Cookie-Dough Guest Mix 15 with Sean Martin (Butterfunkradio)
Welcome to the Cookie-Dough Guest mix where we invite some of favourite DJ / Producers to answer a few questions and dig deep into their collections and put together a mix of their favourite records.
For this episode we have invited Sean Martin from Butterfunk Radio to spin some of the records that have influenced him over the years.
Nice one Sean!
Ste & Terser
First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder (Danny Krivit ReEdit)
Amp Fiddler – I’m Doin Fine (Moodyman Mix)
Willy Washington pres Paula Ralph – Ain’t No Running Away
Vivian Green – Fanatic (Francois K & Eric Kupper Mix)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1200 Warriors ReMix)
Sessamoto – Moody (Joey Negro Classic Club Mix)
Jocelyn Brown – Believe
Simon – Free At Last
Glen Lewis feat Mjojo and Bongani – Life Everlasting (Dennis Ferrer’s Passion of C Dub)
Kings of Tomorrow feat Julia McKnight – Finally (Danny Tenaglia’s Time Marches On Mix)
Celeda – Be Yourself
Lil Louis – French Kiss
Lolleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Marshall Jefferson ReEdit)
Greetings, and thanks for listening to my guest mix. When Ste & Terser were promoting and holding residence in Liverpool, Cookie Dough was one of the best gigs in town. So to be asked to put together an ‘influences’ mix for them was a real pleasure…… but being given just 90 minutes to cram it all in was a bit unfair!
Whilst I would probably admit to having very eclectic taste, my real influence has always been house music, in all its guises. And over the years this has naturally led me to discover disco which continues to have a massive influence on me today… but first and foremost, house has been the key influence on how I DJ and produce music. So that’s why you’ve got a house mix, sandwiched between two Salsoul gems, including the odd needle skip, crackle and hiss (apologies, its all from vinyl).
A lot of what I produce is now mainly centred around editing my favourite disco tracks so the mix starts and ends with two classic edits. First, Danny Krivit’s rework of ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’, and finally with Marshall Jefferson’s Re-Edit of my favourite disco track, Love Sensation.
I never play any set without at least on Moodyman tune in there, and his production doesn’t need any introduction from me… we all know how good he is, but his remix of Amp Fiddler’s @I’m doin Fine’ is Kenny Dixon Jr at his best.
Delve a bit further into the mix and you’ll find my homage to the Southport Weekender and a few tracks that take me back to some amazing times at Pontins. Among notable tracks from Willy Washington and a Joey Negro rework of Sessamoto, one tune in particular captures the soulful house style that epitomised what I was playing at the time, and was purchased from a great little record shop in Liverpool called Xfade Records. Sadly, Xfade is no longer but Francois K and Eric Kupper’s mix of ‘Fanatic’ by a lesser known RnB artist called Vivian Green has never left my bag. Listen out for the vocal hook around 4 minutes in… it’s a killer
Then there are the more ‘well known’ selections. Believe it or not, Defected released some decent tunes back in the day! From Eric Morillo’s Subliminal Sessions compilation, Jocelyn Brown’s ‘Believe’ was one of those tracks that I just had to include (so many memories are attached to that track; clubs that I heard it in, friends that I danced with) and this was quickly followed by Simon’s ‘Free at Last’ – a Martin Luther King speech, along with the heavily delayed door slam sample would leave a bit of a mark on me, as would Kings of Tomorrow and Julia McKnight, with the dub version supplied by Danny Tenaglia proving to be the winner. There was a really cool use of a phaser effect on the vocal that would mould how I record vocals myself.
This all leads to a couple of tunes that are what you might call desert island discs. The first is a tune that thanks to Ste & Terser has finally made it onto a mix. Celeda’s ‘Be Yourself’ with it’s hypnotic bass heavy groove and vocal that cuts in after 3 minutes, takes the roof off every time. It is for me, the best deep house record. And like a classic car that never gets taken for a spin, I have to confess that I’ve never mixed with it. I just play it every now and then, in the interest of keeping it as fresh as possible. The second tune is Lil Louis’ ‘French Kiss’. I accidentally listened to this tune on a tape, given to my friend at the time by his sister. We were 8 years old. Needless to say we loved it! Years later I would buy a repress of the tune on a B side of Josh Wink’s ‘How’s your Evening So Far’ and it had to be on this mix. In a way, it was the first house record I ever listened to…….
Best wishes, Sean Martin (Butterfunkradio)
What was the first record you bought that made you realise that you wanted to be a DJ / Producer?
Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness…. The first record that was listened to over and over again….. without doubt the one that pulled the trigger.
What record makes you most nostaligic?
Shaun Escoffrey – Days Like This (Spinna Mix)
What is your favourite end of night record?
Alan Smithee’s rework of Natalie Cole’s, Tell Me All About It
Do you have a guilty pleasre record?
Christina Aguillera – Beautiful (FUG remix)
What is your most treasured piece of vinyl?
All my vinyl is treasured.