Crate digging: Gary Beck picks 5 great tracks

Gary Beck

Gary Beck

Producer releasing on Soma, Drumcode, Minus and Bek Audio

Gary Beck is one of the younger artists signed to Soma (he also has releases on Drumcode, Minus and his own Bek Audio) and he joins Slam and Animal Farm at the Edge Festival’s annual Soma Night as part of the Glasgow label’s 20th birthday celebrations. Here he talks us through ‘five tracks that changed my life’.

Groove Armada ‘Remember’ (Zomba Records) featured on the Lovebox album, and features the haunting vocals from Sandy Denny. Groove Armada are a great act which manage to cross many genres of music with ease, which is something I really admire in a group of artists. The composition of this track is just superb. For me, if I could produce any down-tempo track, this would be it.

John Barry ‘The John Dunbar Theme’ (Soundtrax), I love all John’s work, but this particular track from the Dances with Wolves film gripped me. A really emotional composition. Not many composers come close to him for me, so I was sad to hear of his death earlier this year.

What can I say, Daft Punk ‘Da Funk’ (Soma) is an unbelievable track! I remember the first time I heard it in the Arches many years ago. I was pretty much in love with the scene after that night. It still works on the floor to this day. It’s strange to think they were discovered by the label which I am now so closely involved with.

One of my favourite dance tracks of all time. Josh Wink feat Lil’ Louis ‘How’s Your Evening So Far’ (Ovum) is so raw and packed with energy. I still play it to this day in some sets. Always a floorfiller. I wish more tracks were made like this.

Finally Doves ‘The Cedar Room’ (Heavenly). A great band, and for me this was their best.

Soma Records Night, The Edge Festival, Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, Fri 19 Aug, 11pm–5am, £8.

Groove Armada - Remember

Dances With Wolves - The John Dunbar Theme

Daft Punk - Da Funk

Josh Wink & Lil' Louis - How's Your Evening So Far?

Doves - The Cedar Room - Video

Soma Records Night

The Glasgow label makes its annual pilgrimage to the Festival as Slam are joined by Gary Beck and Animal Farm for a mix of dark expansive house and deep techno. Part of the Edge Festival.

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