Another great guest mix this month from DJ Okapi. He specialises in digging up rare electronic grooves in the ‘city of gold’ aka Johannesburg, bringing the forgotten era of South African pop music back to lifespecifically the synth-fuelled 80s disco-funk known as ‘bubblegum’ and the unique house-inspired ‘kwaito’ grooves of the early 90s.
His Afro-Synth blog has been instrumental in turning a new generation of music fans from all over the world on to South African music of the 80s and 90s, most of which was never heard outside the country at the time. The website has since grown into an online store and more recently a shop in downtown Johannesburg.
With African synthesiser music growing in popularity around the world, DJ Okapi recently put together a compilation of South African disco for US-based label Cultures of Soul, entitled ‘Boogie Breakdown’, released in September 2016.
Our second anniversary radio show – hosted by Graham Luckhurst and Gareth Stephens, featuring a very special guest mix from Jameszoo.
Jameszoo released his debut album ‘Fool’ on Brainfeeder in May, which is one of our favourite albums of the year for sure. He recorded with Arthur Verocai - how we discovered him initially – and also put together a mammoth 24 HOUR jazz mix which is a brilliant listen. We also highly recommend you check him out live with his Jameszoo Quintet, featuring Richard Spaven on drums.
For episode 20 we are proud to present a very special mix from one of our favourite bands at the moment – Flamingods. The band recently dropped their amazing third studio album Majesty on Soundway Records.
Described as ethnic pop with elements of noise, psychedelia, tribal and freak folk, they have a truly unique sound. Be sure to check them out live if you get the chance. Big thanks to Karthik, Kamal and the guys for the mix.
Hosted by Gareth Stephens, Ally Smith and Ville Marttila.
We welcome a very special guest this month – Antal from Rush Hour in Amsterdam, one of our favourite labels and record shops. He has put together a mix of Brazil 45's sourced from recent digging trips to Brazil. Hosted by Graham Luckhurst and Gareth Stephens.
Antal is regarded as one of the finest DJ's and selectors in the world, with knowledge spanning Brazilian, African, disco, jazz, soul, house, techno and beyond. Thank you, sir!
Episode 18 features a special guest from Swedish soul master Carl Hedberg, who formerly spent more than a decade behind the counter at Record Mania in Stockholm.
Extended Jazz special, with the MBRC residents. Inspired by recent digging trips to Stockholm and Helsinki – shouts to Record Mania and Bromna Records!
Featuring music by Cortex, Doug Hammond, Placebo, Marcus Belgrave, Mike Westbrook, Penny Goodwin and more.
DJ, collector and supreme record dealer Nick The Record joins us for episode 16.
Famous for compilations including Under The Influence, his edits of rare sought after tracks, diverse and emotional DJ sets, and a legendary record collection, it was a privilege and pleasure to have Nick on the show.
The first episode of 2016 is an extended BRAZIL SPECIAL, with special guests Gary Johnson and Dave ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle, joined by hosts Gareth Stephens and Graham Luckhurst.
We’ve dug very deep for this one, we hope you enjoy the show. Don’t forget to check out the archive of previous shows.
After a one-month hiatus we are back with episode 14, featuring a special guest mix from Yadava Campbell, representing one of Manchester's finest more recently established collectives 'So Flute'.
So Flute is a monthly clubnight and collective based in Manchester, UK, with resident selectors Danuka, Werkha, Bolts, Baloo and Yadava, accompanied by the one and only MC Kwasi. Past guests include Floating Points, Gilles Peterson, Andres, Dego & Kaidi, Alex Nut and our very own Mr Bongo Soundsystem.
Yadava is a co-founder. Taking inspiration from DJ's such as Mr Scruff, he developed a taste for soulful, eclectic vinyl selections. He has supported artists including Hunee, Horse Meat Disco and Greg Wilson at other shows in Manchester, alongside sets at festivals worldwide.
Featuring music by F.B.I, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy McGriff, Oneness Of Juju, Pleasure, David Axelrod and more.