Visionquest Label's Pillow Talk List Their Top Ten Dancefloor Destroyers
If you haven't heard of Pillow Talk, that's because this threesome has been the West Coast dance music scene's best-kept secret for over a decade.
But that wasn't going to be the case for much longer if Visionquest had anything to do about it, which is why the label picked up the trio's debut single "Love Makes Parks" to immediate international acclaim this year.
If there's one thing that distinguishes Pillow Talk behind the decks, it's their motto of D.A.G. (Destroy All Genres) -- a penchant for wildly eclectic DJ sets that sees them drop everything from Harry Nilsson to Theo Parrish.
With that in mind, we got Pillow Talk to give us their all-time top ten dancefloor destroyers ahead of their performance at the Electric Pickle this Saturday. Predictably, it boasts everything from classic rock to new wave to deep techno. "There could be 100 different tunes on this list," they exclaimed. "But the songs below have at one time or another really brought out the best in people on the dancefloor."
1. Out Hud's "Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad"
"We're not the biggest fans of long breakdowns and buildups, but this is the absolute exception. We would describe it as mutant disco-punk-funk of the highest order. Pure energy! We miss Out Hud."
2. Ark's "Sucubz" (Mr. Oizo Remix)
"A good friend made an extended edit of this back when it came out, and it was just the best!"
3. Laidback's "White Horse"
"This Danish synth-pop duo really captured that electro-funk vibe that Prince's Doctor Fink was doing, as well as Bernie Worrell, to name a few. The beat paired with the not-so-subtle lyrics have always been a favorite since childhood."
4. Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place"
"We have closed out plenty of hometown parties to this New Wave classic. If played at the right time, it can create an everlasting euphoric memory."
5. Cultural Vibe's "Ma Foom Bey"
"This record has been in our bag for close to 12 years."
6. Q's "The Voice of Q"
"We absolutely enjoy playing this track and watching people react to the creative turns it takes. Disco from another dimension! From the vocoder to the haunting synth line to the vocals ... Wow! Dub works also."
7. The Rolling Stones' "Miss You"
"This is one of our all-time favorite songs to get down to."
8. Q Lazzarus' "Goodbye Horses"
"Superhard to find on vinyl. There was a re-press that came out six years ago. Another classic closing song. We try not to play it too often 'cause it has a sacred feeling to it."
9. Jaydee's "Plastic Dreams"
"We used to lose our shit to this song when we started going to clubs and raves in the early '90s. We remember Doc Martin dropping this at an underground in '92 in Portland. It was a dubplate because the official release was in '93."
10. Pépé Bradock's "Deep Burnt"
"We first heard this tune in Miami at WMC 2000. It was The Track of the conference and subsequently the year, and maybe the decade. We saw Freddie Hubbard play "Little Sunflower" live last year at Yoshi's, and that song came full circle. All-time classic!"
Pillow Talk with Electric Pickle residents. Saturday, October 9. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.
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