FIZZ ISLAND #007 // DAZ @ GET DOWN EDITS

Posted: May 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND, music | No Comments »

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Welcome to the seventh installment of Fizz Island. Fizz Island is a series in which we have been inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

This time we have fellow Irish man, Daz, one half of Get Down Edits. The boys have been collating and spinning all things disco over the last few years. From their own edits, to many great mixes and of course the Get Down Edit volumes, in which they’ve just dropped their 4th series on vinyl, with it to come on digital shortly.

So I think it’s pretty safe to say this guy knows his disco! And this is pretty much reflected in this awesome selection of tracks. Check it out for yourself…

Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved

I always find it very very hard to pick favourite songs as I love so so many songs & so so many different styles of music, but if i was stranded on the beautiful Fizz Island i would have to be able to listen to a Bob Marley & The Wailers track. My favourite of them all is “Could You Be Loved” released in 1980 (the year i was born) on their last album Uprising. A reggae song with a disco feel, to me Bob Marley was the ultimate front man & his music is so influential, “The road of life is rocky, And you may stumble too. So while you point a finger, someone else is judging you”

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Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin`)

Again i could not imagine life without being able to listen to a Stevie Wonder track ever again & since I’m on Fizz Island with its white sandy beaches & pure blue sea im going for (another 1980 released track) “Master Blaster” (Jammin`) built on a heavy reggae feel. The song was the leading single from Wonder`s “Hotter Than July” album.

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The Beloved – Sweet Harmony

“Sweet Harmony” by The Beloved is a song that always done it for me & it’s a song that every now & again I just have to listen to, released in 1993 & was the biggest hit that the beloved had & is probably the band’s signature song, its one song i`ll never forget & the video is just as famous as the song itself.

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Chaka Khan – Ain`t Nobody

One of my all time favourite tracks is “Ain`t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan released in 1983 so I guess again its a song i couldn’t image never hearing again. It was released as a studio bonus track on the band’s live album “Stompin` At The Savoy”album but i think i first became aware of the track when watching breakdance movie “Breakin” which it featured in the soundtrack.

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Chic – Good Times

Last track has to be the ultimate feel good party song, if i was alone on Fizz Island I’d need a track that could get me in a feel good party mood just incase I was ever down & what better track to do this than Chic`s “Good Times”, I could of picked 5 Chic tracks as im a big fan of Chic & Nile Rodgers but Good Times really does top them all for me, released in 1979 & the band’s second number one single this song is probably one of the most sampled songs of all time but most famously it made the backing track for The Sugarhill Gang`s Rappers Delight, again i couldn’t image never been able to play Good Times by Chic ever again!

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His luxury item:

Non Electronic Luxury Item would have to be a family photograph, if i was all alone on Fizz Island for the rest of time I’d have to be able to look at a family photograph to remind me of the good times.

How would he fare in the wilderness?:

I dont think i would fare out to good in the wilderness & probably wont last to long :)


FIZZ ISLAND #006 // MATT @ WOLF MUSIC

Posted: February 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND, music | No Comments »

Welcome to the sixth installment of Fizz Island. Fizz Island is a series in which we have been inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

We’re delight to have Matt, one of the founders of Wolf Music to give us his selection. The guys at Wolf Music have really been doing it for us over the last couple of years. We managed to caught them quite a lot last year – from Garden Festival in Croatia, to many of their London nights – the crew are producing and releasing some of the best underground house music at the moment. The label has seen releases from the likes of James Welsh, Maxxi Soundsystem, Bicep, Waze & Odyssey and the core label DJs and producers are now gaining a big cult following (us included!). Check out their releases on soundcloud and the 3hr mixmag set is also well worth a watch.

So here it is, 5 brilliant tracks from Matt at Wolf Music. Enjoy!

The Rolling Stones – Tumbling Dice

This song was introduced to me by my Father when I was about 8 years old. It holds a lot of happy memories for me, and it got me hooked on digging deeper into music. My old man is a fellow music nut, and I can recall him playing this at full volume doing his best Jagger impression in the living room. I looked on thinking, what a plonker, but as I aged I also somehow adopted this party piece and will happily drop into full Jagger mode at the swig of a pint. The song is such a great mixture of blues, rock, gospel, country and soul. Stones at the height of their powers. That takes some beating. It’s a simple track, but it does all I want it to; makes me sing, makes me pump my fist in the air, and do the rooster whilst wagging my finger.

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Muddy Waters – Rollin’ Stone

The Blues is what I was bought up on. It was so different to all the pop music I heard on the radio at the time, and it struck a chord with me. I didn’t understand the lyrics, I didn’t get the message, but I connected with the emotion encapsulated in the music. That made a big impression on me and from there I started to explore the world of black music. This particular song is raw, blues – just a delta musician playing on an electric guitar and singing about the life he lives (or wants to live). I can visualise Muddy and the environment in which he played the song, and I get a buzz out of it. This is about music enabling someone who usually couldn’t get a platform to be heard due to the inequality that engulfed the south, now being able to communicate his thoughts and feelings through song. It’s not a protest song, it’s actually a song that is predominantly about getting laid. We can all identify with that.

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Ashford & Simpson – Bourgie Bourgie

First dance number in the list. This track itself isn’t perhaps one I would call my ultimate disco record, it’s more of a case of what it represents. I have loved house music since I was 12 years old, and for years I bought loads of house tracks and thought they represented the apex of dance music. I knew the tracks and the contemporary scene, but had no idea about the history of the culture that berthed it. Then I bought a CD at my local HMV in Portsmouth. I think it was the cover that attracted me; I didn’t know any of the artists names (apart from Cher). The CD I bought was Larry Levan ‘Live at the Paradise Garage 1979′. Bourgie Bourgie is the first track; and as soon as I heard the opening notes, I knew that everything just changed. This music was the genesis of the house I loved, and in-fact, I would say that it was richer, and more uplifting than what I had listened to previously. It was where all the tracks I was into were sampled from, and there was a diversity in the music that I never knew existed in disco. It was like coming home – I found the back-story to the culture that I wanted to immerse myself in. I didn’t look back and I dived in. It didn’t lessen my enjoyment of house, it gave it context and it allowed me to appreciate house music more fully. To know where you are going, you have to know where you have been. Bourgie Bourgie is an incredible track, and listening to it reminds me of the start of a musical journey that has been a driving force in my life so far.

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Universal Robot Band – Barely Breaking Even

A pure pleasure track. No real back-story, other than I heard it on a compilation put together by Dimitri from Paris and I loved it from the off. Everything about the track is fantastic. I could listen to it all day and still hear bits in the playing that sounds fresh. Bass heavy, excellent playing by all, soaring vocals, just a pretty much perfect track. If I was alone on the desert island I could listen to the vocals and remind myself that no matter how shit this coconut tastes on day 454, at least I’m no longer a wage slave like Leroy talks about on the track. Me and Wilson (cause I would certainly create a Wilson ball), could totally let loose to this track.

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Gustav Holst – Mercury, the Winged Messenger

I know this is like the ‘take that’ of classical music and that it’s very obvious, but I really love it. I first heard the song whilst listening to the Planets in it’s entirety and there was a section of the song that totally took my breath away. I was drawn into the music with its beautiful intricate build and then the pay off of the exhilarating crescendo. It never fails to inspire and uplift me. I think that’s what I would be looking for on my desert island – a bit of hope that I could make it off in the end.

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His luxury item:

Fishing tackle. I used to be a keen angler so this would give me both pleasure and practical benefit. Know it’s not a witty choice, but fuck, I’m trapped on a desert island here, I’m desperate.

How would he fare in the wilderness?:

I give myself 5 hours tops.


FIZZ ISLAND # 005 // RAMBLA BOYS

Posted: December 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND | No Comments »

Welcome to the fifth & final instalment of Fizz Island for 2012. Fizz Island is a series in which have been inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

For our final selection of the year, we’ve invited the Italian duo Rambla Boys to give us their desert Island tracks. I’m sure all our blog followers know this pair, but if you’ve had your head under a rock for the last couple of years – these boys have produced some top remixes for the likes of Round Table Knights, Groove Armada, Chromeo and Franz Ferdinand. As well as a number of their own top productions. Big fan of these boys, they share our love for all things deep & disco grooves.

First of all, they would like to cheat a little and pick three tunes each, because they tell us they wouldn’t stay on the same side of the island: one the north, the other on the south. If not, they would kill each other way before hunger does it!

They feel they would be able to survive for quite long, eating fruits, drinking rainwater and creating imaginary friends as any good survivor would do. And for their luxury item, they’d like a surfboard each to keep them fit & entertained. These boys are in it for the long-haul!

Luca:

Tortoise – Djed

My first track would be Djed from the Tortoise. I bought the cd during the first high school trip, and I listened to it in a surreal situation, in the backseats of a minischool bus, bit drunk after a margarita offered by the art teacher who brought us there, while the bus was going 10 km/h fast cuz of the heavy snow which was falling. I think its almost 20 minutes length would help me waking up in the mornings as well as falling asleep at night.

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DJ Shadow - Building Steam with a Grain of Salt 

Then it comes Building Steam With a Grain Of Salt by Dj Shadow. I felt in love with him thanks to The Private Press, but when this tracks starts, it’s always thrilling and gives me chicken skin. Can’t remember the first time I’ve listened to it, but I know I’ve been tripping a lot thanks to it.

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Pinback – Prog

Third track would be Prog by Pinback. It was featured on the first surf movie I’ve ever seen during my first surfcamp, in Lanzarote in the Canary Island. Probably the time I felt closest to what being lost on an island means. I still wonder if I’m still surfing cuz I liked it or because of that movie and its amazing soundtrack (Momentum, Under the Influence). Surf movies are a good way to discover new music.

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Jack:

Booka Shade – Night Falls

My first choice goes to Night Falls by Booka Shade. It’s the first track I actually tried to copy on reason, so I suppose we wouldn’t be lost on this island if it wasn’t for it. What is more, I’m definitely sure I will call my son Darko. Or maybe the first of my imaginary friends on the island.

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Death from Above – You’re a Woman I’m a Machine

Second one is You’re A Woman I’m A Machine by Death From Above 1979. One of the first albums to put into my ipod, and still of my favourites. What is good about this track, is that it’s a wonderful joke to tell your gf when she says: “you can’t understand me, I’ve got different needs, I’m a woman…”, and you answer “You’re a woman, I’m a machine”. Just be aware you’d probably be the only one to laugh.

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1.9.9.6 – Afterhours 

At last I would pick up 1.9.9.6. from Italian band Afterhours. Thanks to this song I finally played my guitar outside of my room, even thanks to my friends Paolo e Matteo. Would be good to bring a slice of home to a lonely island.

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FIZZ ISLAND # 004 // with LPZ

Posted: November 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND, music | No Comments »

Welcome to the fourth instalment of Fizz Island – a new series in which we will be inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

Lopez or otherwise known as LPZ, are a Paraguayan trio making house, disco & boogie. Earlier this year, the trio released their debut EP 1983 which has helped set their mark on the house music scene. And since then, have dropped another great release, Benedict & Grace on Loungin’ Records. Sound good?! – well you can find out more about the guys with this great little interview they did with the mighty Discobelle blog.

We caught up with one of the guys from the trio, Javier Rodriguez – and he has given us some long and sexy tracks, which truly are for long-term listening. Nice!

Here is what he had to say…

My luxury item is a Paraguayan hammock, I like my sleep and if I’m going to stay in this island for a while then I might as well do it in style.

As for the tracks, well I thought if I’m going to be stranded in a island with only 5 tunes for the rest of my days they might as well be some really long jawns. So the following is a selection of songs that go over the 10 minute mark, check them out!

Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy

The King of long tunes, Fela Kuti pioneered Afrobeat by combining R&B, Highlife and Jazz. There is too many songs to choose from in his catalogue but this particular one is my favourite I think, with its cascading organs and winds, a funky shuffly beat courtesy of Tony Allen and vocals from Mr Kuti and his wives. Water No Get Enemy is off the Expensive Shit LP and it comes with a funny anecdote. According to Wikipedia, “The title of the album refers to an incident in which the Nigerian police tried to arrest Kuti by planting a joint on him. Kuti managed to eat the joint, prompting police to bring him into custody and wait for him to produce the excrement. According to legend he managed to use another inmate’s feces and was eventually released.” No shit!

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Universal Robot Band – Barely Breaking Even

I love my Disco and Boogie and this is a great track by some of the best talent of those genres, Patrick Adams, Leroy Burgess and Greg Carmichael. To be honest I don’t know much about this track apart from the fact that Universal Robot Band reunited to release this tune having previously put out ‘Dance and Shake your Tambourine’ which is a little too sugary sweet for my liking but gets a spin once in a while. Another fact is that a certain London label called BBE gets its name from this track, its lyrics about living a day at the time and being fairly broke at some point which we can all relate to at some moment in our lives and I’m guessing the BBE guys were feeling the pressure at some point too.

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Marcellus Pittman – There’s somebody out there

This is one is for the nightime and hopefully some lysergic help courtesy of the Fizz Island. Acid House from the noughties with some mad bassline and a drum beat with lots of swing, it sounds like alien talk and it would probably drive me crazy if I would listen to it on my own repeatedly but that might just what I need after long days and night of solitude. The track name itself already gives you an idea of what to expect from this tune but trust me, once you are in the zone, there is no coming back.

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Can – Future Days

OK, this one is a little shy of 10 minutes but Can are the Krautrock masters and possibly my favourite band ever so one of their tunes had to go on this list. I got into Can when I moved to London from Paraguay and can clearly remember listening to this for the first time by the Thames lying on the grass in Hammersmith where I used to work. This is the title track of their 5th LP from 1973 and part of the holy trinity of Can LPs which also includes Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi, if you haven’t got them in your collection I recommend fixing that pronto as they truly are masters of ambience in music.

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Herbie Hancock – Rain Dance

Sod it, this one is also just about 9:20 but it’s another of my favourite artists ever and off one of Herbie’s best LPs. A combination of electronics, jazz and some funky keyboard playing from Mr. Hancock himself this great (not so) little gem might just be the ticket for those hot days when rain is much needed. If that fails then at least I hope the sea is not infested with sharks so I can go and cool in the water. Then, in the words of MC Hammer, it’s hammock time!

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FIZZ ISLAND # 003 // MONITOR 66

Posted: November 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND, music | No Comments »

Welcome to the third instalment of Fizz Island – a new series in which we will be inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

This week we welcome the mighty trio from Sweden, Monitor 66, to be washed up on the shores of Fizz Island. We were pretty excited about this one, as the boys philosophy is “Make music for sunsets” – a perfect desert island style!

Unless you’ve had your head buried under a rock for the last few months, you’ll have heard Monitor 66′s debut track Triscuits – which took the disco world by storm! It’s now been released on House of Disco Records, and comes with remixes from heavyweights PBR Streetgang, Roberto Rodriguez & Dead Rose Music Company. Impressive!

The gents have cheated slightly, and asked if they could submit 2 tracks each, 6 in total. Breaks the rules, but hey – it’s one more great track to listen to!

They don’t think they’d last long on the island alone and without all the things they are usually so dependent on, but if we had a ship load of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as their luxury item, combined with these tracks, they would at least die very happy!

HANNES F:

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

My first choice must be Fleetwood Mac – Dreams. I have childhood memories of my mother putting the Rumours LP on and me trying to sing along to this track even if didn’t know a word of English at the time. I have loved this track ever since and I actually have the very same record in my vinyl collection to this day. It always puts a smile on my face whenever I hear it. There’s been times I’ve literally cried tears of joy while listening to it, granted I was pretty drunk those times, but still.  Just listen to Stevie’s angelic voice, Mick’s perfect drumming and that amazing bass line – how could you ever get tired of this track?

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Daft Punk – Make Love

Everyone who knows me know that I’m huge Daft Punk fan. I even have a Daft Punk shrine in my flat – a shelf with all their LPs lined up. This track is from my least favourite of their albums, Human After All, but it’s one of their must underrated songs in my opinion. It’s extremely repetitive, something I usually find off-putting, but there’s something about this track that really resonates with me. I both could and have listened to it nonstop for hours on end.

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CALLE:

Womack & Womack – Teardrops

Whenever I’m having a Friday off I start off the day by listening to this song. It’s almost like a ritual. The reason being my parents listening to the Conscience album when they were in a good mood coming home from work on friday nights when in my early years. My reasons for listening to it are many: to feel nostalgic, getting ready for the weekend or just to hear those heavenly keys. If I brought this song to the island, it would be Friday everyday!

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Death Cab for Cutie – I Was a Kaleidoscope

Without going into further details I first came across this tune when I had some personal issues that needed to be taken care of. As we all know, music has a magical power to be a real mood changer. When I was listening to this song I kinda felt a little more comfortable. The lyrics are not that joyful but the musically it is a brilliant song that made, and still makes me smile. From the clever drums and guitars to that orgasmically good first instrumental chorus. Ohh what a chorus… I would bring this song just so that I could loop that small bit in particular.

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HANNES R:

Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (parts 1-7)

There are plenty of memorable Pink Floyd tracks that I also could choose but this one I would say is the most timeless. I first heard back in early 2000′s when my father had a Floyd compilation in the car he drove. It was the car anthem for us when we would travel around, shorter as longer distances. One of the stronger memories I have was that I was listening to it non-stop whilst canoeing in Småland (known as the area where IKEA comes from). Beautiful scenery and beautiful music, doesn’t get any better. Because it is so long and progressing it makes a very good track to listen to on and on and on.

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Chicane – Saltwater

When first introduced to electronic music, which I mainly listen to today, I began with trance. In particular this was one of the tracks I began with. I immediately fell in love with it when my uncle showed it to me and I remember that moment quite well. I was sitting in the dark with my cool msn-account and my uncle sent it to me with the thought that I would enjoy it, and he was more than right. A track that is very simple in many ways, makes it a great one to enjoy a whole lifetime.

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FIZZ ISLAND # 002 // SLOW IT DOWN

Posted: November 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND, music | No Comments »

Welcome to the second installment of Fizz Island – a new series in which we will be inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us all about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

Last week we kicked off with Debonair, and now we are delighted to welcome the Slow It Down duo from Glasgow to be washed up on the shores of Fizz Island! We love these guys obsession with the 80′s and all the top reworks of soul and disco gems they have been putting out. Be sure to check out their Crush track which we’ve been playing a lot recently. Plus they’ve just dropped their first full length EP, Alright with Elijah Collins – it’s sweet!

For their luxury item, they have requested a container of cigarettes, presumably they’d be well up on fire lighting after a while. And they reckon they’d be a goner in the wilderness before they’d even finished listening to these five tracks!

Randy Newman – You’ve got a Friend 

The one everyone knows from Toy Story, the ultimate feel good track, definitely one to lift the spirits and take the edge off a shitty day. I’d like to take the whole soundtrack actually, it has some great tracks on there. My nephew is reaching the age where I have an excuse to watch the movie again and again… never a bad thing.

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Nas feat AZ – Life’s a Bitch

I’ve always struggled to pick a favorite track from (Nasty) Nas’ debut LP, the whole thing is perfection from start to finish, this one just pips it for me, due to the Kool and the Gang ‘Yearning For Your Love’ sample and Nas’ Dad playing a lovely horn solo at the end.

I bought this on album on tape when it was released and walked about every day in my own world listening toit for months, kinda like the sad kid in the ‘Wackness’ movie (without the Hot Dog stand full of weed) - it’s never far from the car stereo these days.

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A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation

93/94 was the ‘golden era’ of hip-hop for me, with the East Coast releasing some massive albums from people like Gangstarr, Nas, Biggie Smalls and Redman.

While these guys were very much taking about the braggadocio stuff, Tribe Called Quest sat on the fence perfectly.

I love this song, it’s a sex track and it’s pretty nasty at some points but clever with it, so the casual listener won’t really pick up on it.

The ace black and white video has the group popping up in low key spots all over New York with Q Tip checking out the same girl.

I’ve started countless edits of this track over the last couple years and left it alone because it shouldn’t really be touched!

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ED OG and Tha Bulldogs – Love Comes and Goes

Another hip-hop track from 93/94, sad song, sad video, AMAZING George Benson guitar solo sample, a really emotional track that was released around the time my Granddad passed away so it chokes me up a bit when I hear it.

I grew up obsessing over Yo! MTV Raps and producers like Pete Rock, dance music passed me by for a good few years, I think that’s reflected in our music to a certain extent.

We try and pick the oddball tracks to sample as a basis for a lot of them and it pains me to see the amount of obvious edit based tracks being released, when no-one can be arsed taking the time to ‘dig in the crates’, how many Diana Ross edits does the world really need?

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Daft Punk feat Romanthony – One More Time

I clearly remember not being a fan of this track when ‘Discovery’ was released, I guess being into DJ Rolando and Underground Resistance at the time played a part on this, I was expecting the roughness of ‘Homework’ on a bigger scale so I remember being pretty gutted with my purchase!

As time went on and my musical tastes changed I can see how an important this mainstream track/album was, as it would go on to influence a lot of kids to start messing with production, which can only be a good thing.

This track definitely made me think more about the use of synthesizers in music, listening to so much hip-hop when I was younger, with its gritty jazz break loop samples and little in the way of synth work – it was a real eye opener.

The synth line is the first thing that grabs my attention in a track these days and it’s pretty much down the Discovery album!

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FIZZ ISLAND # 001 // with DEBONAIR

Posted: October 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: FIZZ ISLAND, music | No Comments »

Welcome to Fizz Island – a new series in which we will be inviting our favourite artists & labels to tell us all about FIVE tunes they’d choose should they be stranded, alone, on an island.

Fizz Island is a beautiful place, full of luscious vegetation, white sandy beaches, pure blue sea – but you would be ALONE and these tracks would be your only companions. As a bonus – we’ll be allowing one (non-electronic) luxury item.

Through this feature we’ll hopefully be discovering and sharing some classics, hidden gems and just some great music that people feel they could listen to for years.

So to kick it all off, we are delighted to welcome Debonair as the first traveller to be washed up on the shores of Fizz Island. Debonair needs no introduction to regular readers of the blog, he has an esquite taste in all things disco and house. And has dropped numerous tasty releases through the likes of House of Disco & Kolour Recordings. As well as his super Voyager mixtape series.

Debonair chose PG Tips as his luxury item – like ourselves, he can’t live without a good brew! And his predicted lifespan in the wilderness: Limited! In the meantime, he’ll have these 5 top tracks…

The Rolling Stones – Miss You (Dance Version) [1978]

It’s no secret that I’m the biggest Stones fan. My dad used to play them to me before I could speak and it kind of stuck ever since. Having seen them live 5 times I would always wait for that magic moment when Miss You came on. 8 minutes of pure ecstasy and a bass line so infectious that it gives me goosebumps. You can tell the Stones were heavily influenced by the disco movement in the mid 70s, which has meant that Miss You has real cross-genre appeal. This is my ultimate desert island jam.

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World Premiere – Share The Night (Breakdown Mix) [1983]

This is the hard-to-find dub version of World Premieres disco funk classic from ’83. It kicks off with this slightly ominous drum beat punctuated with flicky snare claps and crisp tumbling toms. This sets the scene nicely for that killer baseline and those gorgeous keys that just melt into place. It’s no surprise that this is one of Morgan Geists favorite and most played tracks. What a recipe!

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Metro Area – Muira [2001]

This is without doubt my favourite club track of all time. Created in 2001 and released on Environ, Muira is a timeless classic. The bassline sounds painfully simplistic, but it has been engineered to perfection and resonates nicely almost any club environment. Those haunting vocals get me every time. I first heard this in a BMW Z3 in a small village in East Sussex.

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Siriusmo – Last Dear [2008]

I originally discovered this little gem tucked away on the B side of Siriusmos’ iconic ‘Diskoding’ EP. It really is something special. Those infectious stabs are some of the sweetest I’ve ever heard and whenever I hear it I can’t help but play air-keyboard. It’s got this gorgeous warm organic glitchy feel to it that never gets old.

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Space Dimension Controller – The Love Quadrant [2009]

The Love Quadrant captures mood, atmosphere and lush textures like little other tracks that I’ve heard. It’s fair to say SDC killed it on this one. Every time I hear this jam I’m taken back to Sonar 2010 when the then unknown SDC graced the crowd with an unforgettable live performance in the midday sun.

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