Saturday, 25 January 2014

Hoodoo Rhythm Soul Club

DeRobert And The Half-Truths - Goin' Places (2014)

Steve O'Mahoney - More Soulful Eclecticness from ChiSoulRadio (22.1.14)

A Total mixed bag covering Afro-House, Reggae, Dub, Northern, Modern, Jazz, Funk and so so so much more

1. Time to go ( Black Coffee Vocal )- Marissa Guzman
2. I want you ( Rancido's Soul Mix ) - Salvatore Argrosi ft. Sahffi Lynne
3. Linda ( Kenny Dope Remix ) - Martin Solveig
4. Beng Beng Beng - Femi Kuti
5. Skalypso Vamp - Jeremy Sole
6. Reefer Madness - UB40
7. Am I the same girl - Barbara Aklin
8. Other Girl - Lina
9. Never knew love like this - Funky Boudoir
10. Zauis - Eddie Russ
11. This is what you are ( Brasilian Rhyme ) - Mario Biondi
12. Dangerous Jazz - Ferry Ultra ft. Roy Ayers
13. Butterflies - Ben Westbeech
14. Love, Love, Love - The Impressions
15. The young Mod's forgotten story - The Impressions
16. We go back a ways - The Impressions
17. I'll always be here - The Impressions
18. Wherever she leadeth me - The Impressions
19. Looking for a lover - The Patterson Twins
20. Backfield In Motion - Mel and Tim
21. Do you love me just a little, honey - Gladys Knight
22. You got me worried - Walter Wolfman Washington
23. Will there be another love for me - Winfield Parker
24. Sweet thing - The Motown Spinners
25. Goodbye love ( we're Through ) - Act One
26. Boogaloo Baby - Tommy & Clive
27. Red Hot Love - The Four Tops
28. Tasty Love - Freddie Jackson
29. You got the right attitude - Tashan
30. Whene somebody loves you back - Teddy Pendergrass

Thanks for listening



Tom Jones - War (1970)

Whitby Soul Weekender (4th - 6th July 2014)

Sroeng Santi - Leang Mai Toe

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Give The People What They Want - Available Now

The Congolese Sapeurs

Mr Ducktail Presents THE BIG ONE - Coming Soon!

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Live At Nancy Jazz Pulsations (2010)

Dixie Hummingbirds - I've Got So Much to Shout About - Newport Folk Festival (1966)

Vintage Stax Records Magazine Adverts

On The Beat Finally Closes It's Doors

For those in the know, On The Beat Records in London's West End has been a bastion of good music and an essential port of call for Record collectors of all genres in the capital . Sadly owner Tim Derbyshire is finally calling time after running the shop on the same site in Hanway Street for over 35 years.

He recently listed the shop, it's lease and all of the stock totalling over 50,000 records for £300,000 on eBay, causing quite a stir on the record scene. After several offers that fell short of the mark and a wealth of interest from the media, Tim is finally packing up the shop and putting everything into storage.

I've had the pleasure of digging here for the last 15 years and during that time have pulled out some real gems, including a minty copy of Impeach The President which nearly gave me a heart attack!

Tim is a real character and has an encyclopaedic sized knowledge of records, labels and music in general. After dropping by earlier today, he told me he hopes to perhaps move online and get something going in the near future so fingers crossed that this won't be the last we see of him!

If you're in the area On The Beat will be open for a few more days so be sure to drop by and visit this London institution before it closes it's doors for the very last time.

Sad times....

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Stevie O’mahoney – Chi Soul Eclectic Mix (15/01/2014)

A real musical journey, Starting with Kings of Tomorrow and finishing with Otis Reading via Lisa Shaw, Carmichael Musiclover, Bungalove, Nicola Conte, Adele, Bobby Thurston, Astrid Gilberto, Georgie Fame, Jay & the Techniques and many others along the way ...




Tuesday, 14 January 2014


You may be familiar with Beau Williams as an accomplished modern soul artist for Capitol Records in the early 1980's. Years before his Capitol releases, he recorded two powerful funky soul sides and submitted them as a demo to Lionel Whitfield's Whit Label: the first side about easily falling in love and the second about the difficult reality of maintaining it.

Rediscovered by David Haffner and Brian Sears of Magnetic Recordings from the tape archive of TSU jazz director, Howard Harris, in 2011. Harris somehow came into possession of this material through his long-standing friendship and working relationship with Whitfield. The undeniably funky funky drumming sadly goes unaccredited but the understated arrangements and production combined with such emotional lyrics make for something special.

Presented here for the first time on Truth & Soul Records in a limited 500 copy pressing with hand stamped labels, sure to become a T&S cult classic, don't miss it.


The South London Soul Train (01/02/2014)

Attack Of The Giant Leeches (1959)

Ska Beat Soul! (21/02/2014)

***NEW LP RELEASE*** DeRobert And The Half-Truths - I'm' Tryin' - G.E.D Soul Records (14/01/2014)

In a city known worldwide for its brand of country music, DeRobert and the Half-Truths have carved out a place for themselves as the flag-bearers of Nashville Soul.

DeRobert Adams, the voice in front of the Half-Truths, got his start some 200 miles west of Nashville in the small Memphis exurb of Covington, Tennessee singing in the church choir. It was there that DeRobert honed his talents as a powerfully soulful vocalist, training himself to perform dizzying vocal acrobatics and arias. Growing up without means, DeRobert spent most of his time fine-tuning those natural skills throughout childhood. In 2000, at the age of 19 against his family’s wishes, he packed a suitcase and stole away in the middle of the night to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a small college town just southeast of Nashville where he enrolled in Middle Tennessee State University. It was here that he met Nick DeVan and David Singleton who later founded G.E.D. Soul Records and soon thereafter DeRobert & The Half-Truths.

In the sweltering summer of 2007, DeRobert, DeVan, and Singleton began working on a 7” record under the name The Grips. DeRobert added his vocals to the A side, “Tennessee Strut.” It was released with little fanfare, but soon word began to spread about a little yellow 45 from an unheard of group from Tennessee. The record had a rough, old-school growl to its raw production and one thing that stood out undeniably was DeRobert's powerful vocals. A follow-up was immediately released featuring DeRobert on both sides.

The first DeRobert and the Half-Truths 7” record, “Fallin’ In Debt” came out in 2008 followed quickly by two more, “Wake On Up” and the “Too Busy” EP. The gritty records drew attention from soul DJ’s and aficionados the world over. In 2010, DeRobert and the Half-Truths released their first full-length album "Soul In a Digital World" to favorable reviews. The LP allowed the band (now augmented with several talented local musicians) to stretch out with their brand of raw, syncopated soul. Staying true to their love of making music for the vinyl record, G.E.D. Soul Records released the 7” “Beg Me” EP in 2011 garnering a whole new level of fandom for the band and their little Nashville label.

One of the key features making this music so special is what has been described as "an audible sweat" embedded in the recordings. Recorded solely in Nick DeVan's Poor Man Studio, the musicians huddle together in a small, heavily-insulated living room and grind out hard-boiled track after track. All of the musicians are working class folks eking out a living with side-jobs and stints on the road. The recurring themes of poverty, heartbreak and the perpetual struggle to monetarily stay afloat are reflected in the songs.

The new record, "I'm Tryin'" (available Jan 14, 2014) is a testament to a kind of working man's soul music. Balancing the rhythmic elements of the old days with splashes of DeRobert’s modern vocals punctuating the melody like a possessed pugilist, the new album sets this group apart from other soul revival acts.

"I'm Tryin'" is the result of two years of hard-traveling and sweat-drenched recording sessions in the working class section of East Nashville, Tennessee. The band and label, both operating on a shoestring budget led a successful crowd-funding campaign through Kickstarter to finance this record. The result is by far one of the finest recordings produced by DeRobert and The Half-Truths and G.E.D. Soul Records.


Monday, 13 January 2014

Ben Gibson (Mo' Soul) - Straight From The Play Box - BeatsOfMusic

I was recently very privileged to have been asked to contribute to Kieran Lockyear's ongoing Beats Of Music mixtape series, "Straight From The Play Box".

He has pulled together DJs and record collectors from all around the world and asked them to pick out ten 45s from the playbox and share them in a mixtape to give a quick snapshot of what is being played around the world.

Kieran has been hard at work putting these together and has secured some real big hitters on the scene, including Ian Wright, Larry Grogan, Darren Bennett and Greg Belson to name just a few.

The mixes are going up thick and fast so be sure to go through all of them as there's a wealth of excellent music to be grabbed there!

Check out the "Straight From The Play Box" series HERE