After nearly 12 years on the home of disco house DFA Records, Juan MacLean has ventured off to Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s oft-spectacular Classic Music Co. Alongside vocalist Amy Douglas, side project Peach Melba sees MacLean take on a grittier and rawer tone, manifested to perfection on their new Boy EP.
We caught up with the Boston native to get his top picks for the floor. Check Peach Melba’s Boy EP here.
2 Bitches From Queens ‘The Dip’ [H.O.T. Records]
“I’ve been carrying this one around for a couple of years and it always works. It’s one of those ‘party saver’ records that perks up the dance floor, perfect DJ tool. Poignant message too, ‘Werk it, don’t jerk it.'”
Mr. G. ‘Transient’ [Bass Culture]
“Bass Culture is one of my favorite labels, and Mr. G is one of my favorite producers, I think he’s a genius. He does his thing. It’s minimal, heavy, dirty and it always sounds like him. This one has a haunting organ line that you have to wait like three minutes for.”
M.E. ‘R+E Drunkie’ [Gold Channel Recordings]
“Dug this one out again recently, it’s a brilliant production. Another crowd pleaser and also a masterpiece of arrangement. How can you not be happy when you hear this on the dance floor? Rhetorical question.”
Fantastic Man – ‘Rhythm Algorithm’ [Superconscious]
“Mega deep and moody, a hypnotic exploration of a basic melodic theme with some classic percussive workouts thrown in. I’m a sucker for dark filtered stabs and noise, so I was buying the record after listening for 5 seconds.”
Peach Melba ‘Boy’ [Classic Music Company]
“I’d been playing this for six months before it came out and it became a mainstay in my DJ sets. Probably the biggest, most rolling track I’ve done to date. Waited six minutes to get to the big vocal payoff, I’ve never been accused of not taking my time to get there.”