There’s plenty of cause for celebration in clubland at the moment: nightclubs are back open and dancefloors are heaving. The whiff of renaissance is in the air.
While we’re not fully out of the woods and there’ll be pandemic aftershocks to contend with, it feels good to be back in the thick of it after a long and difficult period of dormancy.
With that in mind, SG Lewis has curated us a special playlist themed around the ‘Return To Dancefloors’, featuring a suitably uplifting selection of tunes. Spanning from exultant disco edits to old skool rave bangers, the 10 tracks perfectly capture the exciting sensation spreading through hearts and minds amid the comeback of loud soundsystems and communal dancing.
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If you rate the selections and want to catch SG Lewis in action at one of London’s most impressive venues, he’s performing both live and DJing at Printworks this Friday, September 24, alongside 2ManyDJs, London Grammar’s Dot Major, Gerry Read, Baklava and salute. Tickets are on sale now priced from £22.50, get yours here.
Check out SG Lewis’ ‘Return To Dancefloors’ playlist and accompanying words on each selection below.
1 Elvin T 'Get Close'
I’ve been playing this in nearly every set since the return of clubbing, and it never fails to get a massive response. Song of the summer for me!
2 Depeche Mode 'Behind The Wheel' (Shep Pettibone Mix)
3 Jake Shears 'Do The Television' (TEED Primetime Mix)
Flawless remixing as per usual from TEED - the breakdown around three minutes has provided some massive moments in my post-pandemic sets.
4 Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique ft Maluca 'Love Is Free' (Original Mix)
Been playing this out again recently and it sounds better than ever. It always reminds me of the dance break section in Robyn’s live show from Primavera, which I’ve watched on YouTube about 500 times.
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5 Gat Decor 'Passion' (Naked Edit)
Something about the pent up energy of the pandemic has made rave classics sound better than ever in the club. This is one of the greatest club records of all time IMO, and never fails.
6 Alex Kassian 'Oolong Trance' (Paradise Mix)
Pure euphoria. I’m a sucker for anything trance-leaning, and this uses elements of the genre so tastefully on a huge piano record.
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7 Erol Alkan 'Automatic' (Palms Trax Remix)
Huge remix from Palms Trax on Phantasy, with a French house baseline that balances the energy with groove perfectly.
8 Theo Kottis 'Sun'
Peak euphoria from Theo Kottis, and a record that Job Jobse has been playing out a lot this summer.
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9 Underworld 'Dark and Long (Dark Train)'
This record makes me think of massive warehouse parties with crowds as far as the eye can see. Need to hear someone play this out.
SG Lewis 'Chemicals' (12 inch edit)
Because what is a playlist without some self promo