Naples - this city is nuts. Like really nuts. It is even crazier than Sicily which is saying a lot. Things you will find in Naples - a motorino with a father, mother carrying a baby, and a child standing at the front holding the handlebars. A ten year old child chaperoning his girlfriend on a motorbike around the streets. Young Italian couples kissing at lookout points with tacky graffiti strewn across the pavement. Old people sitting watching the world go by out their windows. Shrines to Mary on every street corner. 1 billion churches. And, wherever you look is Vesuvius. This city is, in short, the bomb.
This song is by a group called Spaccanapoli and the song is appropriately called Vesuvio (Vesuvius) It was used in the Sopranos and represents everything that is Naples. Crazy, tribal, authentic, mysterious, exotic, rich and beautiful.
(Close contenders La Nostra Storia by Raffaello and Macchina 50 by Rosario Moraggio)
London - the trendiest, coolest, most indie, rocking, griming, underground city in the world. Most music movements, or at least the good ones, found their pride in London. Especially most electronic dance genres, from the acid house days, to the hardstyles and happy hardcore days to the funky house and street music days - they all we're at their best in London. And that is not to mention indie rock, punk, britpop and the Urban genres which have been in a better place since the year 2000 than what is being produced in America. Now you probably will hate my choice for the song that reminds me of London, especially given the artist seems to have given up hey British-ness for a more American sound. But I love M.I.A. unashamedly and one of her best songs was Galang. She wrote it about surviving in London. It is a bit grime, a bit electronic, a bit hip-hop, a bit dancehall and in true M.I.A. style, reworks the spirit of Indie legends The Clash to a whole different audience. She may have lost her way slightly with her new album, but when I went to London last year, all I could think of was "London Calling, Speak the Slang".
(Close contenders The Prodigy - No Good (Start The Dance) and The Chemical Bros - Hey Boy Hey Girl)
Berlin - this city is just so diverse, so respectful, so free. Its as if the history of Berlin has oddly helped it become a liberated city. If you want to be anyone in the world, then go to Berlin. It is creative, historic, trendy, underground, fun and open. An awesome city that everyone should visit once in their life. It is relatively cheap as well, and they have some of the coolest night spots you will find in the world. Its museums and tours are also the most captivating that I have ever attended. This song actually reminds me of Milan more than it does of Berlin, but since Digitalism are German and Milan isn't one of my favourite cities in the world (only just though, I do love it) I thought I'd throw down this track as my pick for this incredible city.
Digitalism's only LP was probably the best electronic album to be released in 2007. I listen to it religiously even in 2010 - it doesn't get old. They haven't released another album since, and frankly, I just have no idea how anything they could do could top the incredible tracks that made up their first album.
This is Zdarlight - one of the best electronic songs of all time. This song was huge in the clubs and festivals of Sydney, but I'm sure it was the most incredible fucking song in Berlin as well when it dropped.
(Close contenders Boys Noize - & Down and Deichkind - Remmidemmi)
Morocco. The land of the spiritual awakening. I have never felt so inspired in my life as when I visited Morocco. It is just a beautiful place, somewhere where you feel connected to the land, the people, the sky and yourself. I don't know if it is just me, but I felt like I belonged there. It was as if the land spoke to me, like I was on a journey. Forgive me for sounding cheesy, but I nearly lose my shit at the thought of going back there. I must have been from there in a past life or something. An interesting culture, the Berber people are the original nomadic people. They are the epitome of free people, their symbol and their name Amazigh, means free man. It is so easy to adopt these traits when you are there. From the Dades Gorges to the Saharan night sky.
Amazigh music is also very unique. Whilst in Morocco, our tour guide played one CD over and over. The music is kind of electronic, kind of auto-tuned even. There is an omnipresence of a country/electric guitar, mediterranean drums and a distinctive African call and response thing going on. Plus it has very Middle Eastern/Arabic sounding elements as well. The music is a hybrid, like the place. After hearing these songs 500 times in our tour guide's car, I asked him what one song that I had absolutely fallen in love with was called. He said it was called Rawa 3 and that he would give us a copy of the CD. This song was incredible, but unfortunately we never received the CD and Google and YouTube can't find this gem of a song. Aaaahh well, it set me off on a mission to discover other music from Morocco that I have since fallen in love with. This is a song by the last M'Bark Aysar. I don't know what its called, but it doesn't matter. It is Morocco to me.
(Close contenders - all music from Morocco)
Sydney - yes I put it on the list because it is my home and I have so much pride for this city. There isn't much to say about Sydney other than the fact that it is just the best. I love it and will always call it home. In the hey-day of my partying, I went to all of the festivals and clubbed my little heart out. I miss those days, but am ready to say I am well and truly over them. So many classic songs, but I guess I have to choose an Aussie one. So I will choose The Presets, since they are from Sydney and they really were the hottest shit back in 2006.
Close contenders Tomas Andersson - Washing Up (Tiga Mix), Buy Now - For Sale, Till West and DJ Delicious - Same Man, The Futureheads - Worry About It Later (Switch Mix), Bodyrox - Yeah Yeah (DJ Ramirez Mix), Mason - Exceeder, The Presets - My People and a whole lot more.