• Finn Johannsen

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This mix goes back to what I liked to listen to about thirty years ago, when not in the mood for rushing music. I always loved a sweet Soul vocal, the bass weight of Dub and a dope Hip Hop beat, and thankfully there were a lot of great tunes around at that time that combined those elements, particularly in the UK. Most notably The Wild Bunch and Smith & Mighty in Bristol as well as Soul II Soul in London merged UK sound system culture with Jamaican Lovers Rock and American Hip Hop and R&B sounds in the late 80s, and their success led to a vibrant underground scene that was tagged UK Street Soul, or UK Club Soul. As with other UK Breakbeat styles, UK Street Soul was mainly a fiercely independent white label culture, the music produced with very basic equipment and mostly amateur vocalists, and spread across country via hundreds of illegal pirate radio stations in towerblock squats and similarly disused locations. I used to tune in to the pirates on trips to the UK as much as I could, envious of the determination and underground spirit with which the network broadcasted their sweet and raw sounds against a grim reality and looming prosecution by the authorities. The sound is still resonating with current club music, but as the stations originally airing it, the producers originally creating it and the labels originally releasing it a lot of it has just vanished. This mix is intended as a tribute to a pirate radio UK Street Soul show. It contains some obscure gems and some better known gems from the UK and US, and is probably best listened to through booming car speakers or headphones, or at home while getting ready for the club, or in the setting described in the last song: and look at the view from your balcony, London through your eyes. No one but you to keep me company, twenty floors up a high-rise. After all, it is still Soul, and so it is mainly about love. But make sure to play it LOUD.

    Tracklist
    0:20   Lewis Taylor - Ghosts
    10:20   Irini & Hyper-man - 24/7 Love
    11:00   Irini - 24/7 Love
    12:20   S.l.o. Feat Stevvon - Save Your Love
    40:20   Lalah Hathaway - Baby Don't Cry
    53:20   Lewis Taylor - Bittersweet
    58:40   Junior - Morning Will Come
    1:01:40   Chanté Moore - Love's Taken Over
    1:32:40   China Black - Searching
    1:36:40   Whats Happenin - It Takes Two (feat. Veronika Cowper)
    1:56:00   Abstract Truth - (We Had) A Thing
    2:00:00   Fresh Four - Wishing On a Star
    2:10:20   Nicolette - No Government
    2:15:40   McKoy - Family (Original Version)
    2:25:40   陈小春 - Right Here - Human Nature
    2:39:00   Smith & Mighty - Walk On
    2:45:20   Various Artists - Steppin Across The USA - LittleRed Boat (Gizmo's Groove)
    2:55:20   Gabrielle - Because Of You
    2:59:40   Charlene Smith - Feel the Good Times
    3:28:20   Tara Kemp - Hold You Tight
    3:54:20   Banderas - This Is Your Life (Easy Life Mix)
    3:59:40   Pet Shop Boys - The view from your balcony
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    Soul, Hip Hop, Street Soul, Dub, R&B
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