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Trip To New York 2
May 08, 2015 01:33 PM PDT
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A selection of records I bought on a Christmas trip to New York at the end of 2014. This is the result of much traipsing around the grids in the bitter cold and snow. With thanks to Good Records, A1, In Living Stereo, Other Music, Academy Records and Ear Wax Records. The Journey goes from Gil Scott Heron to the sumptuous sounds of Raphael Saddiq's Instant Vintage LP. Not all the music originates from New York: It's more of a journey through the racks designed to give a flavour of what appealed to me and the gaps in my record collection which needed to be filled. Volume 3 is in the works. Enjoy!

Brasilian Therapy
June 12, 2014 09:43 AM PDT
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Partly in celebration of this year's World Cup I' ve dug deep to give you the only Brasilian Mix you're ever going to need. There's mambo and conga here not just Samba and bossa nova- I wanted an overall vibe instead of absolute purity. I envisioned a mad house party with this making everybody dance- maybe after an England win over Brasil in the World Cup Final!! Wishful thinking.

This will probably be the last Brasilian World Cup in my lifetime and this mix is built to last. If you like what you hear why not seek out some of the artists on vinyl instead of a compilation. It will sound better and you'll have a possession to cherish. Classic Brasilian albums can be picked up for a song if you look hard enough. If you're a beginner looking to build a collection I suggest as a starting point you look up Edu Lobo, Jorge Ben, Milton Nascimento, Elis Regina and Elza Soares. Soul Jazz Records also compile excellent compilations from their Soho store.

Many of the tunes on this mix are jazz/ bossa crossovers which emanated from New York City in the 1960s-here you'll find Kenny Dorham, Duke Pearson, Grant Green. The only tune I was sad to leave out due to lack of time was Horace Parlan's Congalere- please dig that one out.

For more information about artists, songs or about curating personalised playlists please feel free to leave comments on this page.

Enjoy and samba till you drop!!

Trip to Paris
May 02, 2014 08:58 AM PDT
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An eclectic trip around the world, as usual. From Theo Parrish and Kerri Chandler to Father's Children and Patrice Rushen. All vinyl. Most of these records were bought in Paris, at Superfly Records. Check out a track from Chapter 8- with a young Anita Baker on vocals.

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!

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 www.dubstudio.co.uk. 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.

To find more mixes from me try http.//danbouquet.podomatic.com, follow RARE GROOVE SHOW on Soundcloud and @raregrooveshow on Twitter.

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’ www.soundsoftheuniverse.com

Jazz Excursions on a Sunday Afternoon
May 08, 2012 05:16 AM PDT
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This is a little mix with some records that have been on my mind of late. As ever it's all vinyl.

Duke Ellington and John Coltrane- In A Sentimental Mood
Pharaoh Sanders- Astral Travelling
Michael White- The Blessing Song
Marcus Belgrave- Space Odyssey
Yusef Lateef- Hellbound
Grover Washington Jr- Loran's Dance
Breakwater- You Know I Love You
Chico Hamilton- Mysterious Maiden
Wornell Jones- It Must Have Been Love
Dionne Warwick- You're Gonna Need Me

Rare Groove Show preview: 9th May 2012
April 27, 2012 07:18 AM PDT
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A preview of the next Rare Groove Show.

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Tracklisting appears at the end of the show.


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