Nicolette, contribute to my series of exclusive "Perfect Party Playlists" with her fascinatingly eclectic top 12! The lady really is where the party's at. I am on cloud 9 since this morning!
Miss Nicolette Suwoton is a UK vocalist, dj and songwriter of Nigerian parentage. Her music although falling broadly in the field of electronica is also a peculiar hotch-potch of various different styles, genres and influences. Not ever did "Billie Holiday on acid" (as she was once famously described) go for any musical compromises, remaining always unique, naturally quirky and never predictable. Her vast and ultra-vibrant catalogue of recordings never fails to amaze me. From the early 1990's rave anthems with Shut Up And Dance, through industrial yet sublime collaborations with Alec-Atari Teenage Riot-Empire, sophisticated trip-hop recordings with Massive Attack, to her generous guest appearances and multi-lingual futuristic soul of "Life Loves Us" she kept all her admirers and devotees on their toes. Her fourth solo album is almost complete and a release is expected later on this year. A dance diva, an eccentric dj, a talented composer, a mother of the modern blues. She truly is made of sunshine.
MOST VIBRANT MOMENTS:
Three by NICOLETTE
You Are Heaven sent by NICOLETTE
Sunshine rmx by NICOLETTE
Song For Europe by NICOLETTE
PERFECT PARTY PLAYLIST by Nicolette:
1. The Gap Band "Humpin" - This is pure delicious chocolate fudgecake feasting
joy, makes me melt and jump all at the same time. I first heard it when I was 15 and it’s been one of my favourite tracks ever since - high
artistry casually presented. And dancefloor funk generally has been a
big influence on my music.
2. The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" - Can you tell that joy is a theme with me? This
creates it, so perfectly named! Sonic inventiveness made to sound
normal, my fave type of deceptive thing...I used to play this a lot at
the end of my dj sets in the late 90s when I first started djing. Brings
on a perfect party mood, even when you have to leave. And when you have
to leave and you’re still happy and it’s not the drugs...that’s a tune.
3. Joey Belram "Mentasm" - This killed the
dancefloors when it came out, the sound, the sound, the sound! Made you
go crazy in the head, in the sweetest, deepest way. Aptly named.
4. Lennie De Ice "We Are I.E." - Oh!!!!!! A lesson
in how to make SURE people dance whether they want to or not, and even
if they were asleep!!! I danced half my life away to this, the other
half was spent dissecting it and learning. That’s only a slight
exaggeration. Pure artistry.
5. Public Enemy "Rebel Without a Pause" - What can you say
about Public Enemy? When I first heard the album this is from, I did a
double take, and asked the person who was playing it, “WHAT is
THIS????!!!!” I don’t think I’d heard anything so beautiful in a long
time, or perhaps ever. Except maybe Mozart.
6. Roni Size "Timestretch" - I played this and
other Roni Size tracks to death in my early dj sets. Deep, deep, deep
musicality. Everything in perfect place, nothing wasted.
7. Quincy Jones "Stuff Like That" - Another one I
first heard when I was 14 or 15. Just perfection – breezy, sweet, and
funky as fuck. Masterfully produced, beautifully orchestrated, and can
someone say CHAKA KHAN???
8. The Cure "Lovecats" - It had to be
either this or Echo and the Bunnymen’s "Bring on the dancing horses",
and this one is, like, more danceable. And sexier. Both beautiful songs
9. The Beatles "Back in the USRR" - This is a regular feature of my dj set, so an easy choice, otherwise how can you choose just one Beatles song?
10. Deee-Lite "Groove is in the Heart" - Lady Miss Kier =
golden voice goddess. I think this must be on everyone’s dance top ten,
just has all the perfect ingredients. I remember when it first came out,
i and a friend were coming back home from clubbing, we were in a cab,
and my friend encouraged me to sing this song. i belted it out at the
top of my lungs, much to the consternation of the cab driver probably. It’s got that kind of aura – you just want to be part of it.
11. Nicolette "Single Minded People" - I know this is my
tune but I’m including it because it tears up the dancefloors even
now. Me and Shut Up And Dance had synergy!
12. Grandmaster Flash "The Message" It had to be either this one or NWA’s glorious "Fuck
the Police" (a song I played to death in my early djing days) but I had
to pay homage to this one as one of the granddaddies! And also because I
distressed my born again christian neighbours at uni with this by
playing it super-loud, sorry girls!