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Having earnt his stripes as the driving force behind the highly influential but now defunct Freak N Chic, Dan Ghenacia is back with a new label, Apollonia, alongside fellow French cohorts Shonky and Dyed Soundorom. As he prepares the label’s schedule for 2013, Dan talks us through his top tracks.

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The first record I ever bought

I don’t remember the first I bought but my mum gave me my first records when I was about four years old. I could sit for hours in my bedroom listening to them. My parents said that my favourite song was ‘Belfast’ by Boney M but the record I remember best was The Head On The Door by the Cure.

The first time I remember hearing electronic music

Like a lot of people from my generation I think it was ‘Rockit’ by Herbie Hancock. I remember I was amazed by the video. I was ten years old watching the local music channel waiting for this video all night long.

My favourite ever record

Purple Rain by Prince. This is the album I’ve listened to the most and I’ve found a lot of inspiration from the mix of white soul with black music. In fact, in the Purple Rain movie Prince’s girlfriend is called Apollonia and she offers him his infamous white guitar. Hence why Shonky, Dyed Soundorom and I chose Apollonia as the name for our label and back-to-back DJ moniker.

The guaranteed floor filler

Chris Carrier – ‘Street Talk’. I loved playing it at DC10 this summer. It really works on the crowd!

The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon

‘Sunday Sunlight’ by Kerri Chandler. It’s from 1999 and I’m still playing this record a lot. Kerri has agreed to re-press it on Apollonia early next year. It’s going to be a big project for us. Kerri is re-recording all the parts and we’ll be releasing it with new remixes. This is one of the main aims of Apollonia – to bring back some of our favourite music – as a big part of our sets is blending the best of the old with the new.

Last track of the night

‘Underwater’ by POINT Gan alias of DJ Gregory. For me he’s one of the most important figures of the West Coast sound from the 90s. The vinyl is very rare and expensive on Discogs but we’ll be re-pressing it on Apollonia in the next few months.

The Guilty Pleasure

My Robot Friend – ‘Why Won’t You Call Me Back. It was released in 2004 and I still have in it my record bag. I don’t play it that often and only when the vibe is very intense, like during a 12 marathon hour set at Panorama Bar.

The best chillout record

I’m not a chillout music specialist but I would say ‘Belfast’ by Orbital. I saw them live in LA in 1999. This track’s got it all: the breakbeat, the female voice, the spacey sounds… this is a masterpiece.

 

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