Sharif D’s Top 5 Instrumental Dance Tracks

From the archive: This post was published on our original site, MyCityLife back on 30 May 2014

There’s just something about an organic musician that electronic artists will never feel: truly being at one with an instrument that is a direct extension of their body. While the turntables are the ultimate orchestra (and, thankfully, never talk back), there’s still something to be said about being an auditory craftsman, particularly with something as intricate and intimate as the saxophone. 

Institute of Popular Music graduate and producer, capable of churning out a track or throwing out a line on his Selmer Superaction 80, Series II, Sharif D has been busting his chops around Brisbane for almost a decade now. He remains the only unknowing and expressive link that ties the electronic arena to the live music one – even if the latter isn’t aware of it and doesn’t like it. Sharif brings a tone to house music that is underrated and misunderstood in the more pretentious improvisational instrumental side of Brisbane’s music scene. And coupled with Benn Hopkins on the wheels of steel, these two are a complete powerhouse; the ultimate bromance in electronically organic house music. With energies that complement and encourage each other – certainly, a dynamic patois that often goes over everyone’s heads – Benn Hopkins and Sharif D brings all things deeply funk to the dancefloor.

In the lead up to his fortnightly gig alongside Benn Hopkins at Laruche this weekend, Sharif D sits down with MYCITYLIFE and talks his Top 5 instrumental dance tracks.

Rose Rouge – Saint Germain

SHARIF’S FAVOURITE BITS: The tenor sax solo.
It’s jazz, it’s house, it will always be a classic

Sambanova – Pnau

SHARIF’S FAVOURITE BITS: Guitar
It’s audio silk and it complements the track so much. Without it, it wouldn’t be the same. It also symbolizes about the time I fell in love with dance music.  

The Music – Marcus Marr

SHARIF’S FAVOURITE BITS: the keyboards
Creative, vibrant, uplifting and just plain old fun.

At The River – Groove Armada

SHARIF’S FAVOURITE BITS: The trombone
Never heard until then that a trombone could be used in that light. It’s so melancholic, yet brings me peace every time I hear it. It’s like seeing an old friend after a long time away.

The Sound of Violence – Cassius 

SHARIF’S FAVOURITE BITS: The rock guitar
I love the layering of the funk guitars and rock lead. You hardly ever hear great rock guitar in dance tracks. Towards the end, it’s an all out party

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