In the early 80s I moved from my mum’s home in Somerset (UK) to Camden Town, London.
After a few early job disappointments, I eventually ended up working on the “infamous” street market in Camden. During this time I made some excellent contacts (and a few dodgy ones) and started to experience the warehouse underground dance scene that was happening across London town.
The only “rave” music I knew of then was hip hop, soul, dub & roots (which was my first love from my punk days), dancehall, jazz funk, Washington go-go & rare grooves – mixed with classics or the latest Chicago “House” 12”. In 1990 I moved to Western Australia.
This mix I have provided for this latest Heavy Mannas instalment was originally put together in 1999 with the band, Rhibosome, in Fremantle. Basically, the boys asked me to select some “Heavy” tunes from my vinyl collection that I’d picked up from back in the day (early 80s) and there you have it – a mish-mash of sounds, just how I like it, inna Heavy Mannas styleee which I reckon sounds as good in 2006 as it did in 1988 or ‘99.
As a foot note of sorts, I must thank all the DJs who held residencies at the Wag (I worked for one of the co-owners, Ollie …handy for someone making ends meet on the dole), John at the shop, Dingwalls, the Electric Ballroom for opening my ears and my eyes to some serious tunes. All the record stores along Camden High Street, Norman Jay of Shake & Fingerpop, Gilles Peterson, Paul Murphy, Carl at Our Price, CJ Mackintosh, Wendy May at Locomotion, Dave Dorrell, Tim Simeon, Jazzie B and Soul II Soul at Covent Garden, Paul Guntrip (RIP), Si, WBLS & Mr Magic in New York, the Sign Of The Times, Horace n’ Casper, Public Enemy at the Hammersmith Odeon, the Pirate DJs and all the wine bars that had top sound systems of the day for the inspiration behind this one… PEACE.
Please take a listen and enjoy a selection of wicked music and some rare white label edits from Junkyard, Public Enemy Vs Trouble Funk, AM FM, Erik B & Rakim, London Beats (Soul II Soul sound system), Dave & Ansell Collins, Winston Groovy, Jackie Mittoo and Mikey Dread amongst others…