For this month's episode of Illvibe Radio we chose to rock out for December 12, 2012 with 12 of our favorite 12 inch records. These are tunes that are classics in their respective genres. And each are special to us for personal reasons.
Illvibe Radio 8 (Special 12.12.12.) Edition - DJ lil'dave
Alison David - Dreams Comes True (Afronaught Mix)
When Broken Beat music hit the scene, I was all over it. I was the guy at the record store who would snatch up all the new 12 inches when they came in. This record was one that really stood out. There is so much going on in this track. You have these classy uplifting vocals, this crazy stutter-stepping drum track, african chants, and heavy brass synths. I saw all sorts of madness take place on the dancefloor when I witnessed djs like Osunlade, Jazzanova, and Bugz in the Attic play this tune at Winter Music Conference in Miami.
Incognito - On The Road (Danny Krivit re-edit)
This was one of those records that stayed in my crate gig after gig. Those bossa nova drums did wonders for getting the ladies on the dancefloor. Danny Krivit edited the track perfectly to create a gigantic build-up. By the time the chorus comes in, every person in the room would be acting like they know how to dance the samba. It wasn't until years later that I heard the original version of the song and could really hear how much work Danny Krivit put into the edit. This is the perfect example of how a dance edit should be done.
Tom & Joyce - Queixume (MAW MIX - KUTS MIX)
This is one of those records that no one can front on…. it's just beautiful! Silky vocals and amazing instrumentation. The break down alone is worth the price of admission. For some reason, I waited too long to buy a copy and it sold out. For years, all I could do is stand by while all the other djs were playing it.
Taylor McFerrin - Broken Vibes (Isoul8 edit)
During the years that we were doing the BODYROCK party at the Aqualounge, there was a Thursday night jam session hosted by Taylor McFerrin. We didn't know who he was then, but we always heard about how great it was. Years later, this song appeared as just a demo and started getting some airplay on BBC Radio in the UK. It caused a big stir amongst underground djs and eventually the Rude Movements guys released a super limited amount of white label vinyl of this song. I was one of the few lucky people that got their hands on one.