Ahead of his headline set on 15th November at Ministry of Sound, we have decided to roll back the years and rediscover some of Roger Sanchez aka S-Man's biggest beats and remixes
From a humble beginning in NYC to multi-year residencies in Ibiza; from digging in dusty crates to headlining festival main-stages around the world, Roger is truly a self-made man and and dance music star.
The crafting of Roger Sanchez, the DJ, started in the late 80s in Corona, Queens, where as a young man he was enticed by the early roots of hip-hop sprouting all over New York. Attending parties by the Bronx River and other jams as a break-dancer and graffiti artist, Sanchez was introduced to DJing through friends, trying his hand in an organic environment where his creativity behind the decks flourished from a few singles into an ambitious catalogue of over two thousand original productions and remixes.
The Underground Solution- Luv Dancin' (1999)
Under one of Roger's many different monikers, this release on Strictly Rhythm back in 1999 still has the ability to set any dancefloor alight to this day. The percussive house groove is layered with vibesing lounge synths and chopped vocal samples to provide an unmistakable house banger.
Roger S- Get Hi (1996)
This time under the name Roger S, Sanchez teams up with label Strictly Rhythm to release a limited edition one sided vinyl of "Get Hi". Another Roger classic here, featuring a grooving drum sequence and lush, subtle bass tones. Another absolute house classic.
Nu Solution- I Need You (1992)
Released way back in 1992 on One Records, Roger took yet another name change to relase "I Need You" under the alias Nu Solution. The sound however remains typically Sanchez. An UK Garage influenced beat goes hand in hand with the walking bass and Ibiza drenched keyboard stabs. Definitely one for a sunny afternoon on the beach.
Roger Sanchez- My Roots (2013)
In the words of the man himself, "The sounds that I started out with are back in a big way in the underground, and I just felt very inspired to create something that captures that party vibe. I went back to my grimy, dirty jackin' house sounds with this one, and it's very representative of my DJing technique with builds, big bass line drops and huge soaring vocals." This certainly feels like a more polished, modern interpretation of Sanchez' original vibe, and has been a perfect vehicle to re-establish himself amongst a new generation of fans.
Roger Sanchez- Another Chance (2001)
Realistically no Aural History of Roger Sanchez would be complete without the inclusion of this one. This is not only Sanchez' most successful record, but also one of dance music's most recognisable and anthemic tunes. Based around a sample of Toto's "I Won't Hold You Back," (yes the same Toto who did "Africa") "Another Chance" defined the summer of 2001 and even reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. Who could forget that big red heart in the video as well... iconic.
Daft Punk-Revolution 909 (Roger Sanchez Remix) (1998)
On remix duties for French powerhouses Daft Punk sees Sanchez provide the track with a techno infused dancefloor makeover. Paying homage to the Roland TR-909 drum machine, the monotonous kick and two note tech bassline certainly gives this track a bit of edge. Expect this one to be dropped late in on the night, for the hardcore ravers only.
Texas- I'll See It Through (2003)
A fairly surprising collab here, as Sanchez takes on Scottish band Texas's single "'ll See It Through". He provides the track with a fresh aesthetic, containing the essential elements to any Sanchez tune, a grooving percussion section with typically laid back string and keyboard layers. Combined with Sharlene Spiteri's mesmerising vocals, this is a perfect example of Sanchez breathing fresh life into a production.
No Doubt-Hella Good (Roger Sanchez Mix) (2002)
Continuing with Sanchez remixes, this one is perhaps another surprising combination. Again, it exhibits Sanchez' ability to transform a pop-song into an infectious house roller. With Gwen Stefani's unmistakable vocal, Sanchez goes to town on a classic tune, introducing blistering drums and euphoric vocal breakdowns.
Maroon 5 - Give A Little More (Roger Sanchez Remix) (2010)
On remix duties again, Sanchez transforms Maroon 5 - "Give A Little More". Unlike the previous two remixes, this has a fresher, more polished aesthetic and it wouldn't feel out of place in a David Guetta set. Once again this serves as an example of his versatility as a producer and demonstrates his ability to keep fans interested with his variation of production and a contemporary pallet of sound.
Huxley Feat. S-Man - "Callin" (2014)
Combining forces with house don Huxley, S-man's most recent collaboration on Will Saul's prolific AUS Music imprint is a modern day banger. A straight up house track with the force to get any dancefloor kicking off, Sanchez silences those doubts that he is past it. This fresh sounding summer groove will be one to remember for years to come.
Be sure to grab your tickets for Roger Sanchez at Ministry of Sound Club on November 15th.
Words: Louis Curran
28 Oct 2014