“Playing the last track of the night, for me, is always a massive joy and privilege. It’s a chance to round things off in a way that gives people a lasting memory of the night. It’s an opportunity to play something completely different, slower, faster (I guess), more leftfield, more emotional or even cheesy. Most of my favourite clubbing memories are of the last tune (DJ Harvey closing out Barbarella's Discotheque with The Bee Gees as the sun came up being a prime example). With that in mind, here are a few of my favourite end of night tracks…”
Orange Juice – Rip It Up [Polydor]
A classic “semi-recognisable, but not enough to be cheesy” 80s pop banger to get everyone feeling loved up before they leave the club.
Mandre – Solar Flight (Opus 1) [Motown]
I have a bootleg version of this on a vinyl series called Loft Classics. It’s super long and super fast, I generally play it at -6/8 and always let it run all the way through. The second breakdown drops into a completely over the top synth solo with a half-time drum beat that makes me want to bang my head clean off.
B.A.M Edits – Missing You [Unreleased]
An absolutely outrageous edit of Robert Cotter “Missing You”. Huge piano, huge bassline, huge lyrics, huge tune.
Art Of Noise – Moments In Love [ZTT]
A great one if you want to take things more leftfield, or maybe you’re closing out an outdoor venue and the sun’s coming up. A slow, beautiful track that just keeps opening up all the way through. Guaranteed to reduce at least three people to tears or your money back.
Joe Bataan – Cycles of You [Vampi Soul]
Generally for me, the last tune of the night should be a combination of a few things. It needs to be something a bit different to what’s come before, it needs to be a joyful end to a good party and it needs to have some emotional pull to stick in people’s minds. This one from Joe Bataan has all of this and is the perfect bitter-sweet night ender for me.