This week marked the passing of a Hip Hop legend, Big Bank Hank who was one third of the Sugarhill Gang. Whilst it can be argued that groups biggest hit was never written by the trio (Musically and lyrically), it's easy to forget that the Sugarhill Gang left a long legacy of recordings to the Sugarhill label. I've included a few of my own personal favourites in this weeks episode, some of which hold more connections to the raw aesthetic of Hip Hop than their biggest hit ever did, and some more surprisingly which fit more comfortably within the early…
After a four month break the Groove Therapy podcast returns - And whilst I'm still sorting through the many new vinyl acquisitions I've acquired through the break, this episode shouldn't disappoint as I dig back through the crates and pull out a bunch of gems peppered with a few recent releases, including the new 45 from Canadian producer Jorun Bombay who takes on the beloved Bob James classic Nautilus, and a new 45 on the amazing Fraternity Music Group label courtesy of the Undercover Brother editing another classic "Tramp" as re-envisioned by The Grits.
Istanbul is an amazing city with a long musical heritage, and the serious record collector will find a lot of stores to keep you on your feet for a few days. For a city that straddles two continents you will find a vast variety of music - and of course a lot of local Turkish music. A word of advice for those who are looking for local sounds: Bring a portable record player (I didn't). Many of the stores don't have listening stations, and the vast collections of local Turkish music can be quite overwhelming if you don't know what…
As part of the 45 RPM tour I recently visited the Empire State New York to spin a few 45s, and of course fit in a bit of record shopping. First stop was out in Brooklyn to play at the Bionic Boogie Sessions, run by my man Cam Run, an ex-pat Australian who is now doing big things in NY. He runs a great weekly spot that caters for anyone into good music - with a host of visiting Aussie's either behind or infront of the turntables to make you feel right at home.
The Shan Frenzie 45 RPM tour is well under way. First stop was Oakland California, to catch up with old friend DJ Platurn who runs the Bay Area's premier 45's night, The 45 Sessions. On this particular night I shared the headline with Canada's chief rocker The Gaff. Big shout outs to the Oakland Faders deejays Platurn & Enki for holding down such a great night, and also to resident DJ Delgado who took the night off to make room for the nights guests, but came to hang out anyway.
An action packed episode of the Groove Therapy podcast traversing sounds of Washington Go-Go to Brazilian Samba with a heavy dose of disco and boogie thrown in to the mix. The mix also features some of my favourite early nineties club staples from UK hip hop group Outlaw Posse, and Richie Rich. A couple of future B Boy classics also got a spin, courtesy of tracks from Para and Virgil Howe with Shawn Lee. A new releases from Giles Peterson's new project Sonzeira gets the official Groove Therapy track of the week.