“My strategy for embracing this way of life without turning into a complete cave cretin is dressing up every day in ‘nice’ clothes instead of my usual workshirts and painty tracksuits” – Millie Egan
‘JISAS YU HOLEM HAND BLONG MI’
‘Jisas Yu Holem Hand Blong Mi’ hymn sung by a Melanesian choir. This is my favourite song. I listen to it most mornings the way some people get up and take vitamin and mineral supplements. I listen to it and it feels like golden sunshine washing over me. It’s my soul supplement.
This song sounds like a crisp winter morning when you’re drinking coffee from your favourite cup and the air by the windows is cold (shout out to single glazing) and the light outside is still pale and milky and full of promise. It’s also got some very rousing strings and uplifting chord progressions that make me feel ready for a revolution. My quarantine outfit of a big vintage man’s overcoat also adds to this feeling. I mostly join in for “you’re a ghost la lala lala lala lala” bits.
KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES
‘PRAY FOR LIL’
I love King Khan and this just happens to be the song of his I listen to the most, followed closely by Born To Die, but I thought the name of that one might be a bummer in the plague times. I start listening to these kind of tunes in the afternoon to shake off any midday malaise that may have crept up. This is usually the catalyst for the dancing to begin.
FUNNEL OF LOVE
‘THE DETROIT COBRAS’
I love Wanda Jackson’s voice on the original but I prefer the rougher guitar on this cover. This marks the continuation of my bedroom quarantine dance party. Twist those shoulders, wiggle those hips.
‘LILLIES OF THE VALLEY’
I first heard this piece in ‘Pina’, the Pina Bausch documentary, and I became obsessed with it. It suits my late night pottering style- rustling around like a possum, perhaps painting and drinking wine, often looking for mischief. I’ve listened to it at least once a day in quarantine. I find it inspires dance moves like in that old Guinness ad with ‘Guaglione’ by Pérez Prado.
“We can do this! Exercise when you can, eat well, check in with yourself and if you are alone and feel down, reach out. There’s people who love you, don’t forget that!” – Jay Skelly
‘TRUE FAITH ’94‘
I love this track…I grew up in the days when MTV was actually Music Television and this reminds me so much of my childhood with my bro and sis playing it out in the living room! The good ol days!
The Chain – Nothing else to say…
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS
Another reminder of my teenage years and I’ve never had a piece of music give me a rush and make the hairs stand on the back of my neck as much as this, it’s just beautiful to me and something to get your dance on to! Its so uplifting, almost shamanic and just lovely!
This track is timeless! Today it’s still got the spotlight in the things we talk about and in the things we are fighting to make better! I played this a few years back in a b2b2b with ALS loveens, Emmett and Neil and its something ill always remember, amazing times.
FLOWERS AND SEA CREATURES
‘THE SITTING ROOM – MANO LE TOUGH REMIX’
My final selection is a remix from Mano Le Tough that never leaves my DJ crate as its one of the first tracks I heard when I moved to Berlin 5 years ago, its special to me. It’s a lovely little groover that has a certain calmness to it but the that BIG MOOG BASS just gets inside your very soul. Powerful stuff!
“I’ve been making lots of music – that’s therapy in itself, getting out for runs and generally staying fit, eating good food and drinking wine helps.
Also taking responsibility for my own actions gives a sense of control in this situation and of course is helping in the bigger picture which is what’s needed. Stay safe folks” – Neil Flynn
Listen Loud – If there’s ever any time you should take my advice, this is it – I’ve listened to this track on repeat since we found ourselves in the current new world. Everything Will Be Alright!!!
DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE
‘IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD’
I’ve been cooking a lot & with that drinking some red wine – You couldn’t choose two better greats to accompany that floaty evening vibe.
‘ARE YOU LEAVING FOR THE COUNTRY?’
I discovered Karen Dalton many years ago in Berlin and I felt like it was a voice I had been missing in my life up to that point, An unsung hero I think, she never quite got the platform she deserved until she was gone. She was also half Cherokee/ Irish, There’s magic in that. Powerful stuff.
‘BOYS IN THE BETTER LAND’
After moving back to Ireland after 10 years away and my first time to Dublin. The Fontaines DC are a band I can feel in the air as I buzz around. I also would aspire to have some amount of punk in me.
I think Katie’s music is extremely special and her attitude too, Humble & Powerful. I’ve had the pleasure to collaborate with her on some of my singles which has been an honor for me.
“There’s no blueprint for adapting to this situation. Best thing I can say is to try to take time to relax, breathe, and appreciate the things all around us. This time will come to pass and the seeds of a better tomorrow are already being sown.” – Thomas Ryan
‘SUEÑO LATINO (PARADISE VERSION)’
Probably one of the definitive Balearic house anthems and really a defining track of the early rave scene. Brings up memories of dancing on warm summer nights, being totally lost in music and early mornings with the sunrise.
Produced by Andrea Gemolotto, one of the pioneers of the Italo House scene in 1989, it’s based on a loop from Manuel Göttsching’s masterpiece E2-E4 from1984 with a Spanish female vocal over the top. Pure bliss.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
‘SPACE TALK (HYPER SPACED MIX)’
Produced by Joey Negro in 1990 it’s a mixture of Italian piano-house, deep, dubby US house, and Detroit-esque strings. There’s also a great use of a little Loleatta Holloway vocal sample and some nice little techy touches, not to mention the great bit of uplifting piano at the end.
A really well produced tune especially for its time and it still sounds super fresh today. You could call this a house tune, a garage tune, whatever you want. Back in its day this was a rave tune. And a proper beaut at that.
This early Ibiza anthem rocked the open-air clubs of the late 80’s, and brings a huge smile every time I hear it. In 88 and 89, pirate station Centreforce FM in London was the radio station I listened to a lot and they played this one non-stop.
One of the main defining tracks of the UK Summer Of Love, it always transports me to another time and place every time I hear it.
Rescue Me was played at all the early UK Raves like Energy, Sunrise, Weekend World and clubs I raved at like Labrynth and Dungeons in east London. The groove on this one is so good it’s like you can channel all that original energy and positivity.
The Richie Rich dub was the sound of summer, wafting across country fields and banging out from indoor clubs and sound systems everywhere
Written and arranged by Joe Smooth with vocals from Anthony Thomas, Promised Land is an all-time vocal house classic from 1987, and a huge end of the night tune in many a club back in the day. Lights on hands in the air vibes.
This is on constant repeat play for me these days. Uplifting and with all the feels, we’ll make it to the promised land!