This track came to me by the will of God. I’d heard it in a a recent BIS mix, had that moment of excitement when you go to check for its ID in the track list and then sadness at the fact it’s been listed as ‘Unkown.’ Which is fair enough I suppose, a DJ has to protect his assets.
What I thought had been lost to the ether has now found its way into my possession through pure luck. Re-issued on Cultures of Soul, Mighty Shadow’s‘Lets Stay Together’ is a mid tempo tropical disco brute. The Trinidad & Tobagonian’s desperate canticle has been given the Whiskey Baron’s treatment on the flip, rendering it club friendly. Much to like here.
Joining us on ‘CRUCIAL und FRESH!’ Radio at MEATtransMISSIONtonight night are Ledoux (formerly BEN//LA//DASH) and Steve Seagull (Future Radio/Cosmic Pint Glass). Catch us from 10 -12, as usual it will be an all vinyl affair. You should probably not go out, this will be better than the warehouse you paid 30 quid to get into. Radio station HERE. Stay locked?
‘HOUSE 4 LIFE,’ are the words adorningStacy Kidd’s Twitter account and T-shirt. What happened to Kidd between the mid 90s and now is a mystery. This is another record rescued from a dusty basement for the bargain price of one pound. It seem’s quite fitting that I was listening to this BBC Radio 4 documentary just last night; ‘The Art of The Loop‘ with Matthew Herbert.
‘Most current pop music is created not with live instruments, but from pre-formed, off the shelf chunks of music known as loops. Musician Matthew Herbert explores the art of the loop and the million-dollar industry that has grown up around it, and asks whether it is setting music makers free from the constraints of traditional instruments or killing creativity.’
It really is well worth a listen and it should inform your future listening experiences, this record included.
Been a bit lax on the post front so got plenty of gold that needs shared. First up is T.C Curtis ‘Pack Your Things and Get Out My Life.’ Another proto-house, bargain basement, 50 pence gem. There’s some serious melancholy in that voice, its got a hint of Antony Hegarty (of Antony and The Johnsons and Hercules & Love Affair) on it. Lots of dubby percussion and the obligatory sax solo on this one. File next to Colonel Abrams.
George Astroturf has whipped up this delicious tasting mix in preparation for our Sunday afternoon/evening of ‘SNACK TRAX!‘ We have been asked by the ‘Gravy Train’ to take over the space below the Showmen’s Guild on Stoke Newington Road. They are hosting a three day pop up fried chicken shop. Sunday is the last day. See you there from 4pm.
Another mix has just trickled through the door, this time from one quarter of the ‘Boogie Cartel‘ and Welshman, Saul Wilks. Saul spent his formative years in Newport where his parents immersed him in Northern Soul from the get go, taking him to soul parties and instilling a fundamental appreciation for recorded music, vinyl and dance at an early age.
He cut his teeth in Birmingham in the likes of the Custard Factory, Subway and later in London where he got involved in the ‘resurgent Disco scene’. It’s here that he met his life long DJ partners (and friends) ‘The Boogie Cartel.’
They started their own party and also curate a successful blog which is now 3 years old and getting stronger. The Big Man is an avid collector\lover\digger of Boogie, Chicago House, 80s Funk, Modern Soul and everything of that ilk. As well as their regular shows at the Nest (next date 22nd March), the Boogie Cartel had a pop at Glatonbury last summer and will be playing all night, from 9 pm tomorrow night at XOYO.
Described in his own words; “This mix is comprised of 80s street soul gems, Boogie Funk bangers and Chicago House.”
Saul Wilks is no stranger to a party, if you ever have the pleasure of meeting him when you are out, his is a cold glass of Rose. His menswear company Ardour Brand’s strap line reads as ‘From passion comes product,’ a sentiment that pervades the man and his mix.
The chaps over at Gravy Train have kindly invited us to take over the space below their latest pop up outing at Tipsy (theShowmen’s Guild) on Stoke Newington Road. For those who are well versed in the art of going straight out after work on a Friday, not eating dinner, drinking ten pints of over priced continental lager, queuing for the Dance Tunnel, invariably not having sex and retreating to your over priced ex-local authority rental accommodation. You will know that the last vestiges of hope lie in Dixy’s/Kennedy’s/Perfect Fried Chicken’s pressure fried hen and a can of Mirinda.
But every things going to be alright. This weekend you will have the chance to repent your sins and taste what real fried chicken is actually about. Have a look at their ‘fresh’ new site and if you had any doubt over the popularity of this food just check the facebook page. Come down and fill your boots this Sunday afternoon. We will be playing records all afternoon/evening in the space underneath, pop down, say hello, have a beer and prolong the start of the week.