During entertaining month, we thought we'd take a break from blogging about dinner parties and delve into something a little more raucous: the all-out house party. Our friend Jason (aka DJ Intel) is a hard working mix-master who gets paid to make people dance. We figured he'd be the right person to go to for the ultimate house party playlist.
Jason is one of those mellow, grounded people who has the amazing ability to make a whole room of people start acting crazy. He's opened for hip-hop stars from Lupe Fiasco to the Wu-Tang Clan to Talib Kweli, and he has some of the best celebrity party stories we've ever heard. Here are his Top Ten picks and, in his words, why he chose them.
INTEL'S TOP 10 HOUSE PARTY ALBUMS (in no particular order)
- Since I Left You by The Avalanches: This album is a continuous mix of music. You can put it on and it just builds better and better straight through. There's never a dull moment.
- 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul: This album is 20 years old this year and it hasn't aged a bit. So many great jams. From "Magic Number" to "Me, Myself and I" it captures the party aesthetic perfectly.
- Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys: Licensed To Ill would be way too obvious. Ill Communication is very grown up. Paul's Boutique is the perfect balance. Fun lyrics and great production to make you move to. Always a good choice.
- The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest: I have some really great memories of Tribe Called Quest songs at parties from all of their albums so when it came down to picking one album is was next to impossible. They all deserve to be on here, but Low End wins because of "Scenario."
- House of Pain by House of Pain: "Jump Around" is the across cultures common denominator. Everybody gets down to that song. The rest of the album is fantastic to boot. It also brings in the rest of the Soul Assassin's family which allows me not to include Cypress Hill's first album on the list.
- Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde by The Pharcyde: I absolutely love this album. It's one of my favorites. Every song is so good. Just pick up a copy and give it a listen front to back and you'll know why I picked it.
- You've Come a Long Way, Baby by Fatboy Slim: There's a ton of great "electronica" albums out that are great for parties. I love The Prodigy, Daft Punk, etc., but I feel Fatboy Slim's album captures the best of everything. It's not to housey, not to breaky. It's right in the middle where everyone can agree on it.
- Fishbone by Fishbone: This album is just plain fun. Skank it out.
- Chocolate Factory by R. Kelly: Love or hate R. Kelly you have to agree the Pied Piper of RnB murdered it with this album. Party anthems and love tunes for days. This definitely belongs in your music library.
- In Search Of... by N.E.R.D.: There's so many great party tracks from the 90's and 2000's that all kill because of the Production work of the The Neptunes. In Search Of... is their solo album and it perfectly showcases what they're all about. If it doesn't make you move something is off with you.
• DJ Intel
• Interview from Centerstage Chicago