5 Tracks That Define My Collection: Adam Griffin
Adam Griffin is one of the founders of Perfect Havoc, the label behind a string of successful releases from the likes of Oliver Nelson, Tobtok, Karen Harding, Eat More Cake, Mahalo, Apres and many more. Now, Adam has taken an official step into the studio linking up with rising Swedish star, Tobtok to deliver an uplifting house monster, ’The Sting’. Adam cut his teeth at Sony/BMG, where he worked at its flagship dance label, INCredible, then also worked on a string of crossover dance hits for Direction Records. He promoted club nights at London’s legendary club, Hanover Grand as well as DJing at iconic venues such as The Cross, MoS, Turnmills, Egg and more, before making the swap to run his own indie in 2014. He hasn’t looked back since, but with a solid history in house music and his official debut release as a producer in his own right, we thought now would be the perfect time to find out which 5 tracks define his record collection.
Silicone Soul “Right On Right On” – VC Recordings
This has special memories for me as it came out when I started my first job working in the dance music industry. It was at the dance label INCredible/Sony. This coincided with getting a few warm up sets and eventually playing out at The Cross and a few other cool London venues. This track was magic and as they say if you get the ladies on the dancefloor the men follow. I love the wonderful bongo intro and it was a joy to mix it in on vinyl. You could see the instant joy on the crowds face as they recognised it. It came from two lovely gents. from Glasgow and was signed to VC recordings an ident of Virgin and went to chart worldwide.
D.Ramirez, Mark Knight and Underworld “Downpipe” – Toolroom
Picture the scene…Cream closing party Amnesia September 2009, Sasha all night long on the terrace. I was already having a belting evening and this came on. I didn’t know what it was called but instantly knew it was a classic. I only found out the name later when I got home and I heard it again on radio. Even though I wasn’t back at Cream it still sounded just as good. An anthem that will always stay with me and in my top five records of all time.
Inaura “Coma Aroma” (Perfecto Dub Mix) – Perfecto
Everyone that knows me well that’s into dance music and clubbing knows I don’t stop banging on and boring them about this Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osbourne Goa trance classic. This came just after Paul’s No.1 winning best ever Essential Mix, in which he alternated classical music and Goa Trance. He was about to approach his prime! During which he famously smashed his Cream residency, achieved Guiness Book of Records Status and was the official World’s No.1 DJ for a number of years. Musically I think it sits up there with Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Symphony” in summing up the ups and downs of life!
Electroliners “Loose Caboose” (Bassbin Twins Remix) – XL Recordings
I think this was the first time I ever heard breakbeat and it’s stayed with me. Still feels so wonderfully fresh and original. Is there a more diverse UK label ever, with such pinpoint A&R accuracy and the ability to deliver. Who would ever have thought they would go on to sign one of the worlds biggest selling and greatest artists called “Adele”…they always did!
Josh Wink “Higher State Of Consciousness” (Dex and Jonesey’s Higher Stated Mix) Manifesto Records
Released in March 1995 when I was 18 this totally blew me and the dance music world away. They famously gave a couple of teenagers the chance to remix it and it was that version which then sensationally hit no.7 on the UK singles chart. It put the 303 drum machine on the map.
Tobtok and Adam Griffin “The Sting” is out now on Perfect Havoc. Buy or stream here