1. Fela Kuti – Water No Get Enemy
People call this one of the finest slices of Afrobeat ever. We replace the word Afrobeat with music, period.
So much meaning in one musical moment. Fela at his boldest.
2. Pointer Sisters - Automatic
Go on. Just shake your money maker. We know you’re dying to. No way to control it, it’s totally automatic.
3. Supercat/Notorious BIG – Dolly My Baby
If you slept on this the first time round, you’re about to hear the moment that Biggie revealed himself to be an
absolute lyrical genius. And who knew, before Diddy was Diddy, he was a dancehall daddy. Priceless classic.
4. Rahael Saadiq/Q-Tip – Get Involved
S-A-double and Tip on one killer jam. There is so much going on here musically we don’t know where to even begin.
So we won’t. We’ll just listen.
5. Modjo - Lady
Does anyone make sexier disco-infused house than the French. Epic pop.
6. Keni Burke - Keep Rising To The Top
Even if you don’t think you know Keni Burke, you do know Keni Burke. You’ve heard him on everything from
Mary J to LL and Kane. But there is nothing like the original. Simply huge this tune.
7. Ludacris – Area Codes
Everybody’s favourite on the hook, and Luda at his outrageous best on the rhymes. Ludacris owned everything
at this stage, including numerous ladies state to state.
8. George Benson – This Masquerade
Breezin’ is the George Benson album that changed the game in 1976, smashing the charts and bringing smooth
jazz to the masses. And there is nothing smoother than George scatting along with his oh so slick guitar work here. Big.
9. The Doors – Light My Fire
Pure LA-drenched, blues-filtered 60s psychedelic rock like only the Doors do. That organ run is still fresh every time.
10. Eve/Gwen Stefani – Let Me Blow Your Mind
The vocals are pure swagger, but the real star here is Dre and his killer beats. Dance floor murder for the honeys.
11. Mariah Carey/Busta Rhymes – I Know What You Want
A big night out or in. When this tune drops you don’t know whether to ride in your drop top, hit the club, chill with your
better half, take a long bath and get down and dirty. We just like to let it play. Again and again.
12. Billy Paul – Me and Mrs Jones
If you’re going to be associated with one tune, it may as well be this evergreen classic. Secret love affairs never
sounded so desirable. Got a thang going on.
Good music is the driving force behind everything we do here at Twelve Bar.
That’s why we’ve been digging through the Twelve Bar vaults to pull out our favorite tunes for your browsing and
listening pleasure, and keeping our ears to the ground for what is fresh now and in the future. And then we’re putting
them altogether into a delicious musical gumbo and serving you a fresh bowlful of twelve select tracks every week.