Anthony Pappa’s Top Ten Dance Music Classics

In 2012, the inthemix Guest List series continues with one of Australia’s most successful dance music exports, Anthony Pappa. Back on home soil for a round of club dates, the DJ has accepted our challenge to pull together ten seminal records he can’t live without. After you’ve listened through his timeless list, you can see how it tallies against past editions from the likes of Nick Warren and Henry Saiz.

This year will see Pappa ticking off another career benchmark: mixing a new Renaissance compilation to celebrate the label’s 20th year. There’s also the promise of more studio work, including a remix for Rekids leading lady Nina Kraviz. It’s in the club, though, that he’s most at home – as he says right here: “I still love to DJ every week as if it’s my first gig.” So here’s Pappa’s top ten in his own words.

#10 Joe Smooth – Promised Land (Original 12” Mix)

“An old disco favourite of mine that brings back good memories when l hear it. ‘Sister, brother…..we’ll make it through the promised land!” This record was released in 1987 which the year that l started DJing. I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since I started DJing; l still love to DJ every week as if it’s my first gig.”

#9 Last Rhythm – Last Rhythm

“Uplifting house music at its best. This was the last record that l ever played in Australia before l left to go to the UK. It was played at Chasers nightclub in May 1995 and it was a time for me with great mixed emotions as I very sad to be leaving Australia but at the same time so excited about my future journey ahead of me.”

#8 The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Adam Freeland Remix)

“Unbelievable remix by Adam! He has kept the good vibes from the original version and updated this classic track with a breakbeat groove. This track has one of the most infectious riffs in it; so uplifting in spirit it’s almost heavenly.”

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