Great to have you here man, It's a pleasure. Long time coming. Sam obviously an aficionado in the disco and boogie scene on vinyl, on the plastic, he's been around a bit. Just a great dude, really jolly, really happy, you know when he's here, he's charismatic, he's a good time. So thanks for coming man. What have we got for today?
So what have we got for today?
Well I've got quite an enormous collection, I couldn't really decide this morning, so its a bit of a taste tester, I brought some real kind of rarities I couldn't really find in Australia. I've just come back from the UK and I sound some shit that literally made my mind blow. I found one from the late late 80s, the O'jays... They're most known from the 60's and 70's, love train and all that kind of bubblegum pop stuff. They were doin' hell boogie, like put our heads together on the 45, a 7 minute banger and side 2 is summer fling. I just love all these records by like the whispers; tonight, rock steady, a little bit rock you know. Even Rick James had this delicious boogie period, I'm a bit of a sucker for Rick James, All his incarnations are good
Rick James Bitch, you've seen the chapell bit?
Haha of course of course, also I've got some stuff from Slave. I don't know if people know Slave too much but they're kind of deep cuts, majorly. The front man, the producer was Steve Arrington, just an absolute G unit. These dudes were cool, I think they were from that whole Mid-West funk, Minnesota, soul scene that Prince came out of.
Yeah, the Philly Soul beginnings, more of a refined sound almost?
Yeah exactly, it came out of nowhere, just like this soul with just so much sex man, like auditory sex is what it is. I mean I love disco and big horn sections and all that you know, a bit faster. But my baby is that mid-to-late 80's post-disco, quote on quote as its called "boogie". Just when you we're slowing it down, bringing in prophet synths, real sexy Mini Moog (RIP Kashif and all the greats). I've really pulled out quite a bit, I'm big sucker for Shalamar, this ones amazing, it's got A Night To Remember, hugely well known and Make That Move.
So you got a lot of these records in the UK?
Well I actually got most of them at Paradise Loft Records, the late P.L.R.
We all know and love, we were just talking about the down to earth brothers duo
Oliver and Lewie, super lovely dudes, not a bad thing to say about them. and facilitated such a wicked record experience. They've got their record fare tomorrow?
Ed Castle. Little tip, come thru, lunch time till 4, will be a great time, bunch of records, radio broadcast, good food
I drop bands man at Paradise Loft Records, just bands dude, get a paycheck, drop a band.
Sprinkle bones, dude always
Bones baby, you get everything, I've got LP's, full Sister Sledge stuff, not necessarily disco, I was getting Sam Cooke from the 60's, Sam and Dave. Every kind of era and thing you could want. It was everything i wanted in sound.
And its an experience, something you cant have in the digital realm dude. Often you'll roll in, have a coffee, have a chat, the recommendation
I'ts difficult in Adelaide, you have a select few spots. Transition, Inbound (the late transition and inbound).
Also the name-stays, Re-run, Big-star, Tidal (Streetlight), Wolfie's. But reasonably priced 12 inch single records man, hard to come by
I guess you just have to go on Juno man, its good, it's fortunate we have it there. What I loved about the UK and Europe is that you have these stations with all these 12 inches and you have your little moment, you find the next big hot thing, or an absolute classic, disco banger. Or, because a lot of boogie stuff flopped, so you find a lot of cool under rated stuff from that era, so its cool to curate that shit and put it all together in this alchemy, juicy juicy stuff.
Totally. And as well, the new Radio Adelaide venture
Yes, on radio Adelaide, on Saturdays, midnight to 1 am. I'ts everything dance music. its disco, its boogie, its house, its deep house, I'm keeping it as vague as possible to keep it as open as possible.
It's looks great man, ive seen the artwork. it looks super fun, im a big fan. I'm feeling it's going to be very dancable
Thank you, my man. We'll it premieres this Saturday. It'll be online, I'm trying to cover as many platforms as i can. there will be Soundcloud mixes, Mixcloud mixes. You'll be able to get the podcast, I'm doing some interviews, might be speaking to someone from Razor-n-Tape records! Maybe JKriv or something like that, you'll be able to go to the site and listen to those. I just really want to open a cool discourse around this amazing, burgeoning scene. It's weird because I feel like now you can feel it, this momentum with people, not necessarily djing but with organising in musical collectives. Whether that be music nights, general theme nights or groups, I feel like there's a greater sense of organisation and appreciation for these musical genres and there's a lot of cool shit going on, especially in Adelaide. I feel like you and I jam with disco, its the bomb, and people in Adelaide love it man, they respond well to it.
Definitely! I'ts a welcoming atmosphere, friends, strangers, solo, don't matter! the music facilitates it, you can quite easily (starts dancing).
(he's dancin') I'ts expressive man! Some electronic music is super isolating and alienating for some audiences, there's good and bad music out there. This music is so accessible and just doesn't give a shit, it can be so cheesy its amazing. It was kind of the underdog genre for a little bit wasn't it.
Yeah, and it was pressured by the figures of rock 'n' roll at the time and some unsavoury things happened towards the end there. As we know it was all about free love, expression and giving a platform for release. And in the current political stance its never been more important and timely.
Thanks so much again dude! Sam Higham For Groundfloor
ere me now, Groundfloor. Lets go