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March 19 2020

Staff Selection – Iris Willemsen

Kicking off our new biweekly segment, Staff Selection! Each member of our team will curate a playlist filled with tracks that have a story behind it. This can be a fun memory or something with an emotional meaning: anything is possible! First up, Junior PR Manager Iris Willemsen. She filled this playlist with some of her best (party) memories and some all-time favourites.

Listen to the playlist here and read all about it below!

Chris Lorenzo – ‘Intro’
Chris is the one who got me into house music when I was a teenager. He’s mostly known for his Jackin’ UK house, but this is one of his deeper tracks. His diverse producing style will forever enchant me. Check out his album ‘Destroy The Image’ and you’ll get why.

Mac Miller – ‘Good News’
Mac was an exceptional musician. This track from his posthumous released album hits you right in the feelings. I did my thesis on mental health (specifically amongst dance artists) and the lyrics of this track address what can go on in an artist’s head.

Hot Natured feat. The Egyptian Lover – ‘Isis (Magic Carpet Ride)’
Very good vibes and good memories from this tune, one to relax with.

Raving George & Oscar and The Wolf – ‘You’re Mine’
A masterpiece of Charlotte de Witte’s pseudonym Raving George.

Girls of the Internet feat. Peven Everett – ‘Love Delicious’
Anything with Peven on the vocals is set to be a hit. No exception on this collab with the amazing Girls of the Internet – check them out!

KAYTRANADA feat. Syd – ‘YOU’RE THE ONE’
Been a fan of his sound for so long, it’s so distinct. Went to his concert back in 2016, hope he will do another tour for his latest album!

Bob Moses – ‘Enough To Believe In’ (Jamie Jones Remix)
This one has become a classic. I think everyone has heard this one at least once in their life, always brings a smile to my face.

KiNK – ‘Strings’
One of my absolute favourites, a beautiful track. Have seen him play a couple of times now, his sets are simply amazing. The vinyl I’m holding in this Spotify artwork is actually the EP (Valentine’s Groove) where you can find ‘Strings’ on.

and.id – ‘Erotica’ (Subb-Ann Terrace Remix)
A true club track that always gets me going. Random fact: I always listen to this track whenever a plane takes off where I’m in. It’s very superstitious, but this makes me feel safer and “guarantees” for me that the plane will land safely later.

Armand van Helden feat. Duane Harden – ‘You Don’t Know Me’
It brings me back to Disclosure playing this tune at DGTL. We were all smiling, dancing and singing along. I can simply describe this track as pure happiness.

Octave One feat. Ann Saunderson – ‘Black Water – Full Strings Vocal Mix’
Happy feelings all over. Takes me back to a lot of parties where this one was usually played last, simply to end on a joyful note.

Hot Since 82 feat. Jem Cooke – ‘You Are the Light’
Knowing the story behind the entire album where this track is featured on, every time I hear this track makes me emotional. Daley truly translated his feeling into music here.

Mall Grab – ‘Liverpool Street In The Rain’
I really dig Mall Grab’s style, has such a good energy to it. Love working with this playing in the background.

Egbert – ‘Elektriciteit’
This brings me back to a festival a few years ago, had the most perfect day with some friends. Egbert was playing, we didn’t miss one minute.

ZHU – ‘Faded’
When I started studying at the University of the Arts in Utrecht, we used to have this one on repeat. Great times!

Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (Tale Of Us & Mano le Tough Remix)
This song has a personal meaning. Listen to it and I guarantee you will be moved.

RÜFÜS DU SOL – ‘Solace’
These three guys are incredible! They were my absolute highlight of ADE ’19. This track brings tears to my eyes, such a beautiful piece.

A Touch Of Class feat. Pete Konemann – ‘Around the World (La La La La La)’
My friends and I were in a cab to a festival, fully jammed to this one. Hearing this track instantly takes me back to this amazingly fun day.

Listen to the full playlist here.

Iris Willemsen, Staff Selection