Fonia Session 60 – Daniel W. Best


Welcome to the 60th instalment of the Fonia Radio Show.
We looked for this special number for a special guest and were happy and thrilled to meet with DJ, selector, collector, artist, traveller and teddy bear doctor Daniel W. Best (bestworks) right in the center of Berlin. As this (second weird in a row) year turns slowly to an end it was our special pleasure to talk with Daniel about all those exciting, hilarious and annoying things past, present and future. As with a mix set in which you always find new things, you have not heard before and which push new doors open for you – we took a ton of insights, references and tracks from this session. So sit down, relax and enjoy two hours of crate digging filled with conversation and sounds. Again for me this all showed “Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”

Thank you all for listening, have a great, peaceful holiday season ahead and we hope to meet all of you again in 2022!

Tracklist – selected by Daniel W. Best
Boncana Maiga – Koyma Hondo
01. Donald Byrd – Stepping Into Tomorrow
02. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers – It Don’t Mean A Thing (live)
03. MC Solaar – Bouge De Là
04. Feeling B – Geh Zurück In Dein Buch
05. Jazzanova – Look What You Are Doing To Me (feat. Phonte)
06. Lady Saw – Sycamore Tree
07. Jerzy Milian – Wsród Pampasów
08. Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This (DJ Spinna original mix edit)
09. Bitty McLean – Walk Away From Love
10. Romanthony – The Wanderer (Dixon edit)
11. MEUTE – Hey Hey
12. André Lodemann – Where Are You Now?
13. Joe Dukie And DJ Fitchie – Midnight Marauders
14. Midnight Star – Freak-A-Zoid
15. Soul II Soul feat. Busta Rhymes – Back To Life
16. Juicy – Sugar Free
17. Jazzanova – I’m Still Here featuring Edward Vanzet LARSE a.P. Dub RMX
18. Irresistible Force X Coldcut – Autumn Leaves Return


Our special thanks go out to Mr. Sperling, thanks for the magic mobile number, this show would not have happened without it!


At a time when DJing is less about connecting with music lovers and more about branding, play counts and frequent flyer miles, Daniel W. Best’s approach is so straightforward that it’s almost groundbreaking: an egoless passion, a fine-tuned ear and most important, an open mind with good taste. Although he prefers to call himself a music activist rather than a DJ, Best has over two decades of experience behind the decks, getting crowds onto their feet whether he plays Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Rare Groove, Disco or House. Rooted in Berlin, he has established residencies at Cookies and Delicious Doughnuts and organizes a variety of special parties and events like X-JAZZ FESTIVAL. Nowadays he is the booker and the good soul man for MEUTE and JAZZANOVA.