ABSOLUTE. is a key force within British club culture, a fantastic DJ and producer who has built his own audience. Emerging from the queer clubbing underground right here in the UK, ABSOLUTE. retains deep links with those communities, in addition to watching his work earn huge respect intentionally.
A producer with a catalogue of all-out club rinsers, ABSOLUTE. began teasing new single ‘Voices’ in his sets last year. Quickly becoming a fan anthem, he released the track in full during the opening days of 2023 and it’s established itself as a true winter warmer.
“If you’ve been to one of my sets this year, you will have likely heard me road testing ‘Voices’. It has been one of the defining emotional moments in my sets all summer and I still get goosebumps when I play it.
I’ve been sent more requests to drop this than literally any other release, so I’m incredibly excited that I finally get to share this with you as my first track of 2023.
So, with that in mind, Clash got ABSOLUTE. to pick out his queer club anthems.
Donna Summer – ‘I Feel Love’
The ultimate, one of the first dance tracks ever made, the fact it’s from the 70’s still blows my mind.
Queer liberation in musical form, the Giorgio Moroder bass with Donna’s haunting euphoric vocals will forever make this the queer anthem of all-time… I can feel the sweat, taste the smoke machines and even over 40 years later, it still has the power to unify a dance floor.
Divine – ‘Native Love (Step By Step) Remix’
The original drag punk legend, Divine, a true icon and star of John Waters cult film Pink Flamingos, in which she notoriously ate dog shit during her performance.
Possibly one of my favourite remixes to date, that high energy bassline still bangs now.
George Michael – ‘Star People’ (ABSOLUTE.’s Pikes Pool Party Remix)
It doesn’t get more iconic that George.
When I got asked to remix this, I was imagining carrying on with George at Pikes in full joy, and by a mad coincidence, the week after writing it and calling it the Pikes remix, I got booked to play at Pikes last minute, so maybe George was looking down! I hope I did him proud.
Sylvester – ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ (Soulwax Remix)
This comes from another pioneer of the scene, the black, queer Sylvester, who is responsible for so many hits, but this has to be my favourite.
Soulwax remixed it and breathed some new life into it and it became one of my go-to’s for daytime sets needing some euphoria.
RuPaul – ‘Super Model (You Better Work)’
I couldn’t do a queer anthem playlist without the mother miss RuPaul.
The track that turned RuPaul into a household name, co-written by my old club night partner Larry Tee, a queer runway ready anthem.
Get Into The Music – ‘Goodfellows’ Club Mix
Classic euphoric piano banger from ’96, I dug this back out and played it at Homobloc and also put it in my recent Crack magazine mix. A peak-time joyful anthem that I’ve had on repeat all summer, this record brings me so much joy.
OT Quartet – ‘Hold That Sucker Down’ (Builds Like A Skyscraper Remix)
One of the most rousing and emotive dance tracks that builds and builds with so much drama, longing and emotion that I still get goosebumps whenever I hear it. Longing turns into liberation and euphoria when it finally drops in this transcendent release.
‘Voices’ is out now on Skint Records.
Press Shot: LJ Jones