Ben Morris – Ministry Of Sound Classics Mix

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Ministry Of Sound’s Classics party has become a New Year’s Day fixture in Sydney, and it’s taking over the ivy again in 2013 for a feel-good kick-off to the year. This will be the event’s seventh run, and MOS has pulled together a stellar line-up for the occasion. Taking over two areas of the ivy, there’ll be classics from across the spectrum. Here’s how Sydney’s Ben Morris, a DJ with a deep collection to draw on, will be playing it.

What is the one record you’d guess you’ve played more times than any other?
What Else Is There (Trentemøller Remix) is probably my most played tune. I still get requests for it now. I also never get sick of hearing it.

And do you have a favourite feel good ‘one last tune’ classic for the end of the set?
Royksopp – What Else Is There (Trentemøller Remix) as per above. I think I finished my sets with this for almost two years. Another one I rinsed for years was Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (Daft Punk Remix).

Since we’re talking classics, is there a particular stretch of time in dance music’s history that you consider a kind of ‘golden age’?
The late 90’s to mid 00’s were great in terms of house. There weren’t really a million different sub-genres, it was all just good house music that could be played anywhere. No chinstrokers, no genre-Nazis, just good times.

Do you think the age-old phrase ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ applies to dance music? Is there something more special and enduring about records made decades ago than tunes being made now?
Yeah, totally. So many things sound the same these days as a result of it being easier to produce tunes for just about anyone with a computer. People don’t need loads of analogue gear and sample machines to whip a tune up. I also think the art of sampling in is not as huge as it was. Stardust’s Music Sounds Better With You, comes to mind. You just don’t hear things like this anymore.

What’s the plan for your set at Classics on New Year’s Day?
I really want to cover a few different decades and different styles of house on New Years Day. From late ‘90s to 2007, from funky house to prog and electro, without sounding too obscure. All of the tracks I hope to play have all been special to me at some stage since I have been DJing.


1. Feeling For You (Les Rythmes Digital Remix) – Cassius
2. Get Get Down – (Original Mix) – Paul Johnson
3. At Night – (Kid Creme Club Mix) – Shakedown
4. Madan (Martin Solveig Exotic Disco Mix) – Salif Keita
5. Thrill Me – (Original Mix) – Junior Jack
6. Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden Remix) – Tori Amos
7. Changes (vocal club mix) – Chris Lake, feat Laura V
8. I Found U (Remode Mix) – Axwell
9. No More Conversations (Mylo Remix) – Freeform Five
10.For Sale – Extended Mix Buy Now
11.Sigarium (Axwell Mix) – Star Baby
12.What Else Is There- (Trentemøller Remix) – Royksopp
13.David – (Darren Emerson Mix) – Gus Gus
14.Rocker – (Eric Prydz Remix) – Alter Ego
15.Exceeder – Mason
16.Passion – (Original Mix) – Gat Décor

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