I hope that you’re all well! London slowed to a standstill this week when we had dusting of snow. Seriously.
This week we’ve got a brilliant guest letter from Tom Armstrong from The Move magazine. I’ve mentioned the magazine a few times before, but for the uninitiated, The Move magazine is a UK-based magazine that covers the emerging UK jazz, new groove, new soul, grime, garage etc music scene. I’ve found so much new music through its pages, and the first three issues are well worth buying. You can get them either here, or I think Sounds of the Universe still has copies in stock. Don’t sleep!
Over to you, Tom…
Whether bouncy and agile, bobbing and weaving between the drums, or vast and menacing, blocking out the sun and coming down on you like a monster truck on a grasshopper. When you feel it and it gets inside you, it’s like nothing else.
The roots of London’s love affair with bass lie in the wave of Commonwealth immigration, the Armstrong’s, my dad’s family from Jamaica, in amongst it. By the time I was coming of age in the 90s it was part of the city’s DNA. It rumbled through humid traffic jams and growled from behind estate windows, intimidating and enticing in equal measures. It’s been the baton passed on to each musical movement born on our streets, from Britfunk to UKG to Lovers Rock to Jungle, and this playlist was built with that in mind. For further reading on this, I’d recommend Lloyd Bradley’s excellent Sounds Like London.
When General Levy’s Incredible landed it sent shockwaves around the manor. I remember standing in the playground on the estate with my mate Jon trying to mimic the MC’s vocal trickery. I had no idea what this music was but I knew it came from a different place than what I’d heard on Top of the Pops. This was my introduction to the underground. In the years that followed I became obsessed with searching out those sounds emanating from the streets, locking into pirate radio, rummaging bargain bins and, eventually, going clubbing. I’ve uncovered all the tracks on this playlist during that endless musical journey.
As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.
- Fabian – Prophecy
- Level 42 – Starchild
- Savanna – Never Let You Go
- Loose Ends – Let’s Get Back to Love
- Atjazz – All That
- Henry Wu & Tenderlonious – Natural Complexion
- Vikter Duplaix – Manhood
- Ramsey & Fen – Love Bug (original bump mix)
- Sticky (ft Ms Dynamite) – Booo!
- Mosca – Bax
- Gerideau – Masquerade (MJ Cole edit)
- Stush – Dollar Sign
- M-Beat & General Levy – Incredible
- Leviticus – The Burial
- Tessela – Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP)
- Ossie – Tarantula
- Scott Garcia & MC Styles – A London Thing
- MJ Cole – Sincere
- The Rah Band – Downside Up
- Binker and Moses – Trees on Fire
- Soul II Soul – African Dance
- Tenerlonious – Ghana
- Ruby Rushton – Elephant & Castle
- Kleeer – Happy Me
- Delegration – You and I
- Blue Lab Beats – Journey
- IAMDDB – Falling Far
- Gregory Isaacs – If I Don’t Have You
- Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
- Bob Marley & The Wailers – War
See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day