If you’ve ever grooved to Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional” on a packed dancefloor or lost yourself in Diana Ross’s “The Boss” in the 90s, then you’ve felt the touch of David Morales—the Grammy Award-winning American house music DJ and record producer of Puerto Rican descent. Born in the cultural melting pot that is New York City, Morales is more than just a notable figure listed on Wikipedia. To aficionados and newcomers alike, he’s akin to a musical prophet who has shaped the landscape of house music and club culture.
Many revere David Morales as one of the godfathers of house music, sharing this illustrious title with other luminaries like Frankie Knuckles, Shep Pettibone, Todd Terry, Eric Kupper, and Masters At Work Together, they’ve constructed the very foundations of a genre that has transcended time and geographical boundaries. Simply put, Morales doesn’t just participate in this realm; he owns it.
The first time David Morales entered my sonic sphere was back in 1991 with his groundbreaking rework of Shawn Christopher’s “Another Sleepless Night.” This track alone was enough to convert me into a loyal follower, an experience shared by countless others. It’s only fitting that we commence our four-volume tribute series with this transformative song. While this tribute isn’t intended to be an exhaustive compilation of his extensive discography, it aims to serve as a vibrant introduction to the indelible moments Morales has contributed to the world of dance music.
Morales’s influence is pervasive, touching classics across various artists and genres. His remix of Alison Limerick’s “Where Love Lives (Come On In)” takes the track from merely memorable to unforgettable, instilling it with an added layer of club-ready beats and rhythms. Similarly, his collaborative project, “In De Ghetto” with The Bad Yard Club and Crystal Waters, sets a gold standard for what house music can achieve in terms of storytelling and atmosphere.
Another iconic remix is of Basement Jaxx’s “Bingo Bango,” where Morales’s touch turns it into a dancefloor filler of the highest order. His work is not confined to just one genre or one set of voices. With “Needin’ U,” under the alias The Face and featuring Juliet Roberts, Morales demonstrates his versatile talent in producing dance anthems that defy categorization. His influence even extends to the realm of pop, as exemplified by his remix of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” a rendition that gives the boy band classic a dancefloor-friendly makeover.
At Party Favorz, we believe that honor and respect are best expressed through action. That’s why we are thrilled to pay tribute to David Morales—an unparalleled artist whose influence has been nothing short of revolutionary in shaping the house music scene. As you journey through this curated series, you’ll not just be listening to music; you’ll be experiencing pieces of history that have been redefined by the masterful touch of Morales.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album : David Morales | Legacy pt. 1
Genre : House Music
Year : 2017
Total Time : 1:29:48
1. Shawn Christopher – Another Sleepless Night (Morales Classic Mix)
2. Sonny Fodera feat. Yasmin – Feeling U (Morales Remix)
3. Whitney Houston – So Emotional (Morales Emotional Club Mix)
4. Photek feat. Robert Owens – Mine To Give (Morales World Mix)
5. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Come On In) (Morales Classic Mix)
6. Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream (Classic Club Mix)
7. Diana Ross – The Boss (Morales Def Club Mix)
8. Aretha Franklin – A Deeper Love (Bad Yard Club)
9. Morales & The Bad Yard Club feat. Crystal Waters & Delta – In De Ghetto (The Bad Yard Club Mix)
10. Basement Jaxx – Bingo Bango (Morales Latin Bango Mix)
11. Morales pres. The Face feat. Juliet Roberts – Needin’ U (12” Mix)
12. Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way (Morales Club Vocal)
13. Mary J. Blige – Right Now (Morales Classic Remix)
14. Nile Rodgers & Tony Moran feat. Kimberly Davis – My Fire (Morales Epic Remix)