Wow, what can I say about GMAN. First off, he’s an absolute pillar of the Vancouver scene. Back in the day, all I hoped to accomplish was playing a gig for him. It was a real honor when that happened. He asked me to take part in the Redbull 3 style too, which was huge for me. As we got to know eachother better, I realized everything I knew about him was true, but there was so much more to him. His work ethic, and the way he treats people really inspires me, I don’t know anyone that works as hard. His ear for talent is always way ahead of the curve, you’ve never seen a wack DJ at GMAN’s parties. And it’s not just parties. He owns Timebomb, who distribute the best brands across Canada. Plus Livestock! And now Fortune Sound, Vancouvers best club, both for sound and bookings. How he does it all, with family and everything, I have no idea. He’s done so much for me, and everyone else in Vancouver over the years that I can’t even recap it in proper form. He was a big supporter of White Light series from the start, and even sponsored us to press copies of the first 20 mixes! I’m really thankful that we’ve grown to be good friends; it was great to spend a few days with him in Berlin and show him around my new city. Every time I head back to Vancouver, Fortune is my first stop. He was such an obvious choice to feature in Sweet Sixteen. I’ll never stop signing the praises for Garret Louie!
Sweet Sixteen 005 – Garret ‘GMAN’ Louie
(Time Flies, Airplanes Crash)**
It’s virtually impossible to have ’16 favourite tracks of all time’ , but I tried to put 16 tracks down where each one represents a ton of other songs in a stage of my life. It’s a little journey in chronological order of when I can remember the start of my love for music until now. I tried to think of more timeless classics that I would listen to forever rather than music that I just dig now and maybe not 10 years from now. I give you..
Time Flies, Airplanes Crash
[DL] Sweet Sixteen 005 – Garret ‘GMAN’ Louie (ZIP FILE)
1. Frank Zappa – Peaches En Regalia
I went to a unique small school where songs like Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Peter Tosh and Jimi Hendrix were the top requests at the high school dance. Frank Zappa was huge for us and this song & Frank for that matter is genius.
2. Jacob Miller – We A Rockers
This track reminds me of how big I was into reggae & dancehall music. Just some mellow roots shit. The sound track that this song came from is one of those records that is from top to bottom amazing.
3. Bad Brains – Sailin On
After reggae music for me came punk rock & hardcore. Bad Brains just blew me away when I heard them. A bunch of black dude rastas ripping this hard? Sign me up. One of my all time favourite bands and before I die I vow to bring them to Vancouver.
4. Devo – Big Mess
I really could have picked any Devo song. When you listen to their music now even, they were so far ahead of their time.
5. The Smiths – Heaven Knows Im Miserable Now
The Smiths are on rotation for life.
6. Cutty Ranks – The Stopper
Dibby dibby dj, dibby dibby dj. The song comes in so hard. Oh what? A hip-hop beat mixed with dancehall? Dope. After Cutty Ranks it was all about Supercat, Papa San, Jamalski etc…
7. Public Enemy – Timebomb
One of my all time favourite hip-hop groups. Id say this and the rest of the Def Jam artists is what really got me into hip-hop. I 1st heard this song when the Beastie Boys gave an award at the Grammys, and before they gave the award they played this song from their ghetto blaster and started dancing around like the rap goofs that they were. I had to find that song and this is it. Side note…my distribution is called Timebomb.
8. Inner City – Good Life
This song could have been Aly Us Follow Me, Frankie Knuckles, Fingers Inc etc etc… This song reminds me of when I started promoting in old abandon warehouses and sick spaces. Everything was new, exciting and fresh.
9. Bob James – Nautilus
My step father was a professional jazz guitarist and this was one of the records that I raided from his collection. Such an ill tune with probably the most famous sample being Ghostfaces Daytona 500, but there was really over a dozen hip-hop artists that have sampled from this song (Pete Rock, Run DMC, Murs, Ultramagnetic MCs, Jeru The Damaja, Eric B & Rakim, Jazzy Jeff to name a few). I really started digging for rare grooves and got off on finding samples for a pretty long period of my life. Then re-issues and the internet came around which really took the fun out of the hunt.
10. Stevie Wonder – As
Stevie will go down as one of the best concerts I have ever seen. Well Im sure you would have to be a Stevie fan like me, but if you ever get a chance to see him, do it! Bucket list that one.
11. TLC – Silly Ho
There was a big R&B era for me. When this song came out, it wasnt a massive deal to me, but I recently revisited this as started to really appreciate it allot. Sick beat, stupid lyrics…nothing to serious. Maybe I just like the name.
12. Sade – Paradise
Sade is just timeless and classic and this song is one of many of hers that is amazing.
13. R.Kelly Ignition (Remix)
I dunno. Quite possibly my favourite r&b song of all time? How can you not just sing along when you hear it?
14. El Guincho Bombay
I dont know what the hell the he is saying but I dig it. The video enhances the whole song for me. YouTube it and make sure you see the non clean version.
15. Tanlines – Real Life (Memory Tapes remix)
This song just brings me to a happy place and reminds me of summer. Or in Vancouver when its mostly not summer, I can at least pretend that its summer.
16. Grimes – Oblivion
Some Canadian content. We had the pleasure of having Grimes perform in the club and it sounded mad tight on the Funktion-One. Im a fan and I hope she blows the f%*k up
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