To use an often abused term, Spencer Parker is a DJ’s DJ. The London expat has developed an enviable level of respect from fellow selectors for his extensive knowledge of house, techno and disco. As a producer he’s equally acclaimed, having found a home on Rekids (alongside Mr G and Nina Kraviz), Ttsuba and his own imprint, Work Them Records. After escaping to Berlin because of ‘girl troubles’, he’s garnered a similar level of recognition, becoming a regular at Panorama Bar and never absent from some of the greatest dancefloors around Europe. Following in the steps of Moodymann and Joy Orbison, Parker heads to London this weekend as a guest for Jackmasters XOYO residents. In preparation, he’s picked out his favourite tracks that remind him of London, along with some fond memories that each one induces.
Spencer Park joins Steffi for Jackmaster’s XOYO residency this Saturday. Tickets available here.
River Ocean – Love And Happiness (Strictly Rhythm)
Standing on the dancefloor of the main room of Ministry Of Sound, as Francois Kevorkian plays the acapella of this for five minutes, whole room blacked out, and then proceeds to flawlessly mix a huge drum and bass record underneath it – my head nearly exploded.
Robin S – Show Me Love (Champion)
It may not be “cool” but then, neither am I. One of my favourite records EVER – shout out to Blue Orchid (Croydon) and Jaz (Purley).
Bagga Worries – Ride De Punany
Always remember hearing Westwood drop this at the Brixton Academy, to a rapturous response.
David Bendeth “Feel The Real” (Jazz N Groove Ultra Classic Mix)
Heard so many times on the dancefloor of Lazy Dog – definitely one of the best clubs I’ve ever been to!
Hyper On Experience – Lord Of The Null Lines (Foul Play Remix) (Moving Shadow)
Fond memories of finishing work at Sainsburys on a Saturday night and then heading to Lazerdrome in Peckham.
Black Science Orchestra – New Jersey Deep (Junior Boys Own)
David Morales playing Space at Bar Rhumba on a Thursday night for about five hours and half way through dropping this. I still play this regularly – and it still sounds great!
Lil Mo Ying Yang – Reach (Strictly Rhythm)
One of my favourite records and one that’s never really left the box. Always remember playing it loads in London when it first came out.
Simon – Free At Last (Lucid Dreams)
Roger Sanchez playing three copies of this (dub, vocal, efx, accapella) for about 30 mins at Fabric and people looking at each other like “what the fuck is this??!?!?!”
Radio Slave “Repeat Myself” (Rødhåd Remix) (Work Them Records)
London and Berlin collide!!! I remember getting this remix in and playing it for the first time at the mighty Dance Tunnel in Dalston and just being blown away.
Dennis Waterman – I Could Be So Good For You