As we celebrate his forthcoming release ‘Comfortably Numb Remix’ on Playup, we sit down with Australian party starter Sir Winston as he ID’s the tracks that shaped his career.

Armand Van Helden – Little Black Spiders

The first time I heard Armand Van Helden’s track “Little Black Spiders” I was on one in a club and it hit me like a meteor. I couldn’t believe I was hearing this massive heavy metal guitar riff blasting through the club. It’s so dark and spooky and so different from anything else that was being played in clubs around the time. It’s fierce and intense: with the pumping drums, the haunting vocal, and the killer guitar riff sample (The Scorpions’ Bad Boys Running Wild). It has so much character – a proper dark club anthem for late-night super weirdos. Being originally from a rock music background and then discovering dance and electronic music, my mission was to merge the two styles. I remember hearing little black spiders and thinking – yasssss! – what I want to do will work in a club.

Laurent Garnier – Crispy Bacon

Crispy Bacon was the first proper techno banger I was obsessed with and I still am today. The driving production is amazing with killer synth sounds. It’s been a constant grab over the years to pull out at a recovery and get everyone back on their feet. There is something very precise and intellectual about the parts and the structure but it’s simple at the same time. It’s sophisticated and chaotic. A true classic – a masterpiece really. 

Fatboy Slim – Praise You

I think if Praise You by Fatboy Slim was released today it would still be a hit. It was a real lesson in how to be clever with samples. Sampling Fat Albert theme – so cool. It’s such a fun upbeat, vibe. It’s really stood the test of time. It’s the soundtrack to the ultimate beach party. A really funky fun track.

Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At

A total classic banger! The first day I heard it I played it over and over and over again. I still play it all the time – it’s amazing. It keeps me in the gym that extra 5 minutes. The video is insane – funny and clever.  Sampling Gary Newman was a genius. Proper chaos and mayhem. 

Jamie xx – Gosh

Stunning and remarkable video – wow. Another track with a really cool use of samples. There’s something special and unique about this track. I think it’s the most played song every year on my Spotify since it was released, and I’ve watched the video dozens of times. Love it!

The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be

I’ve always aspired to merge rock influences with dance music and this track really does it so well. Noel Gallagher’s vocals and lyrics are gold and sit so well over the music. Was meant to be this track – something just perfect about it – still sounds awesome to this day. It’s uplifting and super positive -= a real classic. 

The Chemical Brothers – The Golden Path

I’m a massive fan of the Flaming Lips and Wayne Coyne. They have always inspired me. This track was a collab made in heaven.  His vocal and lyrics over the Chemical’s awesome production are really honest and uplifting. It’s a fun positive journey that builds really well. I love the clever parts of it. A fun happy rocker. 

Fred Again – Jungle

One of my fave tracks of the last year or so. The vocal is amazing with killer lyrics and the production is dope too. It drops so fat and pumps so hard with the crazy loud synths and bass. It has this twisted weirdness to it. Very addictive track.

The Prodigy – Breathe

Prodigy blew me away – they were so punk rock and they looked amazing and sounded incredible. The main riff in this track is killer, insane production across this whole album. They dominated for so long and were amazing live. They were very inspirational to me. They showed me that dance music could have really strong elements of punk rock to it and be super intense and dangerous.

LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean

Big LCD fan. It’s a very unusual song. It has this strange sparse start. The lyrics are killer. And then it drops and we’re all off to the races. It’s the soundtrack to a million late nite parties and cocaine hangovers. Inspired me to approach structure differently and to be unconventional.

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