Like many soul fans I discovered soul music at the local youth club where I first heard what they called Northern Soul. Back then it was the classier 60s tunes and the 70s Mecca tunes that got me, the strings the big vocals and full productions.
From then on it was all about attending soul nights buying records and building up a collection from deep soul to Latin jazz, modern soul to soulful house. Buying from shops, dealers, lists, record fairs and scouring every shop stall or market I find.
Whenever I visit other town and cities with work or on holiday I never pass up the chance to dig the crates. While my mates came back from the likes of Benidorm and Magaluf with bags of duty free aftershave and booze, I always had a bag full of records. Even during family holidays I mange to find records. My wife thinks I can smell a record shop.
The quest continues to this day; online shops, dealers, and eBay feed my addiction to search out new music. Sadly my weekly Soulville radio show fix is no more but I have found a new outlet for Soulville with Podomatic and Mixcloud. In many ways its better as you can listen at you leisure and I have my whole collection to pick from and play whatever I pull of the shelves. The only downside it’s not live so there is no interaction so stop on by and leave a comment if you enjoy the tunes or leave suggestions for a themed mix, artist, label, style or whatever.
Apart from my radio shows I occasionally venture out to DJ at soul clubs and bars. I was the resident DJ at the Club Sandino, Edinburgh’s first Latin/Salsa club. Since my love was mainly for the soulful side of things I always managed to sneak in the more soulful tunes. My DJ CV includes The Morecambe Soul Weekender, Winsford Modern Soul All-nighters, Soul Underground, The Hibs Club, Bumpin & Stompin, The Grosvenor Soul Club, The Spiders Web, 99 Hanover Street, and the odd stints at soul dos in bars and clubs in Edinburgh.
My music selections and magazine articles have been featured in magazines and websites/blogs including Soul Portrait, Soulwalking, Voices from the Shadows, Soul up North and my ramblings can usually be found on the Essential Modern Soul forum.
My latest “mixes” are available on Podomatic and Mixcloud. With podomatic you can upload about 4 mixes and they’re available to download. With Mixcloud it’s a stream only, although email me if you want to find out how to download with a wigit.:)
At the moment you can listen to shows that feature tracks released on ABC and there are a few more mixes yet to upload. ABC is not the first label that springs to mind when you talk about soul music although 60’s roster included my favourite artist Curtis Mayfield and his group The Impressions.
However check the 70s LP roster. The Dells, The Mighty Clouds of Joy the Four Tops Isaac Hayes, then you have lesser known’s such as Wilson Williams, Lenny Williams, The Hitchhickers, check Kenny Hamber’s vocals on their tunes, awesome. Check out the mixes for proof of the quality of the music. None of the records will cost you much either which is always a bonus.
In addition to the ABC sets you can listen to a mix which features music touched by the big love man Mr Barry White, but this time focusing on songs he has written or produced for artists such as Love Unlimited, West Wing, Tom Brock Gloria Scott and Love Unlimited. Or how about deep soul ballads from the San Dees Songbook sung by some of the best singers in the business. So hopefully you will find something to listen to. Keep checking and “follow” me as I will be compiling many more themes sets from jazz to deep soul to latin and boogie and crossover to Y2K and beyond.
Morecambe………….bring me sunshine………
I love Morecambe. It just keeps getting better and better. From small beginnings in the back room of the York Hotel to the multi location extravaganza it is now. The Platform area last year, was as my son would say, “off the hook”, the Midland has its own special vibe and I am very much looking forward to kicking off proceedings on Sunday at 11am, I promise no Soulful House as we ease into the day with some appropriate tunes for sorry heads, hopefully in the sunshine (fingers crossed). The Saturday is the big one as many folks travel from far and wide just for the night. Don’t miss the Soulfuldance boys in the Upper Temple or the big collectors in the Central Temple where the soul vocals will have you in raptures. I’ll be playing in the Lower Temple on Friday and Saturday 8-9, so I may dig out some Philly/Salsoul in tribute to Vince Montana who passed away recently.
So it will soon be time for my annual pilgrimage to Morecambe, to see old friends and make some new ones. It really is the friendliest weekender out there. If you come on your own the Seaside Soul Club guys will show you the ropes, just don’t let Charlie Dixon buy you any strange drinks, so forget Lourdes and Ibiza, Morecambe has the sunshine and the soul it’s is where I go to cleanse my soul, join me in the temple and raise your hands in the sanctuary………………..I’ve got the feeling that we’ll be seeing each other again.
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