Secretsundaze take us through 15 record-bag mainstays ahead of their 15th birthday later this month
Having expanded beyond their original London Sunday party to include a label and booking agency, and forged illustrious individual DJ careers, the Secretsundaze duo mark their 15th birthday by harking back to what started it all. The celebratory party on 28 August at Oval Space with Prosumer, Nick Höppner and Jane Fitz precedes new material to be released as Secretsundaze later this year.
Read ahead for a list of some of the tunes to soundtrack the standout moments of one of the most consistent careers since the turn of the century so far.
Ron Trent and Chez Damier - Morning FactoryPrescription (1994)
What can you say about this record? Mesmerising, sensual and possibly the greatest house track of all time. It needs to be handled with care though. We can only remember dropping it a few times at the party – the final track at our arena at Lovebox in the early days and Panorama Bar back in 2009 or so.
Marcus Intalex & S.T. Files - Taking Over MeHospital (2000)
A decade or so before Trevino was even a twinkle in his eye, Marcus Intalex dropped this breaks / house gem on hospital records. So good we licensed it for the 10 years of Secretsundaze compilation and it appeared on the vinyl sampler too. Dope!
Endian - Finish MeSecretsundaze (2015)
George Levings aka Metalheadz artist Commix aka Endian is a good friend of ours, our head engineer at our Secretsundaze Studios project and a recording artist for our label. This is without doubt one of our proudest moments as label heads. Epic, futuristic, an instant classic.
Ignition - Love Is War (Chicken Lips Remix)Kingsize (2004)
There was a time when we couldn’t get enough of Chicken Lips. Their analogue productions were some of the biggest and fullest sounding records of the day. This is our favourite remix of theirs, plus it’s of our good friend and James’ ex flat mate, Ali Love.
Serge Santiago - Atto D'amore (Dub Version)Arcobaleno (2005)
We were lucky to have this on Test Press before its release in the summer of 2005 and it swiftly became one of our biggest records of the year. Definitely the more ravey end of our spectrum, it used to destroy The Poet back in the day! Insane compression on this record..
Voyage - I Love You DancerSirocco (1980)
A classic ‘one more’, not so much these days but 5 years ago it was our go to record for the end of the night. Records like this encapsulate the sound and vibe of Secretsundaze as much as the more lazy, deep house warm-up style records that you might more commonly think of us. Killer!
Secretsundaze celebrate their 15th Birthday with a very special extended day and night session at Oval Space on Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August with guests Prosumer, Nick Hoppner and Jane Fitz. Tickets at RA