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4 local DJ acts share what they’re listening to right now

The DJs featured in Fashion Quarterly Issue 2 2019 share their favourite songs of the moment.

They’re responsible for bringing the good vibes to the dance floor, from fashion events to late night discos. We asked some of New Zealand’s top DJs to share the tunes you need to find your groove – and have collated them all into one easy-to-listen-to playlist.

Give their playlist a spin below.


China and Rain Katayanagi
Twins, DJs and models

“Our fave songs always change but our fave song mood always stays the same. We love songs that actually make you feel something. You’re not even listening to the songs, you can actually feel it. The songs we have chosen aren’t even the same genre but still give the same feeling. They always feel so gloomy and euphoric at the same time. WE LOVE GLOOMY SONGS.”

The Great Below – Nine Inch Nails
Slide On Me – Frank Ocean
Mile High – James Blake feat. Travis Scott and Metro Bloomin
Voices In My Head – Sbtrkt feat. A$AP, Ferg and Warpaint
Never Catch Me – Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar


Soraya Lapread
Producer and DJ

“These are some of my go-to vibes on the dance floor right now as far as newer music. I’m listening to a lot of afro beat, baile Funk and of course rap. I usually like to spin a wide variety of music, I’ll play tracks from the 60’s all the way to 2019, from all around the world. It’s nice to play music that people might not have heard before but can vibe to instantly.”

Boasty Ft. Idris Elba – Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul
Drogba (Joanna) – Afro B. Produced by Team Salut
Bum Bum Tam Tam (KondZilla) – MC Fioti
Drop Out – Lil Pump
Doja Cat – Tia Tamera ft. Rico Nasty


Sin Howard
George FM Jockey and DJ

Something In The Water – Harvey Sutherland
“This is my lazy Sunday selection”.

Sneaking Hotdogs into People’s Pockets – Tiger Stripes
“HUGE tune – there’s just something about synths, a female vocal and a 4×4 that gets me”.

Watch What Ya Doing – Patrick Topping
“A darker side to Patrick Topping that I didn’t know that I needed. Techno heads will love this one”.

Greensmoke – Imugi
“With roots from both Aotearoa, and South Korea Imugi make effortlessly cool bedroom music”.

Love At First Sight – Kylie Minogue
“A staple in my DJ sets at the moment, I’m here to make you feel like a y2k princess”.


Jaimie Webster Haines
Zootmusic co-founder, designer and DJ

 Palco – Gilberto Gil
“Gilberto Gil is one of Brazil’s most legendary artists and he’s been recording since the early 1960’s. This track was recorded in 1981 and really works on the dance floor with its massive underground disco production style and amazing horn section. I love this era of great Brazilian music!”

Last Night – Nathan Haines (2019 remastered version)
“I was maybe a little young to have been into this album when it first came out in 1994, but my mum had it on CD (like most of my friend’s parents!) and this year Nathan celebrates 25 years since its release with a vinyl/CD re-release with some great brand new remixes from his mates Julien Dyne, P-Money and Frank Booker. Nath was only 22 when he recorded this but it still sounds like him now, or rather it was the blueprint for his ‘sound’ and hugely influential on a lot of NZ musicians and producers.”

Stop Ou Encore – Plastic Bertrand (Disconet Remix)
“A very cool track from 1980 by French dance/electronic band Plastic Bertrand remixed by Disconet. A fave of mine and has been for a while now…it exudes cool and style! Recently I played a set for the exclusive preview of Isabel Marant Mainline at Workshop clothing in Ponsonby where my love of 1970’s/80’s French disco was the perfect match. I’m an 80’s kid at heart!”

Judge Not – Phenomenal Handclap Band (Ray Mang Disco Mix)
“This has been my summer anthem! These guys are from NYC and led by producer Daniel Collas and they’ve backed people like Amy Winehouse and work with Mark Ronson. Ray Mang is a TRUE NYC DJ legend and has been around for almost 30 years doing cool remixes. We bought last year as soon as it came out, and that same night we heard Gilles Peterson play it when he came to NZ! It really works on the dance floor and has a relentless energy firmly rooted in the US gospel tradition.”

Let’s Wade in the Water – Marlena Shaw
“Nathan first recorded with Marlena Shaw in 2003 on his album “Squire for Hire” and they became good friends. I’ve hung out with Marlena many times over the years, including when she came to NZ in 2006 to play with Nathan and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra! She took home an outfit from my current Jaimie collection at the time and sent me a photo of her wearing it – career highlight! She is the epitome of cool and one of my all-time favourite singers. She is the real deal and this song showcases her sassy vocal delivery with some amazing late 1960’s production. I often play this to a packed dance floor to finish off my sets, and it sends people into a frenzy every time. I never know what to follow it up with as it’s just so good!”


Listen to all the DJ’s top picks on Spotify:

Interviews: Jessica-Belle Greer
Photography: Mike Rooke

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