Category Archives: Soul

The annual Glastonbury review (part 2)

Festivals are always a triumph of the human spirit. Where else can you party from midday til the sun comes up, then get up and do it all over again, five days in a row, always with a smile on … Continue reading

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Tim Maia, Rational Culture / Pointer Sisters, Yes We Can Can

Lamenting the appalling sound during Nicky Siano’s set at The Forum on Friday night (and possibly a bit of slightly sketchy mixing from the maestro himself – playing like me DJing drunk at a wedding and whacking up the master … Continue reading

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All hail Nicky Siano

I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as hyped about a gig as I am for tomorrow night. If there’s a disco heaven, then the RBMA v Lovebox special is definitely spinning a tune or 10 inside those pearly gates. … Continue reading

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Bill Withers, You Got The Stuff

Sunny afternoon? Gotta be Bill. As random YouTube commenter chuckmichsf says, “This grooves so damn haaaaaaaaaard!!! It don’t make no sense lord have mercy what were these motherfuckers on back then!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Quite. Continue reading

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Womack & Womack, Baby I’m Scared Of You

A deliciously subtle late night slow jam, and one of my favourite voices on the planet. So, so sweet… Continue reading

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Let’s Go Get Stoned, Ray Charles

A bit late to the Nick Ashford tribute wagon – but damn, what a songwriter. A goodly proportion of the “favourite” section of my record shelves is given over to Ashford & Simpson numbers – Stay Free, Bourgie Bourgie (their own instrumental renditi… Continue reading

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Oliver Cheatham, Get Down Saturday Night

Banished to the bedroom to huddle over my laptop to watch the (excellent) film Maestro (on Larry Levan, David Mancuso et al) while the chap claims the lounge to watch a documentary on nuclear waste. Yep, we know how to party here. Get down Saturda… Continue reading

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Brassroots, Good Life

I didn’t think the original Good Life could be beat… but I cannot wait to bust this Brassroots beauty out at the Chap’s Mardi Gras-themed birthday party in a couple of weekends’ time. HOT DAMN! Follow this up with Hot 8 Brass Band’s Sexual Heali… Continue reading

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Bill Withers, Grandma’s Hands

Still on the subject of the mighty Banana Record, Yokohama, I picked up a (yet again) mint condition Bill Withers best-of comp during my crate digging. I forget the price but probably around 800 yen, or 10 of your Kiwi dollars. You can never have … Continue reading

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Ella Fitzgerald, Sunshine Of Your Love

As mentioned below (don’t worry, I won’t be dropping Spastik – unless it’s a specific request), I’m privileged to be playing some records this weekend at a blessing ceremony for a wonderful lady and her fabulous chap (they tied the knot in an cere… Continue reading

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