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Review: Mister Good Times by Norman Jay MBE

mister good times

I was lucky enough to be a warm up DJ for Norman Jay back in the 1990s in The Cross Nightclub, London and I think I was billed on a couple of other events with him. He was a great DJ, I remember him once, in Ministry of Sound, having a full glass of drink topple on the bar decks where he was spinning from the above balcony and Norman, lightning quick just kept the music rolling and not even a skip of the needle. The book is divided up into several unique sections. The first part covers Norman’s Good Times sound system at Notting Hill Carnival which is for what he has been most famous. The whole logistics of such an event is well detailed enough for the professional DJ to thoroughly enjoy and learn from and to any reader the whole politics and excitement and logistics of such a fun event must be enlightening. The book covers Norman’s childhood, whereby he was brought up in Ladbroke Grove, West London to Windrush Caribbean immigrant parents, both of whom seemed very hardworking and supportive and keen to give their family the best start to life. The book discusses a lot about how being a black DJ was defined during the early years of the deck revolution. For me, a highlight was Norman’s journey to New York, where he learnt the best of what would be culturally exported from the USA to British streets. Norman Jay’s love for Tottenham Hotspur football club is covered in detail and during the excitement of terraces and the emergence of the hooligan years it is great reading of times past and the fun and frolics of being a serious football fan. For me, as a Liverpool fan it was truly disturbing to read about racism at Anfield back in the 1970s. Growing up in the John Barnes era of Liverpool, for me I always felt that we were a progressive club when it came to racism which is still a fight in the beautiful game to this very day. I really wanted for the book to keep running once it hit the years of house music. The warehouse parties with Judge Jules thrown across London were particularly interesting, the funniest moment in the tale, when the Met Police tried robbing all the takings from the promoters and Judge Jules and Norman hid under raincoats, pretending…

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Punky Funky

Electronic dance music enthusiasts are the modern day punks. Electronic music represents youth culture and the stuff top DJs hammer out in wild night clubs to glammed up audiences is about as punky as it’s gotten since the seventies. This funked up mix covers vocals through to driving funky basslines and I hope it keeps you as punky funky as the monkey. 1. Pool – Flex (Aeroplane Remix) [2DIY4] 2. Buckley – Back To The Tower Feat. Ives St. Ange (Original Mix) [Hot Waves] 3. Leave the Boy – Eerie Eerie (Jack Fell Down Remix) [Southern Fried Records] 4. Ejeca – Hi Rollin (Original Mix) [Last Night On Earth] 5. Marc Poppcke – Inner Conflict (Original Mix) [Last Night On Earth] 6. Hunter_Game – An Angel (Original Mix) [Last Night On Earth] 7. Fred Everything – Circles One (Original Mix) [Drumpoet Community] 8. Human Life, Anabel Englund – Falling (Original Mix) [Hot Waves] 9. Steve Huerta – Take Me Closer (Urulu’s ‘Too Close’ Mix) [Amadeus Records] 10. Metro – Brownstone Express (Original Mix) [Rush Hour] 11. Sharam Jey, Night Talk – Can You Do It (Original Mix) [Suara] 12. Touch & Go – Gotta Have U (Original Mix) [Mena Music] 13. 16 Bit Lolitas – All I Want Is You (Original Mix) [Bits And Pieces] 14. Sasha, Donatello, Knox, Kastis Torrau, Arnas D – Smoke Cone (Original Mix) [Last Night On Earth] 15. Exercise One & Mathew Jonson – Lost Forever In A Happy Crowd (Original Mix) [Balance Music] Punky Funky Beatport Chart: http://www.beatport.com/charts/punky-funky/162104 Wez G – Punky Funky by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Forefathers Of Funk

Well – It’s been a busy week… My new Native Instruments Maschine turned up and I’ve been busy learning that – the aim is to develop my digital DJing to incorporate Maschine eventually and it should certainly revolutionise the Wez G production methods also… Apart from that I’ve been busy researching on ancestry dot com and managed to trace my lineage back to James I of Scotland… It’s an amazing and addictive fun site – well worth a go… Back on Beatport and all the decent tracks were hiding away in the Indie Dance / Nudisco section. My style seems to migrate departments there all the time. We have a variety of funky disco numbers, a shift away from the progginess of the last Alien Abduction mix. I now proudly present to you: Forefathers Of Funk – Enjoy! 1. Leo Perez – Colors (Original Mix) [Half Seas Over] 2. Honom – Sebastians Birthday (Original Mix) [Toolroom Records] 3. Kris Menace – Falling Star (Original Mix) [Compuphonic] 4. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Original Mix) [Smalltown Supersound (Phonofile)] 5. Kraak & Smaak – Runnin’ (Original Mix) [Jalapeno Records] 6. Audision – Yellow Sunset (Robag’s Stoylago Edit) [KNM] 7. Martin Roth – Beautiful Life (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep] 8. The Mekanism – Can’t Believe (Original Mix) [Needwant] 9. H-Foundation – Tonight (Wolf + Lamb Remix) [Soma Records] 10. Maceo Plex – Frisky (Original) [Crosstown Rebels] 11. Supernova – Cassandra (Original Mix) [Defected] 12. Osunlade – Envision (Argy Vocal Mix) [Defected] 13. Volta Bureau – Alley Cat (Original Mix) [Nurvous Records] 14. Dani Casarano, Felipe Valenzuela – Derek (Original Mix) [Melisma] Forefathers Of Funk Beatport Chart: http://www.beatport.com/chart/forefathers-of-funk/64337 Wez G – Forefathers Of Funk by Wezg on Mixcloud

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Spaceman Funk

I have visions of space. In my dreams I see other worlds, worlds where club music thrives. Worlds where new technologies abide and beats manifest to deliver the ultimate party to the thronging masses. As I deliver these mixes to the internet universe, I wonder whether my tech dreams are being realised. This month I’ve gone all-out with new technology and have used Traktor combined with a new Vestax VCM-100 Midi controller. I’m not turning my back on vinyl – NO WAY JOSE. Virtual Mixing with Traktor, however, allows me to air my beatport collection and allows for a different type of DJ creativity with nice tight mixes and lots of creative looping… Stick with the Spaceman Wez G as he delivers some hard-hitting funk using the most up to date weapons systems known to the DJ World. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Spirit Catcher – Secret Stranger feat Ilija Rudman (Original Mix) 2. Milkwish – Hola Hola (Sheehan & Clausen Remix) 3. Alan Fitzpatrick – Green Light (Original Mix) 4. Fergie – Maktub (Original Mix) 5. Uner – Labaneria (Coyu & Edu Imbernon Remix) 6. Rob Mirage & DJ Chus – Back 2 NY (Original Stereo Mix) 7. Patrick M – Paulis (Original Mix) 8. Mendo – Everybody I Got Him (2009 Mix) 9. Passenger 10 – Millenium Balls (Club Mix) 10. Lance Blaise & Rod B – Faaktree (Original Mix) 11. DJ PP – Incognito (Original Mix) 12. The Black Project – In The Disco (Original Mix) 13. Paul Gardner & Hugh Gunnell – Come Get My Lovin feat Marcella Woods (Plastik Funk Remix) 14. Marco Bailey – Watergate (Aalberg Angstrom Remix) 15. Jerome Isma-Ae, Chris Reece & EDX – Ready to Go (Helvetic Nerds Remix) 16. EDX – Party of Politics (Original Club Mix) Wez G – Spaceman Funk by Wezg on Mixcloud

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