DJ, Producer and Broadcaster, the exceptionally talented Marvin Humes boasts quite the resume and one that speaks outstanding volumes.
With the singing days of JLS firmly in his rear view mirror, Marvin has since focused his energy on DJ’ing and producing, something he can strongly relate to through his near 15 year career working within the music industry.
Influenced by such legends as Todd Terry, Frankie Knuckles and Masters At Work, the South Londoner has established a strong presence on the White Isle in recent years too.
This summer alone, Marvin has played for the likes of Disturbing Ibiza, Cream, Craig David’s TS5 Pool Party and more.
We recently caught up with Capital’s tireless tastemaker to discuss his 10 favourite Ibiza anthems of all time.
1. Massive Attack – ‘Unfinished Sympathy’
Absolute Ibiza classic. Undeniably a vintage, legendary record. I remember my dad playing it when I was a kid. To this day, it’s still got that beautiful haunting vocal that everyone absolutely loves. Great track for a sunset party.
2. Watermät – ‘Bullit’
From the first time I heard this tune, you just knew it was going to be a classic. I literally played it on Saturday at Café Mambo and it goes off. I saw David Guetta play it at Ushuaia a couple weeks ago. It’s the ultimate party track, no matter where you are or where you play it.
3. Chris Malinchak – ‘So Good to Me’
I remember the year it came out, I always used to close my sets with it. The bassline is so memorable, and the vocal is so good. Absolutely love this tune.
4. Kings of Tomorrow – ‘Finally’
Again, undeniable classic. I finished my set on this one at Hi Ibiza. Without the crowd even noticing, I restarted the track by mixing in another version, just to give it more minutes. I think the length of the tune is 6 minutes, I must’ve played an 8-minute version. Just because it’s an undeniable Ibiza classic with a great vocal from Julie McKnight.
5. Lapsley – ‘Operator’
This for me was the biggest tune in Ibiza last year on that sort of disco/funk vibe. It’s one of those timeless tunes that will be around in 10 years’ time. A record you’ll never get tired of. Definitely something I’ll always be playing.
6. Marvin Humes – ‘Troy’
I’ve got to say my own tune. I produced the record with Alex Adair, a good friend of mine. I wanted to make something that was tribal, driving and very percussive. I had the idea of sampling this Blondie record called ‘Rapture’. I got a girl in to sing it in Spanish, knowing I would be playing it in Ibiza all summer. It’s gone really well for me; a lot of DJ’s have played it.
7. Basement Jaxx – ‘Jump N Shout’ (Erik Hagleton Remix)
For me, the ultimate tune at the moment. It’s obviously a Basement Jaxx classic, but what Erik did with it is incredible. I literally play it in every single set. Erik actually came to see me play at Hi last Sunday, and it was a nice moment having him in the booth with me while I’m playing his song. It’s pretty cool.
8. Claptone feat. George Karen – ‘The Drums’ (Din Daa Daa)
Similar to the Erik Hagleton remix, it’s a driving tech house tune with a wicked vocal and wicked breakdown. With the build into the drop, you just whack up the dub echo on your mixer and it just works. It’s always a winner that track.
9. Jude & Frank Feat. Toto La Momposina – ‘La Luna’
Absolute Ibiza classic. As soon as you hear it, you’ll recognise it. If you’re an R&B and Hip-Hop fan, you’ll know Timbaland sampled it for ‘Timbo Indian Flute’. Obviously, a great Spanish vocal and classic Balearic tune. You can’t go wrong with that one. DJ S.K.T. just did his own remix for 2018, so check it out.
10. Fatboy Slim – ‘Right Here Right Now’ (CamelPhat Remix)
I’ve got to go with these guys because I’m loving their stuff at the minute. Their two of the best DJ’s around at the moment, absolutely smashing it. I love all their tunes, I can’t play a set without playing at least 2 or 3 of their tracks. Really great track for when you’re going into the final third of your set. I met the guys for the first time on Saturday at Ushuaia.
Marvin Humes next appears in Ibiza when he plays for Cream at Hï Ibiza on Sunday 9th September. You can purchase tickets here.