Classic House Series Episode #33 – Bottom Heavy – Danny Tenaglia

Danny Tenaglia is called “the DJ’s DJ” for good reason.  After seeing firsthand the genre-less approach the legendary Larry Levan brought to the equally legendary Paradise Garage, Tenaglia vowed to one day create a club concept based on Levan’s bold foundation match with his own musical and experiential vision.  Tenaglia would achieve his dream years later after lengthy residencies at New York institutions Twilo and the Tunnel with his Be Yourself parties at Vinyl where he enjoyed complete creative freedom over every aspect of the music he was playing.  Danny would regularly sit the newest anthems right next to classic favourites from his childhood and extended marathon sets were the norm for this club veteran.  In addition, for an entire generations of clubbers, Danny Tenaglia also rules as the undisputed king of tribal house.

After releasing successful remixes for the likes of Jamiroquai and Madonna, Danny Tenaglia’s debut LP Hard & Soul arrived in 1995.  The title sums it up well:  the album is an infectious mix of the hard-hitting tribal rhythms and percussion that have become Tenaglia’s trademarks with deep, soulful basslines of the nastiest quality.  “Bottom Heavy” remains a standout cut and actually began life as a remix for 80s legends New Order’s track “World (The Price of Love).  When the mix was rejected by the band, Tenaglia asked for permission to release the track as his own minus the vocals and the track became an instant club anthem when released in 1994 on Tribal America Records.

With the original mix clocking in at over 13 minutes in length, this is a real treat for the dancefloor that doesn’t let up for a single moment.  Tenaglia’s debut single firmly establishes the blueprint for his signature dark, dirty, sexy tribal sound and would be best served in the early hours of the morning on a good, powerful sound system.