Oxfam’s £20 DJ Challenge: How Three DJs Put Together A Ministry Set Each For A Pittance

If you thought the toughest £20 Challenge imaginable is to somehow get a round for two in Chiltern Firehouse, spare a thought for the three Ministry Of Sound DJs who were given a couple of Paul McKennas each and told to scour Oxfam shops for second-hand records from which to construct a rounded 20-minute set each, streamed live on the club’s app on January 15.

Forced to invent skintronica on the spot, the trio dug deep into Oxfam’s legendary crates of dreams, unearthing albums for as little as 49p to mash into a workably danceable mix. Salt’N’Pepa’s ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ is a surefire winner of course, but how to merge it successfully into Sinead O’Connor’s take on Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ without reducing the dancefloor to a blubbing wreck of middle-aged regret? How to flip from an illicit club remix of Usher’s ‘U Remind Me’ into Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and then find a route, via Har Mar Superstar, to a Welsh language training LP?

You can listen to their mixes here and, below, see lists of the records they bought, plus totals spent. If you fancy trying to recreate their skills, all of the music has been donated back to Oxfam.

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Hotbox – ‘Too Spicy’
Usher – ‘U Remind Me (Illicit Club Mix)’
Culture Club – ‘White Boy (Dance Mix)’
Proper DJ Superfresh & The Grand Lordmaster – ‘Flavour’
Kim Mazelle – ‘Love Me Or Leave Me’
Khaled – ‘Chebba (Man City Mix)’
Tina Turner – ‘Nutbush City Limits’
Har Mar Superstar – ‘Baby, Do You Like Me Clothes?’
Cryfres Yr Ysgol A’r Qelwyd – ‘Cwrs Cymraeg Llafar’
LeAnn Rimes – ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’

Total = £19.89 (including the hat, glasses and jacket worn by Goldierocks during her set)

Arielle Free

The Temptations – ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’
10cc – ‘Dreadlock Holiday’
Boney M – ‘Daddy Cool’
Gibson Brothers – ‘Cuba’
Blondie – ‘Heart Of Glass’
David Bowie – ‘Tonight’
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’
Technotronic – ‘Get Up Before The Night Is Over’
The Warp Brothers – ‘We Will Survive’
Louis Armstrong – ‘What A Wonderful World’

Total = £18.88

Mike Wooller

Salt ‘n’ Pepa – ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’
Sinead O’Connor – ‘Nothing Compares To You’
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ‘Two Tribes’
Grace Jones – ‘My Jamaican Guy’
U2 – ‘With Or Without You’
M&S Presents The Girl Next Door – ‘Salsoul Nugget (If You Wanna)’

Total = £14.92