Dig A Little E7 LIVE (July 2015) - Rob Coley Mixes

Dig A Little E7 (July 2015) – Rob Coley

Kool & The Gang - Wild & Peaceful

As we take a little summer break from our Dig A Little Record Fair in Forest Gate, it gives us the perfect chance to catch our breath, restock our crates and rediscover the sets from July. First up on the turntables this month was resident Rob Coley who dropped a chilled selection of sounds to ease our customers into the hectic crate-digging ahead. Picking lesser known tracks from a host of classic albums, mixing it up with newness from The Greg Foat Group and pulling out a few contemporary cuts along the way, it’s the perfect mix of jazz, funk and laidback disco suitable for any afternoon. Thanks for listening.

1. Kool & The Gang – Wild & Peaceful
2. Stanley Cowell – Thank You My People
3. Gene Harris – Jitterbug Waltz
4. The Venus Flytrap Collective – Unknown
5. The Greg Foat Group – Riff Raff
6. Top Rocking – I Need My Raincoat Now
7. Roy Ayers – Funk In The Hole
8. Inner City Jam Band – Theme From Bob Newhart Show (Home To Emily)
9. Brass Fever – Summer Time
10. Joe Jackson – Zemeo
11. Letta Mbulu – Nomalizo


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Dig A Litte E7 LIVE (June 2015) - Rob Coley Mixes

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Pharoahs - In The Basement

Is it nearly July already? Then we better get cracking with the mixes from June’s Dig A Little in Forest Gate! First up on the turntables this month was resident Rob Coley who set the mood with a strictly vinyl selection (just check those crackles at the end – Rob clean your records!! of deep jazz nuggets, mellow soul moments and something fresh from Polish beat maker Galus. It was a laid back blend that eased the previous night’s hangovers and prepped the floor for Geoff Leonard’s sweet set (forthcoming). Dip into it and don’t forget our Camden Dig this Sunday, where you’ll find Rob and friends taking over the back room of The Forge from 2pm for another pop up record fair, and late into the evening, a live Jazz session from a quintet led by Ms Jessica Lauren and original Jazz warrior Claude Deppa! Thanks for listening.

1. The Pharoahs – African Roots
2. Haki R. Madhubuti – Walk The Way Of The New World
3. Herb Geller – Space A La Mode
4. N’Dambi – Call Me (Yam Who? Remix)
5. Mos Def – May-December
6. Galus – Forthose
7. Patrice Rushen – Didn’t You Know
8. D’Angelo – Africa


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Dig A Little LIVE (December 2014) - Rob Coley Mixes

Dig A Little LIVE (Dec 2014) – Rob Coley

Natural Essence - In Search of Happiness

Now we’ve mastered the workings of the Tascam recorder, we can continue to bring you recordings of our live events! First up from our December edition of Dig A Little Forest Gate at the Forest Tavern is the early set from resident Rob Coley. Delve in to discover just under 60 minutes of soulful Jazz, fantastic fusion and seldom seen disco soul. Thanks for listening and if that floats your boat you might like to know that our third live jazz event takes place this Sunday December 14th at the Forest Tavern. Featuring two sets from the very talented Band led by the inimitable Jessica Lauren and Jason Simpson, we’re now bringing a little live music to Forest Gate on monthly Sundays. On the decks this month is diggerdan dropping the funky platters!

1. Natural Essence – Killin’ Time
2. Ira Sullivan – Wonderful Sound
3. The Dudley Moore Trio – Bag of Chris
4. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Sais (Egypt)
5. The Greg Foat Group – By The Grace Of God, I Am
6. Larry Young – Floating
7. John Gibbs With Jam Band – J’Ouvert (Lord Echo Re-Edit)
8. Elijah John Group – Freak Rock
9. The Bobbettes 1981 – This Ain’t Really Love
10. Pointer Sisters – Don’t It Drive You Crazy


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Dig A Little Jazz? at The Forest Tavern Event

Live Jazz and vinyl this weekend at The Tavern

Dig A Little Jazz? at The Forest Tavern

As autumn arrives and the nights draw in, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a cosy pub with a nice pint and listening to some great music – that’s why we’re extending our programming at the Forest Tavern this week and incorporating a little live Jazz into the mix. Tentatively titled ‘Dig A Little Jazz?’ for the launch this Sunday 12th October, the event pairs live music from a rotating house band and special guests with DJ sets from the Dig A Little DJs who each know a thing or two about Jazz it seems. For this first event we welcome Ms Jessica Lauren and Jason Simpson into the fray, both of whom will be inviting some friends along for a night of soulful and funky live Jazz.

Jessica is an accomplished keyboard player having been a mainstay on the London jazz scene since the early days of London’s Acid Jazz age. She has recently released a quartet album entitled ‘Jessica Lauren Four’ which was well received across the board and ended up featuring on many end of year lists. Jason is a very much in-demand bass player who having finished his studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, now holds down the bassist’s chair in a variety of bands across London. Both musicians have spent some time playing together as integral parts of the Jazz Meet house band and for the 12th, they will be joined by a selection of guests who will be dropping in to provide their own takes on some classic Jazz grooves. As much as it is a performance, it’s also an invited jam session, so if you’re local and have some knowledge of the expanded Jazz canon, feel free to bring your instrument and step up for a tune or two!

Between the band sets this month, Dig A Little DJ Rob Coley will be picking some of his favourite Jazz tracks past and present to keep the mood bubbling throughout the night. Expect to hear a mixed bag of jazz funk, hard bop, soul Jazz and Latin influenced compositions. The session starts at 6pm sharp with the first band set planned for 7.30pm. Entry is free all night, although it is appreciated if you order a few drinks while we’re all there or enjoy a tasty Tavern roast before 7pm!

For those of you out and about on Friday we also have our monthly Revolutions night, this month hosted by Digger Dan. As we’ve all come to expect from the man himself, Dan will be taking a vinyl-only excursion into the finer moments of Soul, Jazz, funk, disco and soundtracks while also visiting those important points in between. So whether it’s a funky Friday soundtrack you’re seeking, or a not so laid back Sunday night jazz soiree, this weekend here at Dig A Little we’ve got you covered.

Dig A Little presents Revolutions

Dig A Little presents Revolutions Event

Dig A Little presents Revolutions w/ Rob Coley

Dig A Little presents Revolutions

It’s that time of the month again when members of the Dig A Little crew take over the cosy confines of the Forest Tavern for another vinyl-only night of exceedingly good music. Entry is free and the tunes will be hot! Tomorrow night you can expect a scintillating selection of old school boogie, Friday night soul classics and just a touch of disco from DAL resident Rob Coley, all played from the original vinyl. We hope you can join us! 

Friday 7th August 2014
Free Entry

For a dip into Rob’s crate of goodies, check this little mix out captured live at June’s Dig A Little Record Fair.

Live at Dig A Little 01/06/14 by Rob Coley on Mixcloud


Dig A Little LIVE (July 2014) – Rob Coley

Francisco Mora Catlett - Baba Lu Aye

Our final set captured from July’s Dig A Little session at the Forest Tavern pub in Forest Gate, E7 comes from resident Rob Coley who pulls out 63 minutes of choice tracks from the likes of Francisco Mora Catlett, Theo Parrish, Nat Adderley, Travis Biggs and Larry Bright to name but a few. Soulful with a heavy jazz lean and recorded strictly from vinyl (as we do!), we hope you enjoy this little selection and we’ll be back in September after a little summer break. However, if you find yourself in South London next month, you might also want to look out for our sister event Dig A Little South on August 16th at the Eltham GPO! All the info here.

1. Francisco Mora Catlett – Baba Lu Aye (Empyreal Version)
2. Theo Parrish & Tony Allen – Day Like This
3. J.J. Johnson & Nat Adderley – Hummin’
4. Robert Watson – Reachin’ Searchin’
5. Ntu With Gary Bartz – Blind Man
6. Frank Walton – Safari
7. Joe Williams – Sad Song
8. Travis Biggs – Tibetan Serenity
9. Stanton Davis’ Ghetto/Mysticism – High Jazz Reprise
10. Larry Bright – Aura Part II
11. Corky McClerkin ‎ – Searchin’ For The Soul
12. Donald Byrd – Love’s So Far Away


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Dig A Little LIVE (June 2014) – Rob Coley

Moacir Santos - Maestro

A little bonus from our June Dig A Little event, as we noticed that Rob Coley dropped his late set today so here it is for everyone to enjoy. Moving from Latin to jazz to boogie, it’s an eclectic listen but hopefully one you’ll enjoy!


  1. Moacir Santos – Nana
  2. Luis Gasca – Street Dude
  3. Grant Green – In The Middle
  4. Jimmy Smith – Give Up The Booty
  5. Donald Byrd – Dance Band
  6. Crown Heights Affair – Heavy Lovin
  7. Gwen Guthrie – Peanut Butter
  8. Vince Montana – Heavy Vibes
  9. Sessomato – Sessomato
  10. Archie Shepp – Blue For Brother George Jackson


Live at Dig A Little 01/06/14 by Rob Coley on Mixcloud