shows // The Funky Cuts
The Art of the 45 is to be found in the sound from the groove as the the needle is applied. Francis Murphy will exploring his record collection and playing a selection each week on The Funky Cuts. This with a look at the shelves rather than his club play out boxes. Funk, soul and sixties styled R&B will still feature with ska, Latin, disco and smooth grooves from the eighties with a sideways swing into electro and other dance beats.
Francis Murphy DJs at Ad Lib, 111 Hope Street on the first Saturday of the month.
You can also catch him at Southside Soul on the last Saturday of every OTHER month at Pollok ES Social Club.
rare soul and recent purchases
It's a while since we've had a chunk of Northern Soul and I have gathered some previously unreleased material and that's what forms today's show. I picked up a couple of Record Store Day 45s I missed on the day and another arrived in the post this morning. So Expect The Contours, Diana Ross, Ad Libs, Fascinations, Georgie Fame, Sharon Jones and more.
Posted at 11:16, 26th May 2015
live (almost) from the sub hub
I was part of the Sub City contingent that DJ's in the Sub Hub which was a collaboration between the station and the Sub Club. We did broadcast live from the Sub Hub and I taped one of my sets which I'm presenting this afternoon.
The Sub Hub was great a pair of decks, top class sound system and a cafe bar which meant I could have a decent Dear Green Coffee and a pulled pork sandwich instead of my usual Irn Bru and a chunky Kit Kat from the machine in corridor of the John Mac.
It's a mix of hammond jazz and cool disco tunes.
Posted at 11:22, 19th May 2015
In the fifties Decca Records in the UK established a strong brand In London which they used as the label for American productions particularly with companies like Atlantic, Monument and Dot which had a strong presence in rock'n'roll and rhythm and Blues. Whilst another of the big 4 UK companies Pye established Pye International which drew on the Chess catalogue amongst others. The Top Rank label was independent and had UK artists and US productions i=on its label. EMI picked up Top Rank in 1960 and used it to combat London unsuccessfully. In 1962 they changed it to Stateside with an eye catching logo and an agreement to release Motown recordings on the new label. In the sixties Stateside replaced London as the IK source for sought after releases by US Soul artists.
I've got a new box set of Stateside reissues and I''ll be featuring that collection in today's episode of The Funky Cuts along with some London and at least one top rank release.
Could I apologise for the lack of show news and playlists for the last three episodes which were broadcast live but not retained for Listen Again. I and other contributors were accidently locked out of the Subcity web site and thus unable to contribute playlists whose absence meant the shows were not retained. This situation appears to have been resolves and programming is back to normal.
Posted at 08:54, 24th March 2015
pot-pourri de la soul, funk, latin et r&b.
I should be previewing some of the sounds myself, Allan Hepburn (The Barrelhouse) and David Campbell (Shiny Disco Ball) will be playing at Southside Soul this Saturday night but as I've not sorted out my own records never mind having any idea what my guests are playing here's a mix of sounds I don't think I've played before.
It's a mix of latin, soul, R&B and some music from acts that are due in Glasgow soon.
Posted at 10:52, 24th February 2015
record shopping on the east coast
I like visiting St. Andrew's and raiding the charity shops as they tend to have a better class of cast offs. And with a high percentage of US students some interesting buys on teh clothes front. An unworn still with the tags on Brook Brothers candy striped BD for one.
Anyway I spotted an album whose cover I was unfamiliar with. Unlaminate stiff cover which meant a US release, no cut out and little wear on it. As it was Oxfam I was ready to put it back before I got a glance at at an expected double figure price of more that what I had in banknotes in my wallet. The price tag was actually £3.99. Worth a punt. I've found two reviews one underwhelming and he other more than complimentary. uen in today and I'll play a few of the songs.
I found a British jazz blues EP too possibly previously owned by a tweed jacketed, pipe smoking retired professor finally getting rid of his vinyl before going in to a care home.
There will be other tunes in today's episode of the Funky Cuts.
Posted at 08:03, 17th February 2015