Buro 24/7 Singapore Weekly Playlist #97: JNR

It began with house

Matteblacc's DJ JNR shares the songs that have paved his way and never left his crate

I've compiled a late night retrospective of early influences that have paved the way for my musical journey as house music head first, and DJ second. I filtered out the dancefloor anthems for a list of songs that anyone can listen to at any time of the day, just as I used to. In fact, I used to sleep while playing many of these songs on repeat on my headset. It's heavily influenced by my exposure to early house sounds from New York, Jersey, Chicago and Detroit from a young age of 12.

Shine by Kriss Coleman is special to me as it was something I used to play to wind down when I got home from the early warehouse party days of Toronto in 1992 to 1994. It's produced by Larry Heard a.k.a. Mr. Fingers, whom I was a huge fan of before I even knew who he was. I can draw parallels to Dilla, because like Dilla, I only found out much later that all these songs I liked were the work of one producer. Many know Joe Smooth for Promised Land. Though I'll Be There is not as well known, especially in Asia, it has forever been in my classics crate and will never leave. 

Deeper by Susan Clark is a classic Kerri Chandler remix and can still be heard when I play at Tanjong Beach Club. To me, it's timeless and perfect for getting horizontal on a day bed or having a wiggle on the dance floor deck. The bassline and piano riff of Searchin' Hard by Da Posse are 'nuff said. This was around the time I was in my house flare pants-wearing phase, with butterfly collars and Ascotts. Though the dress sense and dance moves are dated, I will never stop playing this song.

For a serious after hours anthem, look to Arnold Jarvis's Take Some Time Out. Back in the day, as the night got later and the party cooled off a bit, the DJs would bring it back to some deep goodness to keep you going till 6am. Show Me The Way by DJ Sneak is the drive home for me — 6am, on the highway back to the suburbs to "sneak" back into my house way past my curfew.

DJ JNR from Matteblacc and vinyl shop and café, Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee, will be the curator and resident anchor of Lulu Lounge, set to open mid April. For more information, click here. 

Text: DJ JNR

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