MK had himself a pretty good month this November. Not only did his retake on Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through” hit no. 1 on UK’s national Singles Chart. He also re-released his classic “Always” with vocalist Alana af few weeks back, on the Defected imprint. With 2014 already in sight, we’re looking forward to what Mark Kinchen has in store for us in the coming year.

Since the American all-rounder has had an unmistakable influence over the explosion of house music in the UK and other European countries in the 90’s, here’s a list of MK’s top 5 tracks that were an inspiration to the veteran himself back in the day.

Mr. Fingers “Can You Feel It”

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MK: “Okay, if you want to get really technical, this record came out in the ’80s, but its effect on music can still be felt today. Mr. Fingers (a.k.a. Larry Heard) is this amazing producer from Chicago and Tennessee and his sounds combined electronic and techno, with super smooth and soulful strings and synth sounds. It was infectious to me when I first heard it and it still inspires me today.”

Black Box “Everybody”

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“To be honest, I never cared for the intro, but once the vocal kicked in and the hook hit, I loved it. If I had been remixing back then, I think I could have killed this record—that and “Pump Up the Volume.” [Both tracks were] undeniably “house” for pop music.”

The Reese Project “The Colour of Love (Reese Deep Mix)”

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“Not only did Kevin Saunderson produce and write this, but he remixed it too, all under his alias Reese. This mix is so deeeep and so pumping. I never get tired of what he did with the vocals on this.”

Funky Green Dogs “Fired Up (Murk’s Original Groove)”

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“When this song came out, I instantly knew I wanted to meet these guys. Were they brothers? Whatever, this track still kills it on the dancefloor. Truly timeless.”

Inner City “Good Life”

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“If you can look back almost 25 years later and say, “Whoa, this record still sounds great, the vocals are fresh and the melody is still lush,” then I put it in my ‘Best Records Ever’ category. Kevin Saunderson produced and wrote this too. Pure genius.”

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