Just what makes your DJ tick? What tunes did those headphone-wearing lovelies listen to way back when? GScene thought it was time to find out. Hence the desert island. No palm trees, just decent tunes. And this month’s desert disco darling? Brighton’s very own disco Queen, one half of Go Bang!!! and coordinator of Calabash, DJ Affy.
Always an inspiration Affy’s been dancing his butt at more parties than either he (or I) care to remember. The genuine article, Affy is a DJ who really does deliver the passion. His work with Calabash and Go Bang deliver the kind of respect so few in the industry enjoy and one read of his top ten desert island disco discs reminds you why this DJ always keeps the soundtrack quality assured. This boy knows his disco and his house. Long may he keep spinning.
DJ Affy’s Desert Island Disco Top Ten (in no particular order!)
MFSB ‘Love Is The Message’ (Danny Krivit Edit) Philadelphia International.
Musical perfection. I still get the goosebumps every time those strings play. This is the track that really switched me on to music. Released in original version in 1973 when I was just three years old. I started young!
Kate Bush ‘Hounds of Love’ EMI
Haunting and hypnotic, it was this album that taught me that non-dance music had a place on the dancefloor. The whole album is amazing.
Frankie Knuckles ‘Tears’ FFRR
That voice, that baseline! The track that started my obsession with the Godfather of house music, Frankie Knuckles.
Joe Smooth ‘Promised Land’ DJ International
Reminds me of my days living in London in the late 80’s going to seminal clubs such as Shoom and Spectrum. This track captures the soundtrack of that special time.
Herbie Hancock ‘I Thought It Was You’ Columbia
Done in a time well before Cher when vocoders were cool. Love, love, love this track it completely sends me in to a happy place.
Eddie Kendricks ‘Going Up In Smoke’ Motown.
I was a relative latecomer to this track. Turned on to it initially by a cover by Ten City.
Gwen Guthrie ‘Peanut Butter’ (Larry Levan Remix) Garage Records/Island
Adore EVERYTHING Gwen Guthrie did. Larry Levan’s muse and the voice of the Paradise Garage. It was a toss up between this or Hopscotch. This is much more moodier and sums up perfectly why I love Gwen.
Stevie Wonder ‘As’ Motown
Every Top 100 has to have a Stevie track. This track still makes me cry and reminds me of my partner Neil.
Rufus & Chaka Khan ‘Any Love’ Warner
I’m obsessed with Chaka and if I have to pick one track then it would be this one.
Peech Boys ‘Life Is Something Special’ (Larry Levan mix) West End Records
This track sums up my love of music and DJing style. This track blew my mind at the age of 15 like nothing I heard before. Real soul with house attitude.
Catch Affy at House of Go Bang @ Green Door Store, Go Bang!!! @ Audio & The Globe and Sneaker Social Club with Go @ Jam.