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We have mentioned the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition a few times and it is well worth your time. But there are also some pretty neat associated events too, which includes a screening of Duke Vin and the Birth Of Ska at Somerset House.

The documentary came out a few years back (maybe five years?), but rarely gets a big screen outing. So if you get the chance and happen to be in the area, you should catch it.

It's the story of when Duke Vin and Count Suckle arrived in Britain in 1954, bringing with them the music of the streets in Jamaica. Soon after, Vin set up the UK’s first sound system, and before long the country's music scene was forever changed (for the better) by the arrival of ska.

It's only a 50-minute documentary, but it will be followed by a panel discussion with Return of the Rudeboy exhibition curators Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliot, and Mykaell Riley, programme director of the Black Music Research Unit, University of Westminster. So if you want to know more about the genre, it's probably worth it for that.

The doc is showing on Thursday, 21 August 2014, 18.30-20.30, with tickets £12 and available now at the Somerset House site.

Screening: Duke Vin and the Birth Of Ska at Somerset House
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Out now: Motown Northern Soul on Spectrum

Friday, 25 July 2014 09:30:10 BST

How does the idea of some Motown classics from the Northern Soul scene gab you? Well, it might grab you even more when you see the price of the Motown Northern Soul compilation album.

It's on the Spectrum label, which generally means 'budget' - and this one is no exception. The album, the follow up to the big selling Motown Floorshakers album, once again focuses on the dancefloor-friendly Motown sounds. Although in truth, isn't that the case for most of the label's 1960s output?

Anyway, this volume captures tracks that have made their mark on the Northern Soul scene too. Some might be familiar to you and almost certainly the artists will be, as it features some of Motown's biggest names. But by and large, the track selection tends to focus on slightly rarer cuts, which is good news if you've just tended to stick to the 'hits' selections in the past and fancy broadening your horizon a little.

The tracklisting for the 25-track album is below and that price is a very affordable £4.99. That also gets you the MP3 downloads of the album too, which makes this even better value. You can grab a copy here.

1. Going To A Go-Go (Single Version (Mono)) - The Miracles
2. Sure Is A Lotta Woman (Mono Version) - The Isley Brothers
3. Baby Come Home To Me - Shorty Long
4. Sweet Was The Love - The Four Tops
5. It's A Bitter Pill To Swallow (Stereo) - Marvin Gaye
6. Nothing But Heartaches (Single Version (Mono)) - The Supremes
7. Your Love Can Save Me - The Marvelettes
8. A Love So Deep Inside (2004 Anthology Version) - The Velvelettes
9. You Can Do It - Kim Weston
10. Crying In The Night - The Monitors
11. We'll Keep On Rolling - Brenda Holloway
12. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Single Version) - Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
13. Witchcraft (For Your Love) (1994 Box Set Version (Mono)) - The Temptations
14. For The Love Of Mike - Patrice Holloway
15. Tears At The End Of A Love Affair - Tammi Terrell
16. Keep On Loving Me (Extended Stereo Mix/2005) - Frances Nero
17. I Miss You Baby (How I Miss You) (Single Version) - Marv Johnson
18. I'll Always Love You (Single Version) - Spinners
19. Headline News - Edwin Starr
20. Helpless - Kim Weston
21. Baby I Miss You (Mono Version) - Tommy Good
22. I've Been Blessed - Bobby Taylor
23. Look What You Done Boy - The Lollipops
24. You're Gonna Love My Baby (Single Version) - Barbara McNair
25. Stormy (2000 Box Set Version) - Diana Ross & The Supremes

Out now: Motown Northern Soul on Spectrum

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Video: Raquel Aly short for Brutus Trimfit

Friday, 25 July 2014 09:25:15 BST

Remember us previewing a Brutus mini movie some weeks back? Well, that film is online to watch right now.

The short, directed by Raquel Aly, features real life skinhead Sid Ryan, with the 16-year-old talking about life, his heritage and the subculture.

According to Raquel Aly: 'I felt I wanted to pay a small tribute [to Brutus], but instead of marketing the product, I wanted to get a strong message across – the message of unity through diversity.'

See what you think above, with the film only just over a minute long, so not too much time out of your lunch hour.

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New monthly club night: Ska Goes Farr in London

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:12:12 BST

New monthly club night: Ska Goes Farr in London

Regular ska nights aren't too common these days, so there could be a gap in the market for the new Ska Goes Farr club in London.

That name? That's down to the venue, with the club taking place at Farr's School of Dancing in Dalston Lane, Dalston, London E8 3DF. Head over there on the opening night of Thursday 24th July and you'll find a night dedicated to the best ska and reggae sounds.

Or as the organisers put it: "A night dedicated to the true magnificence of Ska and Reggae. A celebration of the ska beat and an applause to skanking hips and the original rudeboys."

The venue looks impressive too, with the name hinting at its past as a dance school, but now a public house with a distinctly vintage vibe with its wooden floors, high ceilings and vintage decor.

If you're in the area, you've nothing to lose either, as the night is free entry. If you like what you hear, the night will return on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Also, if you want to know more or want to get involved, do check out the Facebook page of the night.

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For the diary: VaVa Voom 12 Hour Soul Spectacular in London

If you love your rare and vintage soul, you really need to make an effort to get down to the VaVa Voom 12 Hour Soul Spectacular in London.

It's the second of only three all-day events from the crew this year, with this one taking place on Saturday 2nd August from 2pm until 2am. Expect 12 hours of rare '60s and '70s Northern Soul, Crossover, Funk and R&B across two rooms featuring some of the country's leading DJs and collectors.

That DJ line-up includes Mick H, Dean Anderson, Tony Smith, David de Santiago, Callum Simpson, Matt Sneath, John Browne, Leona Murphy, Kev Higham, Steve 'Mr Fish' Clancy, James Pogson and Tomas McGrath, joining residents Yann Vatiste, Joel Maslin and Ady Lupton.

Not only that, you get the wonderful Belair House in Dulwich Village, London for a venue. That's a Georgian mansion set in the peaceful and picturesque Belair Park (ideal for as few photos) and with two bars, an a la carte restaurant, a BBQ on the terrace plus food served all day. Talking of bars, there will also be a record bar with unrivalled views across the park featuring some of London's top dealers.

That venue address is Belair House, Gallery Rd, Dulwich, London, SE21 7AB (just five minutes walk from West Dulwich station direct from Victoria plus close to many bus routes). There is free parking at the venue car park and admission is £12 OTD or £10 in Advance.

If you want a ticket or two, you can buy them here

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Quad Mod: Own a replica of Jimmy's scooter from the Quadrophenia movie

How do you fancy living out your Quadrophenia fantasy? You can do just that if you invest in this replica of Jimmy's scooter from the 1979 movie.

It doesn't come cheap though. That's perhaps because someone has put a lot of work into getting that authentic look and feel, leaving a scooter that doesn't look a million miles away from the original movie scooter that sold a few years ago.

That one was a 1967 Li150, which came with all the provenance attaching it to the movie, resulting in it selling for £36,000 in the end. You can see it here.

This one is a 1966 Li 125, with all the key details in place, from the colours and the mirrors, right down to the registration number on the side. But it lacks one thing - being original.

This isn't a movie scoot, so the price isn't going to be anywhere near that. In this case, you are looking at a guide price of between £10,000 and £12,000.

That's a lot cheaper, but still a pricey item considering it is just a replica. If you fancy bidding, it is part of the The Beaulieu Sale (the Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia sale), which is run by Bonhams and takes place at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on 6th September 2014 at 11am. Of course, if you can't make it, you can register a bid directly with the auction house.

If you do bid - good luck!

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Acid Jazz Mod - 40-track compilation album now available to pre-order

Of course, Acid Jazz will always be synonymous with the scene bearing the same name from the early 1990s. But Acid Jazz always had something of a leaning to classic soul and mod sounds too. The latter is being celebrated with a new collection, going by the name of Acid Jazz Mod.

It's something of a far-reaching collection, mixing some classic mod-friendly sounds from the label with tracks from the Rare Mod series, which has successfully run for the last few years as vinyl 45s.

The result is a 40-track collection featuring the likes of Andy Lewis & Paul Weller, Geno Washington, JTQ, Mother Earth, The Moons, The Fleur De Lys, Long Tall Shorty, Sharon Tandy, John's Children and many more.

A diverse mix of soul and beat, the kind of collection that emphasises just how hard it is to pin down the 'mod sound' in 2014.

The album is released on 1st September 2014, but is available to pre-order now for a very reasonable £8.99.


Disc 1
1. Are You Trying To Be Lonely – Andy Lewis & Paul Weller
2. Pandora – Men Of North Country
3. Left Right & Centre – Lord Large & Dean Parish
4. Everyday Heroes – The Moons
5. I Got The Buzz – John’s Children
6. I Like What I’m Trying To Do – Waygood Ellis
7. Fahrenheit – The Dilemmas
8. E-Type – Corduroy (Live)
9. Holding On (With Both Hands) – Geno Washington
10. Be Selected – Mother Earth (Live)
11. Confusion – Planet
12. I Want You Girl – Broken Vinyl Club
13. Knockout – The Filthy Six
14. Two Can Make It Together – Tony & Tandy
15. Car Chase – The James Taylor Quartet
16. Mercy – The Third Degree
17. Out Of The Blues – Pleasure Beach
18. Juicer – The James Coburn Cool
19. Wait For Me – The Fleur De Lys
20. Shine On Me – Long Tall Shorty

Disc 2
1. Caught In A Storm – The Elements
2. The Magic Lounge About – Kitchener
3. Indian Rope Man – Phaze
4. Gotta Get Enough Time – Sharon Tandy
5. No More Heroes – Night Trains
6. Who Belongs To You – Maxine
7. Clutching At Straws – The Red Inspectors
8. Don’t Start Crying Now – The Frays
9. Liar Liar – Satisfaction (Radio Edit)
10. Morning Brings The Light – Grand Union
11. Keep Me Covered – The Frays
12. Theodalight 9 – Danger Mod
13. This Old Heart Of Mine – Donnie Elbert
14. Tired Feet – Smoove
15. I’ll Go Crazy – Kenny Bernard
16. Wormin’ – The Clique
17. Theme From The New Avengers – Snowboy
18. Looking Good – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
19. White Elephant – Action Band
20. Sara, Crazy Child – John’s Children

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BBC4 does Northern Soul in new documentary this month

Thursday, 17 July 2014 11:18:23 BST

Never quite convinced that these Friday night documentaries really last long enough to do the subject justice, but Northern Soul: Living For The Weekend should at least be an interesting way of passing an hour or so.

Madde by independent production company Somethin' Else, the documentary seems focused on the scene's heyday, when The Wigan Casino beat New York's Studio 54 for title of Billboard Magazine's 'Best Disco in the World' in 1978.

It features stories from the likes of Northern Soul DJs Ian Levine, Kev Roberts, Ian Dewhirst, Richard Searling and Colin Curtis, as well as others with an interest in the scene, including DJ Tony Blackburn, DJ/Producer Pete Waterman, author (and St Etienne man) Bob Stanley, Good Times DJ Norman Jay, musician Lisa Stansfield and presumably to bring things up to date a little filmmaker Elaine Constantine with a plug for the Northern Soul film, which should be on the big screens in late summer.

Don't expect to learn anything new if you are a fan of the scene and the music, but it's likely to be an interesting programme. It arias on Friday July 25th 2014, presumably in the usual 9pm music documentary slot.

Keep an eye on BBC4 for more details.

BBC4 does Northern Soul in new documentary this month
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There's a new Tamla Motown vinyl series coming your way. In fact, the first release has just landed.

Well, we presume it's a series, with Universal describing the release of the classic Money by Barrett Strong as 'the first of hopefully many new Tamla Motown single releases'. Guess it depends on how many this one sells!

Anyway, this single, Motown's second release in the UK and originally on the London American label, is the start of a series that will (hopefully) reissue singles released by Motown on non-Motown labels in the UK.

Essentially any release pre-1965 is a possible release as part of the TMG 400 Series, with each one being strictly limited in numbers (not sure how limited though) and on heavyweight vinyl.

Money is available now and can be yours for £6.99. You can get it here.

Tamla Motown vinyl reissues kick off with Barrett Strong 45
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You might recall we featured the CD soundtrack to the upcoming (but not quite out yet) Elaine Constantine Northern Soul movie some time back. It's out now if you want it on the Harmless label. But vinyl lovers have something rather more special in the pipeline.

Amazon has listed a vinyl box set, which isn't available to order just yet, but does get us just a little bit excited ahead of the 15th September release date.

This is a special edition 7-inch single box set, with all the tracks from the soundtrack licensed for vinyl release (plus one bonus track) to make up to 14-single box. All records are in picture sleeves featuring scenes from the movie, with a specially commissioned 60 page hardback-bound book of film stills also thrown into the heavy duty casing for good measure.

If you want the original singles, they would cost around £35,260. Ok, these aren't the originals and will never have such value. But it's nice to hear these northern classics on their original format.

No pricing as yet, you'll have to keep an eye on Amazon for that nearer the release date.

All vinyl: Northern Soul soundtrack gets the 45 box set treatment
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