Archive for January, 2011

R&B Spotlight album series

by Modculture 31 January, 2011

Just browsing through Amazon and noticed a series of albums called R&B Spotlight, which might well be of of interest, even if the sleeves are a bit ropey.

Essentially, it's a series of big R&B tunes year-on-year, with 1960 just released as a 60-track set by Fantastic Voyage, following previous similar collections for 1958 and 1959, throwing in some sleevenotes about each track. The new collection sells for £6.99.

Alongside it from the same label is a Soul Breakout series for the corresponding years, covering more mainstream soul acts – each of those volumes is also 60 tracks and the latest is again £6.99 if you want one. Presumably it'll until the mid-60s.

R&B Spotlight at Amazon
Soul Breakout '60 at Amazon

Boom Shaka Lacka x Pork & Beans

by Modculture 31 January, 2011

Continuing our club focus series, we have a new night featured – the Boom Shaka Lacka x Pork & Beans allnighter.

Tomas McGrath talks us through what to expect on February 19th at The Dogstar in Brixton, with the night running from 8pm until 4am.

Check out the feature now at the main site.

Boom Shaka Lacka x Pork & Beans club feature

Club Rude! Ricky Tick special

by Modculture 30 January, 2011

If you're in the area, the Club Rude! Ricky Tick special is certainly worth checking out.

If you hadn't guessed, it's a tribute to the legendary Ricky Tick club in Windsor. Not only that, Martin Fuggles, the original Ricky Tick DJ, will play a set all off his original 45s. He will play 'a classic Ricky Tick set' that he spun when he DJ'd for the likes of Little Stevie Wonder, Geno, The Who, Prince Buster and many others. Martin has apparently not DJ'd since 1967 after he was asked to DJ for The Pink Floyd and uttered '…if that's the future of music I'm giving up!' Which he promptly did. Expect lots of Stax, Atlantic and Motown straight out of his box for the first time in 44 years.

It takes place at the Queens Head, Great Knolly Street, reading in Thursday February 17th from 7pm nil 11:30pm. Entry is free. For more details, gets in touch with Smiler at [email protected].

Andy Lewis – new 41 mini album

by Modculture 30 January, 2011

Paul Weller bassist as well as musician in his own right and top-notch DJ Andy Lewis has a new mini album coming out, going by the name of 41.

Seven songs on the album, written and recorded during the last fortnight of 2010: 'In the space between getting home from my touring duties with Paul Weller in mid-December and the end of 2010, I found myself gifted with a particularly hyperactive musical imagination. New musical ideas and lyrics were coming to me on an almost daily basis. I set myself a bit of a challenge to see how many of them I could turn into complete songs before the year was out. I expected to finish about one or two, and put the others on the back burner, maybe forever. I ended up finishing seven.'

The result (to these ears) is a selection of 60s-inspired pop, which will be released by Acid Jazz and available top buy via iTunes from February 7th 2011. Alternatively, it will be for sale in a physical format around mid-March.

Andy Lewis on MySpace

Clarks Originals Millerain desert boots

by Modculture 30 January, 2011

The new Clarks Originals desert boots are out ow, pretty much the same as all that have come before them. Except for this version, with an upper in British Millerain canvas.

At first glance, it looks like a suede finish, but that upper is more of a waxed canvas, probably more suited to the elements than suede. Aside from that, the boot is made to the 'exact specifications' of the original, with a crepe sole of course, but with the small addition of a woven British Millerain inner label.

£79 is the price, same as the standard suede version.

Find out more at the End Clothing website