Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence (Harmonium)  

I listen to a lot of Depeche Mode, 'Violator' would easily make my Top 5 most listened to albums. This is the demo version before they ramped up the tempo and turned it into a dance track, and it's rather lovely.


Milt Jackson with the Ray Brown Big Band – Enchanted Lady


Bliss from start to finish. One of the many records I've found after someone sampled it.

Lil' Louis - I Called U (But You Weren't There)  

All the first records I bought were the first wave of House in the UK charts, popping down John Menzies to pick up the latest 7's from Bomb The Bass, Stakker Humanoid, Beatmasters, and Steve 'Silk' Hurley'. 'I Called U' was Lil' Louis' even weirder follow up to 'French Kiss', and all the better for it.


De La Soul – Stakes is High


Wonderful Jay Dee production which samples Ahmad Jamal. He was really on a roll in the mid 90's with some of my favourite hip hop records including The Pharcyde's 'Labcabincalifornia', ATCQ's 'Beats, Rhymes and Life' and the first Slum Village LP. 'Donuts' is also a big favourite.


Bill Withers – You Got The Stuff (Long Version)

I thought I had all the Bill Withers that was worth owning until I heard Moodymann play this. There is a brilliant documentary called 'Still Bill' from a few years ago that is well worth tracking down. He used to fit toilets in planes you know.

The Cure – Inbetween Days (Robert Smith Home Demo)  

This is an instrumental home demo by Robert Smith from 1985 which I prefer to the final version for its simplicity and little tinny drum machine. You can hear his wife say 'Are you taping?' at the start.

Prince – 17 Days  

The B-Side (yes, B-Side!) of 'When Doves Cry', Prince at the height of his powers in 1984.

Gary Numan – Metal  

I bought the album this is from 'The Pleasure Principle' in a charity shop in Romford over 10 years ago because it had 'Cars' on it and then couldn't understand how I lived without it for so long. I saw him live a few years ago, but he's gone a bit 'industrial goth' these days for my liking.

The Neon Judgement – The Fashion Party  

Shock Horror! It's 1983 and two young Belgian's make the nastiest piece of Electro ever committed to vinyl. The bit halfway through when the track drops out and comes back in gets a re-wind every time. 


Roy Budd – Who Dares Wins (Main Theme)


Killer bassline with Roy Budd tearing it up on piano… This is the main theme from the 1982 film 'Who Dares Wins' starring Lewis Collins (Bodie in 'The Professionals') as an undercover SAS soldier on a mission to infiltrate a radical terrorist group. When I was 6 this was just about the best thing ever (apart from 'Condorman' obviously)


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