My mix for May is an excursion into New Soul, grooves and laid back Electronica.With music from D’Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote, Hindi Zahra, Frameworks – UK, Alice Russell, GUTS, The Lijadu Sisters, KenLo, Space Captain, Segilola, mr jukes, Omar Lye-Fook, Guy One, Romare, Populous, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Seshen, Lianne La Havas & Kamau
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.
This mix is one that i’ve been meaning to make for a while, so it’s with great pleasure that I finally get to share with you a collection of my all time favourite Deep Soul 45s.
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.
With Umoja arriving for the 3rd Regal Disco on February 9th, I put together some of my favourite selections from the first two nights. Loads of Tropical, Funky, Baile, Afro, Global & UK Bass to get you in the mood.