DEEP's 5 Biggest Floorfillers with Marques Wyatt
Marques Wyatt is a name synonymous with high quality house music. His classic track ‘For Those Who Like to Get Down’ on Om Records has just had a delicious re-rub by Click Click and the Soul Clap boys, so to celebrate the release we decided to chat to Marques about the other tracks that have rocked his legendary DEEP parties in LA.
These soulful soirees have become the benchmark for West Coast house heads over the years and DEEP recently celebrated it’s 16th birthday. Over the years, the parties have hosted some of the biggest DJs on the planet, with guest appearances from the likes of Tony Humphries, Timmy Regisford, Dimitri from Paris, Harvey, the Martinez Brothers and Kerri Chandler.
Check out Marques’ selection of DEEP floor fillers which are like time capsules for the memories of these legendary parties; never to be forgotten by him or his congregation.
1) Sean Escoffery – Days Like This (Spinna Vocal) – Oyster Music / Quantize
This one is special because a lot people that go to DEEP and beyond heard it for the first time on our dance floor or on my “For Those Who Like To Get Down” mixed CD on Om Records. Instant anthem!
2) DJ Oji, Una – We Lift Our Hands In The Sanctuary (Friday Night Live Vocal Mix) – Sancsoul
Many have always referred to DEEP as their Sunday musical sanctuary, so this track was an organic marriage for us. We had Oji and Una perform it live for my ‘LA United DJs’ album release party and tour date, as it was a featured track on the compilation. My parents were there that night! Very special.
3) Marques Wyatt – For Those Who Like To Get Down (Deep Sunday Retro Vibe Remix) – Om Records
This was my first solo production and it appeared that in some way the DEEP family took ownership of it; being homegrown and helping put LA on the map. The legendary Frankie Knuckles (RIP) and Lazy Dog (Ben Watt and Jay Hannan) were the first to feature it in their sets immediately after I handed them a test pressing at WMC that year.
4) Erro – Don’t Change (Joey Negro Negro Club Mix) – Z Records / Soul Heaven
This original demo version was already becoming a staple, but after Mr Negro added his midas touch, it became an aural juggernaut that everyone would sing the words with their hands in the air.
5) Louie Vega feat. Blaze – Elements of Life (Dance Ritual Mix) – MAW Records
This I would deem to be the most beautiful and emotionally driven of all of these picks. We actually had this performed live by the one and only Josh Milan for our congregation. Many shed tears. Unforgettable.