Dr Packer's Top Ten Floorfillers!
You may know him as an Australian Drum & Bass legend but Greg Packer now wears a new hat for his ‘Dr Packer’ moniker, providing an outlet for his popular Soul, Funk and Disco edits.
Kicking things off in the late 80s, Packer’s career has been an exciting one, being the first DJ in Western Australia to play Drum & Bass and Jungle, winnning ‘Best Drum & Bass DJ’ in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 at the Perth Dance Awards (amongst a wealth of other accolades) and having toured the world with the likes of Carl Cox, Ellis Dee and Slipmatt.
Throughout his career, Packer retained a small side-gig spinning his old Soul, Funk and Disco vinyl at a local beach bar and, when Packer considered hanging up his headphones in 2013, it was here he noticed another DJ playing a lot of re-edits of the classics, allowing Packer to stumble upon the ‘Re-edit / Nu Disco’ scene and the likes of Fingerman & 80’s child & Late Nite Tuff Guy. The rest, they say is history and Dr Packer has cemented himself as a solid player in the Disco House scene, releasing a whole hoard of popular edits and touring the globe with the Glitterbox crew.
This month sees Defected re-release The Shapeshifter’s noughties classic ‘Lola’s Theme’, complete with fresh new mixes for 2017, including one from Dr Packer himself. To celebrate the occasion, we got Packer to run us through his all time favourite floor fillers…
1 – The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme
One of the biggest disco house tunes of the noughties for me , cleverly sampling ‘Johnnie Taylors – What About My Love’ which drives the tune along and always lights up the dance floor every time without fail , i first heard it played by ‘Norman Jay’ around the time of its release and i instantly fell in love with it and had to hunt the track down , I never get sick of hearing this tune
2 – Soulsearcher – Can’t Get Enough
Another big disco house classic this time from the late 90’s sampling the classic disco tune by ‘Gary’s Gang – Let’s Love dance Tonight’ and some big diva style vocals making this another dance floor smasher which works every time without fail
3 – David Joseph – You Can’t Hide Your Love From Me
One of the biggest underground funk & soul tracks from the 80’s for me , the groove and the bassline is infectious and for over 3 decades now its totally done the business on the dance floor , david joseph from the british soul band ‘Hi Tension’ completely delivered on this solo release
4 – Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard (Joey Negro’s Extended Disco Mix)
Patrice Rushen is one of the greatest singers of all time as far as i am concerned and then going head to head with one of the greatest producers of all time ‘Mr Joey Negro’ a winning combination for sure taking a tune that is already great and transforming it into the perfect dance floor weapon
5 – Ultra Nate – New Kind Of Medicine
originally released in ’98 another tune with the perfect ingredients to bring the dance floor alive , uplifting chords and lush vocals and a sweet soulful disco vibe makes this a tune i find hard to not play in my DJ sets , even 19 years after its release
6 – Midnight Star – Freak-A-Zoid
Electro played a massive part in my musical upbringing being an ex ‘B-Boy / Breakdancer in the 80’s this music was my soundtrack to life , in the later part of the 80s when i began DJ-ing this was that one electro track that worked the dance floor into a frenzy , not to mention ‘MidnightStar’ are a great band responsible for many great soul & disco tunes
7 – Aeroplane – Love On Hold
The tune for the moment for me , it sounds like it should have come out in the 80’s but with the production of now , the scene these days is heavily flooded with edits and some bad ones for that matter so hearing this track was like a breath of fresh air for me and a tune that is not necessarily banging and up tempo but it still works very well on the dance floor , a must have !!!
8 – Skyy – Here’s to You (John Morales & DJ N-Joy Remix)
Originally released in 1980 on the great ‘Salsoul’ label , this is one of my all time favourite soul & disco cuts , uplifting vibes , amazing vocals , this version by ‘John Morales & DJ N-Joy’ produced in 2009 brings everything up to date and still maintaining the original vibe which makes it the perfect dance floor weapon when you are cruising along in those more uptempo faster sets
9 – Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Dimitri From Paris Re-Edit)
Possibly the biggest disco record of all time , sampled countless times and that track that everyone knows , at some point in most genres of music you will hear a song that samples this acapella , it goes without saying that this completely destroys the dance floor each time it gets played , dimitri from paris made this particular version a lot more DJ friendly but keeping it very close to the original version which is what i look for in music these days
10 – Soul Rebels featuring Lisa Millett – I’ll Be Good (Dr Packer Remix)
it was an honour to be asked by defected boss ‘Simon Dunmore’ to remix this great track , having being a big fan of the original version by ‘Rene & Angela’ from 1985 i decided to take the defected house version and slow it down to the tempo of the original 80’s version and then tried to capture that kind of vibe but with a modern production twist , this one has been going down a treat in the clubs