The year was 1979. The average American made $17,500 a year. Gas cost 86 cents per gallon. The first woman prime minister in the UK is elected. The Walkman is released. Star Trek, Superman and The Muppets release the first of many movies for each series. And the radio sounded something like this.
Northern Soul was a music and dance movement that emerged in Northern England in the late 1960s from the British mod scene. Northern Soul mainly consists of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the mid-1960s Motown sound. The Northern Soul movement, however, generally eschews Motown or Motown-influenced music that had significant mainstream commercial success. The recordings most prized by enthusiasts of the genre are usually by lesser-known artists, released only in limited numbers, often by small regional American labels. A lot of research went into this mix, and I found some of the favorites of the day (specifically those most cherished at The Wigan Casino; a night club essential to the rise of the Northern Soul movement).
The year was 1978. The average American made $17,000 a year. Gas cost 63 cents per gallon. Kids were playing with Simon and Hungry Hungry Hippos. Grease, Saturday Night Fever and the first Star Wars were in theaters. And the radio sounded something like this.
Willy Tapes are back! In the 1980s, DJ Willy Lemay maintained a residency at Spit (now Axis) at 13 Landsdowne St. in Boston, MA. He also distributed monthly mixtapes for over 10 years during the 80s and early 90s with some of the best new wave around. The tapes were filled with soon to be classics along with rare b-sides you would never hear anywhere else. In that spirit, here is my take on the Willy Tape, updated for 2015. This month’s mix features some of the best new releases in electronic music from February 2015. I hope you enjoy and check back next month for a new mix.
Perpetual Harmony is a 2 part DJ mix, compiled exclusively with tracks from Defected Records. If you’re a fan of the label or if you like funky, filtered, house music, be sure and give this a listen. You won’t be disappointed. Slow and smooth mixing throughout; one of the first mixes I realized the true potential of Mixed In Key to aid in programing. (Originally posted in 2009, remastered in 2015.)