Benjamin & The Right Direction -Light Of My Life


It’s not very often that I get to bring you some latin soul from my collection, much less so something new but that’s exactly what I have for you today. Released in September last year on the obscure Palmetto St Recording Co and distributed via Daptone Records, Light Of My Life evokes memories of that late 6os/early 70s Nu-Yorica sound that was sweeping through The Big Apple.

I first heard it a couple of weeks after it’s release upon a visit to a record store in San Antonio during my U.S. Tour (the excellent Friends Of Sound) where two of my buddies worked. After digging for a few hours one of the guys asked the other had he played this 45 for me. Upon releasing he hadn’t, he dropped the needle on the record and within the opening few seconds I knew that I had to have a copy. For the sum of around $7, I was able to grab one and leave the store a happy boy with this and a few other purchases.

During my tour this 45 proved to be tremendously popular – pretty much every gig in Texas that I played, one of my fellow djs would spin this track to a great reaction from the crowd, but that also meant I never got to play it out! Ah well – maybe some time!

Fast forward to 2017 and this record is very much in demand after selling out almost immediately. If you slept in at the time you’ll have to part with £65+ for one which is remarkable for a track that is only about 4 months old. I hope you dig it!


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