This friday at XOYO, its something of a dream come true for me.. New York Legend Leroy Burgess will perform LIVE on stage, backed by a full live band! For those of you who dont know him.. well, he is one of THE biggest vocalists and songwriters in soul and disco circles - his discography is mind-blowing, from his early career as part of Black Ivory, to his later projects such as Logg, Universal Robot Band, Aleem etc etc.. he wrote songs for Fonda Rae (Over like a fat rat!), Rick James and many, many others.. needless to say, this will be a VERY rare and special occasion to see one of the true heroes of soul music perform! Its the first show of his first european Tour, followed by gigs in Paris, Berlin and Lyon. Big shouts to Lucas & JAW Family for helping out to set this up!
In support of Mr Burgess, i ve got two very talented, equally soulful guests over: Legendary Amsterdam DJ KC the Funkaholic ( Kees Funkaholic Heus ) and the talented Jayda G, who is rightfully making big waves at the moment! All right, to finish in Leroy`s words..now everybody.. "Get down Friday Night" :)
In London again this Friday for this weeks residency at XOYO:
In room 1 i ve got buddy Jeremy Underground over. One of the best House DJs to come up in recent times, and a big connaisseur of all things soulful on vinyl. His selecting skillls also manifest through his My Love Is Underground label, where he has been releasing some of the finest House music of the last couple of years, and last years 'Beauty' compilation. We ve been playing together quite a bit in recent years, so this is going to be good fun i recon!
Room 2 will be in the hands of mister Rich Medina, another serious collector and a great DJ who has been at it since longer than most of us. Known for his eclectic taste (from Fela Kuti to House to Disco to Funk to HipHop...) and impeccable skills on the turntables, he ll be a perfect match for tonight!
In Berlin Saturday 04.11, to play for brother DJ Jus-Ed at his Zuflucht x Danilo Plessow Motor City Drum ensemble night!
London...Back at XOYO on Friday for my weekly residency! And i ve got two very special guests again:
First of, a London legend - Mister Gilles Peterson ! Where to start talking about Gilles? First of all, he is somewhat of a mentor to me and a lot of my peers, with his BBC Radioshow "Worldwide" educating us for countless years now. He treats music with the respect it deserves - no boundaries in genres, nothing is too far out or too popular, as long as it has soul, meaning and a cultural relevance to it. With this in mind he is largely responsible for the success of many artists, early on through his Talkin Loud' Label, while today its his Brownswood imprint that makes waves. A genuine spokesperson for our culture, never shy of asking the right questions, promoting a vision of club music that holds certain values immanent, values me and a lot of others still believe in. More power to you Gilles, and i m very happy to welcome you on my dancefloor this Friday!
In room two, i m deligthed to have another true talent over - Detroit's K-HAND. She has been releasing records since the early 90s, and many of those are pretty legendary by now. She helped shaping the House and Techno sound of her home city and for many remains one of those 'best kept secrets' around. I played one of her classic tracks at XOYO last year, 'Starz', and it blew the roof off that place ;)
See you all on friday! Presale Tickets are sold out, but theres a few remaining at the door. First come, first served..
Time for another radioshow this afternoon... 4-6PM BST over at Worldwide FM. My guest this time is nuyorican producer/DJ Darshan Jesrani, one half of the Metro Area project, whose legendary self-titled LP is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this month. I m chatting to Darshan about his future works, and he was kind enough to also deliver a very special guest mix for the show!