Mr Boogie AKA The Vinyl Junkie Diggin' Stories

Diggin’ Deep | Mr Boogie AKA The Vinyl Junkie…

Diggin Deep: Mr Boogie AKA The Vinyl Junkie

This Sunday at The Forge in Camden we welcome back the London Latin don Mr Boogie AKA The Vinyl Junkie to the Dig A Little turntables. A regular fixture in our programming in recent months, read on for the full skinny on one of our favourite selectors.

Born into the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the French capital and with parents of Ugandan descent,  Mr Boogie was never going to be the type of person who just played any old record. Having spent his formative years split between Paris and West Africa, in his teens he made the move to the UK where he set about putting his burgeoning love for music to good use. A keen traveller with a love for a dusty basement or two, Mr Boogie took full advantage of frequent stopovers in cities such as New York and Havana to dig deep into the vast history of Latin American music and beyond. As his record collection grew, bustling now with killer selections from a wider catalogue of classic funk, soul, boogie, Jazz and continental rhythms, he sought to perfect his craft in public, and soon found himself installed as a resident DJ at the much loved salsa sessions at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Bar Rumba.

Since then he’s made his own distinctive mark on the capital’s dance scene, running his own Soulsa® Productions music event, promotion and management company, promoting his own ‘Melting Pot’ event (currently residing the last Friday of every month at our own local Forest Tavern!) and hosting its associated radio show (monthly on Shoreditch Radio). Of course, with such an amiable personality and a bag full of nice tunes, his name is never too far away from other DJ bills where he has played special guest and resident slots in and around London and beyond, as well as making appearances at The London Jazz Festival, London Latin American Film Festival and even BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend!

We’re very much looking forward to welcoming him back behind the Forge turntables this Sunday for the evening DJ slot, playing records a little before, after and in between the band sets which this month will feature Jessica Lauren on keys, Jason Smpson on bass, Gaetano Di Giacomo on drums and special guest Dave Orchanct on trumpet for two sets of lively Soul Jazz!

In the meanwhile however, and as a little precursor to the main event, we asked Mr Boogie to share a few tunes with a few back stories. Here’s what he had to say…


# 1: Gary Bartz “Music Is My Sanctuary”

I had been to New York on several occasions prior to that but this was my first proper digging trip to the Big Apple. My budget had long been reached but on the recommendation of a friend and against my better judgement, I popped into Second Hand Rose’s Music – a record shop located within spitting distance of Union Square. Gary Bartz was a name that was already familiar to me but it was that unmistakable Mizell Brothers production, particularly audible on ‘Carnaval de l’Esprit’, that helped seal the deal. Skipping lunch that day to get that record was worth the sacrifice. Some may choose to disagree but for a vinyl junkie like me, it was money well spent.

#2: Cymande “Bra”

On a separate New York trip, I stumbled across Sound Fix – a Brooklyn record store that is sadly no longer in existence. Various reissues of Cymande’s self titled LP have been floating around for years. The limited edition on clear blue vinyl however had, until then, remained elusive. The record in question was sitting on a shelf high up and my reaction was almost instant. Like Matt Lucas’s character in Little Britain, I blurted out to the guy behind the counter: “I want that one!” To date, it’s the most I have ever splurged on a piece of wax

#3: Beny More “Beny Canta Y Cuba Baila”

I was first introduced to ‘El Barbaro Del Ritmo’ (The wild man of the rhythm) via a British Guinness commercial from 2000 that featured a Snail Race. Little did I know at the time that I was about to catch the Latin music bug. While visiting Cuba a mere couple of years later, I was awakened to Beny Moré’s musical legacy. Feeling compelled to add an original recording of his to my collection, I found myself bartering away with an opportunistic street vendor. He drove a hard bargain but despite my limited knowledge of the local vernacular, the issue was amicably settled over a fistful of Cuban Pesos.

#4: Ronny Jordan “The Antidote”

This was one of my earliest vinyl purchases and dates back to my teenage years spent in Folkestone on the South East coast of Kent. Hummingbird was one of the few decent record shops in town and a favoured meeting point for local DJs and music enthusiasts.

I was still very much in my Hip Hop phase but had slowly started to gravitate towards Jazz. Very few artists on these shores could marry Hip Hop and Jazz better than Ronny Jordan. His funky and tasteful reinterpretation of So What eventually led me to its original composer – Miles Davis. The rest, as the proverbial saying goes, is history.

This is as much an ode to the now defunct record shop as it is to the late guitarist who was seen by some as Britain’s answer to George Benson.

Dig A Little NW1 - The July Session


Dig A Little NW1 (June 2015) – Mr Boogie…

Tito Rodriguez - Live At Birdland

Latin specialist and all round excellent DJ Mr Boogie AKA The Vinyl Junkie of meltingpot fame joined us at our Camden session at the end of June, and he certainly didn’t disappoint setting the Forge alight with a tough and dance floor friendly mix of hardcore Latin rhythms. Dipping into the explosive sounds of early 60’s New York and beyond, his set perfectly articulated the point where Latin music meets Jazz, blending tunes from the likes of Tito Rodriguez, Machito, José Mangual Jr, Beny More and the Alegre All Stars, while even finding time to include a pair of traces from French vocal jazz troupe Le Double Six. In fact we loved it so much, we invited him back this Sunday for more of the same, as he drops some tunes before, after and in-between the live band sets. We hope you enjoy the music and thank you for listening!

1. Tito Rodriguez – Summertime
2. Beny Moré – Maracaibo
3. Arsenio Rodriguez – Hang On Sloopy
4. Machito – El Guardia Con El Tolete
5. Perez Prado – Que Rico El Mambo
6. Alegre All – Stars – Ay Camino Y Ven
7. Les Double Six – Tickle Toe
8. Guapachá – Cha Cha Be Bop
9. Les Double Six – A Night In Tunisia
10. José Mangual Jr – Sambala
11. Tito Puente, His Latin Ensemble & Orchestra – Triton
12. Machito – Macho


Dig A Little NW1 (June 2015) – Mr Boogie AKA The Vinyl Junkie (Soulsa / Shoreditch Radio) by Dig A Little on Mixcloud

Forest Gate Festival Event

Forest Gate Festival This Weekend

festival facebook cover

This weekend we make our debut at the Forest Gate Festival, the annual street fest in Osborne Road, E7 that is now in its fifteenth year. Weather permitting, we’ll be setting up the decks and (small) PA outside from 11am as we bring the local crowd an assortment of sights, sounds and selectors all day. Signed up for the day session so far are Dig A Little residents Digger Dan and Rob Coley who are joined by special guests Gary’s Gardens and Terry Benjamin while we’ve managed to tempt our sometime reggae don Gabs out of his house too. It’s not just all about us however, the event is organised for the community with plenty of other things around to be enjoyed. There’s reportedly around 90 stalls signed up for the stretch, with an abundance of food and drink, vinyl(!), art, children’s goods, antiques and books all available to peruse and purchase on the day. As well as our humble corner, there will also be a larger stage featuring music from a host of local artists as well as a rumoured Samba Parade, street theatre, climbing wall, bouncy castle and various other arts and crafts.

In the evening we’ll be moving the system down to the road to the nearby Golden Fleece on Capel Road for a little post festival carry on. Running 7pm till 10pm in the pub’s garden (again weather permitting), Dan, Rob and Gary will be pulling out a Saturday night vinyl only selection for the Manor Park revellers! If you’re in the area, feel free to pop by either session!

RSVP on Facebook

Revolutions E12

Stelvio Cipriani - Mark II Poliziotto Mixes

Dig A Little NW1 (June 2015) – Oliver Brunetti,…

Stelvio Cipriani - Mark II Poliziotto

The second set from our June Dig A Little in Camden is a joint effort from Colectivo Futuro‘s Oliver Oliver Brunetti and DJ Porncop, who not only blessed us with a few crates of vinylto sell on the day, but also took their turn behind the decks with some exemplary tunes. Drifting from obscure soundtracks to Brazilian bossa, modern soul and fun oddities, the pair treated our ears to a killer selection of vinyl only gems that had all in attendance full of praise. If you missed it, you can now dip into the selection above, and if you want to catch up with the lads in person, pop along to our next meet up at The Forge in NW1 on Sunday 26th July! Thanks for listening.

1. Stelvio Cipriani – Mark II Poliziotto
2. Daniel Janin – The Big One
3. Azymuth – Morning (Peanut Butter Wolf Re-edit)
4. Ana Mazzotti – Eu Sou Mais Eu
5. Joao Donato – A Ra
6. Armando Trovaioli – Let’s Find Out
7. Elis Regina – Upa Neguinho
8. Louie Ramirez – Land of Love
9. Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band – Love Theme
10. The Noble Nights – Sing A Simple Song
11. 72 Soul – Broken Hearts Club
12. Terea – Pretty Bird
13. Master Plan Inc – Something To be Done
14. GQ – Is It Cool?
15. Margie Joseph – I Can’t Move No Mountains
16. The Reality Band And Show – Gangsterboy
17. Pigmeat Markham – I Got The Number
18. Johnny Adams – Feel The Heat Feel The Beat
19. Lalo Schifrin – Ape Shuffle
20. Barbara King – What I Did In The Street
21. Dizzy Gillespie – Alligator
22. Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Yemiasleks Fikir
23. Aura Urziceanu – Surpriza
24. Manzel – Space Funk


Dig A Little NW1 LIVE (June 2015) – Oliver Brunetti & Porncop by Dig A Little on Mixcloud

Dig A Little NW1 LIVE (June 2015) - Neville Holness Mixes

Dig A Little NW1 (June 2015) – Neville Holness

Fela Ransome Kuti & Ginger Baker

As we approach our third pop up record fair and live Jazz session at The Forge in Camden on Sunday 26th July, here’s a first look back at the DJ sets from June’s edition. First up to the plate in the afternoon was Mr Neville Holness who blessed us with just over a hour’s worth of carefully selected tunes picked from live albums. Beginning with the suitably titled ‘Lets Start’ by Fela Ransome-Kuti, his Africa 70 band and Ginger Baker, Neville pulls out choice cuts from Kool & The Gang, Gil Scot-Heron, Curtis Mayfield and a brace from the great Yusef Lateef. Give the set a listen by clicking play above and look out for the next instalment in the next few days!

1. Fela Ransome-Kuti – Lets Start
2. Kool & The Gang – Sombrero Sam
3. Fania All Stars – Chanchullo
4. Buddy de Franco – Borinquin
5. Gil Scott-Heron – 17 Street
6. Curtis Mayfield – Mighty Mighty
7. Donny Hathway – What’s Goin On
8. Yusef Lateef – Oscarlypso
9. Cannonball Adderley – Big P
10. Roland Kirk – Making Love in the Afternoon
11. Yusef Lateef – Slipping & Sliding


Dig A Little NW1 LIVE (June 2015) – Neville Holness by Dig A Little on Mixcloud

Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) - Gary's Gardens Mixes

Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) – Gary’s…

The Smiths

On the eve of our July edition of Dig A Little at Forest Tavern , E7 we bring you the final set from last month’s sessions. Local hero Gary’s Gardens joined us behind the decks for a barnstorming set of 80’s classics to close out the event. From The Smiths to Talking Heads, and Inner City to Haircut 100, Gary pulled out an assortment of records that had the room bouncing! Stick it on over the weekend and enjoy the nostalgia, and if you feel so inclined join us tomorrow as we do it all over again!

1. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
2. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House
3. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
4. Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
5. Rufus and Chaka Khan – Aint Nobody
6. SOS Band – Just Be Good To Me
7. Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
8. Inner City – Good Life
9. Cherelle and Alexander O’Neil – Saturday Love
10. Madonna – Like A Prayer
11. Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
12. Haircut One Hundred – Love PLus One
13. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
14. Duran Duran – Rio
15. Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb – Guilty


Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) – Gary’s Gardens by Dig A Little on Mixcloud

Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) - Guy Rabbetts Mixes

Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) – Guy…

Sugar Minnott - Give Me Jah Jah

Guy Rabbetts from Bromley’s My Turn Please joined us behind the turntables at last month’s June Dig A Little at the Forest Tavern and in return we got a 100% Roots Reggae collection straight from his DJ box! Featuring music from Sugar Minnott, Gregory Isaacs, Errol Dunkley, Winston Scotland amongst others, as well as a cheeky under the counter dubplate that had people talking, Guy brought a little taste of Jamaica to East London which more than matched the sunny conditions outside in the beer garden.

1. Sugar Minott – Give Me Jah Jah
2. George Faith – I’ve Got The Groove
3. Gregory Isaacs – Rock On
4. One Blood – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
5. Sugar Minott – All Kinda People
6. WH – Dubplate
7. Errol Dunkley – Keep The Pressure Down
8. Winston Scotland – Buttercup
9. Marques – Jamaica Serenade
10. Errol Dunkley – A little Way Different
11. I Jah Man – Moulding


Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) – Guy Rabbetts by Dig A Little on Mixcloud