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Soul-Identity Radio

Just squeezing in the right side of May, here’s the stream and track list for our latest show on MEATtransMISSION radio.  2 hours of assorted Soul-Identity endorsed beats from the crates, a miss mash of soul, hip-hop, house and disco.


1. LSK – Hate or Love (Mahogany Mix)
2. Dwelogy & SV – Brandi [Flava Dré Brandizzle Blend]
3. Five Deez – Kissyface
4. Al Dobson Jr. – Nankoo on Keys
5. Bok Bok Feat Kelela – Melba’s Call
6. Slakah & The Beatchild Feat Ayah – Keep Up
7. Low Leaf – As One
8. Mark De Clive-Lowe – The Mission
9. Dele Sosimi Afro Orchestra – Ojoro
10. Te’Amir – Ballake
11. Dames Brown – Soul Fly (Extended Mix)
12. Seven Davis Jr. – One
13. Massimiliano Pagliara – It’s A Lately Thing
14. Chez Damier, Siler & Dima, Thomas Zander – Speechless (Rex Club Paris Mix)
15. Ron Trent – Future Shock
16. Mark E – Being Hiding
17. Ugly Drums – Don’t Let Life (Passing by)
18. Mome – About A Groove
19. Raw Essence – Disco Fever
20. Al Kent – Gee Whizz
21. Wood, Brass And Steel – Funkanova


Soul-Identity Radio Show 18/05/14 by Soul-Identity Music on Mixcloud

Soul-Identity Radio

This past East Sunday, Rob once again dropped into the MEATtransMISSION radio studio to supply another two hours of Soul-Identity endorsed good music. This month there’s plenty of new beats and pieces to uncover, with a selection of exclusive Record Store Day finds as well as a few Bandcamp goodies and a tasty deep techno workout from Mike Davis which is forthcoming on the new Sector 12/12 label. Check the playlist below and dip in for a cheeky afternoon listen.


1. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Love From The Sun (Trio Records)
2. Bayeté – Free Angela (Thoughts… And All I’ve Got To Say) (Ninja Tune)
3. Visioneers – Smilin’ Billy Suite (Omniverse Records)
4. The Detroit Experiment – Space Odyssey (Ropeadope)
5. A Race of Angels – Just Begin (Wildheart Recordings)
6. Flava Dré feat Oz – Aurora (Bandcamp)
7. Tenderlonious – The Way You Are (22a)
8. Los Charly’s Orchestra – Rediscovering The Big Apple (Cy Gorman & Ennio Styles Remix) (Imagenes)
9. Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Large Professor Remix) (Columbia)
10. Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playin’ Yaself (Payday)
11. NSM – The Hype Rerinse (Jazzy Sport)
12. Nasdroic – Step Back (Instrumental) (Lucky Me)
13. IAMNOBODI – Adderall (Jakarta)
14. Moodymann feat Charlotte OC – Hangover (Moody Guevara Remix) (KDJ)
15. AD Bourke – Kid Jupiter (Five Fold Records)


16. Wolfram feat Haddaway – Thing Called Love (Legowelt Remix) (Permanent Vacation)


17. Domu – Sunshrine (Sector 12/12)
18. Mike Davis – Pedestrian Sound (Sector 12/12)
19. ESP – It’s You (Underground)
20. Mike Davis – Pedestrian Sound (Sector 12/12)
21. Terrence Parker feat Reno Ka – Finally (Baby Be Mine) (Planet E)
22. SSOL – Track 2 (SSOL)
23. Diesel / Jarvis & DJ Harvey – In The City (Moton)
24. Jakki – Sun Sun Sun (Pyramid)
25. Conquest – Body Movement (Instrumental) (Prelude)
26. Donna McGhee – Mr Blindman (Groove Line Records)


Soul Identity 20/04/14 by Meattransmission on Mixcloud

Stanton Davis and the Ghetto Mysticism Band – Isis Voyage

Back in 2011, the Cultures of Soul record label reissued the seldom seen rare groove ‘Brighter Days’ recorded by Stanton Davis’ Ghetto/Mysticism band. A cult favourite among vinyl collectors around the world, the original press on the privately owned Outrageous Records imprint was released back in 1977 and now fetches big money when it occasionally changes hands, its mystique only intensifying when Madlib professed that it was one of his favourite jazz albums (he also famously sampled it in Madlib Medicine Show #7) .

Sought for both its scarcity and the grooves embedded in the wax are just so damn funky, the album is one of only  two records cut by Davis as a leader (the other being ‘Manhattan Melody’, Enja, 1988), the New Orleans trumpeter spending much of the 1970’s as a sideman for many of George Russell’s bands. ‘Brighter Days’ was in fact his debut and with tracks such as ‘Space-A-Nova’, ‘High Jazz’ and the excellent title track, this is certainly no one track album. It’s a killer example of a man and his band at the top of their game, combining as it does elements of spiritual jazz, African rhythms, psychedelic soul and hard-hitting funk into one scintillating long player.

After gaining the rights to the LP from Mr. Davis and following the subsequent success of the reissue, Cultures of Soul label boss and DJ Deano Sounds sought to prep a second release that included the extended versions of some of the original songs as well as unreleased tracks and instrumentals taken from the same Ghetto Mysticism reel to reel tapes. This week that very album hits stores and gives us a further glimpse into the immense musicianship of Davis and this particular group of musicians. Now not just confined to the original edits, the source material really stretches out and bubbles with intensity, while new tracks like  the previously unheard ‘Odwalla’ (a blissed out, otherworldly jam) and ‘Isis Voyage’ (from which the new LP takes its name) are equally essential and to round off the package, renowned record collector and expert on all things disco Al Kent from Million Dollar Disco is brought in to emphasis the spaced-out melodies of both ‘Things Cannot Stop Forever’ and ‘High Jazz’, in turn exerting all his usual magic to tweak both for a modern dancefloor setting.

We recently caught up with Deano and asked him a few questions about his ongoing project to bring Stanton Davis’ music to a wider audience. Here’s what he had to say:

Q. When did you first uncover the original pressing of the ‘Brighter Days’ LP and what made you decide to reissue it for today’s market?

I found a copy of it at record fair in Montreal. I’d been looking for it for a few years and just got lucky. I felt at the time which I still feel today that the tracks on it are so unique, timeless, and funky that it should get the proper exposure it deserves, as it is a significant piece of work as an album and it never received much attention in America.

Q. Was it easy to find Stanton Davis to get his blessing initially and was he surprised when you first made contact?

It was relatively easy to track down Mr. Davis but it did take a little convincing to prove to him that my label was worthy of putting out one of his most prized pieces of work.

Q.The new LP ‘Isis Voyage’ builds upon the success of the first and reintroduces different versions of a number of tracks, including a few remixes. Was it an easy decision to compile a second LP?

It was easy because there was so much material there that was significantly different than the material on the original ‘Brighter Days’ album. People don’t realize how much of the tracks on the original album were edited down to fit a more accessible format. Not to mention the fact that there are also two totally unreleased compositions on ‘Isis Voyage’.

Q. Al Kent put together two great disco mixes of some of the original album tracks. Do you think the LP lends itself well to more disco remixes being produced, and have you got plans to get more commissioned at some point?

It does because there are multi-tracks for most of the material making it easier for remixers to work with these tracks. I’d love to do an album of remixes and I’ve got a few legends in mind to do the remixes but we’ll have to see how well this sells first!

Q. Is Mr. Davis still actively making music? Do you think there’s a chance he might get back in the studio again? 

I’m sure he is always composing but at the moment he is more busy performing and teaching.

Q. What’s up next on the Cultures of Soul agenda? Have you got anything else coming up release wise that we should be looking out for? 

We’ve got a smorgasbord of different releases coming out this year! A compilation called ‘Bombay Disco – Disco Hits from Hindi Films from 1979 to 1985’, a 45 box set selected by myself and DJ Andy Smith, a couple of Trinidad Disco 12″s, and a compilation of Caribbean Disco music. It’s going to be a busy year!


You can buy Stanton Davis and The Ghetto Mysticism Band’s ‘Isis Voyage’ now on both LP and CD direct from the Cultures of Soul website, or via your usual local vinyl stockists including Juno, Phonica and Sounds of the Universe

GUESTMIX003 | Danny Clark (Late Night Audio / Luxor Records) (April 2014)

GUESTMIX003 | Danny Clark (Late Night Audio / Luxor Records) (April 2014) by Soul-Identity Music on Mixcloud

April’s guest mix comes courtesy of Late Night Audio’s Danny Clark and it’s a deeply dubby and low slung excursion into underground house sounds just the way we like it. As Late Night Audio, Clark alongside Toby Tobias (Rekids) promoted some of the freshest house and disco events in London Town over the course of four years, as well as running a record label under the same name, putting out tracks from Tobias, Das Volt and New York legend Jovonn. Since then he’s established a second label, Luxor Records that has so far released new music from Stee Downes and original Chicago house diva Liz Torres. He upped and left these fair shores a while ago and can now be found spinning his own unique take on house over in Singapore with an online radio show also in development.

There’s plenty of newness in the works from both Danny and the LNA camp with a solid flow of new tracks and edits to drop in the coming months. New digital remixes from Merwyn Sanders (Virgo 4) as well as new takes by Tobias and Citizen Kane (Disques Sinthomme/NY) of Liz Torres ‘Your Love Is All I Need’ are hot off the press and available online as is the addition of a Dub Mix to the recently released Fabric 72 compilation by Move D.

The Late Night Audio label is are also prepping their first new material since 2012. Watch this space for the eagerly anticipated Jovonn Revival EP2 which features the Brooklyn producer on two tracks‘The Deepest Move’ and ‘Wait a Minute (Stop!!!)’, and a remix from Danny and Das Volt. New material from Roy Davis Jr. and also Lady Blacktronika are forthcoming with special remixes on a limited 12″ vinyl to be made available to selected record shops and online stores soon.

We hope you enjoy the mixtape and if you dig it, make sure to show Danny some love in the comments.

The third and final selection in this year’s boat party warm-up mixtape series comes from Dan Beaumont of Jam Factory fame and a founding member of East London disco protagonists Disco Bloodbath. Dan is co-headlining the upper deck this year alongside young Italian house producer Nicholas (who will be playing live) and here is a 50 minute segment of a live set recorded recently at his Dalston Superstore venue. You can catch the full mix over at Pulse Radio but in the meantime enjoy this flawlessly blended bundle of deep house and disco biscuits.

If you’d like to join us this coming Saturday aboard The Golden Sunrise and catch Dan, Nicholas, Rob Coley in action on the upper deck and Cigarettes and Sunshine and Rad Dad on the lower deck (plus the after party later on), head on over to Resident Advisor now and grab yourself a ticket http://bit.ly/HHa08f. It’s shaping up to be an amazing session!

Soul-Identity Boat Party 2012 Warm Up Mix #3: Dan Beaumont (Jam Factory) by Soul-Identity Music on Mixcloud