DJ Mark Alsop gives us his top five favourite tracks at the moment. He plays at Manacle every Friday night, every Sunday and every second Monday. He also plays at Arq and the Shift.
Tribal-influenced house stormer with a sinister bass and percussive reverb embedded well within the hypnotic melody. Catchy yet haunting vocals are delivered in a flavour reminiscent of Nina Simone and are laid back in the mix to allow the excellent production to shine. The B-side instrumental adds an inner city-styled synth to the melting pot and spooky vocal sampling.
BABY’S ON FIRE
T-Total feat. Marc Almond
This is a cover version of the old Brian Eno classic. Marc Almond shines with his vocal delivery over rubber-band bass and synths that smack of the classic 80s period. Whilst this has been burning up the charts overseas, the true gem in this package is the double A side featuring the powerful Take Me Away penned by Almond. This is a more serious groove that showcases the versatility of Almond’s vocal delivery.
MUSIC IS YOUR LIFE
This track features a fantastic vocal hook alongside excellent production. Dana Divine delivers a full-bodied vocal with knockout delivery atop dirty bass lines. There are at least four vocal mixes ranging from bass-laden tribal to piano and guitar-flavoured house.
Chanel is gaining a strong reputation with this debut single due to her songwriting abilities and flawless vocal. The Neo Funk Mix has a great funky bass woven around Chanel’s diva-styled vocal and is pure magic. The big remixers of 2005, Haji and Emanuel, churn out another trademark electronic mix. For a laidback, sultry mix, wrap your chops around the GN Vocal which is perfect for toe tapping at cocktail hour.
One thing that all versions of this track have is the exceedingly soulful vocals of Beth Trollan, who delivers in a style not unlike Billie Ray Martin. The big dance remix is delivered by Mark Picchiotti who ups the tempo with a synth and conga-ridden melody.