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


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Stelvio Cipriani - Mark II Poliziotto

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Dig A Little E7 LIVE (June 2015) - Geoff Leonard

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

Cloud One - Dust To Dust

As we approach our July Dig at the Forest Tavern this Saturday, we continue our look back at the DJ sets from the last session. Next up on the turntables is Back2Backfm’s DJ Geoff Leonardwho blessed us with just over an hour’s work of exquisite soul, mellow funk, jazz and boogie. Perfect music for a lazy Saturday afternoon, there’s tunes from Cloud One, Art Farmer, Donato, Lorez Alexandria and Vladimir Cosma to name but a few and it all comes to a close with a Kool & The Gang classic! Thanks for listening.

1. Cloud One – Dust To Dust
2. Piero Picconi – Easy Summer
3. Art Farmer – Soulsides
4. Julie London – Like To Get To Know You
5. Roger Webb – Sunny Song
6. Roger Webb – Grey Sigh
7. Syd Dale – Little Boy Blue
8. The Giant Jellybean Copout – Look At The Girls
9. Ennio Morricone/Astrud Gilberto – Argomenti
10. Berto Pisano – Il Colore Degli Angeli
11. Briamonte Orchestra – Rota Sul
12. Donato – Malandro
13. Claudette Soares – So Faltava Voce
14. Bossa Rio – Spinning Wheel
15. Lorez Alexandria – Little Boat
16. Uwe Buschkotter – Sunny
17. John Gregory Orchestra – Jaguar
18. Vladimir Cosma – Attentat Sur La Grande Corniche
19. Sil Austin – Disco Music
20. Natural Order – Jealousy
21. Creative Source – Sincerely
22. Maxine Nightingale – Life Has Just Begun
23. Kool & The Gang – Duji


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Diggin’ Deep | Pete Buckenham (OTR Records)

Pete Buckenham (On The Corner)

This Sunday we’re heading back to Camden Town for another North London all-dayer of crate digging and live Jazz, and this month we’ve got the global nomad himself, Pete Buckenham (On The Corner Records) joining us to spin some tunes in the evening.

We’ve known Pete for quite some time here at Dig A Little having had him guest twice at our Forest Gate event and he has never disappointed us with his sometimes abstract selections. As label head of the independent UK imprint On The Corner Records he’s helped deliver to market the esoteric sounds of Collocutor’s debut album ‘Instead’, which resulted in the band being recently booked to guest at Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge’s revived ‘Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls’, while he’s spent much of the resulting time scouring the globe for other acts that fit his wide-ranging ethos of quality music.

With a taste for the exotic spurred on from frequent trips to the African continent, including prolonged time in Zanzibar where he dropped many a tune in tropical venues across the island, his suitably eclectic selections have become more and more widespread throughout London Town with his talents much in demand. Elsewhere he’s put in time on the radio, hosting his own shows under the Asphalt Safari moniker as well as helping out on production for a number of online and FM stations, while he currently holds the role of resident selector and music editor for Parisian culture magazine, Eclectic Society. Having already hosted a number of Thursday night gatherings at the The Forge this year, where he showcased some of London’s exciting young Jazz bands under the name‘Step Out’, he’s also handily already acclimatized to the vibe the venue expects!

With that all being said we’re looking forward to welcoming him back to the bar’s DJ booth this Sunday evening as he prepares to pull out the tracks that will help our guests ‘fling foot’ in the between the two band sets and way into the night as the live music ends. This month, there’ll be a distinctive Latin feel to proceedings as the venue launch their summer Forge Cantina menu with street food and cocktails aplenty, while percussionist Maurizio Ravalico joins Jessica Lauren (keys), Claude Deppa (trumpet), Miles Danso (bass) and Gaetano Di Giacomo (drums) on stage to blast out the tunes during the live session!

Until then, let us delve a little Pete’s history to uncover some of his most memorable shopping trips!


#1: David Bowie “Memory of A Free Festival”

My first proper dig was accidental. I’d gone to Blackpool for a day out and while seeking a little refuge from the northern sun, parade revellers and saccharine tat, I found my way to a record fayre in the old ballroom. If I remember right it was probably 18 years ago and unbeknownst to me plenty of precedents were to be set that day, mostly in regards to travelling somewhere (usually in good weather) and spending hours and days riffling through old records.

That day I remember begrudgingly parting with a fair few quid for a couple of copies of a David Bowie album that I’d not seen before. I think he was the first artist that I really explored the back catalogue. There were two versions, one of which isn’t actually on Discogs as far I can tell. The first was the US edition gatefold of David Bowie “Man Of Words/Man Of Music” on Discogs which I’ve seen is now worth a handsome sum, while I also had a clear double acetate edition with “Memory of A Free Festival” taking up Side C and nothing on the reverse.

As well as those albums and a few other unexceptional bits that day, I also found a promo 7″ of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” as it was a favourite of mine at the time. Fast forward five years and I knew both scores might be worth a few quid, so when trying to scrape a month’s rent at University I took them to a second hand place where I got the usual… “Argh we get a lot of Beatles and Bowie in here…” but one of the staff was a collector! I was expecting maybe enough for a night out and was quickly ushered to a backroom where a phone call was made and I was offered enough to cover what I needed at the time so didn’t think twice. This has sadly never happened since and I’ve sold very few records!

It turns out the two track promo 7″ of “A Day in the Life” was not commonly known either. Pure chance as I didn’t know a thing really. When I was selling the records, the guy in the store could of given me a quarter of the cash and I’d have been more than happy and none the wiser – I think the first Record Collector I got was a bit later probably the 2003/4 edition!

And here’s that Bowie track – one day I’ll finish a gig with an edit of this emotively nostalgic bliss. Altogether now “The sun machine is coming down and we’re gonna have a party…”

#2: Orchest Muyei Power “High Life At The Beach Club”
#3: Abu Baka “Introducing”

Most of my travels in Africa should of thrown up one or two vinyl grails but unfortunately those stories are more about MP3s or tapes finds and experiencing the night life and scenes of some pretty special places and all that. I’m a creature of habit so have had a regular round of stores over the last ten years although when travelling I tend to look at accommodation options near to a shop that will be worthy of a day or two.

I regularly go to the Sahara where I’ve picked up one or two battered sevens and on my most recent trip I changed my route to incorporate a little dig in Las Palmas. The dig on the way out there was so nice at 33 Revoluciones that I planned a couple of days to get to grips with the basement below the store. In the end I bought a fair few Spanish editions of some of my favourite deep jazz records, various albums of Afro-Cuban percussion and a grubby 45 from Muyei Power, who also recorded under the name Orchestr Muyei. During the mid 70’s the band had a residency on Gran Canaria and recorded this one record whilst they were there. The band are from Sierra Leone and some of their material has recently been reissued on the excellent Soundway Records label. The stash was so big that I ended up posting a fair few bits and pieces back, some of which may very wekk make it into my box at the next Dig! I think you know that you’ve become a digger when the record store owner takes you out for Pizza. Pablo, the owner, knows his stuff and took me through the ins and outs of the island and Uruguyan music too. I’ll be going back there for sure.

Also found this, backed with Michael Smith’s “Mi Cyaan Believe It” on the recent dig – the first release on LKJ Records from 1980 – pretty much the only Euro spent after a day in the basement. Fingers are itching to get back there with my portable.

#4: Ilhan Mimaroglu, Freddie Hubbard “Threnody For Sharon Tate”

Heard this 15 years ago on a compilation of psychedelic Atlantic recordings, and it was another gem I found again recently in the Las Palmas basement. The original is still as chilling and out-there as ever. Can’t wait to play it out!