Category: Top Tens

10 Mobile DJ Halloween Floorfillers

Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee lists his top ten Halloween floorfillers!

This 1983 classic from MJ has stood the test of time and fended off all that
has tried to topple it from its position as the ultimate mobile DJ Halloween
anthem. That intro, that bassline, that chorus, that rap, that ending…pure pop perfection!


Ten TV Themes That Charted In The UK

By Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee

A TV theme can be as memorable as a classic track from a well known artist – it has the same power to evoke memories of times and places in our lives and, played at the right time, can work well in many DJ sets.

In fact, the popularity of a good theme tune is reflected in the fact that, over the past 50 years, some of the best have even made it into the UK charts during their time on screen.


Top Ten Mobile DJ Tropical House Floorfillers

Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee lists his top ten Tropical House floorfillers!

Brilliant track that has everything…great riff…awesome chorus…and that drop is quite nice too!

One of my absolute favourite Tropical House anthems. A beautiful song that sounds even better in the sunshine!


Top Ten Reggaeton Floorfillers for Mobile DJs

Reggaeton is a style of music featuring Latin & Caribbean vibes with a strong Hip Hop influence. This genre of music has been around since the 90s when it became huge in countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba & Columbia. Its popularity continued to grow across Latin American countries before exploding globally.

Here’s a quick reference of the top Reggaeton tracks for a mobile DJ to play, that will guarantee to fill the dancefloor!


TOP TEN MOBILE DJ 00S URBAN FLOORFILLERS

Mastermix DJ Dave Evans takes us back to the Old School – for some of us anyway!

As a DJ you sometimes get asked for “Old School RnB” or “Throwback Anthems”. But what is Old School nowadays? For people of my age (47, don’t remind me) it could be dipping back in to the 80’s for the likes of Jocelyn Brown or Luther Vandross or even some classic 90’s such as Mark Morrison or TLC.

But to your younger crowd, a ‘throwback’ could be something from 10 years ago. Considering that we are one year away from the new Roaring Twenties this blog is going to look back at 10 urban tracks from the 00s that still provoke a big reaction today, even when some are nearly 20 years old.

Instant hook with the strings, uplifting intro and smooth vocals. This record is one that you will hear a least once a night if you are out regardless if it was an Urban night or just a commercial venue. Great R’n’B record which spent nearly half a year in the charts. It seems strange though that he only had one other minor hit in 2004 and hasn’t been in the charts since. But at least he charted, unlike…

  • Serani – No Games

Released in 2009, this record has never been in the UK top 75, yet it is one of the most well-known urban records of the decade and one that is certain to fill any floor. A true “sleeper” track with a distinctive intro and smooth dancehall appeal, No Games is a great record.

Alongside Turn Me On, this record is 16 years old in 2019, unlike Kevin Lyttle, Beyoncé announced her departure from Destiny’s Child with a horn filled stomper of an anthem designed to make you strut onto the dancefloor and show the world just how fabulous you are. The only down point to this
track, for me, is the Jay-Z rap section which slows the track down a little but, taking that aside, Crazy In Love is a track which will always get reaction (unlike Single Ladies which is sounding dated now)

The song is too long, it has no real outro point to cut it down if you want to mix out of it early and it isn’t even Usher’s best song (U Remind Me). But, Yeah! Is his biggest hit and one that has stood the test of time with regards to filling a floor. A shorter version or one with a break in the middle would
make it better for DJ’s to work with but, as long as it makes people dance, I’ll keep playing it.

After 2 minor hits in the UK and as the first track released from their 3rd album. Where Is The Love exploded onto the scene and went straight to No.1 across the world with its message of peace and love that still resonates today. An end of night anthem certain to make people throw their hands up at the chorus and one for the ages.

Moving from the harder edge of Gimme The Light to a more commercial style of dancehall Sean-A-Paul found the formula to success and this track, along with Get Busy or Like Glue, will still work 13 years after it was first released and is one of the most requested records I get asked when working.

No list of 00’s Urban anthems would be complete without Mary J Blige and this string inspired anthem still holds up as a pure hip hop/soul fusion that tells you what to do. When she says “get you’re a** on the dancefloor” then you have to obey the queen.

This could have been “In Da Club” and if I was working a commercial venue then I would be more likely to play that than Candy Shop, but if you were doing a night more dedicated to urban music then Candy Shop would be the de-facto choice for a 50 Cent track. Heavy driving bass and powerful suggestive lyrics makes this a track for couples to “enjoy”.

“OH!” and with that vocal we are off on a 3:47 masterpiece of r’n’b dance music. A catchy chorus designed to evoke loud voices, and also the occasional shirt off combined with a funky back beat makes Hot In Herre a record that will ignite a dancefloor when dropped. Even though Dilemma was a bigger hit, this record still has the bigger crowd appeal

By the time Without Me was released, Eminem was already established as one of the most successful rappers in the world. Without Me managed to combine the lyrical fun of Real Slim Shady with a more commercial beat giving him his 3rd UK No.1, and a song that still works in both a commercial venue and a more specialised night with its bouncy chorus and strong lyrics.

In compiling this there are so many artists such as Rihanna, Notorious B.I.G, Missy Elliot, Akon and others that could quite easily have made the list. But this blog should give you a guide to tracks that for me, still fill a floor in 2019.

Where possible I’ve linked to the DJ Beats version of each track mentioned. With added 8 bar intro and outro beats, it makes live mixing seamless!

Need some more bursts of floorfilling inspiration? Check out our Top Tens for 90s Dance, 80s and Soul & Motown!

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10 Mobile DJ 80s Floorfillers

Do you need a burst of inspiration for a few 80s floorfillers to drop into tonight’s set? Here’s some suggestions from Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee

Wham! – I’m Your Man

This 1985 UK number one is a guaranteed floorfiller. It’s a brilliant pop track that appeals to everyone! An almost perfect pop track from start to finish!

Erasure – A Little Respect

When an act has such a large & impressive back catalogue it’s often difficult to pick one track but this one stands out head & shoulders and is always well-received when played.

Spandau Ballet – Gold

This 1983 gem is a perfect Main Party or End Of Night track and is always accompanied by a sing-a-long among the audience. The steady intro builds before kicking in to the upbeat section and complete audience euphoria.

Madness – It Must Be Love

So many great tracks to choose from but it is this 1981 classic that is included in our Top 10. A unique band who’s appeal has spanned over 40 years and shows no sign of letting up anytime soon!

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax

The essential 80s song! If one track defined the decade it’s this one! It is simply perfect in every way!

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Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

From the opening guitar riff, through the verse to the chorus…it has everything! Stick it on and let the audience do the rest!

Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69

Turn the volume up a little higher to maximize on the intro to this pop rock classic that failed to hit the UK Top 40 but has become one of the decades most loved tracks!

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

The best selling record of 1982 has, unfairly, been tagged as a novelty track by many DJs but this one is a must-play for any 80s set. Unique, innovative and that chorus…not to mention the slow section that builds back up to the crescendo…boom!

Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam

Often overlooked as an 80s track but this 1989 classic always hits the spot and allows other 80s dance hits to follow including ‘Ride On Time’ & ‘The Only Way Is Up’.

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

That one song that ensures a full dancefloor…usually dancing around a large pile of handbags! It’s the ultimate 80s pop floorfiller!

More inspiration of floorfillers can be found in our Top Tens of classic 90s Dance and Soul and Motown tracks!


Top Ten Mobile DJ 90s Dance Floorfillers

Mastermix DJ Dave Evans takes us on a trip down memory lane into the world of 90s Dance…

Ah. The 90’s, The end of the Soviet Bloc, Dolly the sheep, New Labour rising to power, heartbreak at Euro 96 (Football’s still coming home, it’s just taking the long way round), Trainspotting and much much more.

But what about the music? Acid house was still around at the start but the emergence of Jungle, Speed Garage and Drum n Bass spread the world of dance music into faster BPMs. Britpop exploded onto the scene with the likes of Oasis and Blur but the biggest hit of the 90’s was the emergence of “Girl Power” with the Spice Girls spending 800 weeks (or so it seemed) at number 1 with their debut single “Wannabe”. Across the pond groups like N’Sync, New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys dominated the mid 90’s before Britney and Christina shook off the shackles of the Mickey Mouse club and burst onto the scene at the end of the decade.

But what records do you still play from the 90’s that are certain dance anthems which people still love to jump onto the floor to. In no order, any of these would get a good reaction if you were asked to play some 90s Dance!

Come on admit it, just reading the title already has you doing the intro in your head. Infectious beat. Some partisans would say DJs Take Control is the better track but you can play this anywhere and someone will try to shuffle to it. This should have been Number 1 instead of Deeply Dippy.

Get this one out of the way early. When Robin Stone first released this track (Montego Mix, big hints of Jocelyn Brown to it) in 1990 there was no indication that it would become one of the most successful and remixed dance records of all time. Whether you go for the classic Stonebridge mix or one of the 100’s of remixes of it, you can find a version for virtually any genre. One that will never die.

  • N-Trance – Set You Free

Hands in the air! While it may not have had the commercial success of Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy, this rave anthem has certainly outlived its rival on the dancefloor. With its uplifting vocal intro and big beats, this track is a sure-fire winner for the dancefloor.

Yes, not Dreamer. For me this is the better record, its more tighter and compact to use plus it has a better outro point if you don’t wish to use the entire track. Dreamer is an anthem but lingers a bit too long for me. A good alternative to have from the same group.

Released in 1990, this is my joint single of the decade along with Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy. Its everything a dance record should be, great vibe, funky beats, sing-a-long vocals, Bootsy Collins and it makes you smile. What more could you want from a dance song.

For me, this and the next track sum up the mid 90’s dance scene. The Balearic scene was really blowing up commercially and this track captures more of the fluid side of the dance floor. Instead of being an “hands up” (see the next track) belter, The Nightcrawlers gently ease you onto the floor without you knowing it and will not let you go till its finished………….

Whereas in comparison, The Original comes screeching out of the speakers within the first 5 seconds, hits the strings and picks you up by the hands throwing you onto the floor. A true house record with an almost gospel chorus to it. This records still sounds fresh even 24 years after it was first released (I now feel old).

Taking away the “are they a pop or dance band” debate (they had Hacienda’s Mick Pickering, they are a dance group), M People made some brilliant records. Elegant Slumming contained some cultured tracks and none more than Moving On Up. Heather Small’s vocal is instantly recognisable and the horns are crisp. This may be one more for the over 30s than the teen market nowadays but it is a certain 90s dance floorfiller for those who know it.

I have one DJ bucket list item; To play Insomnia at St Pauls Cathedral in the dark with a laser show. But for a dance anthem, this record is a bit of an oddity, the first minute you can’t really use as it has no beat. The main verse is quite slow but…….
THAT DROP
Nothing else needs saying.

Is this a 90s dance record or cheese? Depends how you look at it. Up and Down was a dance record and in Europe the Vengaboys are treated as a dance group so it goes in the list. Don’t believe me that it’s a dance tune? Put it on, watch your audience and tell me after that it isn’t.

It’s hard to pick out 10 from a decade where there was so many great dance records but hopefully this list is a sure fire quick win crib list.

Now where are my glow sticks, I’ve got a Vengabus to catch to get to an S Club Party…

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Where possible in this article, I’ve linked to the DJ Beats version of the track, so you can get creative with your mixing!

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The collection includes tracks from Adamski, Brainbug, Da Hool, Chad Jackson, JX, Nightcrawlers, Run DMC, Strike, Wamdue Project and loads more.

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Top Ten Mobile DJ Soul & Motown Floorfillers

Not sure what to play when a client requests some Soul & Motown? Here you go:

 

1. Billy Ocean – Love Really Hurts Without You

2. Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music

3. Stevie Wonder – Superstition

4. Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself

5. Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It Takes Two

6. James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)

7. Supremes – Baby Love

8. Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There

9. O’Jays – Love Train

10. Barry White – You’re The First, My Last, My Everything

If you need inspiration for a more in depth playlist for a Soul & Motown Theme Night, click here!

Or watch our vlog and learn more about structuring a whole evening’s entertainment!

 


10 Great Cover Versions

Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee has compiled his favourite mobile DJ cover versions!

  • Yazz & the Plastic Population – The Only Way Is Up: Yes…this really is a cover version! The original was recorded in 1980 by soul singer Otis Clay but failed to chart in the UK. In 1988 producers Jonathon More & Matt Black (better known as Coldcut) recorded their version featuring Yazz, who had previously appeared on their hit ‘Doctorin’ The House’, and it topped the UK charts for 5 weeks. Ironically the track knocked Glenn Medeiros off number one with his cover of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You’ (George Benson) and was replaced at the top of the charts by Phil Collins with his version of ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ (The Mindbenders)! It is a party classic that continues to fill dancefloors when played and remains one of my favourite 80s tunes.
  • Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse – Valerie: In fairness to The Zutons their original recording isn’t that bad but compare it to this version and there is no competition. Musician & producer, Mark Ronson, beefed up the track, increased the tempo and added the remarkable vocal talents of Amy Winehouse to create a floorfilling anthem that always seem to hit the spot!
  • Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary: This version is like a firework. Light the touch-paper and stand back. Slow burner to start but when it goes…wow! Originally penned in 1969 by John Fogerty and released by Creedance Clearwater Revival it has become a mobile DJ essential. On occasion I have reserved this as a bonus track to play after the final song of the night. Create a false ending, let your audience shout for more…then unleash this gem! A truly outstanding version of a brilliant song.
  • The Beatles – Twist & Shout: Written in 1961 and originally recorded by the Top Notes it is the version by the Isley Brothers that saw it become a global hit. In 1963 the Beatles recorded it for their first album ‘Please Please Me’ and it’s their interpretation that comes out on top for me. It has all the hallmarks of the Merseybeat style that became synonymous with the ‘Fab Four’. Gritty sound with immense passion…pure rock & roll.
  • Soft Cell – Tainted Love: Northern Soul fans will probably have something to say about this choice but the biggest selling single of 1981 is arguably one of the greatest cover versions of all time. Gloria Jones did an amazing job with the original recording that is a must-play for soul fans but Soft Cell’s cover gives it a good run for its money. There can’t be many events where this track isn’t played and you get another cover version if you decide to play the 12” version which mixes seamlessly into ‘Where Did Our Love Go’.
  • Run DMC feat. Aerosmith – Walk This Way: The opening drumbeats to this track are iconic and have been the backbone to many remixes & mixes over the years and as soon as you play this the audience engage and react with great approval. The fusion of rap & rock is perfect and take the original Aerosmith version to new heights by using a drum machine and turntable to reflect the music trends of 1986. It has everything needed to make it a brilliant cover version and a crowd pleaser.
  • Los Lobos – La Bamba: This is another classic example of a straight cover that is better than the original. In 1987 the biographical movie ‘La Bamba’ was released and told the story of singer Ritchie Valens. He recorded his version of the song in 1958 before he was tragically killed in a plane crash that was also to take the life of rock & roll legend Buddy Holly & radio DJ – The Big Bopper. The movie soundtrack featured several Valens tracks but it was this one that hit the number one spot and remains the preferred version by many DJs when playing “a bit of rock & roll”.
  • The Communards feat. Sarah-Jane Morris – Don’t Leave Me This Way : Selecting the right track to cover is essential and there can be no arguing that the Communards got it spot on with this Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes classic. The original is awesome, the Thelma Houston cover is brilliant but the Communards version is the one that stood out and continues to do so to this day. The vocals of Somerville & Morris work perfectly and there can’t be many better crescendos than the final part of this classic cover version when Jimmy Somerville delivers the awesome “Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh Baby!” before the last chorus kicks in and the crowd go wild…boom!!!
  • West End feat. Sybil – The Love I Lost : The early 90s saw a plethora of cover versions with this one standing head & shoulders above many of the others. Originally a hit for Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes in 1974 this version featured the driving vocals of Sybil and the creative production skills of West End…better known as Mike Stock & Pete Waterman. Silky smooth production ensured this track was a hit in 1993 and is still a favourite amongst many DJs today.
  • Madness – It Must Be Love: I make no excuses for selecting a track by my favourite as my number one. Hits including ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘One Step Beyond’ & ‘My Girl’ had ensured that the group were amongst the biggest music acts in the UK.

In 1981 the group released a cover of a track written & recorded 10 years earlier by Labi Siffri. It reached number 4 in the UK and has become one of, if not the, most-loved of all songs by the Nutty Boys. The opening piano notes have become instantly recognisable, everyone knows the words and let’s be honest who doesn’t love a bit of Madness?


10 Great End Of Night Songs

Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee gives us an overview of just a few of the songs he’s used to end his events on a high!

  • Take That – Greatest Day: A favourite for many wedding events and still a big end of night tune. Brilliantly written & performed it is worthy of its place in the chart.
  • Frank Sinatra – Theme From ‘New York, New York: There is no escaping that this is up there as the essential closing tune. It’s hard to imagine anyone not dancing to this and though many would argue it is too predictable it is the audiences that count…and they love it!
  • Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’: Originally released in 1981 this track had a revival thanks to its inclusion on X-Factor which led to a new market embracing the song and making it a DJ favourite to round off a night.
  • Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now: That intro! That verse! That chorus…and oh that ending! Perfection!
  • Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking: Sometimes you just have to play something that really stirs the soul and this one does it every time. Slow start, gently building to the chorus before that iconic ending that has everyone singing along.
  • Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror: I have used this track time and again and each time it hits the spot. It’s elegant and delivers a touch of class to the end of the night.
  • Madness – It Must Be Love: The nations favourite band created a gem when they recorded this track in 1981. It appeals to all ages and never fails to hit the mark!
  • Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night): I love to play this when the mood of the night dictates that the last track should be slower than my main set but not a ballad. Classy track that appeals to all ages…timeless!
  • Big Bad Voodoo vs. Strictly Come Dancing – I Wanna Be Like You: Disney classic with a twist! A Latino big band version with added percussion from the TV show theme courtesy of Mastermix. A fun way to end the night. It’s a party tune, a classic sing-a-long and played at the right event can create a unique ending leaving guests on a high.
  • Lumineers – Oh-Hey: Perfect example of how a modern track can end a night off in style! Released in 2012 but still relevant to this day. Wonderful track!

Where possible in this article, I’ve linked to the DJ Beats version of the track, so you can mix seamlessly into your final track without having to focus too much on your decks and your attention can be on your audience!

If you’re looking for something a bit different for the end of your evening’s entertainment, check out these mixes too: