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Soul 45s Mix

As soon as i’d put my Deep Soul 45s mix out in February, I knew I wanted partner it with a selection of more upbeat 45s. So four months later here it is, just in time for the Summer months. 20 of my most treasured and loved Soul tracks committed to record, from Funky and Mid Tempo, to full on Northern Soul dancefloor numbers.

I toyed with the idea of a purely Detroit Soul mix at first. So much great music was created in the shadows of Motown that didn’t get the attention it deserved, that it would have been easy to have 100% Detroit 45s, but there were a few 45s from New York, New Orleans, Texas and Memphis that had to make it in, which means nearly all the big Soul cities are represented. As it stands 13 of the 20 are still Detroit cuts, with 14 tracks coming out between ’66-’69, which really illustrates just how much great music was being made at that time.

It was great fun putting this together, and finally having 20 of my all time favourite 45s, that i’ve collected over the past 10 years, in one mix. We kick off with possibly my favourite 45 ever, the searing Soul of “Ticket To The Moon” by Betty Lavette , crushing drums and a heart wrenching vocal like only she can deliver, before moving through some fine Detroit Soul from J.J Barnes, Dee Edwards, The Parliaments, The Monitors, The Superlatives and another all time favourite from Ivy Jo.

I could talk you through the whole thing, but it’s only 52 minutes in total, so turn it up and enjoy!!


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Soul Sauce Mix

My mix for May is an excursion into New Soul, grooves and laid back Electronica.With music from D’AngeloHiatus KaiyoteHindi ZahraFrameworks – UKAlice RussellGUTSThe Lijadu Sisters, KenLo, Space CaptainSegilolamr jukesOmar Lye-FookGuy OneRomarePopulousFat Freddy’s DropThe SeshenLianne La Havas & Kamau

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Soundtrack To A Sunrise

I always like the idea of matching music to the changing of the seasons, and the change into Spring is one of the most profound changes. I wanted to capture the feeling of awakening and being reborn in this mix so from a sleepy start and a track called “Just Before Dawn” the mix progresses, getting gradually more uplifting and optimistic. I hope it has the same feeling for you, the weather will catch us up soon hopefully.

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Colombian Vinyl Mix

One year ago I was returning to the UK from a month long trip to Colombia, a little more sunkissed, with a bag full of records that i’d picked up along the way. A year later and I find myself sat at the window, eyes closed, soaking in some rare February sunshine and listening to the collection of these records you can hear above. It doesn’t feel like the Caribbean coast of Colombia in Manchester today, but it’s enough to temporarily take me back. I hope the mix of Cumbia, Afro-Latin and Salsa transports you up too.


The video below is from Discolombia in Barranquilla. An amazing place with a rich history, that I found most of the records you hear in the mix.