Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Deep Disco and Boogie tips from Zafsmusic.com


Deep Disco and Boogie guru Zaf from Zafsmusic.com shares the knowledge. If you have not seen this video before it is well worth a watch.

Collector, dealer, soul boy and all round vinyl enthusiast chats about the London scene, his (then) forthcoming compilation Deep Disco and Boogie Vol 1 LP on Kindred Spirits, and gives out plenty more tips along the way.

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A reissue of Deep Disco & Boogie Vol  1 (Part 1) featuring the long version of China Burton's You Don't Care (About Our Love) and Razzmatazz's Set It Out is available now from all good record shops.



For a treasure trove of rare soul, disco, funk, boogie, jazz, latin and afro check out zafsmusic.com

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Dig Deep Recommends: Jamie xx - All Under One Roof Raving


Once or twice a year I hear a track that stands out from the rest. In 2013 it was North Lakes' Griswold. This year it is Jamie xx's All Under One Roof Raving that has turned my head the most.

First heard by many on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, if you were quick off the mark you could have picked up the 1 of the 200 one sided white labels back in June. As always the vinyl extortionists jumped on it and were (re)selling promo copies for up to £30. Alternatively you could by the download for less than a quid and wait for the official release in August.

Lifting poignant samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore', it's the arrangement that really does it for me. Mixing up infectious steel drums with serious low end and 2 step beats to create a deep edgy soundtrack that comes from the same camp as Burial and Shackleton.





Tracks such as this lend themselves to 12", as the warm sound of the vinyl compliments the bass and mid range perfectly. At a time when the world is a saturated with bland deep house, this is distinctive and fresh.

Pick up the full sleeve edition one sided 12" with etching on flip now from all good records shops.

Jamie xx - All Under One Roof Raving (Young Turks)
Vinyl: Juno Records
Download: Juno Download

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cream Of The Crop - August 2014 Vinyl Chart (2nd Helpings)


After wading through a tonne of music over the last two weeks, these are latest vinyl highlights for me.

Lots of afro flavoured pickings, quality deep house, gospel soul, techno, [nu] disco, acid, bass, boogie, hip hop and funk. Dig in :)

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1064700-Chart/

my link to juno records



Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #16 with Paul Thornton (itch / Trailer Trash)


No special guest mix this month, just fresh hand picked music from the likes of John Morales, Omar S, OB Ignitt, Moodymann, Mannmademusic, Mr Mendel and Jamie xx. Funk heads can expect some new music from the Jazzman and First Word stables. Plus we will have exclusive plays of forthcoming tracks from Cottam's Ruff Draft label, a tight new production from Simba and a couple of gems from BoogieNite.



Whatever you are up to this Saturday, I hope you can join us at some point.

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with Paul Thornton (itch / Trailer Trash)
Saturday 16th August 2014
7pm-10pm

Listen Live Links:

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dig Deep Recommends: Watson - To Rack & Ruin Volume 3: Digital Release


Back in September 2012 I was giving an early heads up regarding Watson's new 12" on the El Diablo Social Club's To Rack & Ruin label. The deal was a limited run of 300 hand stamped, hand sprayed copies would be doing the rounds by the end of the month.

The vinyl release sold out quickly, gaining support from the likes of Eric Duncan, Sleazy Beats, 78 Edits, Cottam, Red Greg and Osmose, and landed at the Number 1 spot in my 2012 End Of Year Chart.

Now in 2014 those good people at Juno Download have made the 2 track release available digitally for the first time; with plays from Chris Massey, Disco B, Superbreak, Goldboy and Spain's The Groovers all bringing the sought after tracks to a new audience.





'Get It On' is superb edit of the massive Millie Jackson track which was sampled on Carl Craig's remix of Tom Trago’s - 'Use Me Again' track.  After initially breaking Watson's edit at a Paper Recordings party, Cottam closed his recent set at Lovebox Festival with what is now a nu disco anthem. The more subtle but equally good 'Thoughts Of Yesterday' is a slo-mo groover dowsed in the soulful boogie vibes that Watson has been dropping in his DJ sets for time.


Watson - To Rack & Ruin Volume 3 (To Rack & Ruin)
Available now at Juno Download

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday, 4 August 2014

Cream Of The Crop - August 2014 Vinyl Chart



Some crackers in this month's chart. Lovers of decent house, afrobeat, [nu]disco, techno, funk, boogie, jazz and beats dig in!

Top of the chart goes to the beautiful string laiden new gem from Midland. Check the Spiritual South 12" on Basic Fingers for a solid version of Halloween's Come See What It's All About. Stamp Records number 3 delivers a heavyweight version of Fela from Lodger that went down a storm at this year's Beat-Herder Festival.

The Motown Divas double pack from John Morales features Tata Vega's awesome Get It Up For Your Love - as played by John on his recent Boiler Room set. For tripped out nu disco check out  the Chamboche In A Headlock remix of 'Tetra' by Ejeca on Tusk Wax Gold.

Check Street Edits Vol 3 for Mr Mendel's take on that James Brown classic. The EP also features the lush disco groover that is Spirit The Power which was featured in his recent mix for Dig Deep.

Vermelho's 'Trouble in the Streets' on the Brazilian Shakedown EP is an essential grower for the slo-mo crowd - proper low down chugging house music.

Detroit diehards head straight for the reissue of KMFJ aka Kyle Hall's Down EP. Our Love and Down are my picks. Whilst Jay Daniel's uberdeep mix of Fourtet's Arial is a must for Theo Parrish fans.

Lumberjacks Boogie Volume 1 features 4 tracks from Rayko, ManMadeMusic, Mr Mendel and Em Vee - it's the latter's 'What A Women Needs' that is killing me. And that's just the top 10!

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1000240-Chart/

my link to juno records



Monday, 14 July 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #15 with MannMadeMusic (Shadeleaf / Lumberjacks In Hell)


Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio returns this Saturday with another very special guest, as we delve into the UK's deep house scene with an exclusive DJ mix from Sunderland's MannMadeMusic.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Digital Desires - July 2014 Download Chart


Bit of a catch up on the digital front covering the tracks I have been playing over the last couple of months. Some of these arrived after the vinyl versions and some came way earlier.

http://www.junodownload.com/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/969866-Chart/

my link to juno download


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Beat-Herder Festival 2014


The festival of festivals returns for 2014 and I can't wait to get back to Beatherdershire...

Now in my 8th year, I have been DJing at The Beat-Herder Festival in the Trailer Trash tent since the crew first asked me in 2007.  I'd done a few local festivals at that point as well as popping my Glastonbury cherry a few years earlier, but nothing could have prepared me for the warm glow I felt as soon as I arrived on site.  "you need to get down here", "it's a proper little festival", "no they don't do day tickets, just come down on Saturday and you'll love it" were some of the text messages I was bashing out on my mobile.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Cream Of The Crop - July 2014 Vinyl Chart


A nice balance of newness and sought after classics this time around. Everything from heavy as you like tribal rhythms, through to the girliest of disco, some pretty deep house cuts, plus that ace Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf box set is essential.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/964028-Chart/

my link to juno records



Saturday, 21 June 2014

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #14 with Zernell Gillie (Grimy Edits)


This month Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio returns with another very special guest. Keeping up the Chicago tradition, disco don Zernell Gillie takes to the hallowed turntables to give us a rare studio mix.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Cream Of The Crop - June 2014 Vinyl Chart


All kinds of goodness in this month's chart including... an essential funk classic from Renee Geyer, seriously deep bass grooves from Jamie XX, a tonne of twisted new house come Detroit vibes, some lovely represses from the Trax and KMS camp, a stripped down Terje drum version that isn't on the album, a disco gem from Cream De Coco and Juggy Murray Jones as re-edited by Rahaan.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/901079-Chart/

my link to juno records



Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dig Deep with DJ Izrail Dizko & Voc Walters (Tradition / Chicago)


Nearing the end of an era. I have only got 2 more Dig Deep On Preston FM's to do, including tonight's show. I've been with the station since the early days of 2006. During the last 8 years I been lucky enough to work with a lot of fantastic guest DJs, selectors, music heads, artists and promoters from around the world; many of which I now count as true friends

For me it's always been about digging deep into other people's record collections and discovering the gems that are loved by others but are new to me. And that's been far more educational than school ever was!! I always say people can't like music they don't get to hear, so as a radio presenter it's been an honour and a privilege to be in a position where I can broadcast 2 hours of fresh and different tracks on each and every show.

So for my last 2 shows at Preston FM I am handing the Dig Deep turntables over to the guests for the full 2 hours with only minimal chatter from me. It's all about the music, and is a chance to hear 2 great DJs in action that you may not have had the chance to hear otherwise....