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Six By Six: Eddie Amador

36 of his all-time favourite records

2020 Dec 02     
2 Bit Thugs

Not everyone understands house music… but we know a man that does!

One of those artists whose name will probably be synonymous with one particular record forever, Eddie Amador burst onto the international house scene with the anthemic House Music back in 1998, and it's fair to say his life has never been the same since.

While 2000's Rise has been the only other Amador release to follow House Music into the UK Top 40, he's nonetheless racked up an impressive discography over the intervening 20-plus years, with releases on Subliminal, Nervous, Defected, Yoshitoshi, Spinnin', Unquantize, Good For You and of course his own labels: Mochico back in the day, and more recently NuSoul. Along the way, he's also lent his remix skills to everyone from Madonna, Donna Summer and Yoko Ono to Seal, Alanis Morrissette and, er, Michael Bublé, and been nominated for a Grammy for his remix of Five Knives' The Rising.

Most recently of all he's come full lyrical circle and teamed up with vocalist, fellow Los Angeles native and regular Terrence Parker collaborator Coco Street on When I First Felt House, another ode to the joys of the 4/4 beat that comes with no fewer than seven varied mixes courtesy of Lenny Fontana, MicFreak, Mijangos and Eddie himself.

When I First Felt House has been on Traxsource Promo for a couple of weeks but gets a full release this Friday (4 December) – making this an ideal time to ask Eddie about some of his all-time favourite records…

 

SIX PERSONAL PRODUCTIONS

Eddie Amador – House Music (Yoshitoshi, 1998)

“This was the first track I made living in Los Angeles. At the time, house music seemed neglected and outshined by progressive house and trance. Out of frustration I wrote these words. It was made as a simple DJ tool with a message.”

Eddie Amador – Rise (Defected, 1999)


“After the extreme success of House Music the pressure was on for me not to be a one-hit wonder! I am a great fan of the artist Romanthony and DJ Tony Humphries. I kept it simple and effective, incorporating a preacher to a once again simple mantra: 'Rise, to the top'.”

Eddie Amador & Bob Sinclair – Do It! (Yellow, 2000)

“Once again a simple and effective message that was recorded after a great club night in Los Angeles, using a clubgoer’s vocal. I only had the vocals and was on a flight the next day to DJ with Bob Sinclair. At dinner with them I mentioned I brought a cool vocal idea. That weekend I stayed in Paris and we built the track.”

Eddie Amador – Psycho X Girlfriend (Yoshitoshi, 2001)


“After traveling the world I decided to take a chance and stray away from soulful house. I pulled from me the true experience and craziness that a DJ's ex-girlfriend may bring. The vocalist was a friend of the real 'Psycho X'. I still kept it real.”

WAWA ft. Eddie Amador - The After Party (Defected/Influential, 2003)

“After a great party with WAWA in Poland we decided to record my vocals talking about the fact that 'Last night was a great night…' the next morning. This was my first time as a vocalist. They built a track around it and we had a cool thing signed to Defected/ Influential.”

Eddie Amador & Coco Street – When I First Felt House (Nu Soul, 2020)

“After many years working the Billboard USA remix charts, I have returned to the deeper side of international house music with the amazing vocals of Coco Street. We met through chance in that we both work with DJ Spen and live here in Los Angeles. The stellar remixes by Lenny Fontana, MicFreak, Mijangos and Helen Dickinson are making fantastic pre-order noise as I write!”

SIX SOOTHING RECORDS 

Earth Wind & Fire – Can’t Hide Love [Jazz Funk Purrfection Version] (Columbia, 1975)

“This song is simply my definition of soothing. The Rhodes are dreamy, as are the vocals with a supreme message. Keep in mind my last name is Amador (lover roots in Latin) – I am a lover and this also addresses love. I actually heard this version for the first time at Body & Soul NYC, just as the sun was rising in Manhattan.”

Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love (Slayed 5000, 1975)

“Once you hear this song and its smoothness you will not be able to forget parts of it. I first heard it working retail at a shopping mall back in the 1980s. I didn't really pay attention to it then, but as I grew up, the riff never left me and I found it again and truly listened. It is a gem.”

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (Public domain, 1801)

“Deeply soothing… a masterpiece with only a piano. Think about it, should you take the time to relax and enjoy it?”

War – All Day Music (United Artist Records, 1973)

“The definition of Los Angeles in the park with low riders, BBQ and family. There are loads of soothing Latin overtones all over the place. When the B3 organ kicks in, it reminds you that you are in LA and not far from church in sunny California.”

William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Roxbury Records, 1974)

“If you are able to be soothed, you should be thankful. This is a great song that just reminds us to be thankful. Letting go of all stress that self, others or society inflicts on us is a big part of being the best you now!

Sade – Paradise (Epic, 1988)

“A very relaxing melody and message that I first heard at University. All of her tracks are soothing and many times sexy. Classy!”

SIX INSPIRATIONAL RECORDS 

Tom Browne – Funkin' For Jamaica (Arista, 1980)

“This song excited my DNA the first time I heard it on late night radio. That bassline and floating female vocal stayed in my head! This was before drum machines and computer music. Pure organic FUNK!”

Kraftwerk – Numbers (Warner, 1981)

“Now here came the most basic drums machines and synthesizers ushered into the USA by the Germans! It scared the S*#T out of me the first time heard it. I though it was demonic because I did not understand the words – but DAMN that beat!”

Afrika Bamabaata & The Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock (Tommy Boy, 1982)

“This song ushered in a new generation form LA to NYC. Though they stole the Trans Europe Express melody, it became a breakdance standard and party song! The extended mix and flipside of the vinyl are the best experiences.”

Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals (Charisma, 1982)

“Brilliant artistry here coming from a punk rock icon! An infectious groove, stabs and hard-panned vocals! I do not believe any labels in the 1980s had the nerve to have the main vocals panned extremely to one side. Smartly rebellious – love it!”

Human Resource – Dominator (R&S Records, 1991)

“This song kept me loving the pure energy and excitement of the rave scene. As I said before, it just grabs you by the neck and tells you “I’m bigger and bolder and rougher and tougher” – then the crazy synthesizer and driving beat don’t let you deny it!”

Victor Simonelli – Feels So Right (Solution, 1994)

“This song pulled me out of the 90s rave scene. I would listen to it over and over again. I obtained the test pressing from a trance DJ who was gonna throw it away! I thanked Victor later when I met him at WMC in 1998.”

SIX RECORDS I WISH I'D MADE  

DJ Sneak – You Can’t Hide From Your Bud (Defiant, 1997)

“Just a solid soulful and crazy good track. To me it came out at the proper height of US disco house sampling. Works anywhere between any two songs in the mix.”

Daft Punk – Around The World (Virgin, 1997)

“Simple, solid and effective. A great piece of music in which anyone in the world can learn the words.”

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (Impulse Records, 1965)

“The most amazing piece of musical art of the last century to me. Complex chords, hard panning and three words thrown in to get it across. Total freedom, yet complex and contained.”

Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body (Trax, 1986)

“Not much to say about this except it is an anthem from the city of Chicago, where house was conceived, born and nurtured. Without this song, I may still have been a hip-hop DJ!”

Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Casablanca, 1975)

“I love the simple arrpegiator programming by Moroder and Donna’s vocals. Very effective for the dancfloor of the 70s and even recently.”

Barbara Tucker – Beautiful People (Striclty Rhythm/Positiva, 1994)

“A great, feel-good house music anthem in which every word still applies today! I knew it was going to be a big song when I first received the promo.”

SIX DRIVING RECORDS 

Willie Nelson – On The Road Again (Columbia, 1980)

“This country song speaks of the excitement and good times of travelling on the road with a band. This song is light-hearted and inspiring for a travelling musician or DJ.”

Elton John – Rocket Man (Uni, 1972)

“This song has been in my head on at least 90% of my global flights. When you are up in the air or driving for over five hours there is much introspective thinking if you are not working on your laptop the entire time. Elton is a musical and lyrical genius.”

Kraftwerk – Tour De France (EMI, 1983)

“You can’t help but visualise the French countryside roads that you may be traveling down as you hear this record. It is purely German electronic music and reminds me of long drives between gigs throughout France.”

The Eagles – Take It Easy (Warner, 1972)

“Simply a good reminder to take it easy – 'Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy'. This world can get so complicated and we can make it worse with our own internal thoughts, guilt and judgments. The song is really not that deep, but I am! LOL.”

Santana – Oye Como Va (CBS, 1971)

“This is a great Latin driving track. When I hear this, I think how it was basically a remix of Tito Puente’s original. It's very cool that even back in the 1970s a Puerto Rican artist from New York (east coast) could give a song to a Mexican artist from California (west coast) and create a great Latin rock classic that was good for all involved.”

Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack (Atlantic/WEA, 1996)

“Just a dope groove. It also can be a grandiose (or nerdy) track to play loud as you arrive at your destination!”

SIX NON-DANCE RECORDS 

Travis Scott – Sicko Mode ft Drake (Epic, 2018)

“I love the synth bassline and the way it flows (if not cut by radio) into two parts seamlessly from Travis to Drake at the same bpm. This may offer a glimpse into a new house production format.”

Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized (Frontier, 1983)

“A slice of proper Los Angeles punk rock. The video is classic. I love the message and how it is raw, unpolished and nothing like the music of today.”

Stevie Wonder – These Three Words (Motown, 1991)

“A beautiful song and production by Stevie Wonder. My girl, Anna, introduced me to this song – though really I could have picked any of his songs here.”

Missy Elliot – Work It (Elektra, 2002)

“Timbaland is a production genius. This was just such an innovative and fresh dope groove that sounded like no other at the time.”

John Coltrane – Resolution (Impulse, 1964)

“This track is double-edged! At first it may make no sense and stress you out, but relax and let the notes flow. It is complex and proper Coltrane: you may think it is organised chaos, but it is brilliant!”

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959)

“There is no other trumpet sound like Miles. The intentional meekness and simplicity of this track is great for laying in bed or on the beach with eyes closed. Don’t think Miles couldn't have mesmerised you with 10 times more notes if he wanted to!”

Words: Russell Deeks

Eddie Amador & Coco Street's When I First Felt House is out on 4 December on NuSoul Records – buy it here

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