Be rude not to write about this one… A whole night with Phil playing music for just over a fiver will be brilliant from the off. I’ll not say much more but recommend heavily and for more information you can go here.
What other DJ can claim to have been resident at Cafe del Mar during its peak period of the ‘Chill out’ phenomenon, paving the way for all those festivals full of Guardian-reading, lentil-munching folk who went to school with David Cameron? Actually that’s not his fault as he is one fucking hell of a DJ with a deep knowledge and love of the music and a party. Phil didn’t choose this mixtape for you to play while you lay back and chill as your Cath Kidston, welly-wearing wife keeps Oliver and Lucinda out of the circus tent, but for you and your skanky pals to munch on a couple of little green fellas and a cold Union beer.
Pastor TL Barrett – Like a Ship (Light in the Attic)An obscure gospel album recently re-issued on Light in the Attic. Made by Pastor Barrett in 1971 to attract people to his church in Chicago, I heard this and instantly loved it. I’m sure there are hundreds of amazing privately pressed gospel albums that I’ll never hear, but I’m just happy discovering this one.
Eloise Laws – Love Factory (Inferno)Taken from the ‘Out on the Floor’ compilation by Neil Rushton, I first heard my friend’s older brother playing this when I was about 12. Everything from the cover artwork with a map of England showing mysterious places like the Twisted Wheel, Samanthas, and the Catacombs, to the incredible music made me rush out and buy a copy, even though I knew nothing about northern soul.
Jackie Lee – Darkest Days (Kent)An emotional, raw, soulful track about a man going through a hard time. After ‘Out on the Floor’ I bought the first few Kent compilations. This is from number seven ‘Floorshakers’. I started venturing up to London and remember going to Grapevine Records in an indoor market off Carnaby Street. Seemed like a big adventure at the time, like going to another planet.
Ten City – Devotion (Atlantic)The first time I went to Groove Records in about November ‘87 I bought this and Masters at Work ‘Alright Alright’. That started years of wandering West End record shops, if I didn’t go at least once a week I used to panic that I’d missed out on something. I bought anything that had Marshall Jefferson’s name on it, after Devotion came ‘Right Back to You’, it just blew me away.
William Onyeabor – Fantastic Man (Wilfims)A friend went to New York a few years ago for a record fair, I gave him some money and in the pile he bought back was this. A Nigerian disco album from ‘79, the cover is knackered and the vinyl is pretty scratched, still sounds good when you play it out though.
West India Company – Ave Maria (London)In about 2003/4 myself and my friend Oscar put on monthly Sunday afternoon parties at a bar in West Hampstead. One of our regular guests was DJ Gareth, ex Market Tavern / Love Muscle. I could have picked any one of his tracks, Melba Moore ‘Standing Right Here’, It’s Immaterial ‘Space’, Dennis Parker ‘Like an Eagle’, but Ave Maria was always played when it was most busy and people had had a few cocktails too many. Detroit Spinners ‘Ghetto Child’ always went down well too.
Teaspoon and the Waves- O Yeh Soweto (Sofrito)A super rare track from their 1980 LP, re-issued by Sofrito. A kind of cover version of Back To My Roots (same music, different vocals), this sounded good the other week at Ross Allen’s Meltdown down the Social.
Gil Scott Heron – Angola Louisiana (Arista)From his Secrets album, this is about the state prison in Louisiana, the largest in the US. It’s Gil imagining how grim it must be to be in there. Fond memories of hearing this at Chris’s afterhours in San Diego, a private club built in an office on the outskirts of San Diego. Thanks to Hugh for taking me there!
Eric Kupper – Planet K (Tribal)Muzik magazine organised a tour of Portugal in 1995 with a few DJ’s from England, Portugal and the U.S. Elliot Eastwick played this on the first night at the Kremlin in Lisbon and it just sounded brilliant. The week ended with Tony Humphries playing in the courtyard of a castle and Phil Perry finding an unmanned bar with free beer (a highlight of the week).
Angelique Kidjo – Batonga (Club mix)A record I used to play a lot at the beginning of my, fairly unintentional, DJ career. Reminds me of too many vodka jellys at the Milk Bar, freezing in the bar at the Ministry and playing it most nights in Ibiza as it’s pretty long and was good to put on and nip to the loo. Heard Mark 7 play it at Disco Bloodbath last year, still sounded good.
The Crow – Your Autumn of Tommorow (Inferno)Couldn’t resist putting another one on from the Out on the Floor album. Was either this or the Carstairs ‘It Really Does Hurt Me Girl’ which still gives me goosebumps when i hear the intro. ‘Your Autumn of Tomorrow’ is a strange piece of psychedelic funk which, according to the sleeve notes, was massive at the Blackpool Mecca.
Maxx Mann – Bloody and Blue (Red Dog)‘This is a hot, new album by a New York City artist Maxx Mann. The music is beyond new wave and punk. People who enjoy late hour dancing will certainly crowd the floor for more than one cut of this record’… or so says the press release from this 1982 oddball disco release.
Jorge Ben – Curumin Chama (Orio)I always thought Brazil was the land of gentle bossa nova, cocktails and exotic women. I recently saw a documentary on the history of Brazilian music, in which quite a few musicians had to seek refuge in London in the 70’s as they were being persecuted by the government (which was a military dictatorship) for being too political and subversive. Fantastic track which is generally known as “that one with the dog on the cover”.
Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mu Head (Resolution)Best known for Strawberry Letter 23, first heard this on a Blessed Blackness compilation. I used to do the warm up sometimes at Plastic People, when it was in Oxford Street and the decks were on washing machines. Harri was the resident, he was always there early, I used to stick this on and have a chat. Nice bloke, very good DJ.
Jon Lucien – Listen Love (Verve)Was aware of this first from a Jazz Juice compilation, but it didn’t really make sense until I heard Dave Henley play it one sunny afternoon at a Boys Own party. I was lucky enough to see him live at Dingwalls before he sadly passed away.
Pat Metheny – Last Train Home (Geffen)I’m a big Pat Metheny fan, could have picked quite a few of his tracks to put on here. From the letters from home album, I’ll always remember playing this and a friend walking up and saying ‘ whats this?.. sounds like the theme from crossroads’.
Marvin Gaye – Where Are We Going (Motown)Originally on a bootleg 12, this was finally released on a best of CD, a great track that could have fitted nicely onto whats going on. Years ago i saw a documentary where he goes to Belgium to get away from it all and sort his life out. At one point he goes into a church and sings the lords prayer, im not religious but that really got to me. Thanks to Moonboots for playing me this.
Wim Mertens – The Scene (Les Disques du Crepsucule)Don’t know much about Wim Mertens apart from his Belgian and his music was used in the ‘belly of an architect’. Some of his tracks are bit too avant garde for me, but he’s done some real gems too, would love to see him in concert. This track reminds me of Ibiza.
Thanks to Faith.