Playlist - Peter Hook

He co-founded Joy Division before forming New Order. Now, bassist-turned-DJ Peter Hook describes what makes a perfect remix with his playlist for the ultimate DJ set

Reach Out - Sweet Mercy featuring Rowetta
Whenever I play this song someone will come up to the booth, wanting to know who's singing. When I tell them it's Rowetta from Happy Mondays they either go "Eh?", or they're like "Course, I knew I recognised that voice". It's a shame that people either know her from The X Factor, which was fairly recently, or from Happy Mondays, because this is by far one of the best things she's ever done.
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This Song is About You - The Enemy, Cat Burlger Remix
Graeme Park and I DJed in support of the Enemy recently. Of all the bands who seemed to stick out last year - Foals, the Courteeners, Elbow - I think the Enemy have the potential for trans-Atlantic appeal with their album. I wasn't sure what the crowd would be into, so I played this remix of theirs and luckily it went down well. Perhaps it's because the vocals are untouched - that tends to keep fans happy. On the first night of supporting them I was chatting away to this kid at the DJ booth for a good half an hour before he says, "Anyway, I'd better get on" and walks onstage. Turns out it was the bassist!
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Hablando - Ramirez
This is an old one, sent to me by a friend who has similar musical tastes. "Check this out," he said, "you'll be playing it soon enough." And he was right. It's fast, loud, catchy and individual. Every dance track has slight changes, usually every couple of bars, either subtle or unsubtle. This one has very subtle changes so you don't even know what it is that's changing, just that it keeps you interested.
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Suite Life - Kudu
Some kid came up to me while I was DJing in New York and gave me this CD. I knew nothing about them and to this day I don't who this kid is. A lot of people give me tracks they've worked on or sometimes just found, and I just have to listen to all of them in case one gets away. Kudu sounds a bit like the Ting Tings, especially the strong female vocal, and it's catchy. In fact, this is a remix and I still haven't heard the original. And if you were the lad who gave it to me in New York, cheers!
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Rise from Your Grave - (Tiefschwarz mix) Phuture

This is an acid tune from 1992, brought right up to date with a recent remix. There is a good trick to getting a remix right: if you pick a classic, don't mess with it too much and remember what's popular about it in the first place, which is exactly what Tiefschwarz's mix does. One of the things I appreciate most about music today is how you can get your hands on the kind of equipment needed to remix a tune, so everyone can get involved. Just look at Radiohead getting the public to have a go at their songs. DJing used to be this cloak and dagger operation, but now it's open to everyone and I think that's grand.
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Ghetto Blaster - Tim Healy and DJ Adamo

Somebody I met in Australia sends me remixes just about every week. He's another DJ who I got on with and now we swap music. When I first got into DJing I was surprised at the kinship that existed, about the desire for one DJ to send someone else music. I suppose it's how you get other people playing your records, but there's something magic about people saying "Hooky, check this out" just because they want you to hear it. It's the total opposite to how bands were back when I was in Joy Division, when everyone was eyeing each other with suspicion and you felt as though you were in competition with them.
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As told to Rosie Swash

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