We have a really exclusive treat for you here, the concept is the same as the BBC Desert Islands Discs - you have to choose 8 songs that you would take if they were the last you would hear again, as you're stranded on an island. But our island is an Acid Desert Island Disco and it's much more fun!
This time out we've had the pleasure of bending the ear of DJ/producer Colin Dale. Colin's own long-running music career speaks for itself- from early forays into London's club scene leading to the genesis of classic pirate radio Kiss FM, bringing techno to the masses with his influential Abstrakt Dance show, to remix work, artist and label management, playing regular live sets....he must be knackered!
Always known for his eclectic and forward-thinking approach, we expected a special mix of tunes and Colin hasn't disappointed. To a true kingpin of UK underground music: we salute you sir...
There's a wealth of emotion behind these choices, as Colin takes us on a journey from his youth up to the present day, each song a poignant touchstone of a time and a place. Enjoy...
1. Fingers Inc. – Distant Planet (Another Side LP)
I remember I was working at a specialist House music shop ‘Mi Price’ records in Croydon when this hit, and it was an album that touched me for its sheer brilliance. We’d been getting house, techno and acid tracks from about 1985 on 12” singles but this was one of the first albums that made me feel there was some kind of longevity in regards to the scene. Every track is an absolute killer and playable from beginning to end. ‘Distant Planet’ is my fave track on the album. Sheer mastery!
2. Thundercat – Show You The Way
One of my recent tracks that I not only love the audio but the video is fantastic as well. One of those tracks I’ll play when I’m feeling down and instantly uplifted. Probably quite a fitting track to feature as a desert island disc because I never tire of hearing it. I’m a huge fan of Thundercat and he’s a fantastic musician.
3. OC Smith - Together
This one quite simply reminds me of both my mum and dad who are both sadly passed away now. This was a UK minor hit in 1977 and I bought the album aged 14, as they were playing it a lot on Capital Radio London who were huge at the time. I remember finding the album cheap in Brixton market and playing it to my parents who loved it. I’ll always remember us sitting there listening to it……memory is imprinted in my brain.
4. Squeeze - Tempted
This is one of those tracks that transports me back to a fresh faced 18 year old soul boy. I was listening to a lot of soul, funk and jazz around this period but there something about this blue-eyed soul track that makes me feel emotional. The pull is so strong that I’ve been to see them live and whenever I hear the track it gets stuck in my head to the point I wake up hearing it. Paul Carrack’s vocals and Chris Difford’s lyrical mastery is magical.
5. Aquarian Dream – Look Ahead
This totally brings back great memories of my Jazz Funk / Boogie days when I was really into dancing as much as spinning music. The album was first released in 1976 but I probably bought it about 1982 and was checking out clubs like Gossips, Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, Cat’s Whiskers in Streatham, Kisses, Cinderella’s, OBJ’s and Scarlettes. Brings back great memories of clubbing with DJ Fabio as we were clubbing buddies back in the day.
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6. Jamie Principle/Frankie Knuckles – Waiting On My Angel
There’s something dreamlike and ethereal about this track which is magical. Jamie Principle’s vocal is full of want and yearning and the music is pure house genius. Tracks like this are the real roots of house music, with the original released back in 1985 on ‘Persona Records’ and it captures the sound of clubs like Paradise Garage. Part of my musical D.N.A……
7. D'Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah – Till It’s Done (Tutu)
Music can be a great healer & helper sometimes and this track is very personal to me. When my mother passed away new years eve 2014 the D'Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah album and this track in particular was on constant rotation. The title of the track ‘Till it’s done’ kinda says it all really……a really tough time during the funeral and onwards but I kept thinking no stopping till it’s done. An excellent track and I love the break at 3.18 mins………it’s like resolution and everything is done. Still make me emotional to this day when I hear it.
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With Reggae being such a big part of my youth, especially when very young, I had to feature a Reggae track in my list of ‘Desert Island’ tracks. I didn’t buy much Reggae as my father was well up to speed with releases, but I remember buying this around 1978. I remember playing it so much I nearly wore it out and I spent many hours in front of the mirror with some drumsticks playing invisible drums to it. From an age where Reggae music had a lot of conscious vibes and positive messages.
Well, that's it for Colin's trip down a musical memory lane... we hope you enjoyed them as much as us, and found something new in there. Many thanks again to Colin for his sublime cuts.
From the FPC Acid Punks, until next time...peace xxx