For this week’s mixtape we invite back producer, label owner, vinyl distributor, record shop owner, DJ and all round music man, Mr Phillip "Basement' Well to the Dusk Dubs family. Following on from his earlier volume in the year, DD0414 "Jazz - The Early Years", Phil compiles for us.... (Part 2) "Rare Jazz and Soulful Grooves".
"My biggest problem was picking a selection from a collection that spans from the 50s to today and in the tens of 1000s, so I decided to start at the beginning and select tracks that took me ages to track down and still love today even with the crackles, tunes which are great to just sit back, relax and listen to, so I hope you love the tunes as much as I.
I have been collecting records since I was a young lad, my first real passion was for Northern Soul which I travelled the Country to hear through my teens and early 20s and danced at Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca, Peterborough, Yate, Stafford, Prestatyn, St Ives and many many more and still collecting rare soul today. I also loved the sounds of Motown, Philadelphia & Disco whilst in my teens and then into the Jazz Funk Scene which is when my love for Jazz in all its forms exploded.
Growing up listening to DJs such as Chris Brown & Johnnie Walker at The Belvadere on a Sunday lunchtime in Ascot and then in the evening at Frenchies at the Cambridge hotel in Camberley as well as Robbie Vincent on GLR radio gave me an amazing eductaion. When I opened my first record shop The Record Basement in 1987 with my partner Pete Sinclair I was again given an eductaion in the sweet and rare soul sounds of the 70s and 80s and introduced into so many artists that to this day still excite me when I play their records.
The shop went onto becoming very famous during the Rave and Drum and Bass scenes, and it was in 1990 that I launched my label Basement Records. I launched my first Distribution Company Vinyl Distribution in 1990 and was instrumental in pushing through and financing the early Drum and Bass sound. I also launched Nu Urban Music in 2000, which was well known for getting behind the 'Jump Up' style of DnB, until I retired due to an accident in 2012. I am now semi retired and running a small shop 'Urban Vinyl' in my hometown of Weymouth and still DJing.
This selection features Jazz and Soul Rare Grooves, that grabbed my attention whilst collecting in the 1970s and 1980s. Many of these were so hard to find back in the day but a lot have had reissues over the last few years so can be owned for prices that are much lighter on the pocket with a few acceptions which command £1000 upwards to own original copies."
You can find him here:
1) Pastor T.L Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir – Nobody Knows (MT Zion 1971 – Like A Ship Without A Sail LP)
2) Differences – Five Minutes (Monca records Inc 1971)
3) Terry Callier – I Just Can't Help Myself (Cadet 1973 – I Just Can't Help Myself LP)
4) Donald Byrd – Woman Of The World (Blue Note 1973 – Street Lady LP)
5) Chick Corea, Return To Forever – Light As A Feather (Polydor 1973 – Light As A Feather LP)
6) Lou Bond – Why Must Our Eyes Always Be Turned Backwards (We Produce 1974 – Lou Bond LP)
7) Papa Bear And The Cubs – Your'e So Fine (Sms 1975)
8) Jon lucien – Creole Lady (Columbia 1975 – Song For My Lady LP)
9) Nathan Davis - Stick Buddy (Tomorrow International 1976 – If LP)
10) Anglo Saxon Brown – Call On Me (Atlantic 1976 - Songs For Evolution LP)
11) Mixed Feelings – Sha La La (United Records 1976)
12) Maxi – Lover To Lover (Blue Note 1977 – Maxi LP)
13) Benny Golson –The New Killer Joe (Columbia 1977 – Killer Joe LP)
14) B Baker Chocalate Co – Dreamer (Lester Radio Corporation 1979 – B Baker Chocolate Co LP)
15) Sunburst – Mysterious Vibes (JVC 1980 – Sunburst LP)
16) Dave Gruisin – Friends & Strangers (Arista 1980 – Mountain Dance)
17) Roy Roberts Experience – You And Me Together (House Of Roton 1981 – Country Star LP)
18) Azymuth – What Price Samba (Milestone 1982 – Telecommunication)
19) The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble – Le Le (Silk Skin Records 1987 - Le Le LP)
20) Aretha Franklin - One Step (Featurecast Re-edit) (Wah Wah Dubplates 2009)