The latest addition to Zouk’s stable of quality residents, Tirso Garcia aka JNR, has stepped up the plate to become one of Singapore’s next electronic dance music purveyors. Just as the Canadian-Filipino Singaporean permanent resident is culturally and ethically mixed, he is also musically diverse. From being exposed at the tender age of 11 to the sounds of Run DMC, The Cure and Herbie Hancock; to being immersed in club bangers from Chicago warehouse, New York garage and Detroit house and techno when he started mixing proper; JNR sure knows his way around the music. His current musical palate has grown to include soul, funk, disco and rare grooves. “It’s house music that you can’t tell if it was made in 1988 or 2010 which I dig. I like the periodic vagueness,” he says.
JNR’s top five selections:
“Just A Groove” by Glen Adams Affair
This to me is typical Friday / DISCO:VERY anthem. It’s feel good boogie that makes everyone dance!
“Flashlight (JNR’s Edit)” by Parliament
I recently did a re-edit of this for my Gilles Peterson WorldWide Fest set and fell in love with it again. I gave it the thump that it deserves and a hip hop swing to the beat.
“Work That Body (Larry Levan Mix)” by Taana Gardner
Another gem, that though it is an oldie, is poised to be a future classic anthem for Fridays.
“Just A Touch” by Slave
One of my musical influences and another block party jam. Need I say more?
“I’ll Do Anything For You Part 2” by Lee Mc Donald
There’s nothing like that happy Philly soul / disco sound to get me through the day. You can also expect to be uplifted by this song on any given Friday at Velvet by yours truly.