jozif’s Top Ten Dance Music Classics

jozif is one of the most exciting and interesting members of this generation’s breed of house DJs and producers. Effortlessly able to tailor his sound to the vibe of the party, he regularly features in the main room of We Love…Space, plays alongside Craig Richards and keeps intimate underground clubs moving all night.

This adaptability as a DJ is reflected in his recent Balance presents jozif mix, which he is touring Australia to support later this month. We asked jozif to give us his top ten dance music tunes of all time, and unsurprisingly, his list was full of respectful nods to the roots of the music we call house. Here we go, in no particular hierarchy…

#1 MFSB – Love Is The Message

“I think this record really defines for me what black soul dance music (which later turned into disco) did for the dance floors of Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. It sent the message that everyone can come together through music – black, white, gay, straight…”

#2 Nightwriters – Let The Music (Use You)

“One of those classics that you can still play now…a sign of a true classic!”

#3 Joe Smooth – Promised Land

“Literally one of the most positive electronic records of all time.”

#4 CLS – Can You Feel It

“A very English sounding record. I think it was one of the first to demonstrate that hardcore ‘hoover’ synth sound.”

#5 Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After

“The original track that Mark Moore sampled for Theme From S’Express. This is a true classic funky soul number!”

#6 Odyssey – Inside Out

“I played this last week! Enough said. True classic!”

#7 Loleatta Holloway – Hit & Run

“Without this woman (and Jocelyn Brown) I’m pretty sure there would be no house vocalists. She was totally the blueprint. I could have picked any of about fifty records but this is one I particularly love.”

#8 Inner Life – I’m Caught Up (In A One Night Love Affair)

“Jocelyn Brown on vocals…”

#9 Art of Noise – Crusoe

“A typical Shaboom ‘E’ record!”

#10 Felix – Don’t You Want My Love

“An absolute classic rave anthem. I remember hearing this for the first time in the mid ‘90s at a cow shed rave up in the middle of the countryside with about a six thousand other lunatics.”

Balance presents jozif is out now. For Australian tour dates, check out the itinerary below.

Fri Apr 19 – Melbourne, Balance launch @ New Guernica

Sat Apr 20 – Brisbane, Lemon & Lime, Lady Red Boat Party

Sun Apr 21 – Sydney, SASH @ Abercrombie Hotel

Sun Apr 22 – Wollongong, Parkside @ Illawara Hotel