Tag Archive | soul

Digger’s Diary – Manchester 24/03/2012

Having been blessed with a giant ball of yellow fire shining directly on Manchester’s fat, smoky, head, I decided to get myself to Gigg Lane in Bury to take in the atmosphere of a game of association football. Specifically FC United of Manchester (Google it!) versus Matlock.  The result was the right one and the game itself electrifying, but I’ll spare you the details, seeing as you don’t come here to read about that kind of thing.

I found myself in town beforehand with an hour to spare took the rare opportunity to rifle through the bargain bins outside the legendary Empire Exchange on Newton St.

This has been around for…ever? and sells records, thousands of old copies of magazines, football programmes, curios, memorabilia, VHSs, DVDs, CDs, MDs and YMCAs. And a massive load of porn in the back room.

I scurried through the little crate outside, the sun beating a tan into my pale, Saxon hide, only stopping to brush off the advances of two men trying to sell me a stolen phone. What I came out with, for my £1 spend was nothing short of a treasure trove.

#1 Tina Charles – Rendezvous b/w When You Got Love

Kind of generic poppy soul pre-disco from 1976. It’s not blowing me away. This one scores 4 sunny smiles out of 10.

#2 Lol Creme and Kevin Godley – 5 O’clock in the Morning b/w The Flood

A side is a real 10CC-esque piece about working life. If you don’t already know, Godley and Creme were the creative force behind 10CC. Lots of harmonic vocal blasts, haunting solo bits and key changes. Sometimes you get the feeling that they pull their production tricks out of the bag because they can, rather than because they should. The B is a weird instrumental featuring what sounds like a dripping tap but which I suspect is them playing with a synth and a sequencer. It goes round the houses before kicking into a rocking rhythm about 30 seconds before the run-out groove. There’s sample fodder in this for sure.

the version on the 7″ isn’t exactly like that; it’s a bit shorter.

#3 Pussycat – Mississippi b/w Do It

I was expecting (optimistically) some kind of chilled lounge, exotica, funk or something based on those names but I got pop country weirdness. Did not like.

#4 Steve Miller Band – Rock ‘n’ Me b/w The Window

I found it! I’ve been after this The Window forever but it doesn’t come up on eBay so often. The A side isn’t that great but the flip is *insane*. Ridiculously sample-able bassline intro, Zappa-esque bridgey thing (sounds just like part of Florentine Pogen) and a redonculous vocal performance by Steven himself.

All-in-all a very well-spent quid, I feel. Keep an eye-out for one, all or none of these in my upcoming “forty five 45s” mix (release scheduled January 2018).


Sly and the Family Stone – Family Affair

Back to my old dad’s car tape. This tune was a slick, funky standout on a tape otherwise whiter than an Apple Store Christmas party. The thumping kick you hear is actually a programmable drum machine, making this the first number one to utilise one. Huh. I like how it hides quite well within the mix. Apparently Sly redubbed the recording so much the tape wore out, which gives the track its trademark swampy sound.

From one DMC champ to another – rubber up!

OK, OK, DMC finalist. Jon1st is one of the hardest working men in spinbusiness. As a party-rocking DJ he’s been running his own night since the age of 18, now in Leicester, showcasing the best in bass and futurebeat music. As a turntablist He’s also a UK DMC finalist and a guaranteed one-to-watch for this year. Last night he supported Q-Bert, you get the picture?

Recently he was approached by jubber-ray-mongers Durex to do an advert. Here’s what the little scamp came up with. Caution, contains a song about sex:

Aside from being a good advert, it’s a nice little routine for that track and promotes safe sex. And as we all know, turntablists have to fight the women off with a stick.

Follow Jon (now forever Jonny) on Twitter for more about his upcoming gigs.

Two breaks mixes from a DMC champ

It is my privilege and pleasure to be able to bring you two short but extremely potent breaks mixes from two-time UK DMC team champ and general award-winning DJ Loop Skywalker. Loop has over 25 years of battle experience under his belt and a is a fantastic role model to all young DJs. He is also the very lucky recipient of one of my old mixers which I donated to form the control panel on a magic sex fembot he’s building. These little doozies feature some of rap’s classicest breaks and samples, blended with the turntable wizardry of Master Loop.

Double whammy of bluesy/souly mashedit thingies

My sources1 tell me that there are two great little reworks of bluesy soul things floating around this week.

The Reflex brings us a fairly subtle rerub of B. B. King’s The Thrill is Gone, just adding some “hip hop bounce”:

You can pick up the full version of their Bandcamp for a buck fiddy. I have done.

Secondly, and a bit more involved, we have a mashup of Kayne Kanye’s Gold Digger and Chiddy Bang by Ray Charles. It is most definitely not rubbish:

This is from Bavaria’s own Mash Mike.


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Ones to watch – THEESatisfaction

I liked hearing the new single from these two singer/rapper/producers today. Who the hell are they? You might know but I predictably didn’t. Their label, Sub Pop sez:

THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Stas was born and raised in Tacoma, Cat in Seattle and Hawaii. The pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since.

Their new single, Queens, can be heard here (I couldn’t get the bloody widget to embed), but check out their Bandcamp for two mixtapes (in my day they were called EPs, son) full of fitness.

DJ Prince – a northern soul

I’ve just found out about a guy called DJ Prince. He seems to be a big deal in his native Norway but this is the first I’ve heard of him – no surprises there then. His SoundCloud has some great reworks and mashups so I’ve helped myself. It’s pretty dancefloor friendly and some of it is straight out clubcheese so have a root around and see what takes your fancy.

Thanks Mr. Prince!