Monday, November 29, 2010

vinyl love..


7 hrs of 45s this sunday with me, Stevie G and Phil Hope. Looking forward to this one!
Facebook page for the night here..

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Little Things Radio ep1 nov 2010


Lonnie Youngblood- Sweet Sweet Tooti
Freddy Scott- Got What I Need (shout)
The Ides Of March- Vehicle (warner bros)
Paul Humphries and his Cool Aid Chemists- Detroit (lizard)
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- How Long Do I Have To Wait For You (daptone)
El Michels Affair- Musings To Myself alt mix (truth and soul)
Menahan Street Band- The Wolf (dunham)
Eddie and Ernie- Bullets Dont Have Eyes (ever-soul)
Jimmy Ruffin- What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (soul)
Al Green- I Wish You Were Here With Me (hi)
McKinley Mitchell- Trouble Blues (chimneyville)
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes- Wake Up Everybody pt 1 (philadelphia international)
Rotary Connection- Respect (cadet concept)
Barbara Acklin- Love Makes a Woman (brunswick)
The Inclines- Pressure Cooker pt 1 (atco)
Joe Quarterman and Free Soul- Find Yourself (gsf)
Donald Byrd- Black Byrd (blue note)
J Star- I Heard It Dub (white label)
Horace Andy- Let Your Teardrops Fall (sun shot)
Suff Draft- Look Of Suff Remix (white label)
Para- Its the Hornet (breakin bread)
Fatback- Love Spell (spring)
The Isley Brothers- For The Love Of You (tneck)
A Taste Of Honey- World Spin (capital)
Carl Douglas- Dance The Kung Fu (20th century)
Blues Magoos- Gotta Get Away (mercury)
Frijid Pink- House Of The Rising Sun (parrot)
Ballin' Jack- Found A Child (columbia)
Funk Ink.- Goodbye So Long (prestige)
Freddy Scott- Got What I Need
Most people should know this one from the Biz Markie track "Just A Friend", from the "Ultimate Breaks and Beats" series, or maybe from Shadow and Cut Chemists "Product Placement" mix.. Basically its a must have classic. 
Ides Of March- Vehicle
 This is one me and my brother used to play a lot on a pirate radio show we were doing about 5 years ago. Those horns are just huge!    
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings- How Long Do I Have To Wait For You
Its great to see Sharon Jones doing so well lately. She was meant to play Cork for the Jazz Festival but for some reason it fell through. Shame cause if it had gone ahead it almost definitely would have been one of the best gigs of the year. She did play Dublin though and i hear she put on a great show. 
Rotary Connection- Respect
Incredible version of the Otis Redding/ Aretha Franklin classic by the psyche-soul group Rotary Connection. Although if you took away the lyrics the song bares almost no resemblance to the original. Definitely one of my favorite groups, such a unique sound.
Donald Byrd- Black Byrd
Classic Mizell Brothers production 
JStar- I heard it dub
Great reggae bootleg remix of "I heard it through the grapevine" by London based producer JStar. Ive played this at almost every gig Ive done over the last year. 
The Inclines- Pressure Cooker pt 1
Possibly my favorite 45 of the show. Those horns... 
Frijid Pink- House of the Rising Sun
Great heavy version of the Animals classic. This was a huge hit when it came out and ended up selling over a million copies. Not exactly rare then... 

check back next month around christmas for episode 2!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

so yeah.. im starting a blog/radio show

  I got into collecting 45s about  4 years ago. Before that almost my entire collection was 12''s and LPs, but once i started picking some up it quickly became my favorite format. I know theres advantages to 12"s like sound quality, the big artwork, and they're obviously a lot easier to mix, but theres something about playing soul or reggae on a little record with a big hole that just feels right.

  The 7" isn't my preferred format for all genres. When it comes to disco, hip hop, dubstep, etc i still love my 12"s (although i own and love many disco and hip hop 45s). But when it comes to soul, funk and reggae, its definitely 7"s for me. Part of the appeal is visual, the label artwork, the big holes, they just look.. well... cool. Part of it is the history attached to 7"s. Northern soul all nighters and Jamaican sound systems, played 7" almost exclusively. And maybe part of the appeal is that its practically an abandoned format (although the 7" does seem to have made a bit of a come back these last few years as people look for cheaper ways to get their music on vinyl). 

   Whatever the reasons behind it are, I like the little things, and over the last few years I've found myself buying a lot of them. I haven't been doing much with them though. I don't get a lot of opportunities to play this stuff out these days, so I thought why not do some kind of internet radio show. so yeah.. Its more or less an excuse to show off some records. I guess the main focus will be on soul and funk but ill be playing a bit of everything (as long as its on 7")

  The plan is to do a show a month until i run out of decent 45s to play. All tracklists will be available here at the blog, as well as pictures and info on the records played. There will be guest mixes from other DJs and if i can find a decent venue that will have us, a live all 45 night. So for now, enjoy  the mixes! Check back here regularly as ill hopefully be posting different 45 related stuff here every few days.