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Amir Javasoul Reveals (Some Of) His Secret Weapons For The Dancefloor

Next up to contribute a Crate Diggin' feature to our site is Montreal based Amir Javasoul - an individual who has spent time in Europe honing his craft with residencies held in Paris and London. A true holder of the knowledge, Javasoul has a whole load of passion bundled in for good measure. He's returning to Room One joining some of his Parisian friends, Apollonia on 18th April so we called upon him to dig deep into his crate and share some of his special selections that always deliver a hefty response on the floor.

Javasoul: I love to talk records. I’ve been collecting vinyl since the mid '90s and my passion for it hasn’t diminished one bit since those early days. I enjoy the entire process associated with an avid vinyl collector: hunting for rare gems, staying on top of the new 'vinyl only' game, getting that unreleased/bootleg/white label, the “it’s so good, I need 2 copies” thing. You get the point. So when the lovely folks at fabric asked me to talk about some of my dancefloor secret weapons, I started digging through all the wax but mostly through the memories. It’s near impossible to pick 10 tracks without leaving countless ones behind. So my mission here is to give you an insight into some of the lesser known tracks that have been a staple of my DJ sets all these years. I’ve been playing some of these records for 10/12/15 years and I’m still not tired of them! So without further ado, here are 10 of the ones that never leave my bag...

Tone Theory – Limbo Of Vanished Possibilities [Plink Plonk] 1995




To pick one Derrick Carter record to talk about out of so many is, by itself, a monumental task. I spent an entire day on this, constantly changing selections. Everything you’ve heard about Derrick as a DJ is true and then there's the productions, the remixes, the aliases (Oneiro, Tone Theory, The Innocent, Rednail). I firmly believe that the music Derrick made during a 10 year span starting in the early-mid '90s is frozen through time. This important, yet carefully limited, repertoire of music is the foundation of my DJ career and that of so many of my peers. I picked 'Limbo,' a record that came out on Mr.C’s short-lived Plink Plonk imprint. It’s pretty hard to describe this record other than to say that it invokes emotions of all kinds. The fast paced beats give room to some amazing keys followed by the perfect breakdown.

“If I saw you fall, I’d help you...But the question remains if you saw the same...Would you help me too”

BT – Remember (Mood II Swing Dub) [Perfecto] 1996




This is quite possibly the record I’ve played out the most. Mood II Swing dubs are often imitated but never duplicated. Here they completely transform an early progressive house anthem into a chuggy, dubby track with an unforgettable bassline. You’ve heard Mark Farina play this. Diz, Heather, Dyed Soundorom, and Derrick of course. Honorable mentions to other Mood II Swing dubs Crustation – Flame (Mood II Swing Dub) and Modjo – What I Mean (Mood II Swing Dub).

The Endless Poker’s – The Poke! (Your Turn To Work Me Mix) [DJ International] 1987




This is my acid house pick. Again, how to pick just one record from the Trax/DJ International era? You just can’t. This one is an early collaboration between Adonis (No Way Back) and Derrick Morris. The acid line is very elaborate and truly original in my opinion. The minimalist approach also appeals to me and the original pressing actually sounds good, compared to some of the amazing Trax releases that sound like they were pressed on old tires.

Rob Mello – In Da Bush (No Ears Dub) [Classic] 2004




I’ve been a fan of pretty much every Rob Mello production or remix to date. That being said, it’s an open secret that when Rob makes a 'No Ears Dub' of a song, you get your hands on it, fast. Here we have the B side of No Ears Dub Vol II that came out on Luke Solomon & Derrick Carter’s label, Classic. The vocal samples (and title) quickly give away the original track: Markus Nikolai’s 'Bushes'. Rob’s take is my favourite of all the mixes (and there have been MANY!). It’s a late night stomper, never losing its effectiveness on the dancefloor. I usually have at least one person coming to the booth for an ID every time I play this.

DJ RaSoul – True Science/The Almighty Dub [Leaf] 2000




DJ RaSoul is to the San Francisco sound what Gemini was to the Chicago sound. Raw, unique, and genius, there are a few of us who got heavily influenced by the deep and trippy grooves of S.F DJs such as Jeno, Garth or Mark E.Quark. I know Dan Ghenacia is one of those. Once you started digging through the music, you realised that Rasoul’s production was at the forefront of this movement. My pick here is an easy one, for those who know. You’ve heard me, Dan, Dyed Soundorom, or Doc Martin play 'True Science' and always wondered what it was. Now you know. Vinyl copies of this one go for as much as $100 online and it's worth every dollar!

Jasper Dahlback – What Is The Time Mr Templar [SVEK] 1997




Could SVEK be the best deep house label that ever was? I certainly wouldn’t disagree. Except it wasn’t just deep house. It was house, techno, minimal, jazz... quality music from the lords of SVEK, hailing from Sweden. Every release was better than the other and it helped establish the likes of Alexi Delano, Jasper Dahlback and Erot (RIP). I deliberated for days without any food or sleep and finally decided on 'What Is The Time Mr Templar'. This is a BIG record folks! It had a reissue a few years ago and all the new guys jumped on it. I hear it’s a big Rhadoo record these days. It’s been a sure shot for me for well over a decade and I can’t wait to play it at fabric. I hope someone asks me about my top 10 SVEK records one day. Then I’d pick 20 instead and it will be a super long article, with pictures of me naked in my record room, covered by the entire SVEK catalog and things will get a bit awkward...

Freddy & Herman – Aquarius (Radio Slave Vocal Dub) [CityRockers] 2002




So this record is from when I spent a lot of time in London. I moved to Paris in the spring of 2001 and didn’t know anyone there. Derrick Carter had his Classic Records monthly residency at The End during that time and Eurostar train tickets were still pretty cheap. There was a youth fare called... wait for it... 'Night Trip!' You had to travel from Paris in the afternoon on Saturday and be back on the train by Sunday morning and it was something like 40 Euros. So I went every month and got to meet the entire Classic/Music For Freaks crew (Leon Oakey, Dan Hill, Luke, Justin, Rob Mello, Kenny...) through Derrick. The parties at The End were some of the best times I’ve had in the city. The way it was, Derrick and Luke played in the main room, usually inviting another label guest with them (IZ & Diz, Heather, Honey Dijon etc..). Rob Mello was the main man in the other room (The Bar) playing longer sets but also inviting guests to play the first part of the night. I will always associate that room with Rob. I remember this record as his 5AM signature sound. It probably STILL is my favourite Radio Slave work too.

Sieg Uber Die Sonne – Hot! [Tyrant] 2004




A project formed between Tobias Freund and Martin Schopf (Dandy Jack), I slept on this one for a long time even though I bought it when it came out. I rediscovered it during a long afterparty session a few years ago and it hasn’t left my record bag since. The A side has the original while the B side has two excellent dubs from Sheffield’s finest, Swag. I’m a fan of both.

Sieg Uber Die Sonne translates into 'victory over the sun' and the name is really fitting here as this record is a peak time, epic and uplifting dancefloor cut with just the right amount of pop elements. While doing some discogs research for this piece, I found out there is an unreleased Craig Richards mix on vinyl, as the official release was on Craig’s label, Tyrant. Craig my friend; if you’re reading this, I’m coming for you.

Mathew Jonson – 911, How Can I Help You? [Arbutus] 2004




Matt’s label Arbutus had a total of three releases, this one being the first. The production on this one is simply amazing. The track slowly builds into an epic emotional frenzy, before winding down and disappearing into the void while you’re trying to figure out what just happened. Here, turn up the volume and have a listen.

Raresh – Vivaltu (Ricardo Villalobos RMX) [A:rpia:R] 2014




A straight, 4/4 club remix from the master himself. Ricardo’s been on fire lately - if lately means the past 15 years. I’ve been a big fan of his music and DJing for a long time and I could’ve included some of the usual dancefloor bombs that I play such as 'Dexter,' '808 BassQueen', or his remix of 'Marschmellows' under the Richard Wolfsdorf alias. But I decided to include a new one here, in case some of you have missed it. To be played early, or super late. Having had the privilege of hearing some of the upcoming Ricardo productions and remixes, I can say that 2015 will be a fantastic year for all of us fans
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