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Skrufff.com's Top 50 Most Influential Dance Tracks Ever: Hugh to Louis Osbourne

Reported by JontySkrufff on March 29, 2011

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Individual Top 10s

Hugh O Bryder (Balearic Brothers)

Jagz Kooner

Jalebee Cartel

Jeffrey Disastronaut

Johnny Dynell

Jonty Skrufff

Judge Jules

Lenny Ibizarre

Liquid

Louis Osbourne

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Hugh O Bryder (Balearic Brothers)

1. James Brown - Funky Drummer

2. Grandmaster Flash - Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel

3. Double Dee & Steinski - Lessons 1-3

4. Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express

5. Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown

6. Double Exposure - Ten Percent

7. Primal Scream - Loaded

8. Dust Brothers - Chemical Beats

9. Leftfield - Not Forgotten

10. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy

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Jagz Kooner (The Aloof/ Primal Scream producer)

1:  Donna Summer- I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Megamix (15.45 version)

2:  Phuture- Acid Tracks

3:  New Order- Blue Monday

4:  Kraftwerk- Tour De France

5:  Hardfloor- Hardtrance Acperience

6:  Grandmaster Flash- Adventures On the Wheels of Steel"

7:  Chic- Le Freak

8:  Lil Louis- French Kiss

9:  The Future Sound of London- Papua New Guinea

10: Underworld- Rez

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Jagz Kooner: “It’s the art of the remix defined (in 1982!) built from one of the greatest tunes ever made and turned into an epic 15 minute version with more cool synth riffs and arpeggiators than pretty much any tune that has been put together since. It still gets me every time.” 

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most?

Jagz Kooner: “It has to be Phuture’s Acid Tracks . It opened the gateway for acid house , which for me (and many others) changed the course of our lives/careers.” 

Skrufff: Which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the mainstream?

Jagz Kooner: “Ithink it would be Hardfloor’s Acperience . Snare rolls and distorted 303s became pretty much the standard on all tracks after this came out.”

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Jalebee Cartel (Arjun)

1: Underworld - Born Slippy 

2: Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

3: Donna Summer - I Feel Love

4: Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats

5: New Order - Blue Monday 

6: Michel Jackson - Billie Jean 

7: Yaz - Situation 

8: Daft Punk - Around The World

9: Prodigy - Samck My Bitch Up

10: Inner City - Good Life 

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Jalebee Cartel (Arjun): “Born Slippy is the most true dance anthem of all time in my opinion, it’s one of those rare tracks, that has the essence of what electronic music should be. Dropped into a set, it always creates mayhem on the dance floor.”

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most?

Jalebee Cartel (Arjun): “Everything Depeche Mode or Underworld ever made were the reason I got into dance music, it’s really tough to pick one specific track, and they all influenced me in some way of the other. I guess right from listening to Michael JAckson as a kid or Chaka Khan really made me get into dance music

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http://www.jalebee.in 

http://www.facebook.com/l/880e59bNezwxLBG44sFAJw84avQ/

http://www.soundcloud.com/arjun-jalebee 

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Jeffrey Disastronaut

1: Buchanan & Goodman - "The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)"

2: Manuel Göttsching - "E2-E4"

3: Laurie Anderson "O Superman"

4: Augustus Pablo "King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown"

5: Throbbing Gristle - "Hot on the Heels of Love / Dead on Arrival"

6: Negativeland  - U2 / The Beatles- Tomorrow Never Knows

7: Big Apple Productions Vol. 3 - Genius At Work

8: Pierre Schaeffer - "etude aux chemins de fer" / Kraftwerk - "Numbers"

9: Gloria Gaynor   "Never Can Say Goodbye LP [and continuous mix by

Tom Moulton]"

10: Jean Michel Jarre  "Moon Machine"

and thousands more...

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Jeffrey Disastronaut: “My Brother [Greg Radiojack, China] and I played this so much as little children - it was what's called a "drop out" record - and early cut up. And we played it so much that the vinyl wore through. We were obsessed by the sounds, the cuts and the hundreds of edits. and its hilarious.”

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most?

Jeffrey Disastronaut: “I guess it was Martin Hannett's productions mainly on Joy Division and New Order though I always did the DJing second, to my bands and live acts. Blue Monday made me realise- even in 1983 - that I could do this for the rest of my life.”

Skrufff: Which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the

mainstream?

Jeffrey Disastronaut: “Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4 - probably? Almost unknown.”

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Johnny Dynell, New York

1) Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown  1965

Without James Brown's repetitive funk rhythms there would be no Disco and with no Disco there would be no House and with no House there would be nothing. I would be out of a job.

2) Trans Europe Express - Kraftwerk  1977

If there is one record that started it all I guess it would have to be this one. Its use of sequenced synthesizer lines and electronic percussion and beats paved the way for all modern Dance Music.

3) Spirit in the sky - Norman  Greenbaum  1969

This song came out in 1969 and I think it is grandfather of Electro. The Benny Benassi type sound comes directly from this song.

4) I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley German Remix) - Donna Summer 1977 - 1978

The Giorgio Moroder original was earth shattering but the 15 minute Patrick Cowley German remix in 1978 took it even further. 

5) Planet Rock - Afrika BamBaataa & The Soulsonic Force  1982

Afrika BamBaataa, Arthur Baker and John Robie combined the electro sounds of people like Kraftwerk with the breakdance beats that were becoming popular. This record foreshadowed all modern dance music to come. 

6) On and On - Jesse Saunders  1984

Even though this record used a lot of the same rhythm machines and synths that other people were using at the time (Planet Rock), it had a unique sound and feel which eventually became "House Music". 

7) Party People - Todd Terry  1987

Todd combined Free Style and House to make a hybrid that was revolutionary.

8) Padlock EP - Gwen Guthrie  1986

Larry Levan's deep dubby Garage sounds were perfected on this EP.

9) French Kiss - Lil louis 1989

This song from 1989 featured a rhythm that is still copied endlessly to this day. It's also important for slowing down the tempo to a complete stop then starting up again. It's one of those songs that changes everything.

10) Jingo - Candido  1979

This traditional African Rhythm is still one of the most used rhythms in Dance Music today. 

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Johnny Dynell: “Without James Brown's repetitive funk rhythms there would be no Disco and with no Disco there would be no House and with no House there would be nothing. I would be out of a job.”

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most? 

Johnny Dynell: “Even though it's not on my list, "That's The Way I Like It" by K.C & The Sunshine Band changed my life. The endless repetition made me crazy- in a good way.”

Skrufff: Which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the mainstream? 

Johnny Dynell: “Most people don't know Jesse Saunder's "On and On". If you listen to it now you think, OK it's a House record but in 1984 NOTHING sounded like this.”

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Judge Jules

1:Art of Noise- Moments in love

2:DJ Pierre- Acid Tracks

3:Energy 52- Café Del Mar (Three'n'One remix)

4:Soul II Soul- Keep on movin'

5:Afrika Baambaata- Planet Rock

6:Vernon's Wonderland- Vernon's Wonderland

7:Rob D- Clubbed To Death

8:Josh Wink- Higher State of Consciousness

9:Double 99- R.I.P. Groove

10:New Order- Blue Monday

: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Judge Jules: “It came when synths and sampling were in their infancy (barely born in fact), and has mesmerisingly sweet chords that influenced so much chill-out and trance.”

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most?

Judge Jules: “New Order- Blue Monday.”

Skrufff: Which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the

mainstream?

Judge Jules: “DJ Pierre’s Acid Tracks.”

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Lenny Ibizarre

 

1: Spectrum - Brazil

2: Hardfloor - Acperience

3: Solar Quest - Acid Air Raid

4: Robert Armani - Circus Bells (Hardfloor Remix)

5: Plastikman - Conception

6: DHS - This is acid (LSD 3D)

7: Filur - You and I (Trentemøller Remix)

8: Astral Projection - Utopia

9: T-Power - Self-Evident Truth

10: Koxbox - Stratosfear 

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Lenny Ibizarre: “Brazil is the oldest of them and, well, just blew my mind at the time.”

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most? 

Lenny Ibizarre: “None, in Belgium we were all already clubbing to body-beat and later new-beat way before acid house arrived. Sex and drugs what was turned me unto the scene.”

Skrufff: Which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the

mainstream?

Lenny Ibizarre: “None of them crossed over, in my experience: nothing TRULY great ever does.”

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Eamon Downes (Liquid)

1: KLF - What Time Is Love

2: A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray

3: Joey Beltram - Energy Flash

4: Adamski - Magik Piano

5: Master C & J - Dub Love

6: Jimi Polo - Better Days

7: Ego Trip - Dreamworld

8: SL2 - The Noise

9: Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder

10: Almost the whole catalogue of King Tubby & The Scientist 

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice? 

Liquid: “It was hard enough selecting ten, I had to just do it off the top of my head otherwise there would have been hundreds. The first time I heard KLF’s What Time Is Love in a massive warehouse changed my whole life, that's why. I couldn't believe something so simple could be so effective and so huge. A massive tune for me still.”

Skrufff: which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most? 

Liquid: “Probably as a kid, Barrington Levy's Here I Come. My mate at school had it on a cassette and we used to play it on what we would have called a ghetto blaster (but in reality was a moody, battery-operated tinny tape player). I was hooked from then on really.”

Skrufff: Which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the mainstream? 

Liquid: “Master C & J I suppose, badly recorded and doesn't do much, but I've always tried to capture those kind of intense atmospherics in music. Still trying....”

http://soundcloud.com/liquiduk 

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Louis Osbounrne

Here's the top 10 in no particular order..... I feel very "Hi-Fidelity" now

:)

1: Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime

2: Daft Punk - Homework LP - Virgin

3: Jaydee - Plastic Dreams - R&S

4: Aphex Twin - Window Licker - Warp

5: LFO - LFO - Warp

6: 2 Bad Mice - Bombscare - Moving Shadow

7: PFM - One & Only - Logical Progression

8: Orbital - Chime - London FFRR

9: Raze - Jack The Groove - Champion

10: Paul Hardcastle - 19

Skrufff: Why did you select your number 1 choice?

Louis Osbourne: “It's a track that has influenced me all my life. I remember my parents playing it to me when I was a kid. It always makes me feel good and makes me want to go and get things done! And the amount of people in dance music who love this record shows that it was a pioneering track at the time (late 70's or early 80's I think).”

Skrufff: Which track turned you personally onto clubbing/ dance music the most?

Louis Osbourne: “2 Bad Mice - Bombscare - My first forays into club / rave culture when I was16 yrs old were about old breakbeat hardcore. This was one of the biggest trax for that sound in late 1991. I actually prefer the "2 Bad Mice" remix as it's a little less commercial and more D&B sounding, but the original is the big one.”

: which tracks had the greatest influence without crossing over to the

mainstream?

Louis Osbourne: “I think Daft Punk’s Homework had a huge influence on the dance music scene. It was a ground breaking album in 1997 that inspired a whole generation of producers to get started. It still sounds dope. Funnily enough I think everything Daft Punk have done since then has been shite.” (laughing).

Www.facebook.com/djlouisosbourne

You may just want to check that link.... It's my page, not my profile I

think.

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