Le Visiteur Online – Top Tracks of 2019 – Guest Picks – Pt. 2
Following on from our brilliant part one yesterday we are straight back with the second part of our End of Year round-up.
Check out Part 1 here: https://levisiteuronline.com/music/le-visiteur-online-top-tracks-of-2019-guest-picks-pt-1/
Le Visiteur Online asked the cream of the DJ / producers from across the globe who have featured on the site in 2019 to pick their Top House or Disco track of the year and they have sent in some truly inspiring music. A HUGE thanks to everyone who was involved.
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James Curd (Exploited / Greenskeepers Music) – FACEBOOK
My pick Is – Girls Of The Internet – What U Done 4 Me [Drab Queen]
I came across this song and instantly hit me how musical it was. It’s deep, It’s dark, it’s new but feels old.. I dropped it in the guest mix I did for Jason Bentley for KCRW and wore it out in the clubs! If you don’t know it give it a listen! X
Javi Frias (Night Shift Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Four 80 East & Ce Ce Peniston – Are You Ready? (Joey Negro Redemption Mix) [Z Records]
There were a lot of great tracks released during this year, but whenever I hear this amazing gospel-disco song I get goosebumps
Jonna Iliffe (City Fly / Mysterious Works) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Sean McCabe & Nathan Adams – I Wonder (Louie Vega Roots Mix) [Good Vibrations]
I originally slept on this one until I heard my man Flat White Chris drop it. Perfect balance of deep, funky & soulful. Never left the bag!
Kevin Mckay (Glasgow Underground) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Micky More & Andy T feat. Angela Johnson – The Only One [Glitterbox]
In a world where so many producers are just sampling big chunks of disco for their tracks, it is so nice to see an original disco production that stands up to the classics. Angela Johnson gives us the kind of top-line performance we’ve come only to expect from 70s divas like Thelma Houston or Lolleata Holloway. And, taking their stylistic cues from the likes of Shep Pettibone or Tom Moulton but their production sense from 2019, Micky More & Andy T deliver a groove that definitely rocks today’s dancefloors.
Kristy Harper (Monologues) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Ketama – Agua Para Ti (Metamorphosis Mix) [Cosmic Rhythm]
This track has everything I dig; deep, soulful, sunkissed chords, chopped Africa elements and lots of cleverly layered samples.
Kraak & Smaak (Boogie Angst) – FACEBOOK
Our Pick Is – Yuksek – The Rollercoaster [Sweat It Out].
We have been big fans of Yuksek for a long time already, and his output has been high this year, both in quantity and quality. We love ‘Rollercoaster’ because of its disco and house blend, it’s funky and works always. This one will be in our record bag for a long time to come!
John Le Visiteur (LV Online / Midnight Riot / King Street) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Thatmanmonkz – Easy, Still feat. A Brother Is… [Shadeleaf]
Where to start? Given the pleasurable experience of listening to music all day most days in life for Le Visiteur Online it’s safe to say I had a fairly extensive list of tracks that I could easily have picked. There were multiple tracks from Samosa Records who have had a ridiculous year, Lumberjacks in Hell again have been incredible. Their track Laseech Ft Javonntte – More Than friends remixed by Marcel Vogel and Tim Jules hasn’t been off my decks since it landed a couple of months ago but that’s not out till January so maybe next year on that one. Midnight Riot again has been on fire, Detroit Swindle and Heist have been superb and that’s without listing an incredible array of artists who have kept the office dancing all year. I could go on and on. Thankfully quite a few of my not so shortlist have been represented here already.
I’ve gone for a simply incredible track from Thatmanmonkz featuring Pete Simpson in his A Brother Is… guise. Taken from the Wash Good EP, it also features on his incredible album Non Zero Sum Game. It’s deep and yearning synth and vocal groove have more than a hint of Detroit going on but with a UK club aesthetic. Sublime keys underpin a defiantly powerful and endlessly soulful vocal, that vocal chant working across the groove is incredible. An utterly beautiful track, one which you can get entirely lost in such is it’s hypnotic power.
Les Inferno (Samosa / Daje Funk) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Paul Older – DaBoom (De Gama Re-Groove) [Samosa Records]
A totally Italian track. The original from 1978, the producer who chose to present it again 41 years later, and the remixer that gave it this sound … Super !!!
Luxxury (Nolita / Kitsuné / Eskimo) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Alex Rossi feat. Jo Wedin – Tutto va bene quando facciamo l’amore [Kwaidan Records]
This one reminds me of Pino D’Angino, I love the sleazy deep vocals and how it’s melodic, dancey and a little strange, which is the way I like my dance music.
Luyo (Double Cheese Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Emmanuel Jal feat. Nyaruach – Ti Chuong (Musumeci Body & Soul Remix) [Moblack Records]
Absolute banger and highly programmed in my sets last summer. Afro, funk, soul… It just hits all the spots!
Mannix (Midnight Riot / Black Vinyl) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Róisín Murphy – Incapable (Dimitri From Paris & Aeroplane Remix) [Skint Records]
For me this remix stood out from the rest this year. I guess everybody in the scene wants to work with Roisin as she has such a unique vocal but you still have to deliver a remix like this. It shows that Dimitri and Aeroplane firstly are a magic pair in the studio and the French Disco Don beside his undisputed skills within 70s Disco has amazing output with more 80s Dubbed Out material too. This has worked on every floor I dropped it in throughout 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020.
Marcel Vogel (Lumberjacks In Hell) – FACEBOOK
My Pick is – Giovanni Damico – The Sound of Revolution [Lumberjacks In Hell]
I would say one of the best pieces of music this year was Giovanni Damico’s The Sound of Revolution. I think the whole EP is simply outstanding. Ironically I would compare this with another group from that area, Nu guinea who of course have risen to incredible prominence this year. The Napoli connection is strong. But also Lord Echo comes to mind. Or favourite records Patchwork’s and Pat Kalla. We are experiencing a lot of good people coming into their own these days. And I hope we’ll continue to reap more and more of these acts, their devotion to a classical but innovative handmade sound. It certainly has been a shame to be confined to be stuck in maybe 1.5 decades of music of the 80s and 90s. I suppose we are not there yet or again. But there is hope as long as acts like these grind.
Micfreak (Unquantize / Monoside) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Demuir – Rawness – Beat 3 [Hot Creations]
Ahhh! so many tracks! But here’s one that I’ve been rocking a lot lately on my sets. It’s Demuir’s Rawness Beat 3. Been a Demiur fan for the longest time. And I like how he infused that afro and funk in this jam. Such a a funky banger!
Mighty Mouse (Glitterbox) – FACEBOOK
My Pick is – The Vision – Heaven (Defected]
This is hands down my track of the year. I play it in most sets, it’s perfect and takes the roof off every time.
Moodena (Tropical Disco Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Madcat – Call Me Ishmael [Pont Neuf]
My choice track of 2019 is Call Me Ishmael by Madcat. This track actually came out end of December 2018 but was a big track for me in 2019. It has all the elements I love – jazz, funk, deep grooves and some serious feel good vibes!
Moodymanc (Well Cut Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Thumpasaurus – I’m Too Funky (Friend Within Remix) [Fantastic Voyage]
Yeahman… “It’s got the jazz, the funk, the bump, the grit and the grind….freaky, ace bouncing party bizniss from Thumpasaurus and Friend Within. Still gets me excited after a million plays!”
Natasha Kitty Katt (Glitterbox) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Soul Clap ft Kathy Brown – Ready to freak [Soul Clap Records]
When you combine Kathy Brown & Soul Clap with lyrics talking of NYC nightlife to a sassy disco beat, you cannot go wrong. This number is straight up dance floor heat.
Opolopo (Local Talk / Z Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Cody Currie & Joel Holmes – A New Chapter [Toy Tonics]
The New Chapter EP with Cody Currie and Joel Holmes is one of the releases that stood out for me in 2019. The jazz chops of Joel Holmes fused with Cody Curries gritty and funky production is a winner. The whole EP is great but my pick is the title track A New Chapter. It has that lush Kaidi Tatham – West London vibe. It starts out nicely syncopated and shifts to a steady four-four towards the end, all while staying smooth, classy with a bit of grit.
Paul Older (Samosa / Slightly Transformed) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – The Funk District – Imaki Ra Reo [Whiskey Disco]
It’s a proper dancefloor bomb, with an exotic African vocal and a huge groove! The break in the middle is a cracker!
Pete Le Freq (Alpaca / That Needs An Edit) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Michael Gray Remix) [Sultra Records]
My choice for track of the year is one I’ve played really regularly. The builds are in the right places, the tension works a treat and its always a sing-along moment. Watching him drop it in person in November was pretty cool too.
Phonk D (Footjob / Tilly Jam) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Daphni – Sizzling [Jiolong]
Daphni’s Sizzling was for me one of the most exciting as well as most surprising tracks of the year. He’s usually used to a more playful sound, but here he shows himself from a slightly rougher side and delivers a terrific EP. The long-delayed use of the drums is phenomenal, a real club banger.
Rafael Cancian (Razer-N-Tape) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – The Patchouli Brothers – All Good Things [Gamm]
The best Edit of the year on my opinion. The first time I played it I could see the reaction of the people and myself dancing to it, I can’t stop playing it.
Ralph Session (Half Assed) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Mark Broom – Break 97 [Rekids]
I caught this record early this year and have been playing it out ever since. This right here is the essence of house music for me!!
Ray Mang (Toy Tonics / Mangled) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Micky Milan – Quando Tu Dances (Willie Graff Edit) [Faze Action Records]
Loving this Willie Graff edit of a gem of a french release from ’82/3 which was recently released on Faze Action Records. Brazil Amor!
Rayko (Rare Wiri Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Elegant Borzoi – Mystique (Original) [Adult Contemporary]
I was really impressed by this balearic bliss by Elegant Borzoi (Adult Contemporary). Such a beauty!
Robot 84 (Midnight Riot / Nervous) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – HiFi Sean – Feel The Music [Big Beat Records / Atlantic]
Based on the classic ‘my baby’s got ESP’ Sean sent this to me a while back before he got sample clearance. So powerful when you play it out, the production, the vocals. It’s a classic modern day Disco track. Every element in the track just works.
Satin Jackets (Eskimo Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Monte – Close To Me [Eskimo Recordings]
Refined disco bliss and impeccable production by fellow German sound wizard Monte who also does the mix engineering for the likes of Purple Disco Machine. Very glad to see it on home-base Eskimo.
Sean McCabe (Good Vibrations) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Sunlightsquare feat Omar – Dance With You (Spinna Remix) [Sunlightsquare Records]
It’s tough to pick a favourite of the year as there have been so many good ones. But one that stood out for me was DJ Spinna’s remix of Dance With You by Sunlightsquare feat. Omar. I listened to this a lot at home and was also works great on the dancefloor. The song is super catchy with a great vocal performance by uk soul legend Omar. Spinna provides a solid house groove on his remix that keeps in spirit of the original musically. A good all-rounder.
Shaka (Vibes and Grooves) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Ed Longo & Applied Arts Ensemble – Love on the Line [Early Sounds Recordings]
This charming track refreshed me at the beginning of the year. Certainly no peak time monster, but these lovely vibes fit into any warm up set and also nice for your home entertainment.
Shane Johnson, Fish Go Deep (Go Deep) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – JT Donaldson featuring Liv.e – Stay Inside (Extended Remix) [Classic Music Company]
My standout track of 2019 is Stay Inside by JT Donaldson feat. Liv.e. It’s a deep but totally dancefloor groove that blends classic and modern styles effortlessly. And that vocal is so damn catchy!
Sleazy McQueen (Whiskey Disco) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Kayroy – Rosella [Whiskey Disco]
Young Australian producer, Kayroy, proved to be an amazing new member of the Whiskey Disco family. His production style reminds me of old school editing: samples collaged together to create an amazing, original edit.
Sophie Lloyd (Classic Music Company) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Alan Dixon – Bless Me Today [Glitterbox]
This task was nigh on impossible as there was so much amazing music released, as it is every year (aren’t we lucky to be so spoiled for choice)
I think I’ll go for the most played track in my DJ sets which this year was Alan Dixon Bless Me Today (original mix) which never fails to get an entire club jumping up and down on the spot waving their hands in the air. Excellent remix by Phonk D too. An absolute belter.
Thatmanmonkz (Shadeleaf) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Moodymann – I’ll Provide [KDJ US]
Deep strings, sultry vocals, committed drums, and, arguably the bassline of the year from the mighty Mr. Kenny Dixon Jr.
The Patchouli Brothers (Gamm / Pleasure of Love) – FACEBOOK
Our Pick Is – Robert Ouimet – Waiting On Love [Whiskey Disco]
Hey! We’re super proud of our friend & mentor Robert Ouimet, who has never stopped doing what he loves. From working with Gino Soccio & being Canada’s DJ godfather, to his releases this year on Whiskey Disco & Basic Fingers. We love his Space Love cut, but that’s not up for streaming anywhere, so we went with Waiting On Love instead!
The Silver Rider (Whiskey Disco) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Paxton Fettel – Night Waves [Delusions of Grandeur]
This track has it all: frenetic energy, gorgeous production, deep and trippy breakdowns and just a huge, relentless vibe all around. This track brought the Danish producer to the top of my list for 2019!
Too Slow To Disco (Too Slow To Disco) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Mistura – Do You Love Me? feat. Angela Johnson (Joey Negro Disco Blend) [Z Records]
Another impeccable year of outstanding top quality Joey Negro Disco Tracks. In times of an endless flood of mediocre Disco Edits, the thing that divides the crap from the diamonds is the production. This one gets every crowd going.
Vhyce (Ravanelli Disco Club / Casablance Sunstet Records) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Demi Riquísimo – Mysterious [Semi Delicious]
Demi Riquisimo seemingly came out of nowhere last year with his first EP ‘A Lifetime On The Hips’ and has released 3 more EPs since then. His formula is a blend of analog acid sounds, disco samples and groovy drums. His four limited-vinyl-only-no represses releases that are now all sold out and are supported by all the biggest DJs across the house spectrum
My pick ‘Mysterious’ – an adjective that seems to fits him well – is the title track from his second EP and features all we can love about his style : Blipy sounds, Raw live sounding hi hats and disco strings
Vigi (Slightly Transformed / NDYD) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Never Dull – What Is That Sound [The Basement Disco’s]
One of my favorite tracks this year was “Never Dull – What Is That Sound”, especially for the incredible sense of swing in it and this warm disco jazz melody, all that with a voice which immediately puts us in the mood.
Yam Who? (Midnight Riot / Glitterbox) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Delia Renee – You’re Gonna Want Me Back (Joey Negro Disco Blend) [Z Records]
Another stunner from don Joey Negro. Just love how he finds and recreates these diggers delights. Delia Renee’s ’You’re Gonna Want Me Back’ is given his flawless production magic, a glorious slice of Saturday night heartbreak with the soul wrenching church vocals, relentless guitar & bass business and string licks galore that come together in pure music perfection.
Yann Polewka (Ravanelli Disco Club) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Cody Currie & Joel Holmes – Theme One [Toy Tonics]
Cody Currie is the man the of the year for me. He is such a talented producer with his own jazzy touch. His project with Joel Holmes is just wonderful. I can’t thank him enough for remixing my track “”La French Teuch”” which is a bomb. Everything he touches turns become gold
Yogi Haughton (MFSB Edinburgh / Black Riot) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Irakere – Chekere Son [Milestone 1982]
Disco is dead! Well at least snide, lame disco edits are as far as I am concerned. But what happens when you conflate Latin and disco into a timeless groove? ‘Chekere Son’ is what happens, almost ten minutes of pulsating beats and disco cowbells, challenged and battling for space by relentless hand claps, slurpy, licky bass and jazz keys and sax. Revived in my Vocal Booth set and man, did it kick up a storm with the heads.
Young Pulse (Gamm / Mochi) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Keni Burke – Let Somebody Love You [RCA]
From his 1981 LP “You’re The Best”, Let Somebody Love You has been one of my favorite songs to play again lately. Classic and affordable, I’m always satisfied with this ultimate feel good disco-funk tune and dancefloor sweetness!
Zepherin Saint (Tribe) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Detroit Swindle – The life behind things (Isoul8 Remix) [Heist Recordings]
The Volvoc remix nails this… I enjoyed having a track such as this in my sets that representing the classic house sounds with organ solos, pads and Rhodes The elements captured every dance floor I played it on.
Ziggy Phunk (Midnight Riot / Mango Sounds) – FACEBOOK
My Pick Is – Guts – Mucagiami (ft. Vum Vum) (Voilaaa Remix) [Heavenly Sweetness]
To pick just one track of 2019 was really hard. I was about to the pick “Horse Meet Disco – Falling Deep In Love” which really stood out for me this year with a true disco sound, but I went with this instead.
I have a huge love for the disco- funky- world-flavored sounds and a track I’ve played more than I can count on 2 hands this year, is this track from Guts, with a remix from Voilaaa.
Voilaaa did an amazing remix made to fire up any dancefloor, adding a Disco, Housey flavor to the slower original version. A track with impeccable afro beats, synths, vocals and live instruments.
Well that’s our round up of the hottest tracks from across the globe for 2019. We hope that you found some gold in there. PLEASE give this one a share on Social Media for us.
Remember you can check out Part 1 HERE
Merry Christmas from Le Visiteur Online and w hope that you have a fantastic end to 2019 xTags: aeroplane, Alan Dixon, Alex Rossi, Angela Johnson, Ce Ce Peniston, Cody Currie, Daphnie, Demi Riquisimo, Demuir, Detroit Swindle, Ed Longo & Applied Arts Ensemble, Elegant Borzoi, Emmanuel Jal, Fish Go Deep, Four 80 East, Friend Within, Giovanni Damico, Girls Of The Internet, Guts, Hifi Sean, Incapable (Dimitri From Paris, Irakere, James Curd, Javi Frias, Joel Holmes, Joey Negro, Jonna Iliffe, JT Donaldson, Kayroy, Keni Burke, Ketama, KevinMcKay, kraak smaak, kristy Karper, Les Inferno, Lsoul8, Luxxxury, luyo, Madcat, Mannix, marcel vogel, Mark Broom, Micfreak, michael Gray, Micky Milan, Micky More & Andy T, mighty mouse, Monte, Moodena, moodymanc, Moodymann, natasha kitty kat, Never Dull, opolopo, Paul Older, Paxton Fetter, pete le freq, Phonk D, Rafael Cancian, Ralph Session, ray mang, rayko, Robert Ouimet, Robot 84, Roisin Murphy, satin jackets, Sean McCabe, Shaka, Sleazy McQueen, sophie lloyd, soul clap, Spinna, Sunlightsquare, Thatmanmonkz, The Funk District, The Patchouli Brothers, The Silver Rider, The Vision, Thumpasaurus, Too Slow To Disco, Vhyce, vigi, Voilaaa, Willie Graff, yam who, Yann Polewka, Yogi Haughton, Young Pulse, yuksek, zepherin saint, Ziggy Phunk