This Week in House Music: Jamie Jones, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Cajmere
It's time for some house music! In this edition of This Week in House, Jamie Jones serves up a stellar new Ibiza summer-ready jam, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs takes The Lot Radio on a wild journey, and Green Velvet reminds us why he's an icon.
Best New Track: "My Paradise," Jamie Jones (Defected Records, April 29)
Welsh house maestro Jamie Jones sumons an early summer with his latest release on Defected Records, "My Paradise." The title of the joyful groover is a nod to theParadise parties he throws in Ibiza (his residency returns to Amnesia this summer) and around the world. The vocals come from asample of The Jackson 5's "Forever Came Today," and, as Jones does best, throws in a some salsa rhythm, with a sparkling piano and horns, to dance with the buoyant bassline. The extended mix stretches the joy to a perfect eight minutes.
Best New Mix: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs at The Lot Radio (April 29)
British dance artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs a.k.a. Orlando Higginbottom is dropping his sophomore album When the Lights Go on July 22, a decade after his first, which he's teased with two stellar singles, the first whichgraced this list a few weeks ago. He's been busy with a North American DJ tour, and in between his Los Angeles and Brooklyn shows, he graced the famed Lot Radio decks in Williamsburg with a winding eclectic and trippy set featuring everything from his recent music (including "A Dream I Have" and his perfectly strange remix of LA Priest's “Beginning") to Stevie Nicks ("Stand Back"), Teddy Douglas ("Bombelaya"), Jane Child ("I Don't Wanna Fall In Love"), Falle Nioke and Ghost Culture ("Leywole"), and Stimming ("Melodica").
Best Classic Track: "Percolator," Cajmere (1992, Cajual Records)
It's time for the percolator! Chicago tech house pioneer Green Velvet— aka Cajmere, aka Curtis Jones—crafts hypnotic, weird, and unforgettable dance floor heaters, and in 1992, dropped "Percolator" on his then-new Cajual Records imprint. Once you hear it, it will be stuck in your head and heart forever, and that's a good thing. With his commanding repeated hook, and the sounds of bubbles, a siren and more over a driving beat, it's impossible to not report to the dance floor within seconds of it beginning. Not only does the track still get dance floors heated, it'sbeen sampled in over 20 dance, R&B, and rap tracks, most recently in City Girl's perfect 2021 reimagining, "Twerkulator." In 2019, Mixmag named it one of the20 best U.S. rave anthems of the '90s.