A series of selections by some of our favorite artists, friends, connoisseurs & conspirators.
Nathaniel Jay | The Love Revolution
40 Essential Deep House Records
Nathaniel Jay of The Love Revolution arguably knows two things as well if not better than anyone else on earth, the first being quality deep house, REAL underground deep house music and the second being where to find the finest falafel within a five block radius of any NYC location. After much debate, we ultimately went with the former area of Nathaniel’s expertise. Here he presents his top 40 deep house records of all time. As for where to get a falafel….stay tuned for a future post!
Without further ado….
40. Bent – Always (Ashley Beedle remix)
39. Afterhours – Waterfalls
38. Sounds of Soul – Set Someone Free
37. Kevin Yost – Dreams of You
Some of the most beautiful atmospherics I’ve ever heard. I could not find a Youtube link. You’re going to have to do some homework. Trust me, it’s worth it.
36. Chez Damier – Untitled (KMS049)
35. Kenny Dixon Jr. – Emotional Content
34. Kerri Chandler – Get Up
33. Nathaniel X – Gotta Get Over 2010
The great Nate Tinsley! Had to be on here! One of the baddest basslines ever!
32. Kim English – Learn to Love (Mood II Swing Vocal)
31. Furry Phreaks feature Terra Deva – Soothe
A Charles Webster alias
30. Karen Pollard – Reach Out To Me (Paperboys Early Morning Delivery)
29. Chez Damier & Stacey Pullen – Forever Monna
28. Mood II Swing – All Night Long
27. Bang the Party – Bang Bang, You’re Mine
26. Pepe Braddock – Deep Burnt
25. Romanthony – Trust (Kerri Chandler Dub)
24. Rudolpho – Sunday Afternoon
23. Classic Man – Mellow
22. MAW – Our Mute Horn
21. MK – Love Changes (Deep Mix)
20. Mission Control – Outta Limits
19. Black Rascals – Blaze Theme
18. Francois K – Hypnodelic
16. Lil Louis – Club Lonely
15. Crustacean – Flame (Mood II Swing Vocal mix)
I am specifically picking the vocal mix, not the dub!
14. Romanthony – Good Tymez
One of the most talented guys we have ever been lucky enough to have in the House Music game. I truly believe this to be his most effective tune. It’s got the undeniable chords, undeniable vocal, and he waits until halfway through the tune until he drops the bass line. RIP.
13. Martha Wash – Carry On (MAW)
Straight up garage mega-bomb! Classic MAW!
12. KOT – Finally
If I never set foot in 6 Hubert Street, I’m not sure I would understand this record on the level that I do. But I was going there every week when this record first came out, and few records have ever had a more immediate impact on me. Danny was playing it on Friday, Timmy was playing it on Saturday and they were playing it at Body & Soul on Sunday, too. Also, that chord change!
11. 51 Days – Paper Moon
Deep, dark and druggy; a nearly perfect record
10. Mr Fingers – Can U Feel It
9. Spring – No Time For Crying
The records in my top ten are records that really make you feel something, that really pull the heart strings, and this one pulls my heartstrings like few others, and pulls off the ever-deadly combination of being both bittersweet and uplifting. Choice:
8. I’m Your Brother
“Precious time, simply to wait, got to communicate.
Now’s the time to open our hearts, before its too late
Heavy load that’s dragging you down
Let me carry it with you
If you have trouble, you know I can
Reach out to me
I’ll be there”
7. KCYC – For Devotion
It’s totally unsurprising that Kerri produced the best record Strictly Rhythm ever released. This one is brimming with depth and emotion, and driven by Kerri’s signature drums.
6. RAM Project – Gonna Be Alright
A Larry Heard alias, for those who don’t know, and one of the most beautiful tunes ever made. Play this at a morning afterhours for the full effect.
5. Romain – It’s The Spirit (83 West mix)
Filthy, deep soul at it’s most menacing. This track, when played at the right time, smashes any party to smithereens. Romain is a don, and this his finest moment.
4. Kerri – Atmospheric Beats
This is the greatest tune from the greatest producer of House’s greatest era. No matter how many times you hear that bass line drop, and I have heard it hundreds of times, it gets you every single time, and THAT’S what makes a great record. I prefer the original version released on Ibadan to the Shelter release.
3. Davina – Don’t You Want It
Anytime Underground Resistance made House Music, is was pretty much the best thing ever, and this is the ultimate example from Mad Mike. Filthy Detroit soul.
2. Don Carlos – If Alone
The ultimate tugger of the heartstrings. So much feeling in this record, it’s unreal. I literally have to wipe tears every time I hear this. The do not make them like this anymore, and they never will.
1. Raze – Break 4 Love
The single, solitary, greatest Deep House record of all time, period. Perfect in every way.
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