Saturday, 16 April 2016

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #32 with Sam Pemberton (Dead Horse Gang)


To celebrate 3 years of Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio we have a 2 mixes back to back this Saturday night, plus a sprinkling of new tunes throughout the show.

Kicking off at 7pm, first up we will be taking you back to last year's Beat-Herder Festival with the debut airing of the recording of Paul Thornton and Chris Holt live in Trash Manor.

Then at 9pm we hand over to Sam Pemberton (Dead Horse Gang) for an exclusive hour long set that showcases Sam's exceptional talents on the decks. A true natural, Sam will take you on a journey of choice selections that will run through till 10pm. Sam's mix gets the Dig Deep vibe spot on and features Afro flavours, Latin/tropical grooves, percussive workouts and some newer disco/house edit stuff to boot.


I first heard Sam DJing at Solfest last year and really liked what he played. Then I got the chance to play alongside him at The Open Mind Bar in Carlisle (a Dead Horse Gang event) and was blown away by both his taste in music and his effortless DJ skills - he mixed for ages like a techno DJ whilst cutting up tracks like a pro hip hop turntablist. I asked Sam to do a mix for the show there and then...

Q&A with Sam Pemberton (Dead Horse Gang):

How long have been buying vinyl?
I have been buying records on a regular basis since I left school in 1997.

Are you a selector or a collector?
 I'm both. I'm certainly more of a collector these days. I used to buy vast amounts of House and Techno.  Now I'm a lot more selective with the vinyl I buy. I love mixing records, playing Afro and Disco or being creative with House and Techno. It's all great fun still.

When did you get into DJing and why?
I can say for sure that buying turntables was the single best decision I have ever made. Kam beltdrives!!  Once I reaklised how much fun it was and that I was good at it I was hooked for life.

Who and what are your influences?
Influences.  Good folk, Dj's, promoters with boundless enthusiasm who are clearly in it for the right reasons!!  Djs that surprise me! The Orbit Nightclub was a big part of my life. Detroit Techno! Jeff Mills! Afrofuturism! (yes its a word!) My close friends and anyone who puts me on to new good music. Andrew Wetherall is always great, Ben Sims, Dj Bone. More recently I love the Awesome tapes From Africa stuff. Seven Davis Jr!!. Lumberjacks in Hell record label is just great. Stylus Lancaster crew! I have been attending their party's since last century and I am lucky enough to play with them from time to time. Inspirational. My friends in Carlisle in The Dead Horse Gang, they always make me ask "Whats that track?".

How would you describe your style?
These days I really do play all sorts, it depends on the vibe of the party, I play Afrobeat, Disco, Funk and Soul Music, loads of House music but I really love my Techno. Dark Groovy Twisted Techno!  I like to keep people guessing and there are always a few surprises in my set's.

Where will people have heard you playing?
I am currently part of Carlisle's Dead Horse Gang, I Play records with those guys quite a bit. I'm a resident at Kendal Calling. We used to run the Sauced partys in Kendal which were really good. I play at Solfest most years, I have played Beatherder and Bestival. Clubnights in Carlisle, Kendal.

Do you have any personal highlights you'd like to share?
Personal highlights were throwing our own "Sauced" Party's in Kendal in a restraunt called Acebo. They really were great times and that whole year was just ace! It was a great place to party. Would like to restart those nights if the chance arises.

What have you got coming up next and later in the year?
I'l be guesting for Beatroute and Dirtbox lads on April 30th at The Brickyard in Carlisle. More than likely be playing with Dead Horse Gang through the summer. Thin White Duke in Carlisle. Kendal Calling. Stylus stage at Solfest was highlight of last year, will be doing that again this year! Always looking for somewhere cool to play with real people. Enjoyed doing this mix for Dig Deep and I hope every one enjoys the music.


Sam Pemberton links:
www.soundcloud.com/sampemberton
www.mixcloud.com/WarpedMindofMine
www.facebook.com/Thedeadhorsegang
www.soundcloud.com/western-groove

So there we have it - another trusted selector joins the Dig Deep Family shares their love for the music. Head to www.cowbellradio.co.uk using any of the links below and get your groove on from the comfort of your home. Brought to you in association with www.digdeeprecords.co.uk

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with Sam Pemberton (Dead Horse Gang)
Saturday 16th April 2016
7pm-10pm

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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Dig Deep Mix Series - #3 SNO


Over the years, whilst doing the Dig Deep Radio Show, I have been lucky enough to feature some fantastic and often exclusive mini-mixes from some of the world's most respected DJs and selectors.

Presenting 3 hours a month of radio is great fun, but sometimes you just want the music straight up. That's where the new Dig Deep Mix Series comes in - pure undiluted music from a different guest DJ each time. For DDMS#3 it's my pleasure to welcome SNO to the Dig Deep family.



SNO aka Selina Nongaliphe Oliphant grew up in the township of Bophelong in the Vaal, South Africa. SNO's uncle was the finest collector of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat and Disco. "He suffocated me with tune after tune for years. When he sold his collection, I felt loss that I still haven’t felt to date."

A well known head on the music scene for years, once SNO managed to get a proper turntable at home in 2015, she started collecting the very records her uncle sold, and more, as she has never stopped learning about music.

SNO's presence on the Manchester DJ scene has been sudden and explosive. This is due in no small part to the diversity and depth of her record bag. Not one to be pinned to a genre, her love of hip hop and bass styles frequently co-exist amongst the finest Afrobeat, Jazz and rare groove selections.


Her first guest mix for the Groovement podcast series quickly established her as a DJ to watch. SNO's genre straddling style has already won her sets in Cape Town South Africa, at the Maseru Summer Shake Down 2015 in Lesotho, and some of the best nights in Manchester - including the Soup Kitchen, Roots Before Branches, Better Days, the Disco Mums, and Hidden where she warmed at the Banana Hill night in the same room as Giles Peterson and Earl Zinger.

She is also the new resident at Idle Moments in Manchester and has a monthly show on ReformRadio.co.uk called Dip It Low with SNO.


Other mixes, all vinyl:
www.groovement.co.uk/2015/09/groovement-podcast-sno-the-beats-that-made-me-oct-2015/
www.groovement.co.uk/2015/10/groovement-podcast-sno-brotherly-love-oct-2015/

Radio Show:
www.mixcloud.com/reformradio/the-takeover-with-nongi-oliphant/
www.mixcloud.com/reformradio/dip-it-low-with-sno-3rd-november-2015/
www.mixcloud.com/reformradio/dip-it-low-with-sno-24th-november-2015/
www.mixcloud.com/reformradio/dip-it-low-with-sno-ft-joey-b/

Twitter : @DipItLowSNO
Facebook : Nongi Oliphant
Instagram @DipItLowSNO

The Dig Deep Mix Series is brought to you in association with: www.digdeeprecords.co.uk
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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #30 with Mark Grusane (BBE / Sounds Familiar / Spacedust)


Fresh from dropping a very popular set for the Dig Deep Mix Series last month, we welcome Chicago based DJ and producer Mark Grusane to Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio.

The more I learn about Mark Grusane's history the more I realise how much I don't know. It turns out, what I did know is only the tip of the iceberg.



A pioneer of underground disco and boogie, in his time running the legendary Mr. Peabody's record shop in Chicago, Mark probably handled and heard every disco record that was ever produced in the USA. Knowledge he put to good use when compiling the Night Drive Vol.1 A Journey Into EP and the Real Sound Of Chicago LPs for BBE Records.

Delve a bit deeper into his history and his understated love of digging for and cutting modern soul bangers onto vinyl becomes ever more self-evident. Over the last 10 years Mark has released tracks on Canadian disco re-edit labels Truth Is Light and Spacedust , put out 3 EPs on CG Records Inc, and a deep houser on Amsterdam's Rush Hour.

Mark has just completed a European tour and his new 7" is out now on Sounds Familiar. MGM Edits Vol 2 (Spacedust) and MGMV001 (Mark Grusane Music) are out in Spring.


If you have not done so already, be sure to check our first exclusive Mark Grusane mix for another treat from the underground disco boogie don.

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio
with Mark Grusane (BBE / Sounds Familiar / Spacedust)
Saturday 27th February 2016
7pm-10pm

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Cream Of The Crop - Blink And They're Gone Vinyl Chart


The number 1 slot this time around goes to a Japanese 10" that was pressed in 2012. Described on Discogs as 'A stunning disco break re-edit by Japan's finest' and with Juno listing the label as 11154 and earlier releases on the Tide label being attributed to DJ XXXL, all evidence suggests this is likely to be the work of DJ Muro.

At number 2 Mike Huckaby is back with another gem on his Synth label. My current favourite is 'Let The Dancer Do His Thing' which reminds me of his 'Analog, Tapes & Things' killer from the NDATL Special Edition 2014 EP. There is also another more expensive 12" limited edition hand numbered version that comes with a CD.

REKchampa aka Stefan Ringer takes up the 3rd and 4th spots with an LP and 12" on Peoples Potential Limited. The 6 track Dream Sequence LP is a limited test pressing, whilst the 2 track Fried Chicken Skin 12" features Personal Trainer. REKchampa takes influences from many styles to deliver some of the freshest electronic music I've heard so far this year. Definitely one for fans of Moodhut, Max Graef, Church and Rhythm Section International.

In at number 5 is the forthcoming Mall Grab - Sun Ra EP on Church. Produced in Melbourne, the whole EP has the deep jazzy kind of vibe that I love and for me sits somewhere between deep house and decent bass music. My personal favourite is the piano led 'Down', but everything from the Burial-esque 'French Girls' to the Alicia Keys-sampling 'Cant' works for me.

And that's just the Top 5. Start the player or follow the links to listen to this month's Top 30 picks.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1789547-Chart/

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Cream Of The Crop - All Killers No Fillers Vinyl Chart


First chart of the year and I can honestly say every one of these records is a gem. Boogie Funk Techno Soul Ethiopian Disco Broken House type thing.

This times number 1 spot goes to the North West's top funk and soul outfit, Templebys. The 7" comes as a double A Side and includes the soul shaker that is 'Good Fight' and the uptempo funk workout 'Funkaphrenic'. Already getting support by the likes of Craig Charles who featured it on his BBC 6 Music radio show in his 'What's Big' in 2016 tips list.

At number 2 we have a reissue of Brenda Harris' out and out disco dancefloor bomb from 1978, 'Making Love Will Keep You Fit'. An 11 and a half minute epic of funk licks, throbbing bass and wonderful horns that is available in both black and blue vinyl.

Number 3 goes to Connie Cases's Miami funk chugger 'Get Down'. Originally released in 1982, the remastered Electro Disco vibe fits in perfectly with the newer stuff I play, whilst 'Flowing Inside' on the flip has a nice Balearic vibe.

Apron Records new signing Shamos snaps up the number 4 slot. It's the deep and twisted groove of 'Training Day' that is doing it most for me, but also check 'Ode To Lynch' and the acid based 'Cranbourne Road' for another couple of winners.

The Melbourne-based Chicagoan Casey Rice aka Designer and Four Tet team up to steal 5th with the edgy arpeggio led 'Mothers' keeping it fresh for the slo-mo deep house and techno crew - this is where experimental electronica meets clubland. Meanwhile B Side track 'Dark' does what it says on the tin whilst piling on the funk to deliver a breakbeat laiden bass track that is as fresh as they come.

And that's just the Top 5. Start the player or follow the links to listen to this month's Top 30 picks.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1775372-Chart/

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Dig Deep On Cowbell Radio #29 with Phil Austin (aka Left For Love)


This month we get underway by introducing an up and coming DJ and pure music head from the North West UK.

A sucker for a good re-edit or rework of classic Soul, Funk, Disco and occasionally House tunes; a decent groove and a pulsing bassline are a must for Phil Austin (aka Left for Love).

His DJ sets are a heady fusion of classic and modern dance tunes with a strong leaning towards the soulful and funky. The emphasis is always on the dance floor with pulsating basslines, killer keys, rasping horns and soaring vocals, all lovingly laid over a foot shuffling back beat.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Dig Deep Mix Series - #2 Mark Grusane


Over the years, whilst doing the Dig Deep Radio Show, I have been lucky enough to feature some fantastic and often exclusive mini-mixes from some of the world's most respected DJs and selectors.

Presenting 3 hours a month of radio is great fun, but sometimes you just want the music straight up. That's where the new Dig Deep Mix Series comes in - pure undiluted music from a different guest DJ each time. For DDMS#2 I am honoured to present a mix from seasoned crate digger Mark Grusane...

The more I learn about Mark Grusane's history the more I realise how much I don't know. It turns out, what I did know is only the tip of the iceberg.

A pioneer of underground disco and boogie, in his time running the legendary Mr. Peabody's record shop in Chicago, Mark probably handled and heard every disco record that was ever produced in the USA. Knowledge he put to good use when compiling the Night Drive Vol.1 A Journey Into EP and the Real Sound Of Chicago LPs for BBE Records.

Delve a bit deeper into his history and his understated love of digging for and cutting modern soul bangers onto vinyl becomes ever more self-evident. Over the last 10 years Mark has released tracks on Canadian disco re-edit labels Truth Is Light and Spacedust , put out 3 EPs on CG Records Inc, and a deep houser on Amsterdam's Rush Hour.


A European tour starts in February 2016 and is followed by a 7" on Sounds Familiar. MGM Edits Vol 2 (Spacedust) and MGMV001 (Mark Grusane Music) are out in Spring.

February's Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio will feature a 2nd exclusive mix from Mark Grusane. That show will be broadcast on 20th February 2016.

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Monday, 30 November 2015

Cream Of The Crop - With 10% Off! Vinyl Chart



For Cyber Monday Juno Records have 10% off all new releases for 1 day only. The offer applies to everything released after October 1st 2015.

Start the player or follow the links to check out my top 30 recommendations. Use the code JUNOXMAS at checkout before 12 midnight to get your discount.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1661767-Chart/

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #28 with Robert Tomlinson (Jelly Roll Soul)


For the last show of the year I am pleased to welcome Scottish based DJ, Club Promoter and Record Label owner Robert Tomlinson to Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio.

A time served DJ, Robert has been spinning since the 90's and is one third of the Stirling based Jelly Roll Soul club night. The close-knit crew have had the likes of Jay Daniel, Fred P, House Of Traps, Aiden D'Araujo, and Space Dimension Controller up in the headline spot. Plus Kyle Hall and Funkineven made their Scottish debuts there.



Not ones to shrink back from sharing their love of the music, the trio are about to launch their own record label - more on that in the interview below.



Possibly sometimes true to life, Robert's exclusive mix comes hot on the heels of his big brother's Dig Deep session, albeit with his own distinct style in tow. With a mix that effortlessly captures the true underground sound of Detroit and Chicago, it's fair to say listeners can expect a super smooth ride through a landscape of beautiful Deep House. Vibe wise think Larry Heard, Ron Trent and Kai Alce rolled up with tonnes of soul.

Simply put, Robert plays the kind of House music that makes you feel fine with a capital F.

Q&A with Robert Tomlinson:

How long have been buying vinyl?
Since I was about 8 years old and my brother got me into the Sex Pistols. I went and bought 'Never Mind the Bollocks' with my pocket money. After my punk phase I got into De La Soul, NWA, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and everything in between - so I was always buying records. I got into buying records seriously around 1994, going to record shops whenever I had money.

Are you a selector or a collector?
I wouldn't buy a record I wouldn't play, but saying that I quite like to collect everything on certain labels, and we all like a nice record sleeve don't we?

Lnrdcroy - Terragem (Unthank)
Lnrdcroy - Terragem (Unthank)

When did you get into DJing and why?
I got my first set of turntables in 1995. I'd always had an interest since hearing 'Tin Pan Alley' mix-tapes around 1990 (Tin Pan Alley was a night club in Glasgow) and various House/Techno mixes when I was younger. I wanted to find out more about it. Records came first though, then my brother Colin got a set of decks in about 93, so I'd go down to his and mix very badly!!

Who and what are your influences?
Where do I start... Record shop wise Rub A Dub Glasgow (everyone who works in there) have been a big influence and they have also helped with our label. I even met my wife there! 23rd Precinct when it was still mainly about DJ Billy Woods, and Underground Solu'shn and all the Firecracker mob in Edinburgh. Not forgetting a shop in my home town of Stirling that was around between 1994-1997 I think. Fourth World it was called, run by Stewart who switched me on to loads of Techno/House future classics. There is also Europa in Stirling which is a bit of an Aladdin's cave for second hand records, and it's always good to unearth a gem whenever I get the chance.

DJ wise seeing Joey Beltram at a rave in 1992, Derrick Carter many years ago, Kenny Dixon Jr playing all night in the now gone Arches, also 3 Chairs, seeing Theo [Parrish] play up here, and a couple of trips to Plastic People. Fudge Fingas is always on point, Laurence Hughes, PVK and our Jamie Alexander, and my bro Colin, too many to mention.

Labels - Relief back in the early 90's was a big one for me. KDJ, Cajual and UR. These days Downbeat, Rhythm Section, Firecracker, 22a, Must Have, Get The Balance Right, Perpetual Rhythms, Lnrdcroy, The Nuclear Family, Dixon Avenue, and ALL CAPS. Nu Guinea is also making great tracks, and The Mystic Jungle Tribe, Henry Wu....

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Cream Of The Crop - Short Days And Dark Nights Vinyl Chart


As the days get shorter and the dark nights get longer I find myself drawn to the deeper more electronic end of things. Gone is the vibrancy of summer, it's time for some heads down music...

The Number 1 spot goes to Part 3 of the new Vibes LP from Future Times. Shanti Celeste's 'Strung Up' is a lovely slice of future boogie dripping with the sound of Detroit. C'est Life (aka Jack J) rounds off the 5 tracker with 'New Years Eve 2013' and fans of his recent EPs on Mood Hut will immediately spot his distinctive style.

Floating Points snaps up Number 2 with his highly anticipated 'Elaenia' Album. And it is a proper LP too, none of this 8 bangers and we're out of here business... Whilst 'Nespole' is my personal favourite and 'For Marmish' and 'Peroration Six' stand out, the 7 tracks are intended to be listened to in full and uninterrupted. It's been a long time since I looked forward to listening to an album as much as I did with this one.

Number 3 goes to Amsterdam based don Mr Mendel for his 2nd EP on Basic Fingers. The 3 tasty slices of Disco and a Brazilian cut show why he is currently one of the world's most in demand DJs. I've been waiting to get my hands on 'Looking For A Girl' since he dropped in his mix for Dig Deep Mix back in April last year - and more than a year later Mr Mendel's edit of Little Beaver - 'Listen To My Heartbeat' still sounds great!

Levon Vincent steals 4th as he takes us into darker territory with a two tracker on Novel Sound.  On the A Side we get the deep Techno funk of 'The Fear'. The track was featured on his Fabric mix CD back in April 2012 and fans have been waiting for it to get a vinyl release ever since.  Levon has teamed up with Marcel Dettmann on the B Side for a more upbeat affair of synths and bleeps to deliver a sure fire floor worker. Released on both Pink Vinyl and regular Black, the coloured vinyl sold out in a matter of hours...

At Number 5 LNRDCROY delivers two almost ambient tracks. Both 'Freedom For Antboy II' and 'Donny On The River' are delicious pieces of string laiden chillage to ease your mind to. Whilst 'Terragem' on the B Side is one of those lovely bubbling acid House numbers that is the aural equivalent of getting into a warm bath.

And that's just the Top 5. Start the player or follow the links for the full Top 30.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1646054-Chart/

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Dig Deep Recommends: From Hell With Love LP (LumberJacks In Hell)



The Lumberjacks are back with another essential slice of House and Disco to celebrate 5 years of the label. The first pressing of the From Hell With Love LP sold out in a matter of days. But fear not, the label appears to have duly repressed one of the year's most anticipated albums for the snoozers that missed it a few weeks ago - little known factoid, the first press printed "upside" down, which was rectified on the 2nd pressing.

Featuring a new cast of producers alongside regular jackers Marcel Vogel and Boogie Nite, the 8 tracks will no doubt keep the groovers out there happy for a long time to come. We say Future Classic!



Italy's Giovanni Damico gets things under way with 'The Break Down'. Making good use of the Trouble In The Streets vocal sample that we have heard used by the likes of Neko Neko, Vermelho and Cottam, Damico's track is all about warm basslines, synths and the funk.

Label head Marcel Vogel continues the funk with the slap bass led 'Come On'. Mixed by Bobby Van Putten and with Tim Jules on keys, you can really hear Marcel's experience coming through on the production front as the track twists, turns and drops in all the right places.

Next up Borrowed Identity's 'Queens Bridge' lifts a few samples from 'The Night the Lights Went Out' by The Trammps to deliver an almost Motor City Drum Ensemble styled House bumper. I'm a big fan of the German born producer, and fans of the mid 90's House sound should definitely check this track out.


I was lucky enough to hear a promo of Boogie Nite's 'Funk Dr Boogie' last year when he sent over a file of teasers of his new work. So it's great to be able to finally get this played out and about. Crunchy drums, speaker throbbing bass and a sprinkling of keyboard action is the order of the day. It's space-moog-funk Disco for the early hours from the loveable Chicago based digger.

Amsterdam's Tim Jules gets the 2nd vinyl underway with a track of his own that really shows off his keyboard skills. Slap bass and deep funk licks draw you into the groove and I can see this sounding ace on a loud PA.

Every track is a winner for me, but it's Hoshina Anniversary's 'Duke' that really took me aback when I first heard the sound clips. A lovely piano line, slamming drums and a proper low end give this a nice Chicago feel. That said, the keys sound like they could have been lifted straight from a Soil and Pimp Sessions track, so it comes as no surprise to learn that Hoshina is actually based in Tokyo.

The last two tracks come from producers in the UK. Mahogani Music's Dan Shake drops a proper loopy little gem in the guise of 'To The Love'. I might be wrong on this but to me the bassline sounds very similar to the one on Halloween's 'Come See What It's All About'. Uninformed speculation aside, the track is the kind of Disco flavoured House music that is massively popular again at the moment - but for me it never really went away.


Last but by no means least comes 'Banna Bread' by FYI Chris. It's a super sweet vocal cut, with keys that feel like you're getting into a warm bath whilst his trademark scattered drums and percussion bubble underneath. I'd say this is The one for the Deep House crew that likes to keep it fresh.

So there we go, a modern piece of dancefloor soul without a filler in sight.  Grab it now for £15.99 or be prepared to pay a lot more for it on Discogs if you sleep on it (again)...


What the label says: 
"Marcel Vogel has decided to celebrate the first five years of his edit-heavy Lumberjacks In Hell imprint in the only way he knows how: by putting together a sumptuous double-pack stuffed with fresh new material. In keeping with the way the label has developed in recent times, the eight tracks blend the boundaries between original productions, illicit remixes and straight re-edits.

There's a celebratory, life-affirming feel throughout, from the rubbery bass, D-Train synths and rolling house grooves of Giovanni Damico's 'The Break Down', to the bluesy deep house brilliance of Borrowed Identity's 'Queens Bridge'. Highlights are plentiful elsewhere, too, from the hustlin' electrofunk-meets-disco of Vogel's own 'Come On', to the killer synth solos and fuzzy bits of Tim Jules' thrilling 'Slap Beat'."

Check the full tracks on the Dig Deep Youtube Channel.


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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio #27 with Colin Tomlinson (Jelly Roll Soul / SSW / Magic Sun)


After kicking off the new Dig Deep Mix Series this week with a lovely House set from Colin Tomlinson, this Saturday we officially welcome the Scottish based DJ to Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio.

Colin is a regular at The Scottish Soulful Weekender, has played at Magic Sun Festival, and is associated with the Jelly Roll Soul club night.

He's dropped an exclusive 1 hour long Disco mix on us that is going to make your heart melt from the very first tune. It's one for the dancers, the lovers of soul music and the heads that dig for the roots of House.



Colin's mix was recorded on one of those great sounding E&S DJR 400 Rotary Mixers that was conceived by Jerôme Barbé & DJ Deep, so the music has plenty of warmth and we get some of those trademark bass drops which gives the set that real US DJ style feel.


With selections covering both the rarities and the classics, his influences clearly come from the modern day underground disco pioneers that continue to introduce the world to Disco's rich history.

Q&A with Colin Tomlinson:

How long have been buying vinyl?
I have been buying Vinyl for around 23 years. I started in the 90’s.

Are you a selector or a collector?
I would say I'm a collector but I try to be a selector.

When did you get into DJing and why?
I got into DJing in the early 90's, loving both the music and mixing.

Who and what are your influences?
Derrick carter was one of the first DJs that I loved. My style has changed over the years and my influences now are the likes of DJ Izrail, Sadar Bahar, and Mark Grusane.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Dig Deep Mix Series - #1 Colin Tomlinson


Over the years, whilst doing the Dig Deep Radio Show, I have been lucky enough to feature some fantastic and often exclusive mini-mixes from some of the world's most respected DJs and selectors. I hope to continue with that approach for a long time to come...

Presenting 3 hours a month of radio is great fun, but sometimes you just want the music right? That's where the new Dig Deep Mix Series comes in - pure undiluted music from a different guest DJ each time.

For DDMS#1 I am delighted to share a special mix by Scotland based DJ Colin Tomlinson. He's a regular at The Scottish Soulful Weekender, has played at Magic Sun Festival, and is associated with the Jelly Roll Soul club night.

With the promise of a Disco set for his debut mix on this month's show, he has also put together this incredible House mix that I thought was far too good to let go by the wayside.



If this tickles your fancy, be sure to check Colin's Dig Deep on Cowbell Radio mix this Saturday (17/10/15).

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Digital Desires - September 2015 Download Chart


My recommended Downloads covering the digital releases from the last couple of months. Brand new to retro, live and electronic, sometimes both...

This time around the #1 spot goes to the forthcoming download of Kai Alce's Take A Chance, which includes mixes from Larry Heard / Mr Fingers. Head straight for the Ambient Acid Dub for some highly quality House Music. Originally released in August on 2 x 12"s, the vinyl is all but sold out.

Jack J's sought after two tracker on Future Times lands at #2 - Atmosphere is the one for me. The vinyl is as rare as hen's teeth, so it's nice to see it's available digitally too.

The bliss continues at #3 with Huerco S's Transit V (See See Rider) on Anthony Naples' Proibito label providing some proper head music. Detroit vibes a plenty, this track reminds me of early Kenny Larkin.

Henry Wu steals 4th with his killer bass meets house track that is 'Croydon Debut'. At #5 we have Noema's fusion of afrovibes and techy-ish house which comes with a remix from Highlife Edits main bod Auntie Flo. I prefer the original mix though....

So that's the Top 5 but there are another 25 releases to go at! Grab a brew, click the player below and dig in.

http://www.junodownload.com/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1603461-Chart/



Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Cream Of The Crop - Party Favours September Vinyl Chart


Too many good records out at the moment. Have a listen to these bad boys. House Disco Techno Funk Afro Balearic MPC Electro Soul Boogie Type Business. ‪

Start the player or follow the links for the full Top 30.

http://www.juno.co.uk/charts/dj/536543-Paul_Thornton_itch_Dig_Deep/1599336-Chart/

my link to juno records