Junior Sanchez doesn’t need much of an introduction to house heads. He has been a producer, DJ and record executive for nearly three decades, working with some of the biggest names in dance and pop music along the way. He is gearing up to release his new album Under The Influence this Friday and we are happy to premiere one of the songs on the LP, “Magic.” In addition to the premiere, we also asked Junior Sanchez to give us the 10 songs that influenced the making of the album. They come all over the place including cuts from Masters At Work, MK, Urban Soul and Kerri Chandler.
“Magic” is one of the more straightforward dancefloor-friendly cuts on the LP. That does not make it any less compelling however. Sanchez crafts an impossibly funky bassline that has some old-school house vibes with a 1970s and 1980s club feel to it.
Stream “Magic” below before Under the Influence is released on August 25th.
To prep you for the album, Sanchez also gave us the 10 songs that influenced the making Under The Influence.
1. Shanice - I Like (Masters At Work 54 Dub)
This Masters At Work Dub ID is pure fire. Their remixing diamond time was in mid to late 90’s, and so many of the remixes they did at that time were some of the most unconventional dubs and absolute insanity. These guys always take it to another level!
2. MAW & Company Feat. Xaviera Gold - Gonna Get Back To You (Mood II Swing Big Thick Dub)
This is also a Masters At Work production, but this time remixed by Mood 2 Swing. John Ciafone & Lem Springsteen, what can I say these guys are a huge inspiration! Their drums and musicality are always on point.
3. Those Guys - Tonite (Original Colored Girls Mix) (Full Length)
This record was such a huge part of my childhood. I had this record in 7th grade and would bring it to school and hide it in my locker.
4. Black Riot - A Day In The Life (Club Mix)
This is a track was on a Profile Records compilation Best Of House when I was probably in 5th grade. This was my walk home from school soundtrack!
5. Urban Soul - Alright
This is one of my all-time favorite house joints. Urban Soul is Roland Clark’s house music studio alias and he’s one of the most versatile producers and DJs we have in our culture. From Flowers to South Street Player, he's is an amazing singer songwriter, DJ, and producer.
6. Incognito - Giving It Up (Uplifting Club Mix)
Can’t have a list without one of Roger's remixes. This Incognito mix was incredible, a beautiful vocal with a classy production that Roger was always known for.
7. Pepe Bradock - Deep Burnt
A great example of a classic French sound, Pepe really killed it! And this right here is a true-tested, timeless classic.
8. Kerri Chandler - Atmosphere ( LOST DUBS)
What can be said about Kerri that hasn't been said already? He’s a New Jersey native like myself, and he always has this signature tuff drum on top a pillow of bass.
9. THE B-52's - Tell It Like It T-I-Is (MK Underground Mix)
So we all know and are very aware of MK’s wide catalogue of remixes which often translate to hits. We know his Nightcrawlers remix of “Push The Feeling On" is now a classic, and he’s reworked everyone from Bette Middler to Celine Dion, and this one is from the B-52s is pure fire!! I still play it out today.
10. Roy Davis Jr ft Peven Everett - Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
This song is so beautiful that once you play it, it send shivers down your spine and makes your hair stand up all over. Roy Davis Jr literally made a classic with this record, along with Peven Everett. This will always be an inspiration to me.