Artie Christopher – Stoned Soul

Artie Christopher - Stoned Soul

Forgive me followers, for I have sinned. It has been 3 weeks since my last post. This is my update.. As I’ve spoken about in the past, life has got much, much busier for me over the last 6+ months and so I simply don’t have the time to provide content as often as I’d like. I’ve set a bit of time specifically to ensure that I can at least bring you this post and not let things drag on for a month between updates. Here’s hoping things settle down a bit and these posts become more frequent…

The piece of wax I’ve chosen for you today is by a guy called Artie Christopher. It seems that his brother Johnnie is the more well-known of the two siblings (I’m guessing in part due to the fact that he wrote Elvis’ “Always On My Mind”). As for Artie, it appears that he only cut two 45s – this one (which is actually the b-side of a track called “Hello L.A., Bye, Bye Birmingham”) and another more “soul” effort entitled “My Baby’s Crying”, both of which were released on Atlantic in 1968.

So there you have it, a rare update from me featuring a pretty rare artist. Hopefully the records remain rare but the posts less so. Enjoy! Stoned Soul

The Capitols – We Got A Thing That’s In The Groove

The Capitols - We Got A Thing That's In The Groove

Yes, I know I’m waay later than normal with my update but this running your own business lark really takes up a lot more of your time. I know you guys all wait with bated breath on that little notification telling you that I’ve published a new post, so I’ll endeavour to have it on a weekly basis as much as possible – promise!

So onto today’s selection. Whilst I mostly bring something that’s obscure (to all but the serious collectors), I think it’s worth it once in a while to return to the classics. OK, so we’re never gonna bring you Superstition or Shaft or something like that but a track that you’ve most likely heard before that hasn’t been played to death. With that in mind, I could’ve brought you the Capitols’ other “big” song – “Cool Jerk” but I’ve always preferred this and it does get played slightly less often.

There’s probably not that much point in saying a lot about this record really other than it’s one of the first soul tracks I remember diggin’ when I was really beginning my journey into all things mod around the age of 15/16. The opening few bars still get me going even today and when I played it earlier when preparing this update it brought back good memories. I hope it does the same for you!

Black Heat – The Jungle

Black Heat - The Jungle

The Jungle by Black Heat is one of those 45s that often gets overlooked in my collection, rather unfairly. There’s definitely a nice groove going on in this one and it has a kind of tempo that could still work earlier on in a club. Unfortunately when I dj these days it tends to be with tracks that are quicker and with heavier drums so there are plenty of great funky 7″ records that get passed by in the sifting process that are great tracks in their own right. This is one such example of that…

Black Heat were a funk group out of NYC who recorded 3 albums from ’72-’75 and then disappeared into obscurity. However in spite of not being too well-known, they did manage to have a “hit” on the Billboard Black Singles chart with a song called “No Time To Burn” but that was to prove to be their only success single wise. However some years later crate diggers who were searching for samples for hip-hop records came upon the band and their long forgotten music was given a new lease of life on tracks by Schooly D, Wu-Tang Clan and The Notorious B.I.G.

Let’s hope today’s feature might lead some of you on to more of the group’s music as there is still plenty left to get your groove on to!

Wilson Pickett – Engine Number 9

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A lot of the time I bring you a record it’s because it fits a theme at that particular moment in time or (as is becoming more common these days) as a tribute to an artist who had recently passed away. Today’s selection fits neither category – it’s just a damn good song courtesy of a legendary soul star.

I’d probably be insulting you somewhat to go into a whole biography of the “Wicked Pickett” such is his popularity, so I’ll give it a miss. What I will say is this particular 45 is arguably one of the funkiest tracks he ever cut. Released in 1970, this song featured on the album “Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia” and perhaps unsurprisingly was produced by the legendary Gamble & Huff partnership, so you know full well it’s gonna have a groove!!