Patrick Topping: It may not be a particular sub-genre, but it's the year 2009 that I’d like to share some tracks from. For me, it was my favourite year for house and techno and I still play more tracks from 2009 than any other year. Not only was it a really good year for music, I also love that particular era of music because it’s the year that I really got obsessed by house and techno. I was into it before, obviously, but was open to electro, trance and all other genres of electronic music.
Santos -Hold Home
During that year, Luciano became my favorite DJ along with Sven. I heard him play this track all year long, whenever I hear it now it just takes me back to that time. I’ve wanted to play it out for ages, but I kept it for my Essential Mix last week.
Sandy Huner - Rare Tap (2000 & One Cut)
This is mint. I booked 2000 & One to play one of our first Motion parties in Newcastle and it was off the back of hearing this track because I loved it so much. The melody is so subtle, but it’s got a really classic groove, and when the vocals come in it just completes it.
Sebo K & Metro - Saxtrack (Reboot Twisted Fist Remix)
This is one of those tracks that still sounds mint now. I heard this all over Ibiza that summer and when I got back, I tried to emulate the sound by creating my own trumpet and sax tracks, purely based on how much I loved this tune!
N/A Feat Rosina – Fables & Fairytales (Deniz Kurtel Remix)
This was when Crosstown Rebels were first starting to have a resurgence and were absolutely dominating everything and this was one of the tracks that set it all off. It’s a really dark track but the melody and the bassline are mint.
BDI – City & Industries
When I think of Sven Vath playing around 2009, this track comes to mind straight away. It was when me and my friends were following him around the world - we saw him play all over the place. It’s a very dramatic techno track with a really good melody. About halfway through it has these laser beam style sound effects that come in unexpectedly, but they finish the track off perfectly.
Volta and Salvatore Freda - Tiramisu (DJ Madskillz Remix)
This was another track that Sven was playing all the time. He used to play quite a lot of tech-house, more so than he does now - this isn’t a techno track, it’s a proper tech-house track. DJ Madskillz was on 2000 & One’s label, and during that time they, along with other labels such as Remote Area, Area Remote and 100% Pure were all putting out so many tracks that were quite similar to this but still amazing. That year the output from Amsterdam was exceptional.
Alex Celler – La Palma
This record was also on Area Remote, it’s got these looping vocal chants in it which I love. Last summer it was a regular opener in my sets and I’ll always remember when I first heard it in Pacha at Luciano’s Vagabundos night. Me and my friends loved it - we literally screamed when it came on because the builds and kick ins were just so good.
Michel Cleis - La Mezcla
Everyone was playing this, even the more commercial DJs, you’d hear it everywhere. I actually think another track by him ‘Litoral’ is even better but that was from 2010.
Sascha Braemer – Some Sweat
To be honest I actually missed this at the time but I picked up on it recently and have been playing it out really frequently and getting an amazing reaction because it still sounds so fresh.
Reboot – Caminando
I’ll never forget hearing Ricardo Vilalobos playing this on the terrace in a big sit down. Reboot actually had so many good tracks around that time I could have included ten of his.