Monday, 19 January 2015

Dig Deep Recommends: J Dilla - Beats Batches


Yancey Media Group over in the US just sneaked out 4 x 10"s of J Dilla's Beats. Taken from the SP-1200 Batches, with 10 beats per record for generally less than £15 each, these are getting snapped up quickly. The were originally released in the limited edition SP-1200 box set which included different artwork, a cassette and floppy disc.

From the opening intro of his "instruction type manual type shit" on Batch 1 you know this is another essential piece of Dilla history choc full of unheard Jaydee grooves.

Not just filler scraps off the cutting room floor, each of the 4 Beats Batches have 2 or 3 tracks on them that will have any die hard Dilla fan bobbing their head immediately.







Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 Top 30 Chart


As record sales continued to climb in 2014 there was a plentiful supply of new releases from both the up and coming and the time served dons. Add to that the ever expanding pool of reissues, re-edits and compilations and we had smörgåsbord of wax to go at. These are just some of the tunes that moved me in 2014. Part 2 to follow early 2015.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1378715-Chart/

my link to juno records




Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #20 End Of Year Throwdown 2014


It's time for our annual End Of Year Throwdown on Cowbell Radio. Not quite sure where 2014 went but there were some damn fine records released throughout the year!

As record sales continue to climb there have been a plentiful supply of new releases from both the up and coming and the time served dons. Add to that the ever expanding pool of reissues, re-edits and compilations and we have smörgåsbord of wax to go at.

This Saturday I will be running through the Top 30 records I have been playing on the show and at the clubs and festivals over the last year. The 'maybe' pile is currently overflowing with tracks as the final list is starts to take shape.

There have been casualties and I am bound to have missed or forgotten a few but for me these are the ones that make me think '2014'.

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
End Of Year Throwdown
Saturday 20th December 2014
7pm-10pm

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Dig Deep Recommends: Floor Jammers Vol 2


The excitement for me on this one is the vinyl release of one of the stand out tracks off the Rahaan Edits Volume 1 CD. I first heard Rahaan's take of Mass Production's Cosmic Lust several years ago on his Disco Boogie Women mix and I've been hoping someone would release it on vinyl ever since.

His edit of the jazz funk classic is pure genius, with nips and tucks in all the right places, this is probably my favourite Rahaan edit to date. An absolute bomb.

Andy Ash's Feel Groove is a beat ridden soul take of Teddy Pendergrass that tightens up the beats and adds some extra punch. A quality production from one of Liverpool's finest.

Beaten Space Probe revisit the Millie Jackson's We Got To Hit It Off which has previously been edited by Watson and was sampled on Carl Craig's remix of Tom Trago’s 'Use Me Again'. Their version is a bit of a teaser in the way it climbs then drops.

Out In The Sticks - A&S Dub is probably my 2nd favourite on offer. A fine slice of boogie funk with a liquid bassline and 80s synth action.

I doubt this will be around for long, my advice is to snap it up now.

www.juno.co.uk/products/rahaan-andy-ash-floor-jammers-vol-2/554977-01/






Juno Records latest campaign

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Dig Deep Recommends: Dust & Grooves Adventures In Record Collecting


Eilon Paz’s Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting project is a beautiful combination of photography and interviews with Questlove and other obsessive record collectors. The result is a stunning 436 page coffee table book about the world's most fascinating and accomplished vinyl collectors.

Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts.

The second revised edition of the book, available from December, profiles over 130 vinyl collectors, featuring a foreword by the RZA and interviews with Questlove, Gilles Peterson, Four-Tet, the Gaslamp Killer to name a few.

Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, from die-hard record enthusiasts to fans of pop culture, sharp photography, and music history.


Medium‘s April Greene, who has been part of the Dust & Grooves family since 2008, tells the stories behind a handful of Eilon Paz’s photos. She picks 11 of her favorite collector shots and asks Eilon about what it was like being behind the camera, the interviews sessions, and the full story. Read April's full interview and check out some more of Eilon's photos here.

There is also an excerpt of the new Questlove interview on the Dust & Grooves site, alongside many others including Gilles Peterson, Gaslamp Killer, DJ Food, King Britt, Frank Gossner along with a Digging in Ghana special, Rich MediaMonk One, the list goes on.



Sunday, 23 November 2014

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #19 with Jamie 3:26 (Partehardy / Rush Hour / Lumberjacks In Hell)


"I like all kinds of music, so long as it has a good groove."

For the 19th show on Cowbell Radio I am honoured to welcome special guest DJ and Producer Jamie 3:26 to the Dig Deep Chicago Family.

Release wise Jamie 3:26 is one of those guys that doesn't incessantly put out a load of stuff, but when he does put something out it's usually pure gold. His less is more approach seems to be working with several of his releases now going for decent money on Discogs.



Kicking off his solo productions with a series of ace disco edits back in 2008 on Partehardy Records, Jamie has remixed House luminaries such as Jungle Wonz, Chip E and Marcellus Pittman as well as working with newer acts such as youAND:THEMACHINES and the Chromatic Filters.

In 2011 Jamie released Acid Whump on Strobelight Honey records. Full of 303, it's one of his dirtiest tracks to date and came on the B-side of Bostich Time. Whilst in 2012 he re-edited Can You Feel It by Rhythm Makers for the Lumberjacks In Hell label.

In 2013 Jamie contributed 2 tracks to the year's best selling Chicago Service EP; the 1st track being an uptempo take of Curtis Mayfield's Give Me Your Love, whilst the 2nd was co-produced with DJ Cratebug. Between them they twisted Loletta Holloway's Hit N Run into another level floor wrecker (check my full review here).

Jamie's latest release is Insanity Project / Acid Showe on Rush Hour Store Jams. With no online sales and it only being available via selected stores, people are going to have to be very quick and very lucky to get their hands on the vinyl only release.

On the DJ front, Jamie is up there with the best from the Windy City. His sets epitomize the true house sound of Chicago whilst not forgetting it's deep disco roots. Jamie loves the music he plays and it comes across in bucket loads, as he gets down as hard behind the decks as the people do out there on the dancefloor.

In November Jamie is working his way up North as part of the Lumberjacks In Hell Tour, starting off in London on 7th November and before playing Manchester on the 8th alongside Marcel Vogel and Rahaan.


So as we gear up to air an exclusive Dig Deep mix from the man on this month's show for Cowbell Radio, here is a collection of some of my favourite tracks plus a decent little interview.


Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with Jamie 3:26 (Partehardy / Lumberjacks In Hell)
Saturday 15th November 2014
7pm-10pm

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Dig Deep Recommends: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence LP


The new American Intelligence LP from Theo Parrish sounds ace!

As you would expect, the hugely anticipated follow up to Sound Sculptures Volume 1 is not just a collection of dance tracks. The 3 x 12" gatefold album covers all bases from hypnotic afro grooves, jazz soaked slo-mo, dark techno, rhythmic percussion and MPC funk.

Predominantly pure gold from Theo, the only really off the wall track is Helmut Lampshade which I can only describe as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock on speed playing live on a bouncy castle in space.

The double CD version comes with extra tracks including the brilliant Thug Irony. Personally I would rather have had that on the vinyl instead of Helmut Lampshade, so I am hoping Thug Irony is planned for a future single.

Check the LP out and see for yourself. If you don't feel it you must be dead inside ;)

3 x Vinyl version




2 x CD version


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Guest DJ Mix on the Energised Radio Show


One time only trip back to Preston FM this Saturday to guest on Tim Melia's Energised Radio Show. 

Tim's show focuses on electronic music and goes out every Saturday night between 9pm and 11pm. The playlist cover house, breaks, electro and electronica and is one of the best shows on the station.

Tim will be broadcasting the mix that I did for Chicago House Radio before playing an exclusive set by DJ Izrail.

It's great to be doubling up with my big brother from the Windy City Izrail Dizko to bang out the music on the FM airwaves again, like we did when we used to Dig Deep On Preston FM.




Thursday, 23 October 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Dig Deep Recommends:Harvey Scales - Trying To Survive


Every so often I come across a soul record that blows my head off. The first time I heard Trying To Survive was one of those days. Stop you in your tracks poignant and soulful lyrics over some of the funky grooves you will ever hear.

Originally released by James Thorpe on his Magic Touch label in Chicago Illinois, the original pressing of this super rare funky soul 45 has fetched up to $2000 in recent years.

Rarity aside, it's the lyrics that do it for me. It sounds like it was released back in the 70's so it's sad to think some 40+ years they still make sense today.

Trackdown, a more Northern sounding cut, maintains the quality on the b side.

The reissue that came out earlier this year is virtually sold out in the shops, but Juno Records have just had a restock. A must-have for all soul lovers that don't want to shell out for the original (that's if they can find one).

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/harvey-scales-trying-to-survive-1-per/546877-01/


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #18 with BLACK (Lost Control / Now Wave)


This month I am pleased to bring you an exclusive mix from Manchester based DJ BLACK.

One of the new breed, it is quickly becoming apparent that BLACK has spot on tastes and he can always be relied upon to deliver a set of quality house, techno, future garage or nu disco.



He is resident at Lost Control where previous guests have included DMX Crew, Perseus Traxx, Youngstar and Asok. The next event at the Q Cavern is on November 7th and features special guests Alexander Robotnick, James Holroyd and Tim Morrison (check the podcast below).

BLACK has put together this set especially with Cowbell Radio in mind so it's no surprise artists include Mugwump, Depeche Mode, Sabres Of Paradise, Lord Of The Isles and Richard Sen.

As usual PT will have a wedge of his own tips and selections - breaking new music whilst not forgetting the classics.

BLACK links:
facebook.com/LostControlOfficial
soundcloud.com/blackofficial/lost-control-podcast-001-alexander-robotnick

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with BLACK (Lost Control / Now Wave)
Saturday 18th September 2014
7pm-10pm

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Cream Of The Crop - October 2014 Vinyl Chart


Mixed bag as always, this month's number #1 goes Opposite People, a respectful edit of the Fela classic by Bosq.

It's rare for a track to be repeated in my charts but Discipline by Funkineven featuring Jay Daniel is still blowing me away. Harvey Scales' Trying To Survive is essential soul music. Meanwhile Lidell Townsell's Jack The House off the Party People Jack Your Body EP has been reissued on Trax.

Nick Weston's consistently strong Mukatsuku label is back on it, with Lost & Funk Soul Gems Volume Two, featuring Loleatta Holloway's 'Bring It On', but my pick is 'I'll Be Around' by Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colour on the B side.

New discovery for me, check K15's ace Hall Of Memories on Wotnot Music for one of the freshest tracks of the year. The EP also features the original of Bordeaux plus remixes by Glenn Astro & Imyrmind and Kaidi Tatham.

Christiana Essien's sought after You Can't Change A Man is a sweet piece of afrodiscosoul and comes in either black or 2 shades of blue. Always go for the black vinyl where possible!

Secret Squirrel Volume 5 maintains the high quality with two more nu disco gems. The A side turns Willie Colon's 'Set Fire To Me' into a lovely deep grower whilst the B side takes on Electric Chair classic 'The Final Time' by Steve Bender.

Detroit Techno fans may want to snap up the purple vinyl reissue of Mayday's Sinister, the Undisputed mix has been a personal favorite for a long time.

Terry Farley Presents Acid Rain: Definitive Original Acid & Deep House 1985-1991 12" Sampler 1 off the Top 10. DJ Pierre's Box Energy and Laurent X - 'Machines' both rep on the 303 classic front whist Ralphi Rosario - 'In The Night' is a new found love that slipped me by the first time.

And there are another 20 releases after that including Fela Kuti Vinyl Box Set 3, which comes 7 x 180 gram 12"s and is compiled By Brian Eno...

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1230185-Chart/

my link to juno records







Juno Records latest campaign

Friday, 10 October 2014

Mesmeric Launch Party


House and techno never went away for me, but over the last few years it seems there has been an abundance of decent, deep, soul laced, funk dowsed, jazz tinged, bass ridden electronic music from new and upcoming producers.

At the same time classic labels such as Trax, KMS, DJ International, Pheerce City and Harmless are reissuing many of the original Chicago and Detroit based releases that made such an impact in the UK the first time around.

Meanwhile 2nd gen producers like Omar S, Ob Ignitt, Theo Parrish, Jay Daniel, Kyle Hall, Kai Alce, Mike Huckaby, Rahaan, Jamie 3:26 etc continue to lay down some of the finest and filthy grooves ever to grace a dance floor. And let's not forget the talent from across Europe.

Add that to the amount of disco and boogie records that have been unearthed, given the re-edit treatment, then tagged Nu and we have what has to be one of the strongest and most fertile underground scenes in the world right now.

So with all that in mind, this Saturday sees the launch of a new club night for Preston.  It's called Mesmeric and it has been born to give the DJs that are booked the chance to play all the new music they are feeling right now, on a loud PA, to the decent sized core of music heads that live in and around the city. Here is the lowdown:


Upstairs, sound in, lights off, decks on.

COTTAM (Ruff Draft)
JOHN TREE (The Perfumed Garden)
PAUL THORNTON (Dig Deep)

HOUSE // TECHNO // ACID // DISCO

Free in before 11pm // £3 after

The Adelphi,
Fylde Road, Preston