Which of this shortlist of Dennis Ferrer bangers is best?

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Like me, Dennis Ferrer's biggest anthems only get more lovable with age. But which is best?

If you think there are other Ferrer tunes that deserve to stand alongside (or even replace) any of these fierce, fearless and flawless tracks, look, I disagree.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (DF's Attention Vocal Mix) 3
Fish Go Deep - The Cure and the Cause (Dennis Ferrer Remix) 2
Dennis Ferrer - Son of Raw 1
Dennis Ferrer - Church Lady 1
Dennis Ferrer - Touched the Sky 1
Son of Raw - A Black Man in Space (Sax Mix) 1
Dennis Ferrer - Transitions 0
Son of Raw - A Drumstick and a Light Fixture 0


Tim F, Thursday, 11 April 2019 07:50 (two months ago) Permalink

The head says 'Hey Hey', the heart says 'The Cure And The Cause', but for actual head spinning off dancefloor euphoria it's probably Touched The Sky.

Matt DC, Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I TOUCHED THE! SKY! SKY! SKY! SKYYYYYYYYY! I TOUCHED THE SKYYYYYYEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYY!

Matt DC, Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:03 (two months ago) Permalink

of these? Son of Raw i guess

but, with a free vote? Walking into the sunshine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lsYxZdVRo8

saer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Might be being a bit generous here, sounds pretty much all Kerri

saer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm going to say Dennis was down the shops when Kerri was rolling that out

this sounds more like a Dennis track, from same record, going with this as alternative write in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE7iIFyEJOc

saer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Black Man In Space was a happy charity shop buy for me. Need to check the rest.

Armand Frippanino (Noel Emits), Thursday, 11 April 2019 08:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Sax Mix obv

groovemaaan, Thursday, 11 April 2019 09:42 (two months ago) Permalink

No, gotta change again, for Didn't I Wait?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6amW0duASp0

Still feels more Kerri than Dennis, but you can feel them both in this one. This a great record!

saer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 09:44 (two months ago) Permalink

agree w/ saer

"son of raw"

kerri >>> dennis

the late great, Thursday, 11 April 2019 16:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Kerri collaborations just sound like Kerri to em. Even more than Jerome collaborations just sound like Jerome.

And in the context of this thread the framing of Kerri >>> Dennis ignores (or notices but specifically rejects) the winning mersh crossover sensibility that Ferrer brings to his best solo work. Which, okay, you do you, but I think it misses the point a bit.

Tim F, Thursday, 11 April 2019 21:29 (two months ago) Permalink

*Kerri to me

Tim F, Thursday, 11 April 2019 21:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Kerri collaborations just sound like Kerri to em.

No argument there, it may have been a mistake to post them - the second one of the three not quite so much but maybe not quite in the spirit of thread!

Whats mersh?

saer, Friday, 12 April 2019 06:10 (two months ago) Permalink

mersh is a feeling

the late great, Friday, 12 April 2019 06:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

also FYI i just realized i always hear the loco dice remix in my head when i think of “son of raw”

the late great, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 04:00 (one month ago) Permalink

why listen to sax mix when you can listen to hi tech jazz

the late great, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:06 (one month ago) Permalink

i don't know, i always wanted to like this guy more but he's so stiff and unfunky! and on top of that grossly polished

like even "drumstick and a light fixture" is weirdly stiff

the late great, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:11 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry, i'm missing the point, aren't i

the late great, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:43 (one month ago) Permalink

The head says 'Hey Hey', the heart says 'The Cure And The Cause', but for actual head spinning off dancefloor euphoria it's probably Touched The Sky.

This, more or less

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:43 (one month ago) Permalink

(not meant as a response to you, tlg, but maybe it works anyway)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:46 (one month ago) Permalink

Those Kerri collabs are fine but they're very much genial hat tip moments and all the better for that. What unifies most of the tracks Tim's grouped together here is a sense of the epic and a willingness to be ridiculous. It was actually surprisingly rare for 00s US house records to work their way to the UK high street and Dennis managed that two or three times. (It helped that The Cure & The Cause was part of the DNA of UK funky and Hey Hey was adopted big style).

The stiffness is part of the point I think, I've heard so many remixes of Hey Hey but none of them work as well when the playfulness of the vocal is divorced from the soulless robot drums.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 07:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Lol I have been meaning to come back and right basically the same post that Matt just did.

Ferrer does sound stiff and unfunky compared to Chandler, which, yeah, is the point. His solo work is the point where soulful/deep US house/garage intersects with crass big room commercial house a la The Freemasons to mutual benefit. But you can also draw a very short straight line from Ferrer to, say, John Tejada’s “Sweat (On The Walls)”, and a whole host of other hooktastic tech-house tracks.

Even ‘A Drumstick and a Light Fixture’, which is basically a ‘Bar a Thym’ rip-off, is also operating according to a somewhat different groove logic to Chandler.

Ferrer never bumps and bustles like Chandler does (side note inquiry: it’s perhaps precisely that bumping/bustling quality - what I think of as the “Jersey garage” sensibility - that stood in between Chandler and commercial success commensurate with his talent) - the grooves sound slower, more patient, but also more... blocky? I always feel like I can hear him dropping each pattern into a computer program.

And that sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not! It’s precisely that programmatic sense of build, feeling each element come in and feeling the momentum build in this entirely predictable but irresistible manner until it overwhelms, like your favourite fantasy that you should be tired of but somehow it still does the trick every time - that’s what I love about Ferrer.

Tim F, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:04 (one month ago) Permalink

*write basically the same post.

Tim F, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 25 April 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I'd never heard the Kerri album before but that Didn't I Wait track would be pushing for inclusion in a Kerri XI though Kerri could put out two XI's both of which could challenge City for the title despite not knowing any of their names because who knows anything about names apart from police informants

saer, Thursday, 25 April 2019 06:52 (one month ago) Permalink


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