William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got (Onur Engin Edit)

This is just perfect. Excellent remix/edit.

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Coke Escovedo – I Wouldn’t Change A Thing

This is a personal favourite. I vividly remember driving through Madrid in the car, windows open, singing along to this song very loudly with three other music maniacs.

It’s a breakbeat classic of course for the b-boys, but the lyrics are also great. Life affirming and uplifting. It was written by Johnny Bristol, famous for “Hang On In There Baby”.

Johnny Nash – Keep On Falling In And Out Of Love

This is a Northern Soul Classic. It also means a lot to me personally. This is not just a record for the floor.

Dutch 70’s radio-dj Leo van der Goot used it as his signature-tune, and after him Rob Stenders made it his own. I first heard it in 1988 or 1989 on Radio Veronica, in the legendary Stenders and van Inkel show. It was the first time I heard Northern Soul and a record this rare. The lyrics are awesome and I lived by them through many girlfriends and restless nights in bars and clubs. This song has an urgency and drama to it that is unmatched. Pure bliss.

Carly Simon – Why (extended)

This was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for Bonita Applebum. . Of course, hearing Q-tip over ANYTHING is great. So good for them. But thank goodness I discovered the original before I learned about the sample.

This is an odd song. it was on a soundtrack to a movie I never saw. It is very slow. It is by a singer who I don’t really care about. BUT…It was produced and played by the guys from Chic. And it just sounds massive. The bass is…just…wow.

It’s a balearic classic, I have it on several mixtapes I play in my car in the summer, or whenever the sun shines. And I always play it when I dj.

Idris Muhammad — Loran’s Dance (Platurn’s Bass Sick Edit)

Idris Muhammad (born Leo Morris on 13 November 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American jazz drummer who has recorded and played with a host of artists including Ahmad Jamal, Grant Green, Hank Crawford, Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington, Jr. At 16 years old, one of Muhammad’s earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino’s 1956 hit “Blueberry Hill”.

The Beastie Boys sampled “Loran’s Dance” in “To All The Girls” on their legendary album “Paul’s Boutique”. Soundcloud user platurn stripped the song  down to the simplest and beefed it up even more. Nice.

The Nite-Liters – K-Jee

“K-Jee” is a 1971 song by American soul and funk Band The Nite-Liters. Written by Harvey Fuqua and Charlie Hearndon it charted in 1971 at 17 on the R&B Charts and 39 on the Pop. They eventually became “The New Birth” and released music until 2005.

I discovered K-Jee in 1994, when I got a promo-cd by japanese DJ Satoshi Tomiie, under the name “Shellshock”, where he reworked the MFSB version into a 10 minute-long housetrack. It was quite good and really energetic.

Subsequently, I found the MFSB version, listened to it, and found that one of course way better. Then, about 10 years ago I discovered Northern Soul throught the book “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”, the best book ever written about dance music.

The Nite-Liters version is a Northern Soul classic, and though it’s not as polished as the MFSB-version, this one has it’s charm too. Lovely.


Pat Lundy – Work Song

It’s all about the break with this one. At 4:04. Great for doing some insane moves on the floor. But since I’m no b-boy, I’ll just say this is a great record to dance to, from 1977. With a cool spoken intro.

Pat Lundy was a New York-based singer and actress, and was apparently a girlfriend of New York producer Buddy Scott. She was originally a member of the Symbols – a group that she left in 1962 – and put out several albums and singles on Deluxe, Columbia, RCA, Toto, Leopard and Heidi labels over a 20 year period, some of which are quite worth sorting out.

This track is in high demand right now, but you can still buy it digitally for 99 cents, if you don’t mind that.

Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth, Wind & Fire – Sun Goddess

It’s raining in Holland, I was on the subject of sunshine and found this slowjam again.

After his classic acoustic albums in the 1960s, Ramsey Lewis wanted to head in a new musical direction in the 1970s. As the mid-70s approached, he reunited with Maurice White, who at that time was with his own band, Earth, Wind & Fire. Members of EW&F including White played on the album sessions, while Philip Bailey added vocals.

The album became a huge crossover hit, charting at #1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart, as well as the Jazz album chart.

Sun Goddess is a great slow motion sunshine song.