Sometimes a DJ’s impulse decision to record a live set turns into a serendipitous treat for listeners days later. This is exactly what happened when Fool's Gold DJ, producer, saxophonist and climate change evangelist Sammy Bananas hit the small red circular button before performing at Portland’s SNAP! party September 28th. “SNAP! is the brainchild of my friend Coco in Portland, and has been going strong for five years as an all-‘90s music party at the legendary venue Holocene,” Sammy tells MTV Hive. “Rather than just bop around and do a ‘best of all genres’ type thing, I decided to focus in on house to tell my own ‘90s story.”
“SNAP!” is an apt name, since most of these unearthed house gems will incite sudden flashbacks to a groovier time. (I remember most of these from listening to 103.5 KTU while my mom drove me to karate, and I can still smell the warm leather of her old car whenever I hear “Please Don’t Go.”) “In the ‘90s, diva vocals, funky drum breaks and jackin’ grooves reigned supreme," Sammy adds. "The mid-to-late 90s was the only time, other than now and the ‘70s with disco, in which dance music crossed over to the mainstream in the US, which is why a lot of tracks on this mix are recognizable to most ‘80s and some ‘90s babies.” Those of you privy to Pitbull hooks, for example, will immediately recognize the melody on Nightcrawlers’ “Push The Feeling On." It's that stab of nostalgia, coupled with a nod to the present, that makes this set unique. Sammy agrees: "I only like to release live mixes when they are really special, like this one!" Stream Sammy's mix below, and fill in your memories' blanks with the cheat sheet/tracklist.
Marshall Jefferson - "Move Your Body (Body Mix)"
Jomanda - "Got A Love For You (House Mix)"
Chanty Savage - "If You Believe (E-Smoove Believer Mix)"
Nightcrawlers - "Push The Feeling On (The Dub of Doom)"
Le Knight Club - "Holiday on Ice"
KWS - "Please Don't Go"
Real Mccoy - "Another Night (Armand's New School Mix)"
Hardrive - "Deep Inside"
Smooth Touch - "House Of Love (Tom Flynn Strictly Rhythm's Edit)"
Sammy Bananas - "K7 Baby"
Whitney Houston - "I'm Every Woman"
Madonna - "Fever"
Crystal Waters - "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)"
Inoj - "Ring My Bell"
Bucketheads - "The Bomb!"
Wiseguys - "OOH-LA-LA"
Sammy Bananas - "Dat Funk"
The Prodigy - "Funky Shit"
Awesome 3 - "Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)"
Black Box - "Everybody Everybody (Dub Acapella)"
Black Box - "Everybody Everybody"
Sammy Bananas - "Ladies"
Basement Jaxx - "Red Alert (Jaxx Club Mix)"
Tori Amos - "Professional Widow (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix)"
Tag Team - "Whoomp (House Mix)"
Freaknasty - "Da Dip"
2 Live Crew - "Throw That Dick"
Jodeci - "Freek 'N You (MK Dub)"
Next - "Too Close (London Connection 2 Step Dub)"
Sammy Bananas - "My Body"
R. Kelly - "Bump N' Grind (Jerv Remix)"
Silk - "Freak Me"