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Power Of Ten: Danny Tenaglia

By Matt Ferry
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From Detroit techno wizard Jeff Mills, to foggy London Town’s legendary progressive duo Sasha & Digweed, our world of electronic music has a range of superstars encompassing every genre. However, when it comes to picking that one top jock whose name anyone that’s heard a kick drum is familiar with, no one sets the bar quite as high as Danny Tenaglia. An addict of the house music scene since first losing it on the floor of Larry Levan’s genre-less sets at Paradise Garage in the early ’80s, Danny’s love of music, his marathon sets, and his storied production career have influenced the dance world in ways no other artist could ever attempt to recreate.

His April 17th resignation via his Facebook page came as a shock to all of us here at Beatport, and while we can understand a 35-year run circumnavigating the globe god-knows-how-many-times and playing marathon sets lasting Saturday night well into Monday morning could leave even the most caffeinated 20-something strung out and praying for a 9-5, Tenaglia’s musical influence will be sorely missed. So this week’s Power Of Ten segment is dedicated to Mr. Tribal himself: Danny Tenaglia.

Danny Tenaglia – Music Is The Answer [TWISTED]

Arguably the man’s biggest track, originally released in ‘98 on his own TWISTED imprint.


Danny Tenaglia – The Space Dance (Terrace Vocalism Mix) [Tommy Boy]

After a long hiatus, Tenaglia drops this monster to the revelry of his global fan base in honor of his first weekly residency at Space Ibiza.


Green Velvet – Flash (Danny Tenaglia Mix) [Relief Records]

Tenaglia’s take on Green Velvet’s eternal Flash earned him “Best Remix” at the UK’s Muzik Awards in 2000.


Danny Tenaglia – Elements [TWISTED]

Arguably the best single on 1998’s Tourism LP, “Elements” topped the Billboard Dance Chart for two weeks.


Danny Tenaglia – Ohno (Danny’s TWISTED Realness Mix) [TWISTED]

Danny’s re-take on his own “Ohno” released in ‘96, once again on TWISTED, defines his staple tech-tribal sound.


NYDC – Up In This House [TRIBAL]

“Up In This House” was produced under the pseudonym NYDC, a production trio consisting of Tenaglia and the Deep Dish boys.


Danny Tenaglia – Turn Me On (Danny’s Tourism Mix) [TWISTED]

The Tourism mix, included on the ‘98 LP, is huge a main-room tribal segue track that will get any floor going.


Danny Tenaglia – Look Ahead [TRIBAL]

Classic ‘90s disco, “Look Ahead” dropped in 1995 and precedes today’s nu-disco bounce by nearly two decades. (Hear that at 1:26? What?!)


Soul Verite – Chain Me To The Beat (Danny Tenaglia’s Dub) [Maxi Records]

One of Tenaglia’s first remixes for Maxi, “Chain Me To The Beat,” released in 1993, showcases Danny’s silky-smooth production flourishes.


Liberty City – Some Lovin (Danny’s New Hook Mix) [TRIBAL]

An instantly recognizable house classic, Danny’s rework takes the grit out of Liberty City’s “Some Lovin” and incorporates a bouncy bassline with a Rhodes melody.


**Pick up all these tracks on this week’s Power Of Ten Chart here.