Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Hit Git & Split - The Howling Hops Tank Room

I'm very excited to have been offered my own brand new bi-weekly DJ residency called The Hit Git & Split at The Howling Hops Tank Room in Hackney.

The night kicks off with a Halloween Special on Saturday 31st October and then runs bi-weekly every Saturday from 7th November onwards.

I'll be playing the usual mix of Funk, Soul, Ska and 50s R&B 45s all for your listening and dancing pleasure.

It's free entry on the door all night so head on down for some musical goodness, accompanied by great food and Howling Hops Real Ale straight from the source!

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Monday, 22 June 2015

***REVIEW*** Leon Bridges - Coming Home - Columbia Records

With vintage Soul music very much seeming 'en vogue' to the mainstream right now there have been a plethoria of copy cat acts as well as some extremely poor attempts to jump on the band wagon and cash in on the Soul sound.
Leon Bridges, the well dressed and slick 25 year old from Fort Worth, Texas steps up to the plate!
He's been honing his sound for the last year or so with a ruthless touring schedule across the States, as well as several jaunts over to this side of the pond. After months of tracking his steady rise he finely breaks out onto the scene with his finely polished new long player, "Coming Home" which was released today!
Unlike many acts his sound is not forced and feels very natural. It's easy to see why he has already been likened to Sam Cooke as his music could quite easily be mistaken for a misplaced or lost recording session from the Sixties Stax or Atlantic era.
The album is relatively short, running in at just 34 minutes but what you have here is 10 tracks that are all as equally strong as each other, all killer with no filler! Musically it's very comforting, never feeling too pretentious with the strength of his vocals continually leading the LP.

Bridges' traverses well across the Soul spectrum, touching Gospel notes with the beautifully haunting "River" as well as with more upbeat tracks like "Smooth Sailin" and "Twistin' & Groovin'" which lend a nod to the southern Blues sound. "Lisa Sawyer" gives us an intimate tribute to his Mother with a Doo-Wop tinged sultry saxophone backing. 

The vintage analogue recording lends itself well to his style and the production is excellent from Austin Jenkins & Josh Block who were both instrumental in helping Leon Bridges develop his style.

This is real bare bones Soul music at its best and if this fantastic introduction to Leon Bridges is anything to go by I think his career will be one to definitely watch!

Grab a copy of "Coming Home" on Vinyl or CD HERE

Or get your E-dig on HERE

Monday, 15 June 2015

Ben Gibson (Mo' Soul) - Guest Mix For The Funky16Corners 2015 Allnighter/ Pledge Drive

I recently had the privilege of being asked to contribute to the legendary Funky16Corners website run by collector, walking well of knowledge and all round nice guy Larry Grogan!

Larry hosts an annual virtual Allnighter and Pledge Drive to help keep his extremely informative site going!

I've put together 50 minutes of the "Good Stuff" for your listening pleasure so head on over to now to drop a few pennies in the bucket and grab my mix as well as a host of others from some great DJs from across the scene!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Hole In The Wall Soul Club - 13/06/2015 - London


The Showstoppers - Ain't Nothing But A House Party - TOTP 1971

***NEW*** Ramrock Records 2015 Releases

Respected black dance music DJ Jo Wallace was commissioned to create a bespoke track to accompany 2014's must see exhibition 'Return of the Rudeboy' by its creators, Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott.

In order to deliver the track in a limited vinyl format, Jo had to create a label....thus, Ramrock was born. Tipping the brim of a pork pie hat in the direction of the glorious heyday of Jamaican rocksteady, Jo tailored the sound to fit the flavour of the exhibition - more Argyle socks than on the rocks.

Gathering together the production skills of the legendary Ashley Beedle, the talents of musical supremo Darren Morris and the mighty MC D'Oxman, Jo oversaw the whole project in the studio even lending a hand on backing vocals and percussive teacup.

Jo has now been allocated tracks from Adrian Sherwood's mighty On-U Sounds catalogue for exclusive vinyl only release. Jeb Loy Nicols and L.S.K are due for release on May 15th, 2015. Watch out for a summer release for an original Jo Wallace production in collaboration with Ghetto Priest and Taz, Mark Professor, Andre Espeut and a few other surprise artists.

There's a Versions Galore LP in the pipeline.....exciting times!!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

***PRE-ORDER*** Leon Bridges - Coming Home - Columbia Records (23/06/2015)

Leon Bridges' brand new full length LP 'Coming Home' is available to pre-order now on iTunes! 

The title track 'Coming Home', 'Better Man', 'Lisa Sawyer' and the amazing 'River' are available to download now with the rest of the LP to follow on 23rd June 2015.

Grab it HERE:

Saturday, 2 May 2015

***NEW*** Funkshone - To The Yard - Bandoni Music

Another banger from Mike Bandoni's Funkshone!

Funkshone take the next step in bringing you this new 45 on Bandoni Music, a new label set up by Mike himself. This is the first single in what is hoped will become a long line of successful Funk and Soul 45's on this new imprint. Only 300 copies are to be made and sold. Each hand numbered with a personal message in every copy.

Just like the very first Funkshone 45 (Purification Pts 1&2) this one features the incredible musicianship of The Easy Access Orchestra (Herbaliser/Roots Manuva/Just Jack) on Brass, Wind and Flute and Mike playing everything else that you hear. Just like old times then! Yes there are heavy drums and bass, that cutting 70's wah on guitar and clav, rhodes, percussion and of course that all important relentless brass and flute.

You can also expect to hear new Funkshone material on Skyline recordings in the near future too.

We're back! This. Is. FUNK!

Purchase details coming soon but get on it whilst you can. This will not be available digitally (legally) for some time. support this music and the artist and we'll make more. Share it for free and we might not...

By all means enjoy and share the teaser clips, tell your friends and spread the word that it's funkshone you heard.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Ben Gibson (Mo' Soul) - Guest Interview & Mix For Grooves Crew (Russia)

Welcome Back!

I was recently privileged to have been interviewed and asked to put together a guest mix for the excellent Grooves Crew forum and Podcast from Russia.

They host an informative site which brings together collectors and DJs from across the globe!

After conversing with host, Igor Trick, my contribution has finally hit the interwebs!

You can spot the original post HERE, but if like me your Russian isn't quite up to scratch you can catch the English translation below!



Ben Gibson (Mo' Soul) - Guest Interview & Mix For Grooves Crew (Russia)

Could you please tell a few words about yourself and your Mo' Soul project?

My name is Ben Gibson and I've been collecting records for over 25 years in one form or another. I have also been involved in DJing and hosting several nights around London including "The Hook & Sling", "Better Days" and most recently "Shake!".

My side project/blog, "Mo' Soul" is my small corner of the Internet that I use for sharing mixes, videos, news of up and coming nights and artists as well as oddities and any other things that take my interest. All loosely connected to Soul, Funk, Blues & Breaks.

When did you start collecting records? Why Vinyl? What records are you listening to right now?

As a teenager I was obsessed with collecting Indie CD singles and amassed a collection of several thousand, after saving up for my first set of turntables I started collecting Hip-Hop records and then through an interest in where the samples came from started digging backwards into Soul, Funk and R&B.

More recently my collection has expanded into Blues and early 50s Rock & Roll. At present I mainly collect 7" singles. At last count my collection was over 3000 45s plus LPs and 78s.

Could you please tell about London soul scene today? What kind of parties do you run?

The nights I run and am involved in and especially my website Mo' Soul are all about sharing the music I love with other people. Far too many people on the collecting scene focus on rarity and overlook a massive amount of great records because of this!

For me it is about enjoying the music regardless of rarity or price. If it's good and gets the dance floor moving it gets played!

I quite often see posts about live gigs on your blog. Could you please tell us about this part of London's night life?

London has an amazing music scene especially when it comes to Funk, Soul & Blues. I like to share news and reviews to help keep this scene alive!

Several parts of London are undergoing change, especially in and around Soho where iconic venues like "Madame Jo Jo's" and "The Buffalo Bar" have been closed down already so it's important to keep what we are lucky enough to have here going!

What bands have you seen on stage? What was the most amazing act?

I've been lucky enough to see some great shows whilst I've been living in London including James Brown, Lyn Collins, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones and Marva Whitney to name just a few.

Recently I caught St. Paul & The Broken Bones in Camden who were fantastic live and also up and coming soul singer, Leon Bridges who is definitely someone you should look up!

Do you have any records that you have been playing for many years? What was your first record? Do you still play it sometimes?

There are many records within my collection that I regularly return to. Ike and Tina Turner - 'It's All Over' on Warner is a firm favourite as are most of James Brown's massive output.

I'm a bit of a binger when it comes to my listening habits and will find a record I like and listen to it over and over again, picking up on all the small changes each time round, much to the annoyance of my poor Wife!

My Mothers record collection had a huge influence on me when I was young as she collected a lot of Motown and Invictus 45s which I played regularly. These are all now in my own collection and I still pull them out for a listen every now and then.

Have you ever tried to collect the whole catalogue of any label? Or perhaps all records of a particular artist/band?

For the past several years I've been working my way through collecting all of the People Records discography. This was James Browns side label that he used to showcase artists like Lyn Collins and The JBs who were associated with him.

The label features several classics that form the building blocks of modern music like Hip Hop and Breakbeat, stuff like 'Think (About It)' and 'Cross The Tracks' as well as some lesser known stuff which is equally interesting due to James Browns excellent production skills.

Best record shops in London? Your recommendations to travelling record diggers?

Soho still has a fairly thriving record shop scene. 'Sounds Of The Universe', 'Reckless Records' and 'Sister Ray' are all must visit spots with a nice selection of original LPs and 45s as well as newer release stuff as well! There are lots of fantastic records being released by modern bands.

Do we observe a revival of soul music? What are you favourite modern funk bands?

The scene is as vibrant as ever with great new stuff being released nearly every week so I would agree we are experiencing a revival at the moment.

The renewed interest in the vinyl format is definitely encouraging that! I am a big fan of "The Impellers" and "Smith & The Honey Badgers", both are definitely worth checking out!

Do you listen to any radioshows or podcasts related to soul music?

Breakin' Bread, God's Eternal Jukebox, Anne Frankenstein's Honey Dripper, Gail Smith, Larry Grogan's Funky 16 Corners, Kieran Lockyear and of course Grooves Crew to name just a few!

There's just so much great stuff out there especially on Mixcloud and Soundcloud!

How would you describe that moment when music gives you maximum pleasure?

Nothing beats that feeling a great record produces! Music is a totally emotive experience that affects people in ways that nothing else can!

My record collection says more about me than I could ever manage to put down in words!

What's your current Top 10?

These have all been favourites on regular rotation recently!

Leon Bridges - Better Man
Frankie Beverly & The Butlers - If That's What You Wanted
Prince Buster - Shaking Up Orange Street
Bobby Womack - Love Is Gonna Lift You Up
Menhanan Street Band - Home Again!
Saun & Starr - Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Shirley
Jean & The Relations - If I'd Had A Man Like You
George Benson - My Woman's Good To Me
Billy Hawks - O Baby (I Do Believe I'm Losing You)
Lee Fields - Magnolia

Ben Gibson (Mo' Soul) Guest Mix For Grooves Crew 

Track List

Leon Bridges - Better Man - Columbia
The Googie Rene Combo - Smokey Jo's La La - BGP
The Young-Holt Trio - Wack Wack - Brunswick
Julie Driscoll - Save Me (Pt1) - Polydor
Ray Sharpe With The King Curtis Orchestra - Help Me (Pt1) - Atco
Unknown - Out Of Sight - White Unknown Label Test Pressing
Al Reed - 99 44/100 Pure Love - Axe
Buddy Lucas - That Thang - Mohawk
Louis Prima With Sam Butera & The Witnesses - Beep! Beep! - Capital
The "5" Royales - Right Around The Corner - King
Little Willie John - I'm Shakin' - Out Of Sight Records
Shirley Jean & The Relations - If I'd Had A Man Like You - People Records
Wee Willie & The Winners - I Don't Know What You Got But I Know What You Need (Pt1) - Shotgun Records
Thunder & Lightning - Bumpin' Bus Stop (Pt1) - Private Stock Records
Buddy Cantrell - You Ain't No Good - Now-Again Records
Ernie & The Top Notes, Inc. - Things Are Better - Fordom
Gwen McCrae - Rockin' Chair - Cat
Gangsters - Strung Out On The Boogie - Heat Records
Clausel - Let Me Love You - Up Right Records
Suan & Starr - Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah - Daptone
The Staple Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) - Stax Records
Bill Withers - Lean On Me - A&M Records