Selections: Analog Soul
Like most ‘80s kids, Jacky Sommer and DatKat (aka twin sisters Jacquelyn and Kathryn Smith) grew up on a diet of MTV, in their case augmented by their father’s love of jazz. As with many of that era, the introduction to electronic music came via the likes of Herbie Hancock and Kraftwerk — but it was West Coast house hero Eddie Amador who provided the entryway into dance music proper.
By the early 2000s, the siblings had moved to NYC, where Jacky secured a job that would help to define the direction of their lives, at the iconic record shop Dance Tracks. Before long, they had themselves a slot on the much-missed East Village Radio, and they’ve been at it ever since, slinging their sound (house, acid, electro, Detroit-tinged techno and more) throughout the city and the world. Among the clubbing cognoscenti, they’re considered DJs’ DJs, and for good reason — the pair are among the best selectors around.
Read on for Jacky and DatKat’s all-time top house tracks, timeless tunes that never fail to move the crowd. Revisit Ria Hylton’s interview with the duo, and their Recognise mix, here.