Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Under The Influence Vol.1 compiled by DJ Red Greg
by Various Artists
This is out now. It's one the best disco compilations I've heard, featuring some great selections. Do yourself a favour and pick a copy up. It's worth the price of the CD for the Sophisticated Ladies track alone, which I have posted below. The CD is packed from start to finish with great music & some nice edits from Red Greg.
You can buy it and listen to the tracks HERE or HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 10:22
Monday, 9 May 2011
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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
If you are in London on Saturday 19th March, get down to Independent Movement. Mark Gurney is putting on a night of Deep Disco, Boogie, Soul & Jazzfunk, featuring a heavy line up of DJ's, including a rare UK appearance from Chicago's Sadar Bahar. Further info & ticket info available HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 22:59
Thursday, 6 January 2011
More footage from Force, Newcastle Upon Tyne from December 1999.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:15
Monday, 3 January 2011
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 03:08
Second post of the night is a short clip of me beat juggling at Force in 1999.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 01:47
Sunday, 2 January 2011
I've started uploading some of the footage I have from Force, which was a hip hop night I used to DJ at and help run in the late 90's early 00's. This is the first instalment which features DJ Noize from Denmark. More to follow soon.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 20:43
Friday, 3 December 2010
It's the semi finals of the annual DJ Battle over at Bring The Heat. Nine DJ's from all over the world have submitted 30 minute mixes containing the best in deep disco & the two with the most votes get to the final. You can listen to the mixes Here. If you want to vote you have to join the site, which is free. Head across & check it out.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:41
Monday, 29 November 2010
Release Date: Monday December 13th 2010
After a two year absence from the previous release from Natural Impulse “She Went Away” they eventually return with two previously unissued tracks.
The A-side is a great uptempo 70’s dancer “We’re Gonna Make It Through”. While the b-side features the more funk orientated “Make It Or Break It” which is an edited version of the original six minute long studio take.
The story behind the discovery of these two tracks is:
Jesus (Jess) Gonzales the bass guitarist with Natural Impulse while sorting out some items to donate to a local charity came across an old cassette player. He discovered that it still contained a cassette which contained three forgotten unissued tracks that had been laid down during the 70’s only to have lain gathering dust for the last 32 years. Jess contacted Rick Ramos who forwarded a soundbite of each of the tracks to Soul Junction Records who have pressed them up & put them out on December 13th.
There is a clip below of them performing the track live.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:39
Thursday, 18 November 2010
I've neglected this site recently so I'm going to try & post regularly again. Here's an hour long mix I did quickly today, it's a mixed bag of music I pulled out at random.
Edee - Make It Last
Eleanore Mills - I'm Gonna Get You
Timeless Legend - I was Born To Love You
The Young Divines - Deep In Your Heart
Ingram - That's All
Melody Beecher - Let's Get Off Tonight
Sunrize - Come & Get My Lovin
Amnesty - Liberty
Starfire - Dancing & Singing
Africano - Satisfactorize Your Mind
Body Heat - Spread Love
The Flames - Stand Up & be Counted
The True Pages Of Life - Truth & Love
Gospel Soul Revivals - If Jesus Came Today
Kool Blues - Can We Try Love Again
The Differences - Five Minutes
Syl Johnson - I'm Talking About Freedom
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 20:03
Monday, 15 November 2010
Zernell has put out another installment of Grimy Edits. Volume 3 contains straight disco heat, do yourself a favour & pick this up before it sells out. Check out the samples HERE or pick up the record HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 11:37
Saturday, 17 April 2010
DJ Boogienite from Chicago & I will both be guest DJ's at A Little Lost in Newcastle Upon Tyne on Friday 28th May. This is a rare UK appearance from Boogienite, if you are in the area then come along as it promises to be a good night.
There is a guest mix from Boogienite posted below.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:51
Here's the latest guest mix for you all to enjoy. This one is from DJ Boogienite who is a member of the Chicago based Chuck Brothers, a collective of DJ's and Producers. His sets feature rare, soulful, underground disco treats & exclusive never heard before edits. Boogienite cut his teeth as a DJ playing on the underground Chicago party scene playing alongside a wealth of DJ talent in the city. He has won the annual DJ competition on the Bring The Heat website for the last two years running, taking on competitors from all round the world in a competition where you can only play rare disco records. He is also a producer releasing records under the name Urban Legendz.
Send some feedback if you like the mix.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:34
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Sad to hear Steve (Mc Bly) passed away recently at such a young age. Genuinely nice guy who always had a smile on his face. He was one of the key figures in the early Newcastle Drum & Bass scene. I used to play at his night back in 1996. Heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 23:42
Friday, 5 March 2010
I will be a guest DJ at a party in Newcastle at the end of the month. Come down if you are in town that night.
"A Little Lost returns for its fourth outing at the Star & Shadow – this time as part of the Northern Lights Film Festival and with special guest, DJ P. Skillz - for another one of its parties inspired by New York disco in its many different forms, from the dreamiest New York disco to the danciest bass lines, including David Mancuso, Larry Levan, ESG, Arthur Russell, Mutant Disco, Post Punk and much more…
This time we’ll be starting right after Maximo Park perform a live score for the silent classic The Man Who Laughs by Paul Leni, as the official after party for the Northern Lights Film Festival, and going on till 4am, so be sure to stick around for a wind down. Or, if you don’t fancy the film you can just come to the party
We are also pleased to welcome back Jack and Jon (Lovebug, Glasgow) and Tashless Pat (Road to Rimini) for another night of a little lost, who along with residents Oscar and Kelly will be playing some disco delights for your ears and feet."
Saturday, March 27, at the Star & Shadow, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 9.30pm – 4am, £5
Advance online tickets available soon.
If you'd like to receive more updates about their upcoming parties you can check their facebook group here:
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:42
Friday, 19 February 2010
I've got to give a plug to Zernell, who along with Goodking, is behind the Grimy Edits series. Volumes 1 & 2 are already in the shops and some new ones are on the way. Zernell sent me the Phoenix edit featured on volume 1 about a year & a half ago and I've played the shit out of it. Pick this up before it sells out.
BUY IT HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 11:57
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Ripped my 45 of Tribe - Koke, so I have posted part 1 as haven't put any rips on here for a while. Enjoy
Thursday, 31 December 2009
Here's an hour long podcast I did quickly today. It's mainly Modern Soul tracks. I will post the playlist when I get chance. Hope you enjoy the tracks.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
I'm going to be playing at the Lava Lounge, Chicago this Monday, for anyone in the area. Also playing will be Sean Sounds who is an awesome DJ and also runs the excellent BRING THE HEAT site. If you haven't been on Bring The Heat yet you should check it out today.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 16:28
Friday, 25 September 2009
Gutted to hear DJ Roc Raida passed away this week aged only 37. He was one of the best at what he did & I couldn't even count the amount of hours I must have spent watching footage of him, when I was heavily in to the Turntablist thing. A sad loss, rest in peace.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 14:27
Friday, 11 September 2009
Great edit of the Percy & Them track Shake It by London DJ Red Greg. The original is a spin for a few on the soul scene. Great track & really nice edit too. This features on the Red Greg mix which is on Independent Movement. If you haven't listened to it yet then download it today.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 22:03
Thursday, 10 September 2009
If you're in the Chicago area on Saturday October 10th them come down to this. Will be a pure dirty disco beatdown featuring Myself & some of Chicago's finest dj's - Boogienite, Rahaan, Brian Reeves & Bullit.
THIS EVENT WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE @ www.stickam.com/djboogieniteFOR THOSE THAT CAN'T MAKE IT TO CHICAGO FOR THE EVENT.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:43
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Stumbled across this today. Nice video with Mc Stig from Newcastle who used to hype for me years ago at a night I used to DJ at. Good to see someone from Newcastle doing some cool stuff. Also featuring the Scratch Perverts amoung others.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:27
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Here's an interview legendary record digger & DJ Keb Darge did a few years ago for a German site. Keb is entertaining & the interview is pretty interesting. There are another 4 parts to it on this link HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:34
I really love Kings Go Forth so thought I would do a post. They are one of a few bands making new music that sounds just as good as a lot of classic soul from the 70's IMO. I really like this track and it is available to buy now. You can buy it DIRECT FROM THE BAND or from places like JUNO. Find out more about the band HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 13:08
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I just got sent a new guest mix by Chicago's Jeff White. If you like the early 80's sound then you will like this. He also sent me a bio to go with it, so there is not much more for me to add. Enjoy the mix and leave Jeff some comments or shouts. Here's what Jeff had to say:
"My journey into becoming a DJ began in 1981. I was in a dance group called “The Boy scouts” we were at this club in Chicago called The Playground. The resident DJ was Farley Funkin’ Keith, now known as Farley Jack Master Funk. He was one of the hottest DJ’S back in that time. Listening to him spin, the tricks, the blends, and the records he played, grabbed me by the collar. I enjoyed the way the crowd responded to the way Farley was playing, how he held their attention, never letting them go.
Month’s later I bought a pair of Technic turntables and a Teledyn mixer. I began my record collecting by purchasing records from stores like Import ECT, Loop records, Second Hand Tunes & Gramma Phone. Just to name a few, songs like “Keep On Dancing,” “Keep Your Body Working,” “Martin Circus” “Klein MBO Theme,” were some of the hottest records out.
Now as I began maturing in music Disco and Garage became another one of my passions. From the playground I went to Mendell, Sauers, C.O.D.’s, Bismarck hotel and other parties. At C.O.D’s, there was this DJ by the name of Lil Louis. He was one of the hottest DJ’s in the 80’s of the house scene in Chicago, as well as a very dynamic producer. He really touched me with his tracks and the mixture of disco. There would be five hundred + people at these parties. No one going home until the wee hours of the morning.
But it wasn’t until I heard the great late, legendary, Ron Hardy spinning at this club called The Muzic Box, which was located on Lower Wacker Drive. From the time you walked into the Box you were captivated, put in a trance. It was dark, with only the brightness of the flashing strobe lights bouncing off of the walls. The sound system was one of the best in the city. Ron Hardy knew how to grab the crowd. He knew how to work the crowd. He made many edits of certain records, and he was even a record producer. With his style and the system no track or record ever sounded the same.
This made me want to really learn the craft. I began trying different things with records until I developed my own style. I have had the pleasure of spinning at clubs such as Retno 5, The Concrete Jungle, Jackson Harbor Bar & Grill, Hi Ricky’s, The Fiz Bar, Slicks, Family Den just to name a few.
Some of the past DJ’s who were a major influence on me were: Farley, Steve Hurley, and Ron Hardy, Lil Louis, & Frankie Knuckles. Some of my present influences: Mark Grusane (www.mrpeabodyrecords.com), Mike Cole (www.mrpeabodyrecords.com) Sean Sounds (www.bringtheheat.com much love, and Baby Funk Roy, Joseph, Colbourne ( He’s the real deal!!!! ) also I must not forget Soul in the Hole’s Lee Collins and Sadar Bahar.
I do a mix show every Sunday on: www.stickam/jeff_white (Via video cast LIVE) . Also mix are featured on http://soundcloud.com/jeff_white and www.bringtheheat.com
(((((Open your mind and let the creativity flow through.))))) "
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:44
Sunday, 19 July 2009
It's been a while since I posted anything but I don't seem to have much spare time at the moment. Anyway I had a spare hour yesterday so I just played some records for an hour and recorded an unmixed mix. The tracks are modern soul with a few boogie tracks towards the end.
I'm going to try and get back to regular posting again.
Tal Armstrong : You've Got So Much Feeling (In Your Love)
Oscar Perry: Teasin' Me
The Imaginations: Perfect Pair
Little Beaver: Listen To My Heart Beat
Freeway: Get The Feelin'
Spade Brigade: I'm Your Man
Jeff Floyd: Don't Leave Me
James Bradley: Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
Sweet James Epps: Searching
Enchantment: I Know Your Hotspot
George Hill: Do It while It's Hot
Phase II: Follow Me
Rideout: Someone Special
RDS: Magic Wand
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 11:41
Friday, 3 April 2009
London's Mark G has just posted a new Ian Wright guest mix on his site Independent Movement, which I have been enjoying this week. If you haven't been on his site then check it out. The mixes section has loads of quality mixes from Mark & guests such as Keb Darge, Rahaan, Boogienite & Sadar to name a few. I've also been playing the Marco Santucci one a lot in the car this week. Do yourself a favour & check his site out today and download all the mixes for free.
CHECK IT HERE
UPDATE: the podcasts are really good too. I especially like the January one. You can check them HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 19:10
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Someone posted this clip on a forum I go on & I thought I would share it. If you need to hire a DJ for a party, get this guy in. Rainbow Disco y'all.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 16:30
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Here's a quick unmixed mix which I did this afternoon. It's all soul tracks about love. I made it up as I went along. The needle skips twice about half way through but that is how it is, I can't be bothered to re record it or edit it. Anyway hope you enjoy the tracks.
Tommy Mcgee - Now That I Have You
The Imaginations - Because I Love You
Coke Escovedo - Why Can't We Be Lovers
Creative Source - You Can't Hide Love
The Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep
Vickie Baines - Sweeter Than Sweet Things
Bobby Reed - The Time Is Right For Love
Beverly & Duane - Love
Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson - For Real
West Wing - I'm Gonna Love You
Willie Hobbs - Yes My Goodness Yes
Dionne Warwick - You're Gonna Need Me
Jewel Bass - Let Your Love Rain Down On Me
Ramp - I Just Love You
Barrabas - Love Is In The Air
Willie Hutch - Woman You Touched Me
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 01:18
Monday, 9 March 2009
DJ Ionik from Finland has started a new blog called Kojak Giant Sounds. The site will focus on: "the sounds and sights of deep disco, underground boogie and modern soul music in it´s purest, finest and rawest form. I´ll also be dippin´ into house & hip hop from time to time - mainly trying to focus on the more soulful side of things".
Should be good so check it out HERE
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 16:31
Friday, 6 March 2009
For a limited time, Emusic and Truth & Soul are offering a free sampler that includes various tracks from the T&S catalogue. From El Michels Affair to Lee Fields, Bronx River Parkway to Quincy Bright. More info on the label HERE
Go HERE to download all 12 tracks for free.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 12:38
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Second post tonight is "Doin' It" by Virtues. I've heard another version of this with vocals on, but I think I prefer this version.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:16
It's been a while since I posted any vinyl rips, so I thought I would post a couple of things. The first post tonight is a nice two step soul cut from Ron Preyer called "If you don't want my love". I'm finding myself listening to more laid back records at the moment which is a sign of getting old I think.
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 21:01
Monday, 19 January 2009
Here's the latest guest mix for you to enjoy. This one was sent to me by Chicago DJ Chris Ray. Chris plays pure heat whenever he spins & he also makes some real nice Disco edits, there are a few of them on this mix. Any way check his mix out & don't be scared to leave feedback if you like what you hear.
By request Chris sent in the playlist:
1. Wheel Me out - Was Not Was
2. Keep On Movin' - Phillip & Llyod (Kon & Amir edit)
3. Jealousy - Natural Order (Z.G. edit)
4. Do Right - Teddy Pendegrass (Z.G. edit)
5. Corazon - LTG Exchange
6. What A Difference A Day Makes - Esther Phillips PME (my edit)
7. Your Ego - Dj Rush
8. Send In The Clowns - Lorenz Alexander PME (my edit)
9. Whip Raff - Dj Rush
10. Big Tyme - Smokey Robinson (my re-edit)
11. I'm On my Way - Candido PME (my edit)
12. I Don't Wanna Change - Untitled (too lazy to look for record) lol
13. Are You Ready - Delilah
14. People Walk By - Untitled
15. Joyous - Black Cock edit aka DJ Harvey
16 No Corner Love - Untitled
17. You're Just the right size - Jeffery Turpin
18. You Can't Hold Her - Chin Chin PME (my edit)
19. Movin' - Ray Camacho PME (my edit)
20. Mark Of The Beast - Willie Hutch
Posted by P.SKILLZ at 17:53