2nd via Saved Records. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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