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This Didn't Come Easy
August 21, 2013 01:50 PM PDT
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Not an easy one. It took some months to gather the tracks during a busy period in my life. On the spur of the moment I threw them all down. Excuse the rough cut nature of the mix. Perfection can be boring and I like to select tracks as they come to mind. I guess this mix is influenced by listening to DJs such as Dez Andres and Rick Wilhite over recent times. Finding out that Matthew Herbert lives near me made me seek out his Secondhand Sounds LP- which was in my DJ bag, as always being a solid staple. Ultimately this got me in front of the decks. Since my last mix, sadly, East Village in Old Street, London has closed. I have many happy memories of the place which encouraged eclecticism and good music.

The Boogie Box
January 21, 2013 04:20 AM PST
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For the second Rare Groove Show of 2013 I dip into a box of records that contains only boogie. This selection is only the tip of a very big iceberg so I hope to follow up with Volumes 2 and maybe even 3- depending on reception, of course!

Reflections on 2012
January 08, 2013 05:15 AM PST
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A look back at what was on my playlists in 2012. Enjoy!

Fred P
November 26, 2012 02:13 AM PST
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A quick mix made up of tunes from an artist I've been checking by the name of Fred P. P records under his own name and under the name Black Jazz Consortium creating dark but jazzy deep house with strings of the kind I love. It seems we share a few influences as Fred P has mentioned a love of the West London Broken Beat scene and 4hero.

Check the Black Jazz Consortium Soundcloud Page here:

Coastal Soul
July 31, 2012 06:27 AM PDT
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New things in the Rare Groove Show camp. A new home by the sea, a new record room, many many new pieces of hot vinyl and a new way of pressing my own things via New Directions! This is a mix I did on the soulful house tip- with the emphasis very much on soul after being reunited with a part of my collection from storage. As ever everything is on vinyl and unedited.

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London Jazz Classics
May 25, 2012 02:01 AM PDT
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In the mid-nineties the ‘Soul Jazz Records’ label quietly released a series of compilations which were a huge influence on fans of black music, jazz dance and provided a summation of the time after seminal club events, such as Gilles Peterson’s Dingwalls Sunday Sessions in Camden Town. The excitement of Acid Jazz had faded and these songs had come out of a club context and into people’s homes and onto serious playlists. A large list of songs had somehow become related to each other and come to define the jazz scene in London. They had something to say to clubbers and ex club goers. Most had been discoveries of influential Djs like Peterson, Paul Murphy, Chris Hills and Baz Fe Jazz; all names- with the exception of Peterson- that have been lost to some extent in more recent times. Soul Jazz had begun to have a major influence from its shop in Ingestre Place, Soho, London and would go on to release the influential 100% Dynamite Series, compilations from underrated labels such as Tribe and Black Jazz and a great deal of overlooked Latin and Nu Yorican music from the likes of Papete and Ocho. The ‘London Jazz Classics’ series, however, was defining for label and shop. London Jazz Classics consisted of 3 albums of disparate songs and styles from the laid back jazz grooves of Michel Sardaby and the UK’s Robin Jones 7 to the urgency of Patsy Gallant. Soul Jazz also threw in some songs of heavy relevance to those from the hip hop scene such as the Brooks Brothers ‘Forty Days’. All the songs were cool, virtually impossible to find on vinyl and the packages cleverly gave you curated information about recording sessions and musicians. These three LPs have become a touchstone for DJs and are long deleted. This mix involved pulling down the LPs and simply playing a selection from all three- something which gave me great pleasure over the hour. If you like the mix please do check out Soul Jazz Records and their shop- still in Soho but moved to Broadwick Street and renamed ‘Sounds Of The Universe’

Tribute to Marvin Gaye
October 03, 2011 08:47 AM PDT
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At each presenter was asked back in May 2011 to record an 'Artist Analysis' of someone who had been an inspiration to our respective shows. Four obvious names sprung to mind for THE RARE GROOVE SHOW: James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers and Marvin Gaye- the bedrock of jazz influenced soul music.

James Brown and Stevie Wonder went pretty quickly to other presenters. I didn't feel I could do something new with Roy on my turntable and mixer set up and I was also missing one or two rarer tunes. So I went- very happily- with Marvin Gaye who, of these four, was the singer I started listening to earliest. Marvin also reflected the melancholy mood I was under at the time due to 'flu and I knew which of his songs I'd start the tribute with. You'll hear in my voice that I was suffering with a heavy cold.

Here it is: Do tune in to THE RARE GROOVE SHOW- every other Wednesday on Shoreditch Radio and download other shows at

My Kind of House
May 13, 2011 03:28 AM PDT
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A short mix of some favourite house records on the soulful tip to see you into the weekend sunshine.

Masters At Work- I Can't Get No Sleep
Norma Jean Bell- I'm The Baddest Bitch (Moodymann mix)
Elements of Life- You Brought The Sunshine Into My Life
Blaze- Wishing You Were Here- Joey Negro Mix
Blaze- Time For Love
L'il Louis- Do U Love Me?
Byron Burke- Harmattan
Nikki St Nicholas- Music Is My Life
Barbara Tucker- Beautiful People
Wall of Sound- Critical
Peven Everett- Burning Hot

The New Jazz
April 25, 2011 06:03 AM PDT
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There is a lot of music around that borrows from traditional forms of jazz and soul. Some people are put off by a tag of 'techno', 'house', 'Hip Hop', 'dubstep' or 'broken beat' as they feel by listening to it they are betraying the jazz, soul, rare groove, that first inspired them. But these tags mostly originate from journalists and djs eager to find a catch all phrase for a new style of music. If you are discerning enough, it's possible to find deeply soulful new and innovative forms of jazz and soul in contemporary music.

This mix is about new forms of jazz and soul and includes tracks by James Blake, Lone, Sa:Ra Creative Partners and Andreya Triana. I've thrown a lot of new music in here. If you love it or if you hate it email me through the Rare Groove, Soul and Boogie podcast Facebook Page or via

Mizell Brothers Tribute- Shoreditch Radio
March 24, 2011 08:31 AM PDT
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This is a show that went out on Shoreditch Radio ( back in February 2011. Please support this new radio station.

Larry and Fonce Mizell are two of the most talented producers ever to set foot inside a studio.

Renowned for their work as Sky High Productions on Blue Note Records throughout the 70s and on collectable and important labels such as Milestone and Fantasy- they are probably best known for their collaborations with jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd and the LPs PLACES AND SPACES, STREET LADY, STEPPIN INTO TOMORROW, CARICATURES and BLACK BYRD. The Mizells successfully moved Byrd from his established hard bop base to a form of challenging jazz fusion- alienating much of Byrd's fan base but allowing him to reach a new spectrum of listeners.

Before their 70s golden period Larry and Fonce were part of the The Corporation production and house writing team at Motown and had a hand in hits like I Want You Back and ABC for the Jackson 5.

Recently the Mizells have found a new generation of listeners who have heard their samples used by A Tribe Called Quest, Stetsasonic and Black Moon among many others.

My advice is clear a space in your diary, get some good headphones and turn off your phone. This selection of tracks deserves undivided attention.

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