San Proper

San Proper’s top 10 farmer tracks

Rural joints and inspirational heroes from Amsterdam’s finest.

For the past 15 years, Amsterdam native DJ San Proper’s eclectic cocktail of noise has cemented his reputation as one of Amsterdam’s most cherished DJs. Whilst most respected for his prolific disco and house spinning, his eclectic genre-mixing sets – as well as his one man live show – have been an ever-reliable fixture in the current house and techno landscape, and he’s released on respected institutions like Perlon, Dekmantel and Rush Hour.

In anticipation of his set at Farmfest this weekend, he’s kindly shared a collection of his top 10 farmer tracks. Kick back and read on…

For this selection of Farmer Tracks, I have chosen to include some rural joints, as well as some my favourite inspirational heroes. I have been a fan of the Stranglers and their early work since the age of 10 and I wanted to add the track “Peasant in the big Shitty” taken from their first album. Baris Manco, this Turkish hero, is an amazing performer and quite a character – I found out about him a couple of years ago through Young Marco, this track “Yaz Dostum” is one of the best, but also check his version of “Hal Hal”.

Tony Allen is one of the best drummers, he was the machine behind Fela Kuti, but he still performs a lot. This track is just one of his amazing repertoire. Theo Parrish also has lightened up my life for decades, this track “Overyohead” I have discovered when I played his mixtape “Live in Detroit” a long time ago in Ibiza of all places…where I’m at right now coincidently.

Talking Heads “Slippery People” taken from their concert-movie “Stop Making Sense”, it will make a lot of sense, trust me. Watch the whole movie. My brother shows this to me when I was a mini-Proper. Hunee is a great producer and an excellent producer in my opinion. This track really embodies the summer-feel I am experiencing, actually got a little sunburn going right now. Derrick L. Carter has been producing those tracks I wanna hear for decades too.

This freaked out joint entitled “Friends” will rock the farm for sure. Pay attention to the lyrics please. Cajmere has written this anthem “Let me be” a long time ago, but it still speaks for itself and stands up for itself too. Canned Heat is a Californian band on acid and under the assumption they are making Blues-music, if I’m right. “Goin’ Up the Country” fits this list in a strange way and love to leave you all with another classic. Take care and see you all this Saturday. “L.O.V.E.” San.

1. The Stranglers – Peasant In The Big Shitty

2. Barış Manço – YAZ DOSTUM

3. Tony Allen – The Same Blood

4. Theo Parrish: Overyohead

5. Talking Heads – Slippery People

6. Hunee – Rare Happiness

7. Derrick L. Carter – Friends (The 1:00 Club)

8. Cajmere (Underground Goodies Vol. IV) – Let Me Be

9. Canned Heat – Going Up The Country

10. San Proper – L.O.V.E

San Proper plays Farmfest at Gilcombe Farm, Somerset, 29-30 July. Info and tickets here.