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Carnivalism Fridays – No. 91. Hardfloor, Yello – Vicious Games (Manuel De La Mare Remix)
Carnivalism Fridays - No. 91. Hardfloor, Yello - Vicious Games (Manuel De La Mare Remix)

Sound Design or Todd Terry pumped this out originally back in ’94, in a sentence which I am trying the avoid the phrase ‘way back when’. The track was an undisputed champion of the house scene at the time, I can personally remember at the time not actually knowing what it was called but felt […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 90 – William Onyeabor – Body And Soul
Carnivalism Fridays No. 90 – William Onyeabor - Body And Soul

Funk the Nigerian Way! His musical career began in the 70’s but Body and Soul was recorded in 1980. William Onyeabor by all accounts currently runs his own flour mill and has been crowned High chief of Enugu…Now you can’t say fairer than that. If this pricks your ears you might want to check this […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 89 – Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston
Carnivalism Fridays No. 89 – Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston

Sunny days in January is rarer than rocking horse poo, so lets have a bit of Jamaican warmth courtesy of the Maytals. Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 88 – Filthy Dukes – This Rhythm (Filthy Dukes Kill ‘Em All Remix)
Carnivalism Fridays No. 88 - Filthy Dukes - This Rhythm (Filthy Dukes Kill 'Em All Remix)

Check out the moves from the guy Van Damme! Came across the Dukes around 2005 when they used to DJ in a local boozer in Shepherds Bush. Subscribe to Carnivalism Fridays in You tube

Carnivalism Fridays No. 87 – Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You
Carnivalism Fridays No. 87 – Jungle Brothers – I'll House You

SAY WHAT?! Arguably the first Hip House track outside of Chicago. Its legend hardly needs covering and if you have not heard it before then back to music history classes you should go. The Native tongues were the hip hop heavy-weights of their time punching out a hip hop template with a focus on African […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 86 – Prince – Baby I’m a Star
Carnivalism Fridays No. 86 – Prince – Baby I'm a Star

I don’t think this monolith of a legend has had a specific song mentioned before on the site and to be completely honest, that is shockingly poor. A huge influence for many, and how good was the film Purple Rain? Musical fan I ain’t but if you are going to act, write & perform in […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 85 – Laura Lee – Crumbs Off the Table
Carnivalism Fridays No. 85 - Laura Lee - Crumbs Off the Table

Chicago born Laura Lee recorded for Detroit label Hot Wax records in the 70’s.  Subscribe to Carnivalism Fridays in You tube

Carnivalism Fridays No.84 – Evil Nine feat. EL-P – Stay Up (Original Mix)
Carnivalism Fridays No.84 - Evil Nine feat. EL-P - Stay Up (Original Mix)

Evil Nine were brought to us via Marine Parade Records, Adam Freeland’s breakbeat label. They do traditionally have more of a breakbeat theme (Hired Goons is right down my street) but to me, Stay Up has a far more jackin’ house feel.

Carnivalism Fridays No 81 – A Hundred Birds – Blackwater
Carnivalism Fridays No 81 – A Hundred Birds – Blackwater

Based in Japan, A Hundred Birds are a 15 piece live group led my producer and conductor Yoku.  Every Christmas Eve in Tokyo, Yoku expands A Hundred Birds to a 40 piece orchestra and adds additional live vocalists. Orchestra meets dance, nice. Octave One formed in the late 80’s in America and have predominantly produced techno […]

Carnivalism Fridays No.79 – Phreek Plus One – New York Dolls
Carnivalism Fridays No.79 – Phreek Plus One - New York Dolls

Big Players in the Italian House scene Ivan Savoldi (Ivan N.) and Alessandro Cattenati released this beauty on Compost Black Label back in 2007. Compost Records  

Carnivalism Fridays No.78 – Two Tons o’ Fun – Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven
Carnivalism Fridays No.78 - Two Tons o' Fun - Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven

Disco camp-it-up Friday in the form of these larger than life lovely ladies. Martha Wash & Izora were latterly renamed the Weather Girls and are guilty as charged for It’s Raining Men. They did produce some disco belters and no surprising they were sprinkled with a little campness after being brought together and names Two Tons […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 77 – Chas Jankel – Get Yourself Together (Hercules + Love Affair Hercbump Mix)
Carnivalism Fridays No. 77 – Chas Jankel – Get Yourself Together (Hercules + Love Affair Hercbump Mix)

Anyone familiar with Ian Dury and the Blockheads might know Chaz Jankel, keyboard player, guitarist and co-writer to numerous track the band wrote in the 70’s Chaz and this track featured on our 16th podcast . Visit Chaz’s website    

Carnivalism Fridays No. 76 – Heaven – Kem
Carnivalism Fridays No. 76 - Heaven - Kem

A bit of deepness for a bit of an Autumnal day. Kem orginates from Tennassee, Nashville and found spirituality and music after fighing homelessness and addiction. He was picked up by Motown and the original version of Heaven featured on his last release on their label 2005.

Carnivalism Fridays No 75 – The Herbaliser – Gadget Funk
Carnivalism Fridays No 75 – The Herbaliser – Gadget Funk

Some people love it, others hate it. I for one, have a real soft spot for funk and Gadget Funk holds no prisoners in The Herbalisers’ epic. I defy anyone not to turn their head at its over blown crecendo leading into the first chorus. I’ve often used this track to liven things up of […]

Carnivalism Fridays No 74 – 808 State – Pacific State
Carnivalism Fridays No 74 – 808 State – Pacific State

Dom woke up at 8:08 today, tomorrow he is aiming for 9:09. Manchester based 808 State, who formed in 1987, struck gold 2 years later with this track. Only 2 years later group member Gerald Simpson left the group, metamorphasising into a rather well know A Guy Called Gerald. 808 State on Discogs A Guy […]

Carnivalism Fridays No 73 – Phlash and Friends ft Shea Soul – Runnin
Carnivalism Fridays No 73 - Phlash and Friends ft Shea Soul – Runnin

Phlash and Friends, a collaborative project by West London boy Phil Asher produced Deep Electronic Sound in 2009. Runnin is one of my favourite tracks. Deep Electronic Sound features a stellar line up of collaborators including Dego (4Hero), Mark de Clive Lowe, Zed Bias, OmMas, Orin Walters (BITA), Karizma, Zansika, Alma Horton and others. If you […]

Carnivalism Fridays No 72- People’s Choice – Do it Anyway You Wanna
Carnivalism Fridays No 72- People's Choice – Do it Anyway You Wanna

In 1975 (the year I was born) People’s Choice’s  Do it Anyway You Wanna  came along. Subcribe to Carnivalism’s Playlist

Carnivalism Fridays No 71- Jestofunk – Can We Live
Carnivalism Fridays No 71- Jestofunk - Can We Live

Is there any quite like a healthily lunged chap belting out a storming house vocal? In 1987 Ce Ce Rogers recorded the track “Someday” with Marshall Jefferson and was immediately signed to Atlantic Records making “Someday” the first house song signed by a major label. This is a track he sang on for Jestofunk and Features on our podcast […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 70 – Chaka Khan – Clouds
Carnivalism Fridays No. 70 - Chaka Khan - Clouds

Does this lady need any introduction? 10 Grammys (with 22 total nominations),  4 American Music awards, lead singer of Funk band Rufus who went solo for a long successful career. Collaborations including Prince & Mary J. Blige, Ain’t nobody, and how can we not mention I Feel For You? I will however introduce you to […]

Carnivalism Fridays No.69 – Alex Reece – Pulp Fiction
Carnivalism Fridays No.69 - Alex Reece - Pulp Fiction

When figureheads and influencers of Drum & Bass are bounded about in conversation, Alex Reece must surely be metioned more often than not. The British born producer has releases on Sinister, Creative Wax, Moving Shadow and Goldie’s Metalheadz Records. Pulp Fiction or Friction (there was some dispute as to the track name) would have to […]

Carnivalism Fridays No. 68 – Tanner Ross – Bside
Carnivalism Fridays No. 68 - Tanner Ross - Bside

Oh yes we like things deep and someone who in that sense (should be decked out in scuba gear for his sets) is Tanner Ross. There is something that reminds me of Metro Arena here somewhere if particular his Soul Clap co-produced track Miami Shores. Having said that Tanner’s sound is his own and long […]

Carnivalism Fridays No.67 – Black Ivory – Mainline
Carnivalism Fridays No.67 – Black Ivory - Mainline

Black Ivory were a group from Harlem who produced R&B throughout the 70’s. This week the weather is lousy, Norma Jay, KCC & Rampage are all not making an appearance this year but you can’t keep away the sunshine spirit of Notting Hill Carnival! Black Ivory – Mainline

Carnivalism Fridays No.66 – Mark E RnB Drunkie
Carnivalism Fridays No.66 - Mark E RnB Drunkie

Ok lets go back to 2007, (technically 2004 if you consider the genesis of the track by Janet Jackson). Mark E (who arguably gives The Revenge’s title as king of the slow beat a run for his money), produces an absolutely infectious killer. Mark E – RnB Drunkie Subscribe to Carnivalism Fridays YouTube channel here     […]

Carnivalism Fridays No.65 – My Turn to Love You by Eddy Grant
Carnivalism Fridays No.65 - My Turn to Love You by Eddy Grant

Ok we all know it has been one hell of a week for England. So many questions and very few answers. However, amongst the finger pointing, the clean-ups, sadness and anger, we should still take time out. Love prevails, and the best way to fix this horrible mess is through exactly that. My Turn to […]

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