Welcome To The Blog!

All mixes featured here are done for my own personal use and help make the journey to and from the daily grind go so much better! so I thought I'd put them out there to share, After all ,We all got to have freedom!

All selections from my own collection.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Funk 'N' Soul Grooves!

Here's some Tunes to get you in the mood, post Xmas pre New Year, Hope they make you want to get your Groove on ! For your listening pleasure we have.......Prince,The Stance Brothers, The Jackson Five, Grace Jones,St Germain,Ramsey Lewis,The New Mastersounds,Jimmy Briscoe &The Little Beavers,Gladys Knight & The Pips,Don Sebesky,Som Tres,The Peddlers,Johnny Hammond,Pleasure,Eddie Kendricks,Deniece Williams,Marcus Belgrave,Oddisee (fantastic new album get it!), Lack of Afro(latest album also a gem!!),A Taste of Honey,Arthur Conley,Janet Lawson,Archie Bell & The Drells and last but not least Foxy!!

Download HERE!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

New Street Adventure - The Big AC

OK,here we go,
I love this!! I'm hearing among others,Dexy's,The Style Council and the Blow Monkeys!!! and best of all some Dad Dancing!!! thats me after a few beers except for the splits!! ooowww!!!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

These Are Solid Grooves!

Heads To The Sky People!!!here's another groove filled funktious feast for your consideration!!!Included in the myriad of ingredients in the mix are some of the following........Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band,Tommy Guerrero,
As One/Kirk Degiorgio,Jo Stance,Malo,Reel People,Ray Barretto,Ricardo Marrerro,Lack of Afro,Shawn Lee,Bad Jazz Troupe,Renegades Of Jazz,Blue Rondo La Turk,Nicola Conte,Victor Davies,Gang of Four,Pete Rodriguez and Jose Feliciano!!
Now go get your Groove on!!!!!
Download HERE

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

AM & Shawn Lee

Fantastic track have the album on order,loved Shawn Lee's 'Soul In The Hole' album,(Get It!!! its superb!!) and am diggin' the whole 70's vibe going on this track,heavy moogs and glacial string synths, I'm hearing Hall & Oates,The Commodores and Gary Numan!!!!among others,Enjoy!!
Here's a link to AM's site for more info HERE

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Ivy in London.

 Fantastic article about the origins of the Ivy/Modernist look. Although the story of how the Ivy League style fared in the British capital is inextricably bound with that of the early 60s Modernists it’s also to do with that British preference for some cultivated eccentricity......The rest of the article his here
The Cover Art of Roy Ayers
One of my all time musical heroes,from 15 to 50 his music has always been part of my listening (and dancing!!)pleasure and had the great pleasure of meeting him backstage about 15 years ago at a gig in Glasgow and a more gracious man you could not meet,and he's still bangin' them out! with guy's half his age, these being Bah Samba with the track Positive Vibe(thanks to Tony Poole of the Rhythm & Groove Blog for vid) 

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Northern Soul the film teaser.

f Fantastic teaser clip for the forth coming Northern Soul film looking forward to this, reminds me of Nottingham Palais days!
Here's an interview with the director Elaine Constantine courtesy of the soul-source site,the link is HERE 
and thanks to Modculture for the heads up!

Sunday, 2 October 2011


 Fantastic Jazz and vid edit from Makoto Miura.Thanks to the fro-disia blogspot for the link!                                                                                                                             

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Mods in the Midlands

How the writer from Nottingham Alan Fletcher, author of the wonderful Mod Crop Trilogy of books, placed some stories from his youth into the film version of The Who's 'Quadrophenia',
 Presented by John Holmes.       Thanks to Realmodworld for the link.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Ritmo No.1

Hey!Groovy,Groovy people,here's some world jazz jive to get your funk feet into,now go forth and give it some!!!!!!

For your exploration,anticipation and participation some of the following:...............................
Blood,Sweat&Tears,The Ebony Rhythm Band,
LA Carnival,Charles Wright,and Jo Stance,
Gerardo Frisina,Frootfal,Cal Tjader,Jukka Eskola,
Son's & Daughters of Lite,Coati Mundi,Ben Mono,
Quantic Soul Orchestra,Chocolate Milk,Heatwave,Sun,
The Equals and Ramsey Lewis,to name a few!!!!!!!!!!!
memories of buying the albums by Heatwave and Sun,there was a special record stall that I used to frequent in my then hometown of Nottingham, it was in the Victoria Center shopping mall which had its own 'Victoria market' consisting of various stalls selling everything from fabrics, household goods, to the good old pea's & mint sauce,mussels and the famous sausage and tomato Bap!(not roll!)up the escalator on the second level!where the caff would have a large tray of the sausage and tomato mixture cooking in the oven all morning!!! also not forgetting Jamaican patties!! very often a lunch time staple(not including the occasional pie,chips,beans and gravy!!!) any way the stall was situated just near the exit to the main part of the center and was always an essential stop in my lunch time break, especially after reading the newest copy of Blues and Soul to check out any top albums that were released ,
many happy purchases included Cameo,Mandrill,
The Commodores,Slave,The Barkays,and Earth,Wind &Fire to name a few, and what I loved about the place the most was the smell of the brand new vinyl as you explored the ( gate fold if it was the American label)sleeve and read all the available info, star signs,instruments played,and band members names, of the very often mysterious and exotic sounds(to these ears)recorded within,many happy days were had playing the platters on my cheap plastic record player, where I would lie on my bedroom floor with the speakers carefully positioned on each side of my head so I could absorb the layers of funk sounds held within the Vinyl grooves!!!!! Fantastico!!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

The Mizell Brothers,Music Producers Extraordinaire!


Fonce Mizell  HELL UP IN HARLEM.jpg
Fonce Mizell passed away yesterday.He was one-half of one of the distinctive and beloved production duos of the 1970s (and via sampling, of the 1990s, you might say).
Check out Jeff Chang’s interview with the Mizell Brothers, at the Red Bull Music Academy, from a few years back.
And most definitely check out Matthew Africa’s 2010 tribute to the Mizells.
Thanks to the excellent Soulsides website for this link, HERE.
Another Musical Genius leaves us ,peace go with you Brother.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

An Interview with Steve Marriott-1965

' One of the unsung heroes of the post-British Invasion era. Steve Marriot was part of Small Faces when this interview was conducted. 1965 saw the band just getting getting a name for themselves, breaking out of the Mod mold and striking out for new territory. They had several minor hits, but nothing that would compare to their successes just two years later. Marriott would eventually part company with his Small Faces bandmates, who would go off and morph into Faces and recruit Rod Stewart. Marriott would form the iconic Hard Rock outfit Humble Pie, a band that also featured ex-Herd member Peter Frampton. Humble Pie became huge all over the world, selling out stadiums and racking up an impressive number of hit albums in the process.'
'Sadly, Marriott left us rather early. He died tragically in

 1991, but he left behind a long and celebrated body of

 work that became very influential in the growth and

 development of so many bands who came after him.

Here is an interview done with Brian Matthews of the BBC
 as part of their Pop Profiles Series. An interview that
 hasn't been heard in a long time with an artist whose
 work was pivotal during so many evolutions of Rock',
Gordon Skene.

Thanks to the Newstalgia.crooksandliars.com site for this

 fantastic interview the link is HERE

Monday, 4 July 2011

'Gil Scott-Heron saved my life'

Here's a wonderful piece about the gone but not forgotten musical genius that was Gil Scott-Heron,even with all his personal trials and tribulations he could still help a fellow human being onto the right path,outstanding.                        Peace go with you Brother,                                                                                                                            Here's the Link (thanks to the Guardian) 'Gil Scott-Heron saved my  life' | Music | The Guardian

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


DeepFunkyGrooves! people are you ready to do the shiftless shuffle .......Yes! O.K Lets Go!!!!!!  Included for your consideration are the following groovers:Bobby Hutcherson,Fred Wesley and The J.B's, Antonio Carlos E Jocafi,40 Winks(new album never off my turntable!)Marvin Holmes and the Uptights,Lack of Afro,Jose Feliciano,Starship Orchestra,The Fantastic Beatfanatic, his highness Prince Buster,The heavenly Jon Lucian,Queen Aretha Franklin,Jo Stance with the Stance Brothers(fantastic album from Ricky Tick get it!)Kool & the Gang,The Funktastic Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band,Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers,The main preacher, Damn Sam the Miracle Man  and the Soul Congregation,Exit 9,Frootful(from their the new Colours album), Neneh Cherry(yeah I can Buffaloe Stance!),Lucky Brown's Space Dream(ESSENTIAL ALBUM!!!),Brazilia 70 and the Chico Lopez All Stars,and finally one of my all time faves Cameo's 'It's Serious' first heard  in 77 in my then hometown of Nottingham  in a local Disco called  Zhivagos if memory serves me, owned by two Greek brothers whose highlight of the night would be to hit the dancefloor with congas, assorted percussion and whistles for their version of Studio 54!!!(except it wasnt the biggest club in the world by any means and these two dudes looked like extras for the 'Boogie Nights' film all satin shirts,chestwigs and  medallions!!!) needless to say when the D.J dropped this track me and me mates hit the floor big time and a good time would be had by all ,ooh!ooh! & lots of finger pointing.....Happy days!!!                                                                                                                 ''I'll play it first and tell you what it is later''.  
Miles Davis
  Download the DeepFunkyGrooves HERE!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Drum Battle - Ginger Baker, Bobby Graham & Others

    Check out this cool Drum Battle vid featuring Ginger Baker, Bobby Graham,Alan Grindley,John Kearns,Bobby Richards,Ronnie Verrell,Andy White and Ronnie Stephenson, great 60's vibe and drum kits!!!Thanks to the Original Modernists facebook page for the link.                                                                                      

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Los Granadians - La Fiebre @ Pop A Top

 Here We Go!!!! POP Aaaaaaa TOP!!.................                                                       Presenting The Los Granadians Del Expacio Exterior,I'm liking this very much including the whole 70's Top Of The Pops vibe,getting my bobble hat and mutton chops prepared and shining up me docks,
Thanks to Modculture for the link and RealModWorld for the Vid, Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Drums!They Come From Africa!!

The Drums!,The Drums!, From Africa They Come,
The Source Where it All Starts From People and the inspiration!,get down and celebrate!!!
For your consideration and delectation,we have a fine mix of ingrediants including:Shuggie Otis,The Ayodegi Afro Latin Orchestra,The Undisputed Truth, Jose Mangual,4Hero,Coati Mundi(from his fine new album, takes me back to Dr Buzzards Savanna Band days!)The Three Degree's,Jukka Eskola,The
Specials,40Winks(fantastic new album,get it!)The Square Set,Georgie Fame,The Richard Kent Style(from Acid Jazz labels'Rare Mod'series of 45's Fantastic!)The Soul Bossa Trio,Cameo(before the red jockstrap days!!!sinister grooves!)The Chequers,The Dirty Voodoo Beats of AL QUETZ aka Quetzal & his Drums Come From Africa LP which inspired this mix,check out this album,essential!!!Gerardo Frisna(CLASS!)The Impressions,The Philly Four,The Epresarios to name a few plus some Brazilian breaks & beats to add spice,ENJOY!!!!!!
                   'The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing'-James Brown
                                                  You Can Download It HERE!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Searching For Groovesville !!!

Here We Go! Some Fine Tunes For Your Consideration And Delectation!
                            Lets Get Groovy People!!......                            

Including:The Peddlers,Jazzanova,Dexy's Midnight Runners,Mulatu Astatke,Allen Toussaint,St Germain,
The Average White Band(from a live album that I'll put up there with Maze"Live In New Orleans"and
Earth,Wind&Fire's" Gratitude"for intensity and passion!!!)The Equals,John Klemmer,Scritti Polliti,Prince,
Kid Creole,and Donald Byrd to name a few!!!
Download The Mix HERE!

Sunday, 27 March 2011


                                          The Link is HERE!
Eddie Piller of AcidJazz Records.

The ModHobbit-Martin Freeman!
THE MODCAST EPISODE 3 For Your Consideration!,Try out the latest episode of the Modtastic ModCast by the evergreen Eddie Piller and friends where they discuss TV, Films and Music from a Modernist point of view (and including a not unreasonable amount of pisstake,argybargy and of course humour!!) listen out for episode 2 which has guest Martin Freeman discussing all things Mod-Hobbit!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Don't You Worry About A Thing!(Parts1&2)

Here's a wonderful YouTube clip of the brilliant composer Roy Budd  playing the
     theme to his wonderful soundtrack of Get Carter via the sexadelic60's.blogspot.com 
the Link is HERE!   
Heads up people! Let The Freedom Principle Rule!
Here's JazzBops For Your Consideration,

Monday, 21 February 2011


 For your consideration people!!
here's a couple of sites to be added to the funky lexicon,both influenced by theTrad,Ivy,Modernist take on life!                                                                                                                                  
Cool For Cats,The Great Jimmy Smith!

First is Neatsville a fine compendium of cool images for your observing pleasure,you can find it HERE
Georgie Fame at the Flamingo!!
(His site HERE)


And then here's the Weejun,a blog that documents a personal journey of the writers early days as a modernist,through to his ongoing exploration of classic Americana. the link is HERE   go explore!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Heres an informative piece on the Flamingo club via the excellent Film Noir Buff  Forum  the Link is  HERE 
 the off-beat Clarks desert boot!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

BLOW!!, Blow Hard Blow True!!!

Attention! All Modernist JazzCats, an interesting article via The ModCulture Forum
about the roots,beginnings and history plus ongoing debate Mod or Modernist?
you decide!the Link is HERE!!
For Your Consideration People!Some Hard Rockin' Beats So You 
Feel It And Believe It!!
Get Down You Modernist Jazz Cats You!
Download The Hard Rockin' Beats Link HERE 

Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Impossible Cool-What it says on the tin,check it out!!

                                                       The Link Is HERE!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

The Peddlers - Walk on the Wild Side

 Here's a YouTube clip of one of my favourite bands The Peddlers, founded in Manchester in1964 the trio consisted of drummer Trevor Morais (check out the clip to see this man lay down a groove!) bassist Tab Martin the only guy I've seen who makes playing the bass look cool sitting down! and underpins their jazz/loungecore sound and then the icing on the cake,the deep earthy vocals and funkfilled keyboard skills of Roy Phillips like a cross between Ray Charles and Georgie Fame he completes this ensembles massive sound! Although they were well recieved by those in the 'know' and had various residency's in London such as the Scotch of St.James Club and even recorded their first album 'Live At The Pickwick' at one such venue,they never reached the dizzy heights that they should have and after various albums released between 1967 and 1972 ( which have been used by beatdiggers and samplers everywhere, they finally called it a day.
For more info the link is HERE

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Do It Fluid! (Feet Don't Fail Me Now!!)

                                  A Funk Filled Functious Fix For Your
                                  Now Don't Let Them Feet Fail You!!!
                                  Download The Functious Fix  HERE!                                                                               

Sunday, 2 January 2011

What I Got for Xmas!

Cool & Groovy Books! !                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

'Take Ivy' the reprint of whats considered to be the holy grail of 'Trad' and 'Ivy League' devotees worldwide and shows a collection of photos shot on the campuses of America's Ivy League universities during the 1960s, published by powerhouse books, for more info the link is HERE

The Bossa Nova book of origional cover art from the 1960s published by Soul Jazz books,featuring stunning modernist and revolutionary designs that reflect the exciting idealism of Brazil at the start of the 1960s heres the LINK  for more info