On Saturday 19th April 2014 I’ll be spinning at Manchester’s Dry Bar for Record Store Day commemorations. 2014 marks Dry’s 25th anniversary, the bar having been opened by the owners of The Haçienda in 1989.
Uploaded to YouTube last week, check this rare early footage of Jeff Mills DJing at Cheek’s Nightclub on Eight Mile, Detroit in the early 80s.
To accompany the latest guest mix in the Southport Weekender Inspirations series, I interviewed Noema, talking psychedelia, mysticism and Ghanaian reworks.
I’ve been searching online this morning for the first Frankie Knuckles mix I ever heard, aged 17. It was a live Radio 1 broadcast from Nikki Beach in Miami, and there is very little record of the session online. He became my favourite DJ, and it took me some time to track down the opening record in that mix, which also remains digitally elusive with no YouTube upload of the correct version. It was his dub of Feela’s ‘Sweet Temptation’, released as part of Azuli’s WMC Promotional Sampler, available here on Discogs.
The last record I played at the A&R Edits launch party at Trapeze on Saturday was Derek Kaye’s rework of Chaka Khan – ‘Ain’t Nobody‘ that builds upon Frankie Knuckles’ 1989 ‘Hallucinogenic Version‘. Now, as then, his great musical presence reaches deeply into my life. Rest in peace Frankie – thank you.
Jazz-funk would have existed without the Mizell Brothers. But it wouldn’t have been half as funky. Zaid Mudhaffer explores the key tracks from their catalogue.
Brothers Larry and Alphonso Mizell produced some of the most timeless jazz, funk and soul records of the 1970s. Their spacey and floaty signature sound – brought emphatically to life by Harvey Mason on drums, Melvin “Wah-Wah Watson” Ragin and David T. Walker on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass, Jerry Peters on piano and Stephanie Spruill on percussion – adorned a slew of albums for Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey and Gary Bartz, among others.
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