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Bill Curtis of The Fatback Band

Wednesday, 04 July 2007 Back to Mine
What would  I play for someone  who visits my house?You know I would play Fatback tunes that I thought should have been a hit or at least played on the air. If the person is musician. These are the albums I would play:01. Charlie Parker "Live at Townhall"  Bird at his best with Dizzy. Go home and study this.02. Cliff Brown "Joy Spring"To hear what a tight group is supposed to sound like03. Lee Morgan "Sidewinder"to learn how to be funky, the real funk.04. Charles Williams "Trees and Grass and Th...
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Wednesday, 27 June 2007 Back to Mine
01. Mandrill - Ape is HighThat is some funky shit right there.02. Cymande - Brothers on the SlideOne of the gretest funk riffs of all time. We did a version for the clubs which sadly wasn't as good as this original03. Big Daddy Kane - Warm it Up KaneNow that's what I call hip hop, Vol. 1 Track 1. Unbeatable.04. Incredible Bongo Band - SatisfactionQuirky take on the Stones classic. You can't be too serious when the clubs over.05. IKON - The DoveA modern chill classic. This captured a lot of peopl...
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Wednesday, 13 June 2007 Back to Mine
Hashim - Al Naafiysh (The Soul)  [Streetwave] Cameron : This was the original electro record that got me in techno, my neighbour used to breakdance to it out in the yard. Pure simplicity with focus on quality ingredients - bass, synths, drums and a mean robot voice,   "it's tiiiiiiiiiiiiime....."Information Society - Running (Instrumental) [Wide Angle]Cameron : A Tommy Boy Records classic I picked up in Greek Street Records in Soho before it became a pouny restaurant, still in my mind the best b...
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Wednesday, 06 June 2007 Back to Mine
01) Just Kissed My Baby - The Meters - Rhino/Wea.Weep. If there is anything wrong with this record can someone point it out to us please? No? Course not. Straight up and down groover with THAT guitar riff. 02) Trouble - Ray Lamontagne - 14th Floor.Why isn't this guy massive? This track is sublime. Everyone should listen to more Ray, go and buy all of his music now.03) Duppy Conqueror - Bob Marley and the Wailers - Island.Less conspicuous than some of his songs, but familiar in it's sound, this o...
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Wednesday, 23 May 2007 Back to Mine
Prince - Something In The Water Does Not Compute1999 - I have been listening to this album since the day it came out. Prince screams like a banshee and that synth sound does it for me. There are so many favorite prince songs but today i choose this one.Can - Halleluwah - Tago Mago Gruff rhys turned me on to this song on tour. We were pulling out of boston bumping this super loud stoned out of our minds after kicking a few porn stars off the tour bus. Sounds so rock and roll right? it was a good ...
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Jonnie Wilkes of Optimo

Wednesday, 09 May 2007 Back to Mine
Jonnie Wilkes of Optimo - 'Back To Mine'Hank Williams - Ramblin' Man (Mercury)As Hank said: ÔA good song is a good songÕ and he wrote some of the best I ever heard. The King of Honky Tonk.Chris and Cosey - October Love Song (CTI)Pure pop sensuality - forever together.Can - Oh Yeah (United Artists)Incredible unrestrained Kraut moment, scares some people, makes some people laugh.Current 93 - Idumaea (Dartro Jnana)Various great collaborations on this strange album ('Black Ships Ate The Sky') from o...
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Ashley Beedle

Wednesday, 02 May 2007 Back to Mine
01. Candi Staton - I'm Just A Prisoner (Fame Records)This is my kind of soul. Southern, bluesy and brilliantly sung by the great Ms Staton who is having a bit of a career resurgence at the moment.02. Smokey Robinson - Quiet Storm (Motown)A record that I consistently return to. Smokey just kills it on vocals. A land mark album that started a genre no less. 03. Sun Ra - Sleeping Beauty (Saturn)One of the legendary Sun Ra's more accessible productions. You just lie back and let it wash over you. St...
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Wednesday, 25 April 2007 Back to Mine
01. Joe Smooth - Promised Land (DJ INTERNATIONAL)Quite simply one of the  ultimate house music anthems of all time. 02. Brand New Heavies - Back  To Love (graham park remix) (WARNER)The second best house record of all  time.03. John Paul Young - Love Is The Air (Colombia)Top Singalong Party Tune... Altogether now !!!04. Richie Havens - Back To My Roots (Elektra)Oh so cool  hard to find version of this soul classic.05. Bonnie Bailey - Ever  After (White Label)One of numerous future classics from ...
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Mauro Picotto

Wednesday, 18 April 2007 Back to Mine
Kraftwerk – Computer World It was the first electronic album that introduce me to electronic music and has influenced me a lot. Giorgio Moroder – E=mc2He’s one of the most famous and brilliant creators of emotional music with synthetizer solos. Tangerine dream – HeartbreakersThis is a guru band with 40 years of electronic music experience, needs to be listened at least once in life. Supertramps – Breakfast In AmericaThis is one of my favourite emotional albums. Pink Floyd – The WallIt’s a classi...
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Sarah Foote (Favouritizm)

Wednesday, 11 April 2007 Back to Mine
Kem ‘Heaven’ Restricted (Access)One of the most beautiful modern day classics the Norties has had to offer, heartfelt soulful vocals with a stunning musical arrangement to match... Dancefloor or sofa, it’s sheer perfection!Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam ‘I Wonder if I Take You Home’ (Columbia)A legendary track in the pad of Auntie Fav', this has caused many post club kitchen floor breakdance frenzies over the years and still does... Bet you didn’t know I could do the windmill!Bah Samba ‘Calma’ (BKO...
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Wednesday, 04 April 2007 Back to Mine
Neil Young ‘Hey Hey My My’ (Reprise)One of the problems of a punk youth is that I completely rejected 70's rock. What a fool! Now I know this is sunshine heaven.Krafwerk ‘Neon Lights’ (Capitol)Such dry minimalists, but such emotion! These guys were genius.Idris Muhammad ‘Could Heaven ever be like this’ (Kudu)I think, after hearing this, it could.PIL ‘Public Image Limited’ (Virgin)Punk grew up a little with Johnny Lydon's pairing with the reggae freak Jah Wobble. The combination of punk anger, du...
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Big Strides

Wednesday, 28 March 2007 Back to Mine
01. SAM COOKE - “THAT'S WHERE IT'S AT”I always think Sam Cooke was just finding his proper soul stride when he died. Otis Reading just did the 'home run' for him. This is a late recording of his and it's one of those tunes that could make you either smile or cry. Bitter-sweet soul.02. EELS - “FRESH FEELING”The production and the mix of styles on Eels stuff is always amazing, and this is so close to a straightforward pop song with but with much more class. The string arrangement doesn't even begi...
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Wednesday, 21 March 2007 Back to Mine
Sex Technique - Queen of JapanI think Queen of Japan are German - I first got to know of them through their excellent cover of Kiss's I Was Made For Loving You which featured on the 2 Many DJs mix album. This is one of their original tracks and features the line, “I wish that you would fall in love with me, not only with my splendid sex technique” - it's a wonderfully non-English use of the word 'splendid'.Self Control - Laura BranniganThis is an Eighties track. I found it on the Grand Theft Aut...
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Di Pascali

Wednesday, 07 March 2007 Back to Mine
Oleta Adams ‘Never Knew Love’ DT’s Mercury Mix – FontanaThe first chords touch your heart, Danny Tenaglia's superb arrangements remind me of the Frankie Knuckles era (one of my major inspirations). And there's a surprise funky section that starts halfway through the fourteen-minute mix. A masterpiece! Chaka ‘Love You All My Lifetime’ Diva Mix - WarnerLots of 'deep' strings (fairly unusual for this singer) with surprising arrangements, a seductive keyboard line, and some jazzy solo piano. An exce...
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 Back to Mine
Berndt Egerbladh - "Nybyggarland" LP (Sonet)This truly underrated swedish jazz platter is essential listening if you want to know where were coming from musically. Beautiful folk melodies from northern Sweden in a soulful jazz costume.Merit Hemmingson - "Visa Från Medelpad" LP track from "Trollskog" (EMI)Swedish folk queen Merit Hemmingson in one of her most mellow and soulful moments, here trading her trusty Hammond for a Wurlitzer electric piano. Magic!A Tribe Called Quest - "Midnight Marauder...
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Wednesday, 21 February 2007 Back to Mine
01. Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel (Sugarhill) 1981Apart from being one of the greatest records ever made, it was this that made me want to get serious behind the decks.02. Visual - The Music's Got Me (Prelude) 1983Uplifting, great vocals, bassline & groove. I can still picture Greg Wilson, back in '83, chop-mixing this to great effect at Legend, Manchester. After seeing Greg, I definitely wanted to be a DJ!03. D Train - Keep On (Prelude) 1982I...
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Wednesday, 14 February 2007 Back to Mine
01. Change  ‘Angel In My Pocket’Change are one of my favourite groups from the disco era and this one of my favourite tracks, uplifting with an irresistibly catchy b-line riff, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.02. Talking Heads ‘This Must Be The Place (Live)’One band I wished I'd seen live, the Stop Making Sense live album that this is from is genuis. This track is both quirky and moving and with a line like "I love you till my heart stops" you can't lose.03. Deelite  ‘What Is Love’They ma...
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Wednesday, 07 February 2007 Back to Mine
01. 'Groovin with Mr Blow' Mr BlowIt's the Harmonica solo to end them all (a bit). But most importantly it makes you feel like you are actually 'goovin' with the man… the title is so apt.02. 'She's a Lady' PulpThis is such a good song. It's off Pulp's best album (In my eyes). 03. 'Radio Prague' Orchestral Manoeuvres in the dark.The album 'Dazzle Ship's' made me think that the world was going to end. This is the first track off that album, but the rest is just as good. It's a trick, as I want eve...
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Wednesday, 24 January 2007 Back to Mine
Wiseguys – The Sound You Hear (Wall Of Sound)So far ahead of it’s time and it has one of my favourite breaks.De La Soul – Keepin’ the Faith (Big Life)How hip-hop should sound!Greyboy feat. Sharon Jones and Quantic Gotta Be A Love (Paul Nice Remix) (Ubiquity)This one never seems to leave my record bag.  Killer groove!Katalyst – Uprock This (Invada)Easily the best piece of Australian production to date!  Give it a listen and you’ll know what I’m on about!RJD2 – Ghostwriter (Def Jux)Dunno I’ve just...
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Wednesday, 17 January 2007 Back to Mine
Paperclip People ‘Throw’This I remember from the first shindig party in Newcastle years and years back - FX and Digit on 4 decks - cut up two copies of CLS 'can you feel it' was also a highlight as i remember, but Paperclip people has managed to stand the test of time I still get exited when someone plays it and freak out when the vocal effects come in at the end... ddrrruugggss!Neu ‘Hallogallo’This is without doubt the greatest driving song ever recorded - on the way to the vice festival this s...
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