Ahead of Society's residents party this Thursday, we asked the collective to pick their quintessential Society tracks, the songs that really sum up their most successful outings taking into account all the acid and Chicago house luminaries that have graced their decks. Not only did they come up with a cracking selection but they also sent us this amazing deep house mix from Joshua Ford who'll be playing on the night...
Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem)
We brought Marshall Jefferson over for our second big warehouse party a few years ago, ably supported by Superstore's own Dan Beaumont and Dissident's Andy Blake. We took over a dirty old car park in Shoreditch and filled it up with lots of acid house lovers - only problem being I misplaced (ahem) the Chicago'an in the middle of Shoreditch on a Friday night. After a frantic search around the whole of Shoreditch, we found him a few roads up from the venue giving two excited guys his autograph. He came in, full of smiles, jumped straight on the decks and played an absolute belter, with this track being the highlight. Lovely, lovely chap, and a pretty damn good DJ/Producer.
Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie (Vocal by Robert Owens) - Tears
This record is everything. Beautiful simplicity, a heartfelt lyric and haunting vocal sung with such tenderness by Robert Owens. Tears encapsulates everything I love about music and was the genesis that sparked my love of house music. We have been fortunate to host a series of intimate Society happenings with Robert over the last year, a journey that culminated this summer in his set on our stage at Farr Festival. Surrounded by the darkened forest, Robert sang Tears. Wearing a brightly coloured feathered hat, met by a sea of smiling faces, friend, family, the whole tent dance and sang along. It was our second year collaborating with Ransom Note's Wil Troup, pulling together a fantasy line up to play the small but fantastic Farr festival. It was a night I won't forget, a record that is everything.
Hannah Holland - Paris' Acid Ball
When we first came up with the idea for Society we decided that while the focus would always be on a legendary DJ from the era, we would also feature another headliner; a younger DJ influenced by the sound. For our first event at the Metal Works we booked Hannah Holland. Hannah killed it and has since played for us numerous times, always delivering an amazing set. My choice is Hannah's massive 2010 release "Paris Acid Ball", her homage to the Jackin' Chicago sound.
Phuture – Acid Tracks
My pick has to come from The Don himself, DJ Pierre. We brought him over from Chicago for a huge warehouse party celebrating all of his (many) aliases. I remember going to pick him up from the hotel to escort him to the venue (we weren’t going to make the same mistake we did with Marshall!) and feeling pretty nervous about finally meeting him. On the way to the venue he was asking me what we wanted him to play, there was me, telling the inventor of acid house what to play! ‘Acid tracks’ sums up the sound and movement that the man himself started and means so much to me and many, many others.
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