Various - Norman Jay MBE Presents Good Times - Skank & Boogie
Norman Jay MBE presents his latest compilation, ‘Good Times: Skank & Boogie’, set for release on Sunday Best Recordings. This is his first compilation since 2011.
Norman Jay is undoubtedly one of the most highly respected DJs in the world today and yet again pulls from his impressive collection to provide the ultimate eclectic selection.
This 12th edition kicks off with St Germain’s version of Henry Mancini’s ‘Pink Panther Theme’.
Motown is never too far away, with Slim Smith’s ‘Everybody Needs Love’ - originally penned by Motown heroes Norman Whitfield and Eddie Holland and covered The Temptations - or with Michael McDonald’s rendition of ‘Living For The City’.
Cuts from D-Influence and Paul Johnson are Norman tipping his hat to home ground soul. The Chi-Lites and The Real Thing continue to expand the 80s theme, bringing in 2-step and boogie. We switch again with Delroy Wilson’s ‘Better Must Come’, a massively popular sufferer’s lament from 1971.
‘Kent People’ by Laurel Aitken & The Gruvy Beat is the next one out the box and was the flip to the 1969 anthem ‘Skinhead Train’ from the same year.
‘Splash Down’ by The Crystalites is another slate that ignited dancefloors in both Jamaica and the UK upon release.
As the end draws close The Stone City Band featuring Rick James serve up some hard-edged boogie, hotly followed by a classic slice of late 70s disco courtesy of The Fantastic Four. If that doesn’t have you dancing then Chanson’s superb ‘Don’t Hold Back’ featuring James Jamerson Jr. on bass will leave you no choice. Classic Good Times indeed.
“Norman the music conquerer... original selector... club culture owes a lot to Norman Jay!” - Gilles Peterson
“Another killer selection from the brother that put the J in DJ” - Don Letts