Hi! We’re back with another Top Ten, where we approach our favourite DJ’s and producers and get them to select ten of the best of whatever they fancy be it music, movies, film stars, books…whatever!
For this second instalment we are very happy to have Cork’s upcoming House music producer and Delicious supporter, Shane Linehan.
Shane has been a very busy boy since the last time he was on the Delicious Mix Sessions Blog (his excellent DMS mix can be found HERE) following up his Basic Grooves 1 EP with another helping on his own label Basic Grooves entitled, funnily enough, Basic Grooves 2. He has also had material on Mad Mats upcoming House label “Local Talk” and there are remixes in the pipeline for Dave Pezzner and George Davis on the labels Finale Sessions & SAFT respectively. Shane’s music is available at all good online stores and you can check most of them out HERE.
A self confessed fanatic of the classic New York/New Jersey sound, we were delighted that he decided to compile his top ten with tracks/tunes from that genre and here is what he had to say…
Top Ten | Shane Linehan’s New York House Grooves
“Hey everyone, this is Shane from Basic Grooves and this is ten of my favourite New York house tracks.
The New York sound is something I have been fascinated by since I got into house about 7 years ago. I really dig the chunky beats and soulful grooves that are typical to the New York/New Jersey sound. I try to get this vibe across in my productions. The following was supposed to be my top ten, but I couldn’t make up my mind, so instead it’s ten of my favourite NY tunes, in no particular order. Some obvious, some perhaps not so much, but these are all tracks that are very dear to me and highly influential to me. I really enjoyed putting this together and I hope you enjoy checking them out. Feel free to drop me a line with any questions or enquiries.”
Essence- Just a Touch
This is a track that I think aged really well. Silky smooth synth action, chunky bass and then there are those stabs! I would say that this is one of my favourite Strictly Rhythm tracks and definitely my number one Wayne Gardiner production. I first heard this track on Sub FM, when I was just getting into deep house- “where can I get a copy?”
Dee Dee Brave- My My Lover
A great example of garage house that I feel really captures that New Jersey sound. Fat beats and chord stabs bringing the vintage Kerri Chandler style. I first heard this track when I went to see Kerri play in Club One in Cork, it was one of my first house gigs that cemented my love for the New York sound.
Blood- Peace in the Nation
When I owned about 20 records this one was of them. I used to play it every week on my show on Sub FM. I think it’s a track with a lot of character and a great example of Pal Joeys style. For me it was always a track that had a great sense of mystery about it, could have been down to the mysterious label (mine doesn’t have the stamps on it). Its stuff like that I love about collecting records. Always makes me smile.
Rudoulpho- Touch Me
I discovered this on a compilation called ‘Underground Dance Music’, which came out on Ibadan around 2006, which also featured ‘Peace in the Nation’. I really dig the groove, the beats, and of course, that vocal.
Leon Neal- People Don’t Change
A classic New York track that I’ve loved since I first heard it. I was lying in bed one night, listening to the Go Deep radio show, still feeling the effects of the party, and this came on. I fell in love instantly, what a vocal!.. and an interesting message.
Jazzie Joint- Give a Little Love
A Frankie Feliciano production, and what a production at that! I think this is a great example of a simple, well put together track. This track was very influential for me when I made ‘The Future’ not sure if that comes across, but anyway. Sean Galvin introduced me to this one back in the days of, you guessed it, Sub FM.
Cloud 9- Do You Want Me
Classic Victor Simonelli action from way back in 1993. Its hooks like this that make great tracks, gotta love that vocal too! I think this track captures that garage vibe perfectly. I first heard Shane Johnson play this at one of the Go Deep birthdays. Simple and well executed (the chord sample is from Surface- ‘Falling in Love’). Mr Simonelli- take a bow.
Masters at Work ft India- I Can’t Get No Sleep
I don’t need to tell you how great this track is. I got this when I bought a bunch of about 20 records off a guy when I started playing- “they’re all classics” he told me- he wasn’t lying.
Mood II Swing – Sunlight in My Eyes
From ‘The Scenic Route’ EP. I would say this is one of my favourite Mood II Swing tracks. Its a colourful, feel good track that I’ve always really digged. The way those chords glide and the way that vocal is cut, fantastic! I picked this up second hand in Plugd Records in Cork.
Loop Trick- Beat Freak (Pal Joey Action 1)
I came across this randomly on a mix one day. Its’ a fantastic piece of sample based house music, done the way only Pal Joey could do it. Snappy beats, jazzy stabs and “Action”. Buy it HERE.
Quality choices I’m sure you will all agree!
Big thanks to Shane for taking the time to put that together and for his constant support of the show and blog.
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