This week, we spoke with Central Florida DJ Greg Anderson; Atlanta’s Joe Gauthreaux; and Provincetown, Massachusetts’ Maryalice.
Greg Anderson has been into Mat.Joe’s “Off Ma Mind” (Ejeca’s M1 mix). “Loving this simple deep house track that samples The Jets’ ‘Cross My Broken Heart’,” Anderson tells Billboard. “The infectious horns, ’90s-throwback synths and the bassline are what drives it. For a fuller vocal mix, the blueprint mix is great for crowds that like to sing along.”
The original “Cross,” from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, reached the top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 7) and Dance Club Songs (No. 8) charts in August 1987.
Anderson, who but for the pandemic would be playing at a variety of venues across Central Florida, including Iberian Rooster in St. Petersburg; Legends – A Night of Illusions at Fresco’s Speakeasy in Lakeland; and the LGBTQ+ Pride Skate at Skate World in Tampa, has also been dancing to Martin Ikin and Sammy Porter’s “Back to Funk” (extended mix). The DJ shares, “Great bass driven track with some sneaky samples of Duran Duran’s ‘Save a Prayer.’ I know this one would get a nice response.” “Prayer” peaked at No. 16 on the Hot 100 in 1985.
Additionally, Anderson, who hopes to be starting a new drag queen brunch gig in Sarasota soon, confesses his affinity for ATFC’s “Not Enough,” featuring Mia Mendez (extended mix), musing, “It’s got that funky house feel with female vocals that makes you move effortlessly. A great track for early, late late-night or brunch sets.”
Joe Gauthreaux has been jamming to Thomas Gold’s “Live a Little Louder” (extended mix). “This is such an uplifting anthem,” Gauthreaux tells Billboard. “It’s exactly what I think we all need right now with what’s going on. I know I do.”
The former New York City resident and now Atlanta-based Gauthreaux, who would normally be traveling across the country for gigs in addition to locally playing at The Heretic nightclub and at the Xion afterhours event at BJ Roosters, also heralds The Cube Guys’ “Keep on Runnin’,” featuring Olivera (aphrodisiac mix). The DJ says, “The Cube Guys always impress me with their versatility. This is a great early-night tech house track.”
Additionally, Gauthreaux, who’s looking forward to his birthday livestream this weekend, has also been into R Plus and Dido’s “Together” (Cedric Gervais remix). “Dido’s angelic vocal sounds better than ever over Gervais’ production,” Gauthreaux says.
Maryalice (full name Maryalice Kalaghan) has been enjoying The Vision’s “Mountains,” featuring Andreya Triana (Joey Negro live and direct extended mix). “If Joey/Dave is on a track, I’m playing it,” Maryalice tells Billboard. (Subsequent to this track’s release, Negro announced that he was changing his stage name to his given name of Dave Lee.) “I love lush productions and melody. He always delivers both.”
Maryalice, vibe manager and longtime resident DJ at the Boatslip Hotel and Beach Club in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts (normally the site of afternoon tea dances, but now a socially-distanced, reduced-capacity chaise lounge deck setting) is also savoring Chocolate Puma’s “Me Up,” featuring Chateau. The DJ raves, “Starts easy and then … bam, the piano kicks in. Fire!”
Additionally, Maryalice, who would also typically be spinning at Boston venues and at-large events, expresses excitement about Disclosure and Fatoumata Diawara’s “Douha (Mali Mali),” calling it, “perfect for the pool. I mean, it just has that melodic, sultry vibe.”
On the current Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, “Douha” debuts at No. 25, racking up 764,000 U.S. streams in the tracking week. It’s the sixth song from the act’s album ENERGY (expected Aug. 28) since March to hit the chart, and the third to surface as a Stay-at-Home DJ Pick, after Ray Rhodes chose the title track and Wes Wallace shouted out “My High” (Disclosure and slowthai).