||QUENTIN HARRIS - Let’s Be Young (NRK)
||Moody and subtle in interview as well as on the vibe this deep house burner gave off. The 2005 No.1 hype track by some distance.
||BLAZE PRES UDAUL FEAT BARBARA TUCKER - Most Precious Love (Defected/King Street)
||One of our fave vocalists with Martin Solveig & Dennis Ferrer taking the reins on this fierce production. Spotted in January and settled in for some time.
||JAKATTA - Scattering Stars (Z Records)
||Dave Lee got the piano inversions going and built on that with some chants and layers. Engaging for late-night hands-in-the-air shenanigans.
|| LIQUID PEOPLE PRES HEIDI LEVO - Inside My Soul (MN2S)
||Smooth Rhodes grooves and ‘Precious Love’-type strings. A splendid Morten Trust dub bolted on to the sublime original helped us fall in love.
||RASMUS FABER FEAT MELO - Get Over Here (Azuli)
||Groove Armada’s Andy Cato strips down as Axwell and The Sunloverz took charge.
||SHAPESHIFTERS - Back To Basics (Nocturnal Groove/Positiva)
||Follow ‘Lola’s Theme’? Antoine Clamaran, Steve Lawler and The Beginerz had a hell of a go.
||FREEMASONS - Love On My Mind (Loaded)
||Full Intention, BN3, Coburn, ATFC, Sharp Boys and King Unique got the request from Pig City to bring down more lubrication. Floorfiller in the truest sense.
||STEAL VYBE FEAT STEPHANIE RENEE - It’s Real (Z)
||Smooth glossy production made just that little bit sweeter with a sprinkling of Quentin Harris and Joey Negro magic. Hard for the sweet tooths to resist.
||SIR PIERS & LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES FEAT SHAUN ESCOFFREY - She’s Gone Away (Curious)
||The inclusion of a South American six-piece nodded in the direction of MAW. Hardsoul remixes tempted us into part 2.
||AKABU FEAT DAVE CLARKE - Phuture Bound (Interface)
||Medusa, Swirl and Rodox mixes accompanied acapellas aplenty. Back to the future, Chicago-style.
||JON CUTLER FEAT MICHAEL WATFORD - What You Gonna Do (MN2S)
||US garage tag team combination that was tougher than a brand new pair of steelcaps. Booker T’s Kings Of Soul set the pace.
|| BODYROCKERS - I Like The Way (Manifesto)
||From the Coloursound producers an invite to Herd & Fritz, Junior Jack, Bimbo Jones, Linus Loves, King Unique and Tom Neville. Big on all floors.
||EMJAY - Hola Pappy (Clubsole Trax)
||Electro funk houser that lifted the Turntable Orchestra up to a Nu Yorican vibe. Ola to the retro selecto from Barabas.
|| JUPITER ACE - 1000 Years (Just Leave Me Now) (Manifesto/Oxyd)
||Straddled between Eric Prydz and Pete Heller’s ‘Big Love’. Paul Masterson, Full Intention and Richard F versions gave Belfast something else to chew on.
||COPYRIGHT PRES ONE TRACK MIND - Essence Of Life (Copyright)
||Tantric mixes, frenzy-inducing synth hook with sax licks, hypnotic house... K-Klass took on Watanabe & Bobby Brown. Seconds out...
||DEEP DISH - Say Hello (Yoshitoshi)
||Lennon & McCartney, Strummer & Jones, Rodgers & Hammerstein - the boys continued to follow in the footsteps of ground-breaking partnerships.
||MARTIN SOLVEIG - Jealousy (Mixture/Defected)
||It was the air guitar humdinger with a touch of the James Browns about it that had us hooked in this year.
||RON HALL & THE MUTHAFUNKERS FEAT MARK EVANS - The Way You Love Me (Hustle)
||Spen and The Muthafunkas didn’t hang around. Big one for Southport this year.
||PARADISE SOUL - Moscow Rendezvous/Searchin For Paradise (Kinky Vinyl)
||Mike Monday & Stretch Silvester kept it strictly rhythm.
||RULERS OF THE DEEP - Last Survivor (NRK)
||Polished off another good year for NRKists. Consistency and credibility intact.