I’ve started to become a fan of this Top5 category, everyone has these interesting stories about their journey in music, so I’m always finding people who can share memories and not simply songs.
Even though it’s mostly DJs and Producers, I honestly seek anyone with a musical story to tell.
I’ve also been working on my own Top5 and even though I made others post songs, I created a variety and not just songs.
1. Kid Fonque’s online mixtapes
This is the greatest influence to my music, what I listen to, how it listen to it and how are connect with it. I first heard his mixes by chance, it was just after an exam and I didn’t want to go home because I would bump into an ex. So I was at my sister’s flat and her friend was having trouble identifying a song. I gave the song a listen and couldn’t remember because Kid Fonque played about 50 seconds of that song and looped it. So I was curious to what he played before and after, listened to the entire mix and was hooked on his sound. He brings a difference to the industry, he has this unique way of delivering a set with skill that can’t be matched and a tracklist like no other. Switching from House Music to Broken Beat then RnB coming into Hip Hop then killing it on Dubstep (yes, I’m a fan). His music style has taught me to appreciate different sounds and learn about music as a whole.
2. Daft Punk – One More Time
Chris Lake – Changes and
Roger Sanchez – Lost
I love cartoons, from a young age till now. I remember the first time I heard this ‘One More Time’, in 1999. I was watching cartoons and their music video came on. I remember thinking – “who are these cartoons making music?”. When the ‘Harder, Better, Faster’ music video came out, I didn’t understand the song but I loved the video. Daft Punk and Gorrilaz were the first time I was free in music. Around that time, music was something I never spoke about.
When I hear ‘Changes’ and ‘Lost’, I feel at home once again. This when I started listening to what I liked. A lot of people knew I loved these song but didn’t know why because I had no emotional connection to them.
3. Harael Salkow’s SunSet mixes
The way he plays Progressive House and Deep House, it can’t be matched. Imagine his ‘La Dolce Vita’ compilations and his ‘LDV Air’ podcasts packaged into 1 beautiful mix. He has 1 of my favourite track selections and always brings something new. Beyond the sound, there is this emotion these mixes bring out. I’ve almost cried on a couple of them.
4. Deep House Chronicles 5 mixed Phat Jack
Glenzito House Avenue vol. 6 mixed by Glen Lewis
Soul Candi Sessions 4 (2Lani ‘The Warrior’s’ disc)
Deep House Chronicles 3 mixed by Miggs FoReal and
What About Soul? mixed by Lulo Cafe
You know when you hear really good music and nobody around you, understands it. This is it. When these compilations were released, I didn’t think music could get that deep and I was wrong, these compilations can’t be reviled. From the 1st track to the last, you are taken on a different journey.
Deep House Chronicles 5 tests if there is music in your heart it also rescued the Deep House Chronicles name after their 4th release was terrible. Glenzito pushes you into the deepness from the start and only you can find your way out. Deep House Chronicles 3 was my personal initiation into Deep House, my welcome, my intro song to the world of Deep House. What About Soul gave me an understanding of what Soulful House sounded like. 2Lani ‘The Warrior’s’ disc on Soul Candi Session 4 was a demon, it still can’t be matched on the Sessions releases, especially when he dropped ‘Reel People feat Darren – Alibi’, it was clear what he came to do and that’s go “Deep Till Down”.
Funny how all these come from Soul Candi.
5. Jullian Gomes feat Bobby – Love Song EP (incl remixes by Atjazz and Charles Webster)
There is something beautiful about the original song that can’t be explained. It has this way of saying “accept that you have been hurt. Only by doing so, you will understand me”. This song touched me, especially the part where Bobby sings – “I’m In Pain” – I almost cried on that bit. Then the EP came out with remixes and each of them sounded so good. This has to be 1 of those songs that I will play for future generations (mainly my little brother) and say – “this is music”. I sing along to this song every time. I think this was the dawn of a new era when it comes SA House Music because a lot of people didn’t know Jullian Gomes was a South African.
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