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Tiffany Calver: ‘I love garage, I grew up being force-fed it by both my parents’

Tiffany Calver
‘I’m a sucker for baile funk’ ... Tiffany Calver.

The track I always play to rescue a dancefloor
Cardi B: Bodak Yellow

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Of course! The national anthem. I love the unity that you feel in the room wherever in the world you might be playing it. Every city, every club, every vibe, Bodak Yellow brings people together.

The track that currently gets the most rewinds
Sia: Little Man (Wookie remix)

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I love garage. I grew up being force-fed it from both of my parents. It’s a genre that naturally gives people pure joy, so when I throw in a few garage tracks unexpectedly, the reaction is always nuts. Little Man is at the forefront of my “Hadouken” tracks, the name I drunkenly gave to songs I’ll throw in to get a reaction.

The track I’d play to show off my eclectic tastes
MC Fioti: Bum Bum Tam Tam

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This is my jam. I’m a really big sucker for baile funk, and I love how a producer called Sango can fuse such a special genre with 808s and other elements found in rap production that get you jumping.

The track that’s been unfairly slept on this year

Anything and everything by Ms Banks. She’s one of the hardest rappers out.

The track that got me out of bed this morning
Slum Village: Get Dis Money

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Slum Village, J Dilla, Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and music from that era will always help me get out of bed on the right side. The lyrics are about getting out and getting paid; motivation to not waste another five hours in bed, as much as I’d love to.

The track I’d play at my auntie’s wedding
Donny Hathaway: A Song for You

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I’ve never played a wedding before. I don’t know if that would be my strong point; I’m more of a moshpit-maker. But this song can bring even the heartless people of the world to tears.

The track I’d play at my funeral
Crime Mob: Knuck If You Buck

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Not your typical casket song, but if anyone knows me, they know that this absolutely has to be played as I’m laid to rest. My funeral car needs to have 20-inch rims, the pastor needs to have grills like he could have been in a Nelly video, and everyone in attendance has to wear a baggy white tee like they’re a member of Dem Franchize Boyz. My wake will be a warehouse rave hosted by Boiler Room, with sticky floors, condensation dripping off of the ceiling and the aroma of cigarettes, beer and BO.

This article titled "Tiffany Calver: ‘I love garage, I grew up being force-fed it by both my parents’" was written by Harriet Gibsone, for The Guardian on Friday 5 January 2018 11.00am


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