Saturday, 19 April 2014

Cream Of The Crop - Record Store Day Special

A few tips for Record Store Day in no particular order. Not everything on my list is on this list, but it's a good start ;) Plus there's some other soon to be released recommendations included and current gems.

my link to juno records

Friday, 18 April 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #12 with Mr Mendel (Basic Fingers / Lumberjacks In Hell)

For the 12th show on Cowbell Radio I am honoured to bring you an exclusive mix from Amsterdam based DJ & Producer - Mr Mendel.

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.

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with Mr Mendel (Basic Fingers / Lumberjacks In Hell)
Saturday 19th April 2014


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Dig Deep with Davo (Scene) #2

This week's show is a game of two halves. In the first hour Paul will be digging deep in the hip hop crates, covering tracks from 1979 through to 2014.  In the 2nd hour, we have special guest DJ Davo dropping some deep drum and bass.

Davo is possibly best known as head honcho at Preston based skate shop 'Scene'.  The shops annual parties are a highlight on the city's clubbing calendar and 2014 is no exception.

A face on the underground scene for years, Davo is well known as a quality drum and bass DJ.

Scene's 17th Birthday Party
Sunday 4th May 2014

The Day: 12pm-7pm (FREE) - The Continental, Preston
Live graffiti jam by the Infamous Last Words crew
Plus beats served up by Operation Sound System and Preston DJ's:
Paul Thornton, Karl Yates and North Fiyah crew.

The Night: 10pm-3am (£3 Advance tickets) £5 on the door - Club Tonic, Preston
Local artists will be spinning an eclectic mix of Reggae and Drum & Bass
Sound provide by Operation Sound System

Event on Facebook:

Scene Preston:


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Digital Desires - April 2014 Download Chart

Number #1 goes to the ace hip hop compilation album by Sean P Boogie on BBE Records. Single of the month goes to the ear worm that is 17 by Woolfy which comes with a Francis Inferno Orchestra remix.

Plus there is deepness from Jay Daniel, Hardwax and Cottam, slomo nu disco from 6th Borough Project and Basic Fingers, 2 out there tracks from Todd Terje's 10 year's of Full Pupp LP, acid grooves from K'Alexi-Shelby, 4 sought after M+M Mixes from John Morales, a house classic from Johnick that reminds me of Mark E, and that Medlar & Red Rack'em track on Phonica!

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Cream Of The Crop - March 2014 Vinyl Chart (2nd Helpings)

Just enough time left to get in a 2nd helping of tasty vinyl for March before I pull together my top tips for Record Store Day releases in April.

Number #1 goes to the ace hip hop comp by Sean P Boogie on BBE Records. Plus there is goodness from Woolfy, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Dego & Theo Parrish, Disco Boogie Classics, Chicago Damn, MERC, Al Gobi, and Cottam.

Check for a tasy LP from Max Graef, singles from Chris Massey, Hardwax, Frankie Knuckles, Moodymann, Jay Daniel and represses of the sought after M+M Mixes from John Morales.

There's forthcoming deepness from Marcellus Pittman, Fela action from Mŗ Mendel, house vibes from Simba Selecta and Boogie Nite, afrobeat from Seun Anikulapo Kuti and Harry Mosco on Secret Stash Records. Plus that Medlar & Red Rack'em single on Phonica!

my link to juno records

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #11 with Paul Thornton (Itch / Trailer Trash / Dig Deep)

The 11th Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio has a a real special mix up and covers music from the late 60s through to brand new releases and forthcoming tracks.

Expect nu disco, funk, house, techno, boogie, soul and some hip hop towards the end of the show.

Regular features include the Chilled Track Of The Month and the Global Gig Guide in the last hour.

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with Paul Thornton
Saturday 15th March 2014


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Cream Of The Crop - March 2014 Vinyl Chart

A mixed bag of brand new killers, essential restocks, tried and tested classics and forthcoming gems. Number #1 spot goes to Detroit newcomer and Theo Parrish prodigy Jay Daniel...

Jay's debut 12" on Sound Signature turned heads immediately. He's also a resident at Detroit party Fundamentals alongside Kyle Hall. Credentials in the bag then.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Dig Deep with Cottam (Ruff Draft) #2

On this week's show we have a Cottam special.  There is a wedge of his new & forthcoming tracks in the first hour. In the 2nd hour he takes to the decks with a set put together especially for the show.

After dj'ing and tinkering since the age of 14, Cottam burst onto the scene in 2009 with the release of three 12"s of quality deep house music. His brand of house music takes influences from soul, hiphop, afrobeat, disco, dub and techno.

Prolific since the start, Cottam's back catalogue is bulging. In March 2014 he releases his debut 12" on his own Ruff Draft label, and there is a two tracker on the new Motion label due that month too. In April his Ruff Treatment mix of Al Gobi's Cup Of Tea comes out on Constant State.

As a DJ, he is a natural talent. Give him any box of records and he will mash them up with ease and skill in the way only the very best can do it.  These days Cottam is world renowned and is talked about is the same sentences as Theo Parrish and Moodymann. Not bad for a humble lad from the North West UK who just loves to do his thing whilst "plodding on" with life..

Cottam on Facebook

Cottam on Juno Records
Cottam on Juno Download

Cottam - Lost In My Brain Fog / Variation On A Theme (Ruff Draft 01)

Al Gobi - Cup Of Tea (Cottam's Ruff Treatment) (Constant State)

Bantam Lions - No Going Back (Cottam mix) (Scenery)

Jamie L - What We Saw In The Burg (Cottam remix) (Paper)

Cottam - Work It (Quintessentials)


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Digital Desires - March 2014 Download Chart

My recommended Downloads for March. A mixed bag of afro, disco, dubstep, funk, house, reggae and soul - joining the dots from Nigeria to New York, Chicago to Columbia, Amsterdam, France, Glasgow and Detroit.

my link to juno download