New episode of my RBMA Radio show designed for optimum winter warming up. The program pretty much entirely consists of recent/recent-ish modern soul/disco/boogie/funk etc. releases and re-releases, including a track from the incredible Universal Togetherness Band LP via Numero Group , an alternate take of "Weak at the Knees" by Steve Arrington from out the vaults, and a nice one from Cherries Records ' first LP from Social Lovers . Listen and read for more info below; as per usual hit up the gallery to view artwork for everything played on the show. Enjoy!
With the latest episode of Across 135th Street, host and selector Chairman Jefferson Mao offers up a plethora of freshly released and re-released material that one could variously categorize as modern in some respect: modern soul – that late ’70s bridge between soul, funk and disco – is represented by the likes of the Tom Noble-mixed mystery outfit Mystic Pleasure, Numero Group discovery the Universal Togetherness Band and Morris’ ode to anti frigidity Can We Melt the Ice (addendum: “with hot love”). Modern funk/disco/house figures in the mix with tracks by Social Lovers, Plaza, Silk Rhodes and Tito Wun & Lorenzo Merluzzo. And excellent modern day reworks of classic island club tunes by John Gibbs and Steel an’ Skin and the afro disco obscurity known simply (and accurately) as Heavy Disco Dance find us in tasteful editainment mode via the respective handiwork of Lord Echo, DJ Muro and one Roger Thornhill. May they collectively bring you warmth.
CLICK THE THUMBNAILS ABOVE FOR ART FOR EACH TRACK PLAYED IN THE SHOW