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Tracks of the Week

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Paul Raymond continues his super disco breaks series with volume three re-editing Chicago’s street player and re-tempoing it for modern beat mixers (like me). For those of you who haven’t heard the original, chances are you have heard Kenny Dope’s Bucketheads project cut up ‘the bomb’. The horn stabs, melody and vocals all came from street player. One to stay in the box as an intelligent and classy crowd pleaser.

Los Hermanos have recorded a very melodic techno record called Influence EP featuring ‘my mothers guitarra’ on the a-side. Pitch this down on the 1200s and you have a really good quality deep house groover. This is out on Underground Resistance (or you can go to United Rentals and check out some heavy plant.)

Disaster has struck, the nice people at the vinyl section in Fopp (corner of Earlham Street and Shaftsbury Avenue) are losing their space instore, this to allow them to sell more DVD’s. In preparation for this three of the listening stations have already been removed. Now I like my DVDs but this is real loss:
– The guys down there are the most helpful record shop staff in London (well now that Anthony@Flying has disappeared on a Far East odyssey)
– They had really competitive pricing and a really good selection
– Many of the customers wont go and support other independent shops but are likely instead to go to Virgin or HMV

I have been been told by insiders that the beast of mammon (otherwise known as head office management) are intractable in their decision.

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Orange has to suck it up or suffer the consequences

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According to the latest edition of Mobile magazine, carrier Orange and Avon have a bit of a marketing disaster on their hands with a new mobile phone offer that has been too successful.

For every 15GBP spent on ANEW beauty products range customers get a voucher for a new Siemens A55 to be claimed at Orange stores. Both parties underestimated the redemption rate on the offer and consequently the amounts of handsets involved and the vouchers are even being traded on eBay. Orange has struggled to meet demand for the offer.

Orange has just gained some very expensive low-yield customers – a veritable pikey army. Fortunately, Orange has done the right thing by honouring the deal, so is unlikely to suffer the fate of white goods manufacturer Hoover whose reputation was tarnished beyond repair with an over subscribed international flight deal. Next time they should partner with someone who has more aspirational brand values like Loncome, Chanel or Clinique.

You can read my contribution to AlwaysOn about this here

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Loss of Motown Legend: Johnny Bristol

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The Independent carried the obituary for Johnny Bristol; a Motown-era producer, singer and songwriter. He was best known to Heart 103 listeners for ‘Hang on in there baby‘. Despite his fair share of pop classics, he was a well-respected artist beloved by fans of rare groove.

My own personal favourite was ‘If I can’t stop you‘, which is an interesting mix with blues in its lyrics, disco in its tempo and jazz-funk in the instrumental arrangement.

Post-Motown career

Johnny also contributed to Ian Levine’s motor city records label. (Before producing High Energy and Take That tunes, Ian was one of the biggest DJ’s on the northern soul circuit (and also responsible for a religious schism within it) with a residency at the Blackpool Mecca). Motor City Records made new records by some of Tamla Motown’s legends

If this kind of thing works for you then I would recommend the Strange Games and Funky Things compilations on BBE records.