Monday, 14 July 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #15 with MannMadeMusic (Shadeleaf / Lumberjacks In Hell)

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio returns this Saturday with another very special guest, as we delve into the UK's deep house scene with an exclusive DJ mix from Sunderland's MannMadeMusic.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Digital Desires - July 2014 Download Chart

Bit of a catch up on the digital front covering the tracks I have been playing over the last couple of months. Some of these arrived after the vinyl versions and some came way earlier.

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Beat-Herder Festival 2014

The festival of festivals returns for 2014 and I can't wait to get back to Beatherdershire...

Now in my 8th year, I have been DJing at The Beat-Herder Festival in the Trailer Trash tent since the crew first asked me in 2007.  I'd done a few local festivals at that point as well as popping my Glastonbury cherry a few years earlier, but nothing could have prepared me for the warm glow I felt as soon as I arrived on site.  "you need to get down here", "it's a proper little festival", "no they don't do day tickets, just come down on Saturday and you'll love it" were some of the text messages I was bashing out on my mobile.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Cream Of The Crop - July 2014 Vinyl Chart

A nice balance of newness and sought after classics this time around. Everything from heavy as you like tribal rhythms, through to the girliest of disco, some pretty deep house cuts, plus that ace Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf box set is essential.

my link to juno records

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #14 with Zernell Gillie (Grimy Edits)

This month Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio returns with another very special guest. Keeping up the Chicago tradition, disco don Zernell Gillie takes to the hallowed turntables to give us a rare studio mix.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Cream Of The Crop - June 2014 Vinyl Chart

All kinds of goodness in this month's chart including... an essential funk classic from Renee Geyer, seriously deep bass grooves from Jamie XX, a tonne of twisted new house come Detroit vibes, some lovely represses from the Trax and KMS camp, a stripped down Terje drum version that isn't on the album, a disco gem from Cream De Coco and Juggy Murray Jones as re-edited by Rahaan.

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #13 with Simba (Home Taping / Stripped & Chewed)

For the 13th Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio I am pleased to welcome Preston based DJ & Producer Simba to the growing list of trusted selectors that have put together an exclusive mix for the show.

As a DJ Simba has been doing it for years. He grew up listening to soul, funk, boogie and disco records on his dad's record player and you can really hear that deep soulful vibe in both his DJ sets and his productions.

Sometimes you’ll catch him dropping house, disco and boogie, while at other times he'll turn your head with some Jaydee inspired hip hop.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dig Deep with Mr Mendel #2 (Basic Fingers / Lumberjacks In Hell)

On this week's show to get you in the bank holiday mood I am honoured to bring you part 3 of an exclusive mix from Amsterdam based DJ & Producer - Mr Mendel.

Dig Deep on Preston FM with Mr Mendel #2 by Paul Thornton on Mixcloud

He started out spinning records at the infamous Duivel Cafe Bar, a place well known as a hub of raw hip-hop. This landed him a residency at Freakin Ill, an old school club night at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam.

However Mr Mendel soon discovered that hip hop just wasn't enough. His job at Waxwell Records was introducing him to soul, disco, afro and brazil records, and he instantly fell in love with the smell of dust, thousands of album covers and the crackling sound of old vinyl.

As Mr Mendel honed his DJ’ing skills he developed an all-round style; collecting and spinning dance music from all corners of the globe with only one condition “as long as it’s good soulful music”.

Always selecting passionate and intriguing tunes (I only know 2 or 3 of the tracks in his set), expect to hear sexy melodies, funk filled basslines, energetic drums, exotic percussion and euphoric vocals.

Sometimes you’ll catch him play banging disco and house, while at other times he might surprise you with downtempo soul and tropical vibes. Mr Mendel also curates the tropical playlist for 22tracks Amsterdam.

Definitely a kindred spirit, it's this wide and varied taste that led us to ask him to do a mix for the show.

As a DJ, Mr Mendel currently holds down residencies in Amsterdam at parties such as 'I Love Vinyl', 'Wicked Jazz Sounds' and 'Doka'.  He's both influenced by and has played alongside DJ's such as Rich Medina, Rahaan, Sadar Bahar, John Morales, Lefto, Marcel Vogel, Rob Manga and KC The Funkaholic.

As a producer he has edited big tracks by the likes of Nina Simone and James Brown. Plus the Mr Mendel edit of 'Trio Ternura's' A Gira got support from the likes of Giles Peterson.

His recent 'Mr Mendel edits' on Basic Fingers has all but sold out in the shops but is still available on Discogs.

Mr Mendel's new track 'Far Away' is included on the forthcoming Lumberjacks Boogie Vol 1 12" - the EP also features tracks by Rayko, Em Vee aka Marcel Vogel and Man Made Music.

High up in the (new) disco mafia, Mr Mendel knows how to rock a party and there are loads of top selections on this world class mix.  Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear the man in action from the comfort of your own home.

Plus PT will have a few choice pickings of his own from the likes of Bruce Ivery, Rahaan Rah, Zernell Gillie, Quantic Music, Fela Kuti, and Cottam to name just a few.

Dig Deep On Preston FM
with Mr Mendel (Basic Fingers / Lumberjacks In Hell)
Thursday 1st May 2014