With Valentines just a round the corner, we welcome back our good friend and amazing selector Mr Nibbers, and for this special mixtape we have entrusted him with the task of providing an ode to 'Love".....
"S.Valentine, what a pile of commercialized crap… I hate S.Valentine…me and my partner don’t need to go out on a date to reaffirm our love for each other .. etc etc” These are normally the comments we have all heard through our life when discussing about this frankly lame celebration of love with friends, colleagues and acquaintances … but S.Valentine for me has never been about celebrating the person I was with or indeed loved at the time… it was all about those years of solitude … day dreaming about that girl who never considered you in the playground, or that friend of friend that you met at a party and fallen hopelessly in love with, despite being in the same room only for a couple of hours and you never saw again.
It was all about love to be found, or lost, about what could have been and never was. This selection of tunes is dedicated to all of those, like me in the past, who have experienced or are indeed experiencing the relentless quest for that Holy Grail called “Love”. Whatever it might be or wherever it might be, don’t give up because as ever: Love is the ultimate message regardless.
Big shout out and big big love to the Dusk Dubs Family as ever for asking me to contribute again to this magnificent project."
1)Soul Family Sensation - I Don’t Even Know If I should Call You Karen Carpenter (Late Night Mix)
2) Boyd Jarvis - I Couldn’t Love You More (Mr K Edit)
3) Quincy Jones - Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)
4) Blue Gas - Shadows From Nowhere (Manu Archeo “There Are Shadows Because There Are Hills” Extended Edit)
5) Alfredo De La Fe’ - My Favourite Things
6) Randy Crawford & Joe Sample - Rio De Janeiro Blue (Album Version)
7) Penny Goodwin - Too Soon You’re Old
8) Thelma Jones - How Long
9) Gladys Knight & The Pips - Love Is Always On Your Mind (Extended 12” Version)
10) Jean Carn - Was That All It Was
11) Michael Jackson - Rock With You (Frankie Favourite Club Mix)
12) Double Exposure - My Love Is Free (Original Tom Moulton 12” Mix)
13) Ms (Sharon) Ridley - Changin’
1) Soul Family Sensation ~ I Don’t Even Know If I should Call You Karen Carpenter (Late Night Mix) - This is the tone setter of my selection. Marshall Jefferson on the buttons working his magic with as sleazy laid back remix. 5 AM business (thanks Marcus, you know why)
2) Boyd Jarvis ~ I Couldn’t Love You More (Mr K Edit) - His Majesty Mr K (aka Danny Krivit) works to hypnotic repetition this classic groove from the 80s, sang by one the most iconic soul voices of that era: Sade. Long long intro and then those wonderful melancholic lyrics break in. Great edit that brings out and extend the best of the original record (thanks Myles, you know why)
3) Quincy Jones ~ Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) – Wonderful wonderful record that incarnates my idea of love. Just listen to it. Quincy Jones covers this record with his touch of genius, as you would expect by the Maestro.
4) Blue Gas ~ Shadows From Nowhere (Manu Archeo “There Are Shadows Because There Are Hills” Extended Edit) – Obscure Italian synth pop reissued by the ever on point Archeo recordings label. It’s not about love per se’, it’s about a feel to chase, like you would do when chasing shadows. I did choose the edit as it masterfully stretches the groove, while being respectful of the original. As it should always be done in my opinion.
5) Alfredo De La Fe’ ~ My Favourite Things – Mancuso’s Loft Classic. A song covered by nearly every man and his dog, this version however is amazing (alongside the Al Jarreu’s live one – go check it for reference). RIP David and thanks for the legacy you left behind.
6) Randy Crawford & Joe Sample ~ Rio De Janeiro Blue (Album Version) – Randy’s voice. Wow. Nothing to add here.
7) Penny Goodwin ~ Too Soon You’re Old – Little Jazz number. It starts slowly and then takes a rather frantic turn at the end. Quirky and soulful gem reissued by the great label Athens Of North.
8) Thelma Jones ~ How Long - I love Thelma’s slightly gritty voice (like I do Gwen’s Mc Rae one) and I love the lyrics of this record. Expansions strikes again. Another great reissue and new to me too.
9) Gladys Knight & The Pips ~ Love Is Always On Your Mind (Extended 12” Version) – T for Terrific as one of my all time favourite Mcs would say. This is the extended disco version (which you can find on the LP too) in its full 12” (loud and crystal clear) pressing. Glady’s glorious voice pinpointing the infectious groove of this record. Nearly 10 minutes of it. If you don’t play this record in its entirety, you should be stoned to death (using your entire collection as a weapon).
10) Jean Carn ~ Was That All It Was – The only version, as far as I am concerned. Kym Gazelle covered this and it became a Sasha’s anthem of his 90s epic sets (according to my mate Ian – I was never there to witness sadly). For me however the blueprint is the best version of it. Wonderful Philadelphia classic.
11) Michael Jackson ~ Rock With You (Frankie Favourite Club Mix) - Classic Rod Temperton’s production (RIP). Rinsed to death, yes. Give this remix a chance though. I did and was blown away. This features on Dim’s Frankie Knuckles tribute mix (RIP again). All about the intro for me .. and that smooth bass line of course. Frankie we all miss you.
12) Double Exposure ~ My Love Is Free (Original Tom Moulton 12” Mix) – Salsoul classic brought to you by the uber classic disco band Ten Percent. One of the finest Tom Moulton’s work in my honest opinion. Extended, relentless, groovy remix. With a touch of melancholy of course and a little beg for love.
13) Ms (Sharon) Ridley ~ Changin’ - What can I say about this record? It’s beautiful and leaves you with a hope that changes are ahead and there’s a light at the end of that tunnel. Who knows that might even mean one thing: love.