Monday, 25 September 2017
PLAYLIST Free Your Mind Fun2Mass Don't Make Me Wait Feat Najee Maysa Here Ledisi Oh Love (feat. Sam Trego) Horn & Holland Drifting Away (Andy Compton's Mix) Celestine Every Side Of You JazzyD Feat. Deli Rowe Hummingbird Robb Scott Until the 12th of Never (feat. Tony Momrelle) Incognito Before Floyd Grant Take Me to Paradise Toni Redd You Give Me Life HD Feat. Dennis Bettis You R LOVELL Ready To Love Juan Donovan feat. Kenya Soulsinger Autumn Afternoon Zoe and Zara My Baby Jr Blu Offa-U Chantè Moore Hurry Up This Way Again Will Downing Our Time Wll Downing Will Downing I Just Want to Be Your Girl Beth Good for Me Tamisha Waden I Want My Baby Back Jackie Lewis In Love With You (feat. Keke Wyatt) G.I. Heaven Must Be Like This Ecam Pray Chantè Moore Prove My Love Sidibe Treat Her Right Calvin Richardson When We Make Love Will Downing Do Ya Lenora Jaye Ive had enough J Poww Thinking About You Just Allen Stop To Start Will Downing Tell Me About It Will Downing Hook Me Up Sammie Relford I Like You Like That (feat. Kevin Whalum) Nickie Conley Closer Melanie Robinson Way Back Home Faye Moffett Grown Man Ms Danielle Ride & Die Johnny B. Love Is Key Michael L Scott & Loretta Kidd Constant Straitjacket Crazy (feat. Tanya T.mp3 Mothers Favorite Child Deep Renee Dion
Now It's Time Karen Bryant Hungry 4 U Brian McKnight I Chose You (Radio Edit) Daisy Hicks Negative Pleasures Robb Scott Winter Love Robb Scott Neptune Atmosphere (You Didn't Feel My Love) Robb Scott Start Over - Rob Hardt Musiq Soulchild Celebrate Isaac Sinclair Life Alise King Add To Me Ledisi Crush On You Audiosourcelive Everything I Want In My Lady Will Downing You're My One And Only Gary L Wyatt Be Happy Audiosourcelive Love Like This Isaac Sinclair Talk about it (feat rayon nelson) Zoe and Zara Sometimes Faye Moffett Day One Terry Harris Dance the Night Away (feat. Gwendolyn Collins) Bléz Dessert Zoe and Zara The World That We Live in (feat. Sugaray Rayford) Sugaray Rayford All I Need Is Love Tim Bowman In Love With You Audiosourcelive Out Here Shai Soul-Wright Where Did the Love Go Faye Moffett Your Love master version Bey Bright Runaway Maimouna Youssef & Dj Dummy Pressure Chantè Moore For You (Original Mix) LeNora Jaye My Better Side Kim Tibbs I'm Feeling The Love Will Downing Never Give Up RJ Benjamin Speak to Me Sam Moore Since You've Been Gone Will Downing Luv You Like Gwendolyn Collins I'm In Love (Original) The L.O.V.E Project Ft Shaun Williams The World Is A Family Louis Vega ftg Josh Milan Force Of Life (Original Mix) LeNora Jaye I Just Wanna Say Thank You Will Downing Stay Righteous (feat. Kayla, Tayi Shai Soul-Wright Takuma - Simon Grey feat Alana That´s My Lady Berlin Master Cool Million Feat Gregers
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW NEW SOULFUL VOCAL JAZZY AFRO & GOSPEL HOUSE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW NEW SOULFUL VOCAL JAZZY AFRO & GOSPEL HOUSE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 PLAYLIST The World Is A Family Josh Milan The Road Is Hard_ Turbojazz Turbojazz Hit on you Roundtree ft Gloria Covington He Loves Me (DJ Oji's Spiritual Journey Vocal) Dana Weaver, DJ Oji Can I Get A Witness Unknown Artist Feel Love (Original Mix) Jay Vegas Baby You're the One (Vocal Mix) Andrea Curato, Bibi Provence Baby You're the One (Q Narongwate's Remix) Andrea Curato, Bibi Provence, Q Narongwate Im In Love_DJ Spen, Earl Tutu & John Khan Remix Mark Di Meo When I Think Of You (Kyle Kim Soulful Mix) Kyle Kim, Luyo Solo Loco (Dave Anthony Remix) Prefix One, Dave Anthony No Drama Groove Assassin Please,Please,Please Go Home (Dj Punch BABY POWDER CLASSIC DUB MIX) Teddy P., Dj Punch Music Is Love (Honeycomb Extended Vocal Mix).mp3 Josh Milan Give It Up (Kings Of Soul Vocal Mix) Vittorio Santorelli, Cinnamon Brown, Kings Of Soul Back To Love_Earl Tutu John Khan & DJ Spen mix Newman feat Stephanie Cooke Tribal Feelings (Original Mix) Lesny Deep What You Do Beat Rivals Met U Yet (DJ Spen Remix) JayClectic & Dana Weaver Don't You Blow (DJ Spinna Refreak) DJ Spinna So You Say (DJ Spinna Refreak) DJ Spinna Beautiful (Vocal Remix 1) Glenn Gregory, Jay Kilbey Anger (Honeycomb Extended Vocal Mix) Josh Milan By Design (HouseWerQ Soulistic Vocal Mix. Derrick Ricky Nelson, DJ Sir Charles Dixon.) Antoine Dunn, Derrick Ricky Nelson, DJ Sir Charles Dixon Everybody (Reelsoul Main Mix). Sterling Ensemble, Lee Wilson, Reelsoul Love Somebody (BKT Deepsoul Mix) BKT, Memzee Trouble (Ocean Deep Kolourful edit) Oscar P
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Even after 50 years I never tire of listening to and sharing New Soul Music and this week's new show is no exception. Huge shouts to workaholics Steve Ripley and Gary Van den Bussche . We include new music from the brilliant new album by Robb Scott called Sirens well worth checking out superb diversity on the album,a superb new track from the L.O.VE. Project ftg Shaun Williams Mark Love new music from CoolMillion Rob Hardt featuring vocalist Gregers. Great new single from the Black Girl Magic Lady Bléz Coe and Gwendolyn Collins More class from the albums of Shaila Sheild Prospere & MsIrene Renee Will Downing Singer Daron Elliott Deli Deleyse Rowe Kim Tibbs a brand new E.P from LeNora Jaye Brand New artist Davinchi produced by R&R Orchestra supremo Julio Herrera .Bey Bright is back with a new single .The brilliant Maimouna Youssef Tom Glide and Hil StSoul with a great remix from the album Divas Got Soul. Continued support for the brilliant Audiosourcelive Feelosophy New single from a brand new Calvin Richardson album All Or Nothing EChris from the Ray Caviano stable Dimitris Dimopoulos New Music from Kenya SoulSinger Great new single from Toni Redd Great new update by the Soul Legend Stan Moseley mixed by Nigel Lowis and Tamisha Waden returns on the superb Foreign Excahange comp Hide & Seek plus many many more hope you enjoy listening as much as I do compiling some of the BEST INDEPENDENT SOUL AND GOSPEL MUSIC in the World just asking for your support so this great heritage may continue !!! Thank You Colin Curtis x COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENT SOUL & GOSPEL 6 SEPT 2017 PLAYLIST Neptune Atmosphere (You Didn't Feel My Love) Robb Scott I'm In Love (Original) The L.O.V.E Project Ft Shaun Williams Force Of Life (Original Mix) LeNora Jaye Ain't No Stopping Us Now DSG [NL Connoisseurs Mix] Stan Mosley That´s My Lady Berlin Master Cool Million Feat Gregers Every Side Of You JazzyD Feat. Deli Rowe Unpredictable Ms. Irene Renee Slow Down Shaila Prospere Dance the Night Away (feat. Gwendolyn Collins) Bléz Shinin' Bright Ms. Irene Renee Runaway.mp3 Maimouna Youssef & Dj Dummy Your Love Bey Bright For You LeNora Jaye My Better Side Kim Tibbs FeelingThe Love Will Downing (Feat. Avery*Sunshine) Cool Whip Feelosophy All About You Tyler Owens Good for Me Tamisha Waden Im sorry Davinchi Before Floyd Grant Glass N Me Chanelle Gray Stay Down Lesha Saturn Love Brave Start Over - Rob Hardt Mix Musiq Soulchild Add To Me Ledisi Thinking About You N My Soul Life Alise King Love 'n' Musics Karla Pace Crush On You Audiosourcelive We Believe Feelosophy Be Happy Audiosourcelive You're My One And Only Gary L Wyatt My Babies House Ecam In Love With You Audiosourcelive Hangin' Erin Stevenson Hungry 4 U Brian McKnight Negative Pleasures Robb Scott Jaded Feelosophy I Chose You Daisy Hicks Turn-up-tonight J Poww Gotta Get It Beth Winter Love Robb Scott Don't Take Advantage Al Thompson Jr. Speak to Me Sam Moore Luv You Like Gwendolyn Collins Sparkle (Soulpersona Raregroove Remix) Dimitris & Sulene MPH Bosco Soul Train (North Street mix) TOM GLIDE & HIL ST SOUL Where Has Love Been Feelosophy Shine Sam Moore Let the Praise Begin Sam Moore In Love Again Lesha Fall Back in Love Ecam Stay With Me Lesha Honestly Boney James Love Is Key Michael L Scott & Loretta Kidd Constant Straitjacket Crazy (feat. Tanya T. Mothers Favorite Child Closer Melanie Robinson All Of My Love EChris Free Beth Do Ya (Original_Mix) LeNora Jaye I've had enough J-Poww JustOnce Ecam Treat Her Right Calvin Richardson Heaven Must Be Like Thi Ecam Ready To Love Juan Donovan Kenya Soulsinger Lyrics Of Pleasure (feat. Will Downing) Eric Roberson ftg Will Downing Take Me to Paradise Toni Redd You Give Me Life HD Feat. Dennis Bettis Faith (feat. Blanche Mcallister Dykes) Kenny Smith Don't Make Me Wait Feat Najee Maysa Available @ www.cdbaby.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.bandcamp.com Stay Blessed Colin Curtis
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW 1ST SEPTEMBER 2017 SOULFUL VOCAL AFRO JAZZY GOSPEL HOUSE
COLIN CURTIS HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW PLAYLIST Fly Away feat. Ayanda Jiya Sir LSG Runnin' Me Wild (Original Mix) David Bailey, Hanlei, Ziggy Funk Azimuth (Suite No 1) Anthony NICHOLSON feat WILLIAM KURK What Do You Prefer (feat Vernard Burton - Lee & David Orchestrated mix) LEE PEARSON JR COLLECTIVE Fallen (Original Mix) DJ SGZ, Trevor Mako Memories feat. Kafele & Jaidene Veda Sir LSG Feels Like Love Earl Tutu John Khan & DJ Spen mix Stephanie Cooke Im In Love DJ Spen, Earl Tutu & John Khan Remix Mark Di Meo Bye Bye (feat K LaDawn vocal mix) LEE PEARSON JR COLLECTIVE Música para Minha Alma Mijangos, Angel Peralta All It Takes feat. Zano Sir LSG All Of Me & All Of You (Vick Lavender's V.L.E Main Vocal Mix) Vick Lavender, Marcus Austin, Spike Rebel Shine (The Layabouts Vocal Mix).mp3 The Layabouts, Imaani Stay (The Layabouts Vocal Mix).mp3 The Layabouts, Imaani Anthology (Original Mix) Reekee The Pressure (ATFC Remix) Haji & Emanuel, ATFC Gratitude feat. Melanie Scholtz Sir LSG Just Friends- (Shannon Chambers Mahogany Soul Mix) Kwesi Bless, Shannon Chambers We Repeat (Ralf GUM Main Mix) (Ralf GUM Main Mix) Ralf GUM, Paul Randolph Love (Vocal) Wipe the Needle & Sheree Hicks Guerreiro Main Mix - Stan Zeff Feat Princess La Tremenda (Main Mix) Stan Zeff Back To Love Earl Tutu John Khan & DJ Spen Newman feat Stephanie Cooke Angel (Original Mix) Reelsoul Featuring Tayor P High (Blackk Vocal) Dyanna Fearon, Shino Blackk Clouds In My Coffee (Vick Lavenders Sophisticado Tribal Dub Mix.) Vick Lavender, Faith Feloque Madikgetla Let It Be feat. Carla Prather Sir LSG You Change My World (Jamie Lewis Classic Vocal Mix) Jamie Lewis, Marc Evans Brenda (Main Mix) Stacy Kidd, Dawn Tallman Everybody (Reelsoul Main Mix) Sterling Ensemble, Lee Wilson, Reelsoul
NEW SOULFUL VOCAL AFRO JAZZY & GOSPEL HOUSE COLIN CURTIS HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW PLAYLIST 25 AUGUST 2017 Touching You (TRS Sunset Mix) The Rhythm Sessions, Oscar Free The Love (Dj Punch BABY POWDER CLASSIC MIX) Jean Carn, Dj Punch Loving You (Original Mix) Andy Roda, Tomby, Soulful House Collective Smiling Faces ONE MAN'S QUEST Philly Sensation (Michele Chiavarini Remix) Micky More, Andy Tee, Michele Chiavarini Groove Funky Music (Main Mix) Stacy Kidd, Sheila Ford Hey Young World_ (NDATL dub 1) KAYENNE U Aint Really Down (House 4 Life Instrumental Dub Remix) Stacy Kidd, Status IV You Are ( The Light Of My Life ) (God's Flavor Mix. Derrick Ricky Nelson, Ace Mungin, DJ Sir Charles Dixon.) Carmen Brown, Derrick Ricky Nelson, Ace Mungin, DJ Sir Charles Dixon Stay (The Layabouts Vocal Mix) The Layabouts, Imaani Come Together Saison Shine Your Light (Main Mix) Prefix One, Andrae Melody Palmer Straight On (Original Mix) SAMO The Pressure (ATFC Remix) Haji & Emanuel, ATFC Only You Kage Give It Up Beat Rivals, Natasha Watts Love Is Universal (Main Mix) The Rhythm Sessions, Brutha Basil Angel (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Long Version) Liquideep, Gary Hudgins, DJ Spen We Repeat (Ralf GUM Main Mix) (Ralf GUM Main Mix) Ralf GUM, Paul Randolph Wide Awake (Original Mix) Sol Brown, Selina Campbell Is It Possible- (Original Mix) Johan S Think (About It) (Spen & Thommys Summer Of Dub Mix) Barbara Tucker, DJ Spen, Thommy Davis Hammond Attack (Chris Deepak Remix) Tsalikee, Chris Deepak Stronger ( LooweeR Seduction Mix) Brandon Williams, Jean Baylor The Beauty Of Life Pirahnahead & Diviniti, Carmen Rodgers Rain Dance Johnny Greg Meant To Be (Club Mix) Cafe 432 feat Lifford Stronger (Paris Cesvette 2017 Remix) Brandon Williams, Jean Baylor Emancipation (TRS Sunset Mix) The Rhythm Sessions, Kholi Love Illusion (TRS Sunset Mix) The Rhythm Sessions, Wanda Baloyi No Love (Original Mix) The Rhythm Sessions, Wanda Baloyi Brenda (Main Mix) Stacy Kidd, Dawn Tallman Love Is In The Air (House 4 Life Remix) Stacy Kidd, Sheree Hicks 2 Sides (KC Seven Brothers Mix) Kenny Carpenter, Cinnamon Brown No Love (TRS & Mark Francis Sunset Vocal Mix) Peace You'll Find (Original Mix) Lady Alma Over Me (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Director's Cut Mix) Inaya Day, Ultra Nate, Frankie Knuckles, Eric Kupper, Director's Cut
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENT SOUL & GOSPEL 17 AUG 2017 PLAYLIST The Way I See You Nooky Jones Don't Make Me Wait Featuring Maysa Najee Don't lose the feeling Flamingosis Too Blessed.mp3 It's Jubilee My Better Side Kim Tibbs Social Addiction Votte Hall The Prize (Victory Is Coming) Gene Moore Coming Home Gene Moore Everything Will Be Alright Dexter Moore Nobody Else RJ Benjamin History (feat. Real Ishmael) Kita P Can I Take You Home Dennis Taylor On The Floor Reedie Life Alise King Add To Me Ledisi Love 'n' s Karla Pace It's Alright Ron Ward Jr. Want me (need me) Flamingosis Thinking About You N My Soul Next to You Dan Wyler Crush On You sourcelive We Believe (Bonus Track) Feelosophy That's cold Flamingosis Rhymes & Rhythms Joey Oscar Be Happy sourcelive I Was Drunk, I Didn't Mean It Joy Dennis No Worries Mamie This Is My Time Shonte` Every Side Of You JazzyD Feat. Deli Rowe Take Me Away (feat. Kuipiio Livingston) Antun Foster & Chemistry Get yourself together Flamingosis Supa Woman Alise King One of Those Days Dimitris & Sulene In the Morning Kanopy Tonight (feat. Stephstaa) DJ I.N.C Miyazaki Gallant Freedom Galatia Rose Hangin' Erin Stevenson In Love With You sourcelive Shinin' Bright Ms. Irene Renee Breathless Dimitris & Sulene City Nights Roszunn Don't Stop This Vibe Cale Brock Shades Of Grey.mp3 Cale Brock Splashing Paul Tillman Smith FeelingThe Love Will Downing (Feat. Avery*Sunshine) Cool Whip Feelosophy Summer Breeze T-Groove Remix Soul Fusion Seven I Chose You ( Edit) Daisy Hicks Gotta Get It Beth Hungry 4 UBrian McKnight Can't Live Without Your Love Jesse Campbell Jaded Feelosophy Never Give Up (2017) RJ Benjamin If You Can't Dance Michelyn Cierra Don't Take Advantage Al Thompson Jr. Make Me Wanna Groove Roszunn Can't Stop (feat. Rob Lee) Free Soul Effect Sparkle (Soulpersona Raregroove Remix) Dimitris & Sulene Ja!!! (The Mighty Zaf edit) Ed MOTTA My Moment Alise King Where Has Love Been Feelosophy Honestly Boney James Who Needs Words (ft. Randy Valentine) JJ Soulx Free Beth Runnin' Ms. Irene Renee Good Times JOEY OSCAR Shine Your Light (feat._DJ_Dummy) Maimouna Youssef I've Touched The Sky Reedie Tell Me (feat. Halo Wheeler) Roszunn A Better Man N My Soul I Love You Kea Brother, Sister Alisha Glover Heavenly (feat. Love Lashea) Munchoo Happy Alise King Good Ol Days Alise King Lyrics Of Pleasure (feat. Will Downing) Eric Roberson ftg Will Downing You Give Me Life HD Feat. Dennis Bettis Let me love you Alise King We'll Be Missing You Featuring Will Downing Najee Available @ www.cdbaby.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.bandcamp.com Stay Blessed Colin Curtis
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW NEW SOULFUL VOCAL JAZZY AFRO HOUSE 11TH AUGUST 2017 Runnin' Me Wild (Original Mix) David Bailey, Hanlei, Ziggy Funk Let's Get Together (Original Album Mix) Seb Skalski, Masta P, Michelle Weeks Another Dimension Moon Rocket, Mario Moya, Dawn Tallman Afirca King (Original Mix) Cool Daddy, Pan Majestic Philly Sensation (Michele Chiavarini Remix) Micky More, Andy Tee, Michele Chiavarini Oh Yeah! (Original) Tuff Vibes Shine Mi Casa Your Love (Fromwood Gold Remix) From P60, Jaidene Veda, Fromwood Black Man Josh Milan Universal Law (Sophisticado Soul Fusion Main Mix) Vick Lavender, Tyan Skinner Marvin MULYA Savannah Cat (Original Mix) Paolo Madzone Zampetti, Enea Dj, DJ Lukas Wolf Make It Better (Jay-J & Sean Bass mix) Jay J Sky High (Mr. V Low Rider Remix) Doug Lazy Body Language (Original Dub) (Antonello Ferrari & Aldo Bergamasco Main Mix) Silvia Zaragoza & Francois A. Feat Carla Prather Soul Survivor (Enoo Napa & Soulem Remix) Infected Soul, Sinai, Enoo Napa, Soulem It's Alright (Original Mix) Soulfuledge Spellbound (Vuky J's Soulful Vocal Mix) V.Underground, Keenan, Vuky J You & Me (Main Mix Pat Bedeau, Sofia Rubina Upright Love (Louie Vega Kat Mix) E.O.L. Soulfrito Sugar (Doug Gomez Merecumbe Soul Remix) Jimmy Clanfield, Hawa Power, Doug Gomez The Lesson Josh Milan So Satisfied (DJ Pope Sound Of Baltimore Vocal) Keith Nunnally Someone To Love Me (Darryl James Altra Vocal Mix) Damon Reel, Darryl James Let It Be (Sir LSG Main Mix) Sir LSG, Carla Prather BNY 8 Tyrone Francis Orig (Instr.) Tyrone Francis Let's Go (Original Mix) Randy Peterson Sidarta Gautama Wilson Kentura, Tiuze Money Ancestral Safari IsaVis Social Change - Doug & Jimi Doug Gray In The Ghetto (Vintage Mix) The Scientist Of Sound Anger Josh Milan Stars In Your Eyes (Original Vocal) Adrian Blu Another Star (Classic Club Mix) Shane D Saxo (Original Mix) The Scientist Of Sound Music Available www.traxsource.com Stay Blesed Colin Curtis
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW NEW SOULFUL VOCAL JAZZY & GOSPEL HOUSE O9 AUGUST 2017 PLAYLIST
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE HOUSE OF SOUL SHOW NEW SOULFUL VOCAL JAZZY & GOSPEL HOUSE O9 AUGUST 2017 PLAYLIST Don't Make Me Wait Too Long (Organik Soul & Sophisticado Latin Dub Mix) Gary Cummings, Carla Prather He Loves Me (DJ Oji Vocal) Dana Weaver & DJ Oji - No Divide (Kelvin Sylvester Revival Mix) Distant People And Marie Tweek Tonight We Ride DJ Spinna, Phonte Be My Fantasy (Original Vocal Mix) Aphreme, Jacob Abron Harrel Insolito (Original Mix) Iban Montoro, Jazzman Wax Smile (Original Live Mix) Jonny Montana | Dawn Williams Raise It Up (Original Mix) Mario Bianco & Master Polo Featuring The Blue Gospel Singers Come Over (Wipe The Needle's Vocal Mix) Kelvin Sylvester, Al Copeland, Wipe The Needle Got Me Feeling Free (Original Mix Soulbridge, Ms Lil Eyes Wide (Original Mix) Vittorio Santorelli feat. Cinnamon Brown Sax Man (Original Mix) D'MARCO Give It Away (Luyo Triskell Remix) Tri-Funk, Luyo Lavender Smoke (Original Mix) Vanessa L.Smith, HWah Raise It Up (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Hump Mix) Mario Bianco & Master Polo Featuring The Blue Gospel Singers No Strings (M. Caporale Soul Remix) Tri-Funk, M. Caporale My Weakness (Libation Main Vocal) Ian Friday, Mike City The Beauty Of Life.mp3 Pirahnahead & Diviniti, Carmen Rodgers Peace You'll Find (Original Mix) Lady Alma Pure Love (Deep Sole Syndicate Remix) Vuky J, Kenny Allen, Sean Ali, Munk Julious Strong love Darryl D Bonneau Music (Davide Fiorese Soulclassic Mix) Giulio Bonaccio, Cinnamon Brown Raise It Up (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Remix) Mario Bianco & Master Polo Featuring The Blue Gospel Singers Music Available www.traxsource.com Stay Blessed Colin Curtis
Sunday, 6 August 2017
COLIN CURTIS presents THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW SUMMER SOUL AUGUST SPECIAL NEW INDEPENDENT SUL & GOSPEL 4 AUGUST 2017
COLIN CURTIS presents THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW SUMMER SOUL AUGUST SPECIAL NEW INDEPENDENT SUL & GOSPEL 4 AUGUST 2017 PLAYLIST Faith (feat. Blanche Mcallister Dykes) Kenny Smith The Prize (Victory Is Coming) Gene Moore Never Be The Same Pierre Brookins Coming Home Gene Moore Everything Will Be Alright Dexter Moore Love 'n' Musics Karla Pace Free Krystle Grinston Next to You Dan Wyler Harmless (Two Moons Remix) Darien Dean Unpredictable Ms. Irene Renee Is It The Way (Feat. Eric Roberson) Najee No Worries Mamie Tumbling Down It's Jubilee Move Over Gene Moore Every Side Of You JazzyD Feat. Deli Rowe Soul Food Pat Soul Tonight (feat. Stephstaa) DJ I.N.C Doublin' Down The Jack Moves I Think I Love You Soul T The Way I See You Nooky Jones One of Those Days Dimitris & Sulene In the Morning Kanopy It Gets Better James Fortune & Fiya Hangin' Erin Stevenson It Never Rains Terry Harris Too Blessed It's Jubilee Loves Coming Blossom & HOT16 Left Back La-Nai and the Free People Blue Magic (Waikiki) Son Little FeelingThe Love Will Downing (Feat. Avery*Sunshine) Don't Stop This Vibe Cale Brock Your Love's Gotta Hold on Me Uvee Hayes Summer Breeze T-Groove Remix Soul Fusion Seven Happily Ever After Robert H. Fowler & Tanya Holt I Can't Wait Lalah Hathaway If You Can't Dance Michelyn Cierra So Cool Blossom & HOT16 Back To Us Sam Tanner Matter of the Heart Tanya Holt One For The Money (Gold DiggerMix) The Groove Association ft. Georgie B, WeZ & Everis Long Distance feat. Frank McComb (Piers 'curious' Remode) Radio Edit Sir Piers Get Away (feat. Chelle Lynae) Free Soul Effect Summer Soft (Live) Gene Moore My Heart is Yours Thami Something About You Dee Robinson Talk To Me Bass Dee Robinson Heavenly (feat. Love Lashea) Munchoo Night and Day Thami Feel It Sunnie Lyrics Of Pleasure (feat. Will Downing) Eric Roberson ftg Will Downing Locked on 7 Eva! BitterSuite Yr Luv Is Amazing Atlantic Starr Social Addiction Votte Hall Music Available @ www.cdbaby.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.bandcamp.com ITunes Stay Blessed Colin Curtis
COLIN CURTIS SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENT SOUL AND GOSPEL 20 JUNE 2017 PLAYLIST Diamond in the Back Votte Hall Social Addiction Votte Hall You're Not The Same Cale Brock Coming Home Gene Moore Everything Will Be Alright Dexter Moore A Thing for You Jay Renee You and You Tyra Levone Get'n over You (Live) [feat. Kenya C.]. Ahyonz Summertime Pleasure Summer Breeze SoulFusionSeven Unpredictable Ms. Irene Renee Jonzing Cale Brock I Still Miss You (feat. Melodik) Paul Laurence Slow Down Shaila Prospere 7 Days Janice C Silver Crowns Erikka J feat. Tese Fever feat. Noah-O Risin' To The Top Tristan Featuring Heston It Gets Better James Fortune & Fiya IT'S ALL DIVINE (Boogie Back Mix) James Day & Trina Broussard Breathless Dimitris & Sulene Play (feat. Wendell Higgs) Khalilah E Mitchell Here with Me Khalilah E Mitchell Your Love's Gotta Hold on Me Uvee Hayes Give You the Love Steve Stone Huff So Cool Blossom & HOT16 Throwback Steve Stone Huff What I'd Do Ourra WhenEva (feat. Miss Lady Blues) Columbus Toy Long Distance feat. Frank McComb (Piers 'curious' Remode) Sir Piers Break The Chain Shaila Prospere Loving You Master Brian Power Say You Love Me (feat. Kenya C.) Ahyonz Runnin' Ms. Irene Renee Lyrics Of Pleasure (feat. Will Downing) Eric Roberson ftg Will Downing Cant Love You More Tyra Levone What Do You Want Tyra Levone Shine Your Light (feat. DJ Dummy) Maimouna Youssef I Can't Ever Stop Loving You (feat. Maya Azucena) Quentin Moore IM RUNNING AWAY FROM YOU[ Del Afrique Situation Andre Delano The Green Talking Book Featuring Michael Anthony I'd Rather Ms. Irene Renee Higher feat Chante Moore SIMON LAW Every Time Dee Robinson Redemption Tyra Levone You Babe Zalon It never rains Terry Harris Freedom Galatia Rose Don't Stop This Vibe Cale Brock Love Comes Back To You feat Nadine Sutherland Simon Law
Thursday, 13 July 2017
COLIN CURTIS presents THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENT SOUL & GOSPEL MUSIC SUMMER SHOWCASE SPECIAL VOLUME ONE 30 JUNE 2017
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENTS SOUL & GOSPEL SUMMER SPECIAL PART TWO 03 JUNE 2017
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENTS SOUL & GOSPEL SUMMER SPECIAL PART TWO 03 JUNE 2017 Ray of Sunshine Nia Simmons Gwendolyn Collins Take Me Gwen Yvette You Will Know (feat. Donald Hurdle) Myra Smith Walk N Hold Hands Gwen Yvette Stay DaiN & Rozzi Daime Unexpected Love (feat. Vanjess) D Mills I'll Show You Eric Golden HOT16 Another Love Gone Wrong Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al Get It Together Lacee I'm Who I Am Angel Sessions Suddenly Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al Out Of The Dark Mandisa Love Comes Back To You Simon Law Nadine Sutherland What If I Told You (feat. Mathias Heise) Djeff Joah (Uncomplicated) Tresa Jerell Family (Soul Syndicate Mix ) Shaila Prospere Will I Ever AudioSource Sunshine feat Victor Haynes & Tony Remy Elliott McCauley What Was Mine (feat. Frank MC Comb) May Rose Breaking the Silence Myra Smith Destiny (feat. Wendell Higgs) Khalilah E Mitchell Good To Love You (feat. Dave Hollister) Leela James Watching You Cornell C.C. Carter Thankful(Extended Version) Soulutions Let Love Grow BB Boogie feat. Rasiyah Inside Out Maysa You Know Impact Dance Erica Falls Prove That You're Feeling Me feat. Diane Charlemagne (Radio Edit) Joey Negro It's Love Josh Milan Worth The Wait (Mark De Clive-Lowe Remix) Nils Wulker, Jill Scott, Mark De Clive-Lowe Love On Hold (feat. Tawatha Agee) [Dimitri From Paris DJ Friendly Re-Touch] Aeroplane Sweating And Shaking (On The Dancefoor) BB Boogie feat. Monica Blaire Fly Free (Josh Emman Remix) Tonight We're Gonna (BB Boogie Remix) BB Boogie feat. Leroy Burgess When I Luv Mike City Faith Evans In The Middle BB Boogie feat. Joy Jones The Lesson Josh Milan It's So (Classic Vocal Mix) Los Charly's Orchestra Feat. Omar Loves Timing John Sullivan Thank You Myra Smith Winter smell Seol.A Because It's Really Love Maysa Be With You Coriology Naturally (feat. Shonie Cooper & Theresa Grayson) Preston Smith Alright Craig T. Dobson One Of A Kind Tomi Jenkins Mr. Dream Merchant Maysa The Things We Do For Love Maysa For The Love Of You (feat. Christal Garrick) Stephen Richard I Too Dream Of Things Beautiful (Jazz Version) feat. Allyn Johnson Navasha Daya I Love You R'mone Entonio & Lesha Where u are Tom Glide & Candace Woodson Never Gonna Leave Me GWYN FOXX Wonders Darien Dean Mission_Incompatible (Leah Zaahn) Tresa Jerell All the Way Around Cornell C.C. Carter Speak Love James Day, Glenn Jones, Tony Terry, Tim Owens, Lin Rountree, U-Nam Music Available @ www.cdbaby.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.bandcamp.com ITunes Stay Blessed Colin Curtis
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENTS SOUL & GOSPEL SUMMER SPECIAL PART ONE 03 JUNE 2017
Monday, 5 June 2017
COLIN CURTIS INTERVIEW
BY JOSH RAY
AT THE EXCHANGE HANLEY
FOLLOWING 50TH ANNIVERSARY NIGHT
DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD THE MOTOWN SOUND?
Well I was probably ten years old. A friend of mines sister used to play Motown records while we were playing Subbuteo. That just led to the radio really, looking round for radio shows. There was obviously no Internet back in the ‘60s so I just couldn’t believe there was music that wasn’t in the charts, as well as what was in the charts - to hear the Four Tops, The Temptations and then find out all the derivatives of that.
Luckily back in those days, shops like Woolworths – because it was an American company – used to send excess imported black music over and stick them in the cheap rack so we used to buy a lot of stuff out of there.
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK PIRATE RADIO WAS IN INSPIRING THE EMERGENCE OF A CLUB SCENE IN THE UK?
I think two or three times over the decades. I mean, for me, back in the days of Radio Caroline, Radio Essex; because of the nature of pirate radio, they were able to play a lot more music that wasn’t in the charts, a lot more American music. DJs like Dave "Baby" Cortez and even people like Emperor Rosko took the opportunity: he signed a deal with Atlantic/Stax, he did compilations for Atlantic Records.
It was a powerful force back then and obviously spawned a lot of DJs that went to Radio 1. A lot of DJs also would stick their neck out and play American black music that wouldn’t get played in the mainstream.
Then it had another surface in London/Birmingham in the ‘80s and ‘90s with Kiss FM and all those kind of stations, some of which went legal. They were just spreading black music 24/7 in the UK.
SO IT’S THERE AT THE ROOTS OF ABOUT THREE DIFFERENT SCENES?
Yeah definitely, I think all club culture is affected by the radio and I think once shows started to become specialist shows, breakaway music would then get into the clubs as well. So the clubs would feed off the radio and the radio would feed off the clubs. I think it was the illicitness of it, the underground side of it CURTIS INTERVIEWthat was the attraction. It wasn’t your local club where you’d just get drunk and smash someone’s head in…
THE FOCUS HAD TURNED TO MUSIC?
Yeah, people were making a choice to come for the music first and that was exciting.
WHEN YOU STARTED OUT DJING IN CLUBS IN ’67 YOU WERE REALLY QUICK TO CATCH UP WITH THE OTHER DJS BECAUSE OF YOUR FANATIC RECORD COLLECTING. DO YOU THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY YOUR APPETITE FOR NEW MUSIC GOES A LOT DEEPER THAN MOST OF YOUR CONTEMPORARIES?
I think the fact that I’m still here after 50 years proves that. People who know me, they know I go so far. If you listen to my current podcast; house music, jazz, soul – I’m going through 2-300 tracks a week looking for stuff to play. That takes hours of searching on the Internet. Back in the day, of course, it was record shops and now it’s the Internet: going through different sites and I’m obviously getting a lot of promotional stuff sent to me.
IT’S GREAT THAT YOU’VE BEEN ABLE TO EVOLVE OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE A LOT OF DJS SEEM TO FALL INTO A KIND OF NOSTALGIC TRAP.
Well I think there are two sides to that. One is the DJs who fell in love with the ‘60’s soul and stayed with the Northern scene and still play Northern today. I think Northern is going through a bit of a good period at the moment – a lot of collectors have become DJs, a lot of heavyweight collectors and a lot of tunes that weren’t played in my era – I kind of came away from Northern in about ’77. Since then it’s had its moments but right now I think there is a big drive and obviously worldwide interest in ’60’s soul. If you’d have invested in sixties’ soul back then, you’d have made a fortune!
DO YOU THINK THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE BRITISH MENTALITY THAT DRIVES THIS KIND OF MUSICAL OBSESSION?
I think it’s unique to Britain but I don’t know why that would be. Like me, why is a working class lad from Stoke-On-Trent so obsessed with black music, to the nth level? I mean, I really do go to great lengths to hear music in all genres; Afro-house, soul music, jazz – why is that? I don’t know…
I grew up in a place where you were working in a factory all week, so you lived for the weekends, but I also got that thing of wanting to share that music with people so I signed for Mecca when I was 14, which would have been about ‘67.
THE PLACES IN THE NORTH AND MIDLANDS WHERE THIS MUSIC RESONATED WERE PREDOMINANTLY WORKING CLASS. DO YOU THINK IT’S THE SENSE OF STRUGGLE IN THE MUSIC THAT PEOPLE IDENTIFIED WITH?
I think it was the social camaraderie you got from being in a place where you belong - everybody likes to belong to something – and that was a big aspect of ‘60’s soul. Great Britain in the early ‘70s was depressed; not easy to get jobs, the wages weren’t great and the stuff that we take for granted now - no Internet, no mobile phone - no shit like that. So to be able to go to a place where everybody was loving the same music, the camaraderie that came with that has kept Northern soul going for 50 years, absolutely.
YOU’VE MOVED WITH NEW MUSIC AS IT EVOLVED OVER TIME BUT IT’S NOT ALWAYS BEEN EASY, YOU KIND OF GOT SOME STICK FOR IT.
I think anybody who gets at the front-end of something is going to be challenged sometimes in your own belief. I mean the fact that you’ve been “successful” with ‘60’s soul and then you hear ‘70’s soul and you think blimey! I need to share this! Then ‘80’s soul and house music and the whole electro thing with Bambaataa – I find there’s something good in everything, which then adds to the next genre.
House music is what, 30 years old now and still going strong: some great stuff, some great new stuff. With a lot of the house music, the artists have got a lot of the same social attitudes that were there in the ‘60s. It is a struggle; it’s a struggle for the artists so there’s passion in the music, passion in the lyrics and people want to dance.
I think again, house music has created a camaraderie and I think that’s something that’s a bit British – I don’t think you see that in America. You do see big events in America but if you look at all the top house DJs like Vega, Dope, all those guys, you know they’re working all around the world, not so much in America.
There’s a connection here. I think Japan’s a bit like this country and I think Europe is a bit like this country - yeah it sticks. I mean the biggest soul/house weekender is still Southport - some dodgy town in the North West!
IF I WERE TO NAME FOUR GAME-CHANGING RECORDS, COULD YOU TELL ME WHICH CAUSED THE MOST CONTROVERSY WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED PLAYING THEM OUT;GIL SCOTT HERON THE BOTTLE THE CARSTAIRS ‘IT REALLY HURTS ME GIRL’, ‘PLANET ROCK’ BY AFRIKA BAMBAATAA AND HARLEQUIN FOURS ‘SET IT OFF’?
It was probably The Carstairs because of the tempo, it was a different approach – there was another record like that on the same label [Red Coach Records] by Universal Mind called ‘Something Fishy Going On’ and then there was a lot of music Ian Levine, who I was working with, he’d been on a couple of good trips to Miami – a lot of new releases, which unearthed a lot of ‘70’s soul.
Again, if you want to get anywhere with it, sometimes you’ve just got to stand up and we were in a position to stand up; we were in a position to stand up and get knocked down. People say it split the scene but I think people just made their own choices. I think time has told that the music we were playing has proved hugely popular since, everybody relates to that particular period. House music on the soul scene, that was a tough gig, “what’s all this? It sounds like a train coming down the track – every record sounds the same!” No it doesn’t – it’s getting that point over.
Bambaataa, yeah the whole sort of ‘Planet Rock’ thing, for me that was very much a part of the young kids, the urban black kids in the cities – Greg Wilson a big part of that in Manchester. I took that to Nottingham, to Birmingham, you know with bands like Warp 9. All that sort of electro thing really opened up the electro house thing with Nitro Deluxe and there were some unbelievable records, ‘No Way Back’. It was exciting music; it was driving music - if you go back to the Golden Torch all-nighters that was a period when the music was fast, rapid and in your face. I think that house music and electro music had that extra excitement that younger people cottoned on to.Gil Scott Heron was and still is one of the most astute social commentary pieces of music just as relevant today as it was in the 70’s.
IN TERMS OF YOUR CAREER, WAS THE MOST EXCITING TIME WHEN YOU WERE FIRST GETTING THE JAZZ DANCERS IN YOUR CLUBS, WHILST ALL THESE AMAZING NEW RECORDS COMING OVER FROM AMERICA?
When we got numbers of 1,000+ coming into clubs and all-dayers were attracting anything up to 2,000, we realised we’d got different levels of potential by opening up different rooms in the venue. The jazz-funk thing had started but we realised that some of the serious dancers could take it further by digging deeper on the jazz; playing bebop, playing vocal jazz, a lot of heavy Brazilian and percussion music - again it’s the excitement in that.
There was the Manchester jazz-dance style, which was more foot shuffling style used by guys wearing spatz, there was a huge jazz-dance scene that came out we used to bring up to Birmingham – the whole thing was very exciting. That was just one aspect of a major all-dayer; you’d have soul in one room, maybe the big jazz-funk or the big-hitters; Salsoul or the early house or electro in the main room and another sideshow was the jazz.
Jazz is very voyeuristic, people would stand and watch, and when it happened in a big room, you’d maybe do what we used to call ‘the jazz break’ for 20 minutes and you’d have two or three massive circles in amongst over a 1,000 people with battles going on, with people getting involved from a voyeuristic point of view.
DO YOU THINK THE ALL-DAYER SCENE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PUSHING NEW SOUNDS FORWARD?
Yeah, I think because all the people were under one roof, the social drive of it, the social climate, was bringing those people together and different sections of them were experimenting in different genres. So yeah, very much so – it was tough to do a stand-alone jazz night. We did some in Manchester, it happened in Birmingham, it happened in London but I think the essence of it came from the huge all-dayer scene, which of course now doesn’t exist.
IN TERMS OF SHEER DEVOTION, I SEE QUITE A LOT OF COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE JAZZ AND ELECTRO DANCERS AND THE NORTHERN SOUL RECORD COLLECTORS. DO YOU THINK THERE’S ANYTHING COMPARABLE THESE DAYS?
I think the devotion to jazz, like with ‘60’s soul, is because it’s a hugely collectable commodity. As people have stuck with it themselves, even when jazz clubs may have gone away and even when Northern soul in the early ‘80s went away, collectors were still collecting music. Lovers of those styles were still collecting and I think that comes through. I do an appearance in London at Shiftless Shuffle jazz session every year and there are guys there who’ve been dancing for 40-45 years and still dance in those styles and it’s just fantastic.
For me it’s just a great place to be, and to play for two hours there is magic for me - I just switch off from everything. I predetermine the set but I just play exactly what I want to and get a fantastic response. That whole jazz thing is kept alive by people like Perry Louis, who live it still, day-to-day and I think Northern soul has been passed down to younger people in the same way. Unfortunately with Northern soul, and with jazz, it’s an expensive hobby. Northern soul is very expensive, to buy originals these days…
I’VE ACTUALLY HEARD NORTHERN SOUL RECORD DEALERS COMPARED TO DRUG DEALERS BEFORE. DO YOU THINK THAT’S A FAIR ANALOGY?
Haha! I think when people see the prices, it’s difficult to believe – I’m not sure. It is an addiction though so I suppose there is some connection.
YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE ONE FOOT IN THE MIDLANDS AND ONE FOOT IN THE NORTH OVER YOUR CAREER. DO YOU THINK THAT GIFTED YOU THE SPACE TO DEVELOP OVER THE YEARS?
I was one of the luckiest DJs because a lot of the people I worked with were in Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham - which were the three main cities, I spun off to Leeds and Huddersfield as well as a little bit in Bradford and I got a great following back then in Scotland.
If I were to put my finger on it I would probably say I just had the edge when it came to adapting and I used to put the time in to go to these different areas and listen to what the clubs were playing. I’d go to Chaplains in Birmingham, I’d go to the Rum Runner in Birmingham, I’d go to the Palais all-dayers in Nottingham, I’d go to any of the major cities where there’s something worth listening to and almost do a little bespoke version of me, so each gig would be different in some way, unique, which allowed me to make that connection. As you’ve seen tonight [at the Exchange in Stoke] I was playing to an audience from 18 to bloody 60-odd so with the tunes I thought I’d try and envelop everybody and I think that worked reasonably well.
OVER YOUR CAREER DO YOU THINK YOU BEGIN TO GET RESTLESS AS SOON AS YOU START TO BECOME PIGEONHOLED IN A CERTAIN AREA?
I think that was my problem years ago, you see Northern soul, the term jazz-funk, the term house music, which was garage or whatever – nobody knew what to call it – the labels sort of came after. I was enjoying the music and trying to spread it so I don’t think I got pigeonholed too badly. I’ve always moved on but I will do retro gigs, if somebody wants a specific period of time I’ll do that but I don’t feel I’ve ever been held back by that.
AS WELL AS DJING, YOU’VE ALSO BROUGHT ACTS OVER TO THE UK LIKE ROY AYERS, JUNIOR WALKER, AL HUDSON AND SYLVESTER. DO YOU HAVE ANY STORIES FROM THOSE DAYS?
I worked a lot with Junior Walker; he was like a back-end of the Northern soul act. He was into cars, he didn’t want to talk about music but he’d tell us about 20 or 30 wrecked cars that he was working on back at home.
Roy Ayers - I took about 15 of his albums to be signed by him and he went through them and said, “Colin, if you didn’t buy so many records, you could buy a yacht.” And I was thinking, “I live in Stoke-On-Trent, I don’t want a fucking yacht!” Roy Ayers, I had a lot in common with the guy, in the sense that he was a guy we’d put on the stage and he wouldn’t get off, we’d have to put a hook round his neck and drag him off.
His passion for it is still there today, he’s 70-odd and he’s still out there doing it. I still work with him whenever I get the opportunity. His music was a huge turning point because he’d done so many albums with so many people and then he hooked up with people like Fela Kuti, you know he just brings something amazing.
Sylvester and Two Tons of Fun - that was a good all-dayer. Two Tons Of Fun of course became The Weather Girls and we had some good fun with them. They were big girls, I went and fetched three chairs for two of them to sit on, and we had a real good laugh about that backstage.
I mean, you can’t imagine what it was like to be able to introduce acts like Brass Construction, when their album was probably the biggest album in the black music world and they were onstage with us in Blackpool - super times. Without record companies with bands that big and investment that big, it just doesn’t happen any more. All the big bands in the ‘80s, Mandrill, top bands: you don’t get them like that anymore. War were a huge band – you don’t see that anymore. Independent music tends to be two or three people or one person and not so many of the big groups get the opportunity because record company money is simply unavailable.
DID YOU EVER GET A SENSE THAT THE ACTS FELT THEY WERE MORE APPRECIATED OVER HERE THAN THEY WERE BACK HOME?
I think a lot of the time. I think some are just genuinely surprised how much interest there is in them. Particularly in the rare soul scene when someone gets told a record they made 40 years ago is a hugely popular record, and you see them with tears in their eyes. You know, Jesse James, Moses Smith - all these people that have been brought over at different times. It’s fantastic to see, Ronnie Walker, the late-great Edwin Starr. He couldn’t believe that a lot of his lesser-known records were just as popular as things like ‘War’ and now of course ‘Time’ is a huge record. That was a huge pop record when it came out, it wasn’t an underground soul record but now it’s all part of its fantastic legacy.
YOUR NIGHTS AT RAFTERS, SMARTIES, BERLIN AND THE PLAYPEN WERE A SIGNIFICANT PART OF MANCHESTER’S NIGHTLIFE AT A VERY FORMATIVE TIME.
When the Mecca was coming to an end and musically we were changing, I made a b-line for Manchester. I was buying a lot of records in Manchester at Spin Inn records and I got a lot of contacts there. I was put in touch with John Grant and we formed a partnership and opened a club that was a rock club: I think it was called Fagins Jillys. I hated it when I first went there but within six weeks we were on lockout, we got 500 people in there every week and it was a lockout. New releases; new albums, new 12”s were coming out prolifically – it was a fantastic time for music and it just exploded.
The Playpen was significant because that’s where I started playing house music; Trax, DJ International, Precision – all that early stuff that was spawned by records like Strafe and Harlequin Fours. When that was happening, of course you got bemusement from soul fans who didn’t quite get what was going on. There was a group of dancers in Manchester, a group of girls who loved the house music, they used to put on some real spectacular dancing – that was a spin-off from the jazz. Initially it was very voyeuristic as well but it was just electric because it was dance music with fantastic vocals. Unlike the Americans who were playing a lot of dubs, we played a lot of the vocal stuff. It was a very exciting time for music.
Berlin, probably the first time was ‘84/’85 and we got punters like Mick Hucknall and The Thompson Twins and when they had bands live at The Apollo they would come back there after. That was a mix of soul, jazz, Brazilian, Afrika Bambaataa – everything was thrown into the mix and I would play for maybe 5/6 hours: it was just incredible. You could go right down to slow beat ballads and people were still with you. It’s about trust, it’s about trusting the DJ.
I think nowadays things are split into single genres and I grew up in a world where you could play anything. At that time in Berlin, the intelligence was high. Guys who were into reggae were coming and asking me for jazz tapes, there was a social change and people were more open to what was going on.
HAVING EXPERIENCED THE EVOLUTION OF DANCE CULTURE IN MANCHESTER FIRST-HAND, HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN THE IBIZA NARRATIVE ROSE TO PROMINENCE AND OBSCURED THE TRUE LINEAGE?
I was working in ’86, the only time I worked with Showstopper organisation, clear with a live band on, I worked with Gilles Peterson on the radio that weekend and in the bars I did a couple of jazz sets as well that weekend. I was playing the beginning of house with Chris Hill stood at the side of the stage watching my whole set. “What’s going on here?” He knew something was going on…
It was a significant weekend - Bognor Regis. In the bars were the beginnings of the trips to Ibiza, which were thrown at me but I’d poo-pooed them because we’d failed to pull off a weekender up here at all. So the thought of people travelling from the North and going abroad just wasn’t on the agenda. People took that chance though, they took that risk.
Also at that weekend, Alex Lowe said he’d start doing his own weekender. All of those things happened at the same time, the evolution of Southport, the evolution of Ibiza all happened at that weekend, which was ’86 in Bognor Regis.
YOU’VE SAID THAT YOU STILL GET AS EXCITED WHEN NEW MUSIC COMES THROUGH. IT’S A LOT EASIER TO GET IT WITH THE INTERNET BUT WHAT WE SEEM TO BE LACKING NOW IS A CENTRAL FOCUS POINT, LIKE WHAT SPIN INN WAS IN MANCHESTER. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF HOW IT IS TODAY?
Again the benefits would be that everyone would hone in on that one shop. Everyone had a shop, Jumbo in Leeds, Graham Warr in Birmingham: so that would create interest, amongst DJs, amongst dancers - you don’t get that with the Internet. A lot of people say to me, “where do you find these tunes?” Well they’re all there but you’ve got to work harder to find them.
IT’S A BIT OF A NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK KIND OF SITUATION.
Yeah people think it’s going to be easy but it’s not easy if you want to find a niche for yourself.
WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO THINK MUSIC HAS ALREADY SEEN ITS HEYDAY, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Bollocks! That’s what I’d say. Music is part of life, end of. Music is life, to me.
HOW MUCH HAS THE ROLE OF THE DJ CHANGED OVER THE PAST 50 YEARS? IS IT THE SAME IN ESSENCE OR ARE WE IN A DIFFERENT PLACE NOW?
I think the role of the DJ when I was coming up was that you were a resident DJ, you were in one club and people came to that club. You’ve got a framework of music that you built on and built on, like with Body and SOUL in New York, with The Paradise Garage: it was a body of music, so there’d be a set of records that applied to each club and then you’d build on that.
It’s much more difficult to do that now, most of my sets are guest DJ sets and also there isn’t the week-to-week continuity for me. I might be playing house music today, Northern soul next week. I need that continuity so I do it through the Podcasts, which go out to over 100 countries – I couldn’t get to those people without the Internet http://colincurtis.podomatic.com/
NOW YOU’VE JUST CELEBRATED 50 YEARS IN THE GAME, WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEPS AS A DJ?
Probably death! Haha… I think death is next, yeah definitely. I’ll die playing records; it’s what I do. I’m not going to go into retirement. Will there be another 50 years? I doubt it very much but I’ll try !!!
Friday, 12 May 2017
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENTS SOUL & GOSPEL 09 MAY 2017 Someone Is You (Shawn's Revenge) Darien Dean Felicity Walter Christopher We're Ready AFrish Jubilation Vince Broomfield You Know Impact This Time Around Mayfield Rather Be Lonely Llorca & Laetitia Dana Stay Up Byron Gold I Can't Help But Love You Frederick Get Ready Impact Unexpected Love (feat. Vanjess) D Mills Don't Let the Clean up Woman Lacee Find A Way Darien Dean Your Love Victoria Brown Family Shaila Prospere Marry Me Lacee & Calvin Richardson Another Love Gone Wrong Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al Gave My Heart (Rob Hardt Remix) Omar Feat. Leon ware Everything I've Got Huggy and the Feel Goodz Love Joy Peace & Harmony (feat. J.) Antonia Wilson Four Seasons Impact Be with you Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al Its ya birthday Don-E Pieces Darien Dean This Moment Impact It's Gotta Be Love Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al I've Given You My Best Robert Gee I Want You (feat. Dwele) Impact Create In Me Victoria Brown Strong Feelings Tom Glide & Tracy Hamlin Old School days Tom Glide & Chidi Suddenly Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al One Way Ticket To Love Keni Stevens True Fantasy Tom Glide & Kenya In The Game Dara Tucker Radio Dara Tucker Soul Train Tom Glide & Hil St Soul Light Up The Sky Tom Glide & Stephanie Cooke Spell on Me Tom Glide & Terisa Griffin He Won't Let You Down Victoria Brown I Fall Dara Tucker Twenty Sixty Four Avery Sunshine For the Rest of My Life Just Right Band Feat. Ve'Al Harmless Darien Dean All My Love (feat. Eric Reed) Jonathan Reed Back 2 Life Shaila Where u are Tom Glide & Candace Woodson Wonders Darien Dean Music Available @ www.cdbaby.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.bandcamp.com ITunes Stay Blessed Colin Curtis
COLIN CURTIS PRESENTS THE SOUL CONNECTION SHOW NEW INDEPENDENTS SOUL & GOSPEL 03 MAY 2017 PLAYLISTFamily Shaila Prospere Strong Feelings Tom Glide & Tracy Hamlin One Way Ticket To Love Keni Stevens Will I Ever AudioSource Felicity Walter Christopher Old Skool dayz Tom glide feat Chidi Supposed to Be (feat. Eric Zayne) D Mills Come On With The Good Thing MF Robots Come Do Nothing Avery Sunshine Ain't No Woman L.V. Only You (feat. Kathy Horry) Derrick Doc Pearson What You Won't Do For Love Fabian Soul Its ya birthday Don-E Wonderful thing Don-E Good Vibes Minni Manchester For Kim Tibbs Sky High Minni Manchester It's Not over 'til It's Over Ty Causey Reaching Out To You Coco Rouzier Kiss and Make It Better Avery Sunshine I Want You (feat. Dwele) Impact Rather Be Lonely Llorca & Laetitia Dana Marry Me Lacee & Calvin Richardson Old-School-Quality-Time Tom Glide Ftg Chidi Keeps Getting Better John Weaver True Love Joey Oscar Be You Aliya Hall Do What You Love Jahah Unexpected Love (feat. Vanjess) D Mills Don't Let the Clean up Woman Lacee Ooh Michon Young Who U R. Shelby J Butterfly Aliya Hall Hot Tonight Medley Rocket II the Moon Hot Tonight I Miss You Ty Causey Hello Father Mary J. Blige Right Back Atcha' Pieces of a Dream Made For Us (feat. W.E.S.) Darryl Perry Good To Love You (feat. Dave Hollister) Leela James All or Nothing George Anderson When Luther Sings Alfa Anderson Alfa Anderson Over You Keni Stevens Sunshine Mayfield State of Mind Nigel Lowis Grand Master Mix Pt 3 Peter Symphorien This Time Around Mayfield Move Your Body (Radio Edit) EP T-Groove feat. B. Thompson Gracious (feat. Mycah Chevalier) [T-Groove Remix] Richard Bailey Stay With Me (LTJ Xperience remix ) Mario Biondi I Wonder L.V. How Do You Feel Tanya Holt Feel Somethin' MJbaker Finally Me Lori El U + Me (Love Lesson) Mary J. Blige Back 2 Life Shaila Twenty Sixty Four Avery Sunshine Stay Parris Bowens Angel.mp3 Don-E So Good (feat. Viktoria Vennice) Marq Lamont Mellisonant Too Walter Christopher Everyday Michon Young Music Available @ www.cdbaby.com www.amazon.co.uk www.amazon.com www.bandcamp.com ITunes Stay Blessed Colin Curtis