Rob da Bank: 20 Tunes To Save A Dead Dancefloor

With Bestival kicking off in earnest today, here's RdB's top tracks to get the people moving...
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With Bestival kicking off in earnest today, here's RdB's top tracks to get the people moving...
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Aretha Franklin - Respect

What a lady, what a voice and still one of the finest soul records ever made. This hasn’t failed me yet to start the dancefloor off if it's all gone a bit shy. I wish I had a ten-minute version of this.

 Donna Summer - I Feel Love

Getting the ladies on the dancefloor is the name of the game when you're DJing at anything but a heads down black box rave. Then again this seems to get everyone of whatever sex they are onto the floor. Giorgio Moroder made pure digital disco glory which lifted the roof off (actually I’m not sure there was a roof) at Glasto 2011.

Daft Punk - Digital Love

The most hyped act of 2013 and they're not even playing live but their next album is so hotly anticipated. Out of about 25 Daft Punk songs Digital Love is one of the best for a good old loved up singalong. I played this on the main stage at Bestival 2 years ago to 30,000 people and felt the love!

Ray Charles - I Got A Woman (Diplo mix)

A legend of old reinterpreted by a legend of right now. Diplo mashes up Kanye over Ray Charles in bootleg perfection which is probably my fail safe record of all time.

Daryl Hall and John Oates - I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Definitely one for an older dancefloor; the bassline is normally enough to fill a room with a bit of blue eyed soul. Sunday afternoons at the Big Chill were made for this record.


Aphex Twin - Windowlicker

It’s actually a kinda techno bootleg of this that I have on vinyl that is the one that kills the dancefloor. In fact I’ve lost this record in amongst my thousands of records in various lock ups and offices and studios across the UK, so if anyone knows what I’m talking about and has a spare copy get in touch!

Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover

Another sunny afternoon on an outdoor stage kinda number from possibly my favourite artist of all time ... and yes one day he will come to Bestival...maybe even play whilst he’s there :)

 Basement Jaxx - Do Your Thing

Basement Jaxx played at the first ever Bestival nine years ago and before that used to be regulars on the wheels of steel at my Sunday Best club night. Amazing producers and selectors this was never my favourite record of theirs but there’s no denying it gets people going mental...and is quite hard to follow.

Major Lazer - Pon De Floor

Diplo and the crew with a typically epic mash up of styles from moombahton to ragga which has saved my bacon from Istanbul to Ireland when I can’t quite find the right tune.

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Jackie Wilson - Your Love (Lifts Me Higher and Higher)

Doesn’t matter whether you’re DJing at an aunties wedding, smacking it out in a dingy club in Aberdeen or playing to a massive Glastonbury crowd, Mr Wilson's anthem seems to get a universal thumbs up. A great 'one more tune'.

Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking

It’s not gonna fill the floor at I Love Techno or Tomorrowland but with such a vibrant lot of leftfield festivals in the UK there’s always room for a bit of reggae to switch things around. I even managed to keep the techno tent at T In The Park going with this at the end of my set one year!

 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

One of the best records ever made full stop. I don’t know how but every 18 year old of the last two decades knows this record and goes crazy when they hear it. I’m never shy of dropping it in wholesale or even just the epic riff to warm things up a bit.

 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of (Mr Oizo mix)

Follows on well from Kurt and his mates and possibly the heaviest record I'll play in my sets. The mosh pit in the Bollywood Bar at Bestival regularly comes over the barriers to this one.

Supergrass - Alright

As soon as opening lyric 'We are young' booms out, you're busting some seriously embarrassing dance moves but what do we care?  A Britpop classic from Oxford’s finest.

 Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends

Another 'save the day' record. My vinyl copy of this is easily my most played record and bears the battle scars of being dragged around parties and festivals from Glasto to Sydney. I remember playing on a rooftop in Miami once as the sun was coming up and accidentally pushing the next DJ into the pool with his entire record collection. We spent the whole day drying the sleeves out in the sun.

 The Prodigy - Outta Space

Possibly the best festival band out there? Keith Flint and his sonic terrorists invaded Bestival a few years back and murdered the place. I’ve loved this record since it came out in my early raving days.


Ragga Twins - Spliffhead

One of the first records I bought when I moved to south London at the age of 18. I was mugged approximately every 3 weeks and this was the soundtrack to that immersion in south London culture - the good the bad and the ugly!

 Rhythim is Rhythim - Strings Of Life

A supreme techno record and one that shows a lot of soul and feeling and always gets a good electronic audience whipped up. I last played this at the amazing Warehouse Project in Manchester and it definitely picked up the pace.

Missy Elliot - Work It

A revolutionary hip hop record and another one to get ladies and some men gyrating dirtily across a dancefloor/muddy field. I played this at Ibiza Rocks last summer and it still does the business... maybe it was the sangria!

Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

One of my best Bestival memories is the Beasties playing not one but two insanely good sets at Bestival about 5 years ago. I think they played this track live in both sets in different styles and it can’t be beaten! RIP MCA.

Bestival takes place at Robin Hill Country Park on the magical Isle Of Wight. Tickets available now via www.bestival.net