-The Esquire 100 - Kevork Keshishian
Known as ‘DJ Diamond Setter’, the former-jeweller-turned-deejay has grown into one of the most go-to resident spinners in Dubai’s busy bar scene.
Between his resident gigs at Barbary, 40kong and El Chiringuito, he tailor-made Esquire a house party playlist…
‘E Nan Mian Nuku’ – El Rego et Ses Commandos
Set the mood early with a chilled, groove-driven Afro-beat track. This song is almost impossible not to tap your feet to.
‘Funky Boogie’ – John Ozila
By this time the mood in the party is well and truly set. Time to drop in a little light disco track to up the energy.
‘In The Bush’ – Michèle Claire
Is there anything more sensual than an attractive French woman making obvious double-entendres over funky guitar riffs? No, the answer is no.
‘Only You’ (Frankie Francis Disco Jam Edit) – Steve Monite
Now the party is pumping, it’s time to roll out a more base-driven disco jam.
‘Massa Kamba’ (Ben Gomori’s Massabbatical Edit) (Original Mix) – Amadou Balake
DJs silently judge other DJs by how wide their music knowledge is. To impress your guests, drop this track by Burkina Faso’s much-loved taxi-driver- turned-singer, Amadou Balaké.
‘L’Unica Chance’ – Adriano Celentano
There is something infinitely alluring about Italian 1960’s funk. Adriano Celentano had attitude by the bucket load.
‘Like Sugar’ – Chaka Khan
Seamlessly slide into the soulful sound of this Chaka Khan’s saccharine sweet tune. It’s addictive, like sugar.
‘Situation’ – Yazoo
This tune filled dance floors in the ’80s, imagine what it will do for your living room.
‘Lola’s Theme Recut’ (Dr Packer Remix) – Shapeshifters
“I’m a different person! Tuuuurn my life around.” This is a killer tune.
‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ – Sylvester
It’s high energy, it’s cheesy, and it works. Every. Damn. Time.
‘Cream’ – Prince
With the party winding down, I’d opt to round-off the playlist with one of the coolest men to have ever graced the stage. Party done.