Carole King – It’s Too Late

I think this track probably is one of my earliest memories when it comes to music, although I was about 3 when her album TAPESTRY was released it pretty much was the soundtrack to my younger years, play it today and it still evokes ‘’long hot summers spent with my parents”.

Carole King – It's Too Late

 

The Stylistics – Can’t Give You anything But My Love

My Nan passed away when I was just 9 years old and I inherited her record deck and vinyl collection, among a very varied selection was this track, it that just hooked me in, sweet soulful vocals, horns and strings, massive arrangement, and it never left the turntable, I think this was the real beginning for me, analysing each instrument, understanding the groove, my love of music had begun…

The Stylistics – Can't Give You anything but My Love

 

Tubular Bells 1973

An album that totally blew my mind, used to lay on my bed with headphones on and listen to it front to back… A stunning composition… Has to be listened too on vinyl…

Tubular Bells 1973 the original

 

M.F.S.B – K-JEE – 1975

Being around in the 70’s meant only one thing ‘DISCO’ and to me this track just typifies that sound, still sound fresh and would still slay any dance floor that’s for sure…

M.F.S.B – K-JEE – 1975

 

Change – Searching

Luther Vandross, a powerhouse of a male vocalist, I play this track almost everyday, his voice and those strings they just grab me in!!!! Still gives me goosebumps !!!

Change – Searching

 

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

If you don’t have an MJ track in your all time top ten then do you really like music ??? I would of given my right arm to of been in the studio during the making of this track, imagine coming up with that guitar lick, listening to each instrument coming together, wow it don’t get better than that!!!

Michael Jackson – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

 

ENCORE (12-Inch Extended Version) – Cheryl Lynn

I’d tell my Mum i was going to my local town to go shopping but ‘i’d hop on a train & head to London armed with a wants list & i would go hunting all the import stores for tracks i’d heard on the specialist radio shows… Still delivers.

ENCORE (12-Inch Extended Version) – Cheryl Lynn

I Want Your Lovin’ (Extended Mix) – Curtis Hairston

More from my Funk and Soul days – Fila track suit, Diadora Trainers, Lois chords and this blaring out my walkman. Good times…

I want your Lovin' (Extended Mix) – Curtis Hairston

 

D*Note – The Garden Of Earthly Delights

Just turn it up, thank me later…

d*note – the garden of earthly delights

 

Tiefschwarz – Never

Listen to the lyrics. I’m 50 next year but I never want to grow old (on the inside anyway)

tiefschwarz never

 

Mark Fanciulli & Rob Cockerton Slave To The Rave (incl. Honey Dijon Remix) – Play It Say It

Following a big EP from Richy Ahmed, Play It Say It returns with a talented collaboration in the form of Mark Fanciulli and Rob Cockerton, with Honey Dijon on the remix. Mark Fanciulli has carved out his own sound that takes the best of House and Techno, turning in his own infectious releases on the likes of Joris Voorn’s Rejected, as well as the legendary Planet E and Intec. Long time friend and collaborator Rob Cockerton joins Fanciulli, who’s own credits lead to labels including Suara and Snatch!, and together the duo cook up a storm here. ‘Slave To The Rave’ is the fantastic opening cut and is a real party starter with an old school feel. Acid stabs bring raw energy alongside chattery claps straight from Chicago in the 80’s, whilst the whole production is bolstered by slick drum programming that won’t fail to work crowds into a frenzy. The excellent ’10 Channels of Bliss’ is equally massive, with robust kick drums down low and huge incendiary hi-hats up top. Swaying claps and rolling bass all help lure you in and shapeshifting synths bring all that important looseness and colour. Next up, Classic Music Company artist and New York tastemaker Honey Dijon steps up to remix ‘Slave To The Rave’. Her version is dark and intense, with an unbridled sense of frantic raves bottled up in the train-track grooves and the cleverly filtered vocals, whilst the digital release also features a dub version that is stripped back to the bare essentials.

Mark Fanciulli & Rob Cockerton Slave To The Rave (incl. Honey Dijon Remix) – Play It Say It released 22nd September 2017