A musical brew


It’s been a while since I posted anything. . . Here are some things happening in the world of moi to get you excited – enough to partake at them all.

On The Spot this week’s Marcia’s #MiXedBag featured the brilliant Adamski interview on Mi-Soul radio here: http://goo.gl/WvtUK3 ‪#‎MiSoul‬ ‪#‎MiSoulMondays‬ ‪#‎Realradio

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On Sat 22nd Marcia Carr is a guest on a brand new program, a Saturday addition to www.sohoradio.com

Lady Love presents Female DJs London weekly, will host some of the finest talent pool of UK selectors of Funk, Disco, House, reggae, soul, d & b, broken beat, gospel, ska and other genres of black music and beyond.  On air between 7pm-9pm be there first to hear it live with a musical and industry insight look at things strictly from a female perspective.

RSVP: https://m.facebook.com/groups/35293011700

hashtag: #FDJL

 We are doing our own thing eg. DJ'ing, events promotions, remix work, A & R and more.  Lady Love knows the real in talent when she sees it.

We are doing our own thing eg. DJ’ing, events promotions, remix work, A & R and more. Lady Love knows the real in talent when she sees it.

Ending off the weekend, Sunday 23rd at Shutterbug, 1 Rivington Place EC2A 3BA where Marcia Carr joins LayFar and other friends T. Maronie, Jonny Miller + Kyri R2 with our vinyl hordes to share with you aural discerners who are partial to quality – no fillers.

Free entry. 6-12am.


It’s Right On to be Mellow Mellow in attitude with the music. Hawaian Bop’s host stalwart DJ and promoter Richio Suzuki​​ turned record label owner celebrates another birthday at what surely must be a dreamy new hot spot – an all vinyl bar. DJ Marcia Carr will see you there on Wednesday 25th for a good nosy round London’s freshest hang out as well as hear DJ sets from DJ SoulProvyder, Alan & Ket and Hugh Chambers.

Vinyl Bar

36 Hanway Street, London W1T 1UP

Doors: 6pm-12am

 Mellow Mellow Right On vinyl is very collectable: rarities fetching up £60 for some 7-inch titles

Mellow Mellow Right On vinyl is very collectable: rarities fetching up £60 for some 7-inch titles

Andrés: the sounds of Thunder

You could hear the parade of loyal followers, they seemed to be in good spirits, lingering en mass at their usual haunt; both outside (in the sectioned off smoking pit) and deep in the basement of Dalston’s Dance Tunnel. It was that time again. When the Thunder trio: Miles Simpson, Rick Hopkins and Joe Apted rendevouz to put into motion their on-the-edge-get-down shindig of preferred vinyl assortments: strains of familiar house classics patterned alongside many less obvious obscurities. By that I mean, showing off ones privileged ownership of imported US pressed 1st run copies, sought after limited editions, white labels – coloured vinyl that catch the eyesight of everyone not just your ears. These star prizes end up individually on the Tunnel’s heavily used Technics 1210 turntables, which sit either side of a Pioneer DJM 900 mixer (and a pair of Pioneer CDJ900 Nexus CDJs) – an aural treat for us vinyl enthusiasts.


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Fact of the matter is these lads always bring over guests of a certain calibre. Legends of our burgeoning scene, these characters are musical-minded djs which has included Marcellus Pittman, Keith Worthy, Rahaan, Chez Damier, Sprinkles, and soon to appear selectors DJ Hunee (June) and Derrick Carter (in September) who are among some other formidable producers names – of vinyl (but not exclusively) that the trio collectively own titles of.  The Thunder CEO’s admire and revere these leaders of the said genre. Not surprisingly then, these luminaries are hand picked to make their parties stand out from the more commercial house events out there.




Flying the flag of underground Dance from the Chicago homeland, there are dustings of nu Disco, wonky electronica, even bassier cuts, or what ever else takes their fancy – they are the forunate resident djs: they set the tone and theme. Their united syngery is inspiring to see, particularly in how they’ve developed this – a brand of progressive taste makers without compromise. In only a few short years Thunder has come very far in positive fashion within UK club culture.

Their recent premium party (17.04.15) was no exception to success, the buzz that surrounds it is a consistent roar of excitement which makes things swing along organically there is no pretentiousness in sight.
Visitor, Dez Andrés known simply as Andrés, has releases in select in the know record shops – deleted titles are much sought after. Currently, he is also signed to Mahogani Music – his trademark is deceptively laid back in contrast to his club sets – no two are the same as I’ve discovered over the last six years.

His turntable display at this gig was approached nicely with ferocious and gallant ease. He did his thing adding an occasional head nod between random foot tapping, as he moved sharply between vinyl records on to cds and back again. Varied styles of Disco, Detroit and Chicago House, hip hop, nu wave, jazz funk, 60’s r & b and Boogie could be heard, crocheted and interlocked to one another, while his meticulous chops, supplemented bountiful injections of effective scratches. Clearly, Andrés‘ apprenticeship days of being reared on funk breaks, hip hop, soul and whatever else has served him well.




The crowd, stood or shuffled about insistently. Some sipped on bottled beer, a few people looked bewildered as they tried to make mental notes of the tracks played where their Shazam app failed to capture anything. Most of the mixed crowd were two-thirds men who bounced along to the beats and bass lines. Absorbing the moment of each of Andrés’ maneuvers, some others, with their girls-friends simply soaked up the stream of late night grooves.

In London, right now there’s nothing else quite like this mardi gras of enthusiastic house music owners; serious collectors and trendy newbies together causing a lot of Thunder love, it’s all path of the course.


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(Words: DJ Marcia Carr (Mi-Soul, Talking Music Productions, The Ladyz™)

Yolanda Brown, Frankie Knuckles, Pret a Ecouter + OsunLade news

Next up to take centre stage on Thursday 30th April as part of the POWLive Project is 2 times MOBO winner Yolanda Brown. Tickets for her Reggae Jazz tour can be purchased via link: http://t.co/7sN4rDeSoV

Yolanda Brown POW flyer

With a near full house of discerning fans, the South London raised soul siren Mica Paris gave an enormously impassioned and powerful performance as part of the POWLive Project concert series, not that I want make you jealous when you read this review – http://bit.ly/1xBMWVI you should have been there!

Back in February I spoke with UK rave and Breaks legend Adamski about his new alternative dance album ‘Revolt’.  Centered around the traditional Viennese Waltz dance – a not so typical time signature, with weird and wonderful sound effects and special guests. Find out what he has to say about it all here: http://goo.gl/p6mYj9


One the eve of the passing of the world renowned dance music icon Frankie Knuckles Marcia DaVinylMC produced a special tribute to mark the 1st anniversary of his passing, with contributing guests from the world of Underground Dance.  You can listen to it via this Mixcloud link: http://goo.gl/PMXdV8

Frankie Knuckles at MOS 2012

There have been many inspired ideas and tributes to honour what Frankie meant to the Dance Underground – he touched many lives in numerous ways.

Music enthusiast and artist Richard Wilson, set about putting together a fundraiser in memory of the late Frankie Knuckles – http://rememberingfrankie.com/ an art fundraiser which goes towards helping men from African American and Hispanic backgrounds with HIV and other related symptoms.  The Frankie Knuckles Fund was created by the Elton John Aids Foundation upon request of Judy Weinstein and DefMix Productions.

Frankei Knuckles fundraiser portrait

You could have a chance of owning this beautiful portrait by taking part in the fundraiser by making a donation of £5 or more to the JustGiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/Southportgiveback

Here are a few gigs and events you ought to get yourself to over the next few weeks and months…

Pret A Ecouter Records – Bank Holiday Weekend Boat Party: 23.05.15

It’s a party on the River Thames and the Pret a Ecouter crew are back in the steering to bring you a fine night of enriching soulful Dance music with attitude.  Tickets are selling fast but you might have time to still grab some via the link http://goo.gl/Ekvuqw and we’ll see you up on the deck.

Pret  Ecouter boat party

Mi-Biza Closing Season party – 24.09.15.  Presenting a host of Mi-Soul.com DJ’s, numerous pool parties with Faith, Garage City, Groove Odyssey, Deep Into Soul, Alfredo and Simply Salacious, as well as live PA’s from Barbara Tucker, Natasha Watts and other artists to be announced.

Book direct: http://goo.gl/3vvVwj

Mi-Biza flyer

TMPR London is Bringing The Labels Together in the first of its kind of African excursions in Egypt.  Between 5th – 8th November 2015 it’s a Party on the beach and in the Desert with Yoruba Records, BBE Music, R2 Records, Rhemi MusicIn-Beat-Ween Music, Fifty Fathoms Deep and Atjazz Record Company.

5th -8th Nov 2015 Weekend Package!

5th – 12th Nov 2015 One Week Package!

email: info@nightsoveregypt.co.uk www.nightsoveregypt.co.uk twitter.com/NightsOverMusic https://instagram.com/nights_over_festival/

Nights Over.. Egypt 2015


The Date with Osunlade, Greg Wilson, Johnny D (Henry St) + Residents at Plan B on Saturday 16th May 2015

The Date Plan B-Osunlade

Grab tickets via Resident Advisorhttp://goo.gl/Xzoc6s

 And lastly, if you’re in need of new music I’d recommend the new albums of José James, Jaidene Veda, David Lyttle, Hyleen Gil and Osunlade – reviewed below.

If you were expecting a banging sixty minute+ house album think again.  Throughout this exceptional track list is a message aimed at (not purposely) those with mature ears readied for a dose of out right musicology – the kind of contemporary S.O.U.L. that floats my boat.

The Piscean Group was originally initiated and brought to life by Sir Robert and St Louis native, Osunlade – pianist, guitarist, bass player and singer – not many people know but he has a great tone, he’s also a world renowned DJ, and remixer.

Just when you may have thought he had reached his pinnacle and could not possibly better his past full-length projects:  Peacock, A Man With No Past Originating The Future,  Rebirth,  Pyrography – my favourites of his eight studio albums to date, he turns out this.

His newest venture has been brewing for some time, and these well crafted results are something any musical-minded enthusiast will want to own a piece of.


Entitled ‘Original Soundtrack’ which is a journey inside the mind of this modern day musical genius – he really does qualify for such a tag.  On this set of the eleven fresh compositions he leads.  Conducting the sounds overall with a number of musicians, includes talented LA pianist Daniel Crawford.  You might liken O to artists like Prince, James Brown, Funkadelic, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, even Marvin Gaye, and each of their styles is hinted at subtle subtly across a number of the album tracks.

Evocative, sensual, inspired as well as uplifting, the musical narrative here is at best deeply intricate, as it is funk heavy in places with a jazz time signature – the end result is polished yet raw.  This is a thick intense stew, a rich collection; a masterpiece in every sense.

Taking you to the dance floor cuts Saint Louis Strut or Fairytale featuring Osunlade will give funkateers, breakers and body poppers something to flex their prize moves to.  For the jazz nouveau heads they can pick from scores Funkbox ii, the Weather Report style of Ryan’s Song, plus the ode to the late Dr Maya Angelou – it’s a vibe of fire and desire that ends too quickly, but an aural delight nontheless.  Rather scintillating, the Yoruba records boss’ vocals are an attractive provocation on the ballad Lover boy – obviously.

Osunlade in white

For Osunlade purists, expecting nothing less than sheer class from him is standard, of which this album definitely sticks out in its originality.  It could also neatly attach itself to many a film score and be the article choice of backdrop in any upmarket fashion house.  All you need do is keep this soundtrack on repeat, it’s an absolute essential.  Available in 180 gram vinyl, CD and digital formats from 25.05.15 on UK indie R2 records.


Marcia's MixedBag


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Marcia's MiXedBag; 3pm-5pm every Monday

Marcia’s MiXedBag; 3pm-5pm every Monday


Listen to the last four podcasts via http://www.mi-soul.com/marcia-carr

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Next gig:-


Mi-Soul Christmas flyer

Earlybird tickets SOLD OUT!  Pay £10 otd, or buy advance tickets at £7 via Resident Advisor  http://goo.gl/Km5TNK

Doors: 10pm



Find me; Marcia DaVinylMC live on air on BoXing Day with a bonus edition of #MarciaMiXedBag exclusive to http://mi-soul.com


 Marcia's MiXedBag: BoXing Day eXtra show live on Mi-Soul.com

Marcia’s MiXedBag: BoXing Day eXtra show live on Mi-Soul.com

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Wishing one and all a wonderful Mi-Soul Christmas and a prosperous, music-filled New Year!


 Jesus is the #Reasonfortheseason

Jesus is the #Reasonfortheseason



I Can’t Get No Sleep… for real!

I Can’t Get No Sleep’ as I’ve this party and that party to be at this weekend …

Being a gal about town, Saturday night I am so looking forward to see Seiji who play a 6-hour set at the Bussey building, Peckham ….
£5 tkts > http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?654614
then, I’m off to Househuntin’ at Plan B, Brixton with DJ’s Seamus Haji, Lincoln Romain, Neil Pierce and Trevor Levene 10pm-4am > tkts:  https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/14660045591

On Sunday, not only will I rendezvous at Dingwalls, Camden for another session with Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge. 12:30pm-11pm I will round it off at A Night in Paradise at the Ministry of Sound, Elephant & Castle which should be something special to remember for all of us in club culture to celebrate and raise money for charity. And on top of all that I’ve to fit in family time, plus church – Lord, God help me I am gonna need a sheer amount of supernatural strength/energy to get to Monday LOL

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Did you know Ms Marcia Carr has a few gigs forthcoming to check out > info: https://talkingmusicproductions.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/dj-gigs-for-marcia-carr/

As it’s the weekend, here’s a firin’ mix to get you in a party mood
‘Boogie Down’ mixtape on flashback Friday takes you down memory lane, it’ll make you Boogie and lift those hands in the air.

Link: http://goo.gl/cMIHY3

Have a good blessed weekend


As the funk / Soul band Kleeer would say: “Tonight’s the night”…. Thank you to everybody who turned out in support of SoundcLash Out The Box party, we had a good time… #SoundcLash #OutTheBox

Johnny Reckless at SoundcLash OTB

Johnny Reckless at SoundcLash OTB

SoundcLash Out The Box with Faze Action. Marcia Carr/ Sean P + more photos

Here are some gigs Marcia DaVinylMC will be at over the next few weeks…

Simply Salacious at Market House on Friday 5th December – £5 entry, FREE befpre 11pm.

Info: http://www.simplysalacious.co.uk/are-you-ready-to-dance.html

Join Marcia DaVinylMC with resident Peter Borg on Friday 5th Dec 2014

Bruk Up poster Dec 2014

All all-female line which debuts on Saturday 6th December in Birmingham for an Bruk out session with Marcia Carr and Brummie Nubian Soul.  You don’t wan to miss this – a mere £5 entry. 9pm-2am.
The Village Dec 2014

Marcia Carr will join residents Phil Levine and Garth Boogiebwoy for a Bruk, Jazz, future beats and bass session on Sunday 7th December, 2014 and entry is FREE

The Funk Soul & Rare Groove Review -Dec 2014

Back to my regular residency at the Bussey Building, Peckham on Friday 12th December, where the live sounds are supplied by Brassroots band for this Christmas party, joining host Jan Kincaid from the Brand New Heavies for a fine dj set.

Early bird tickets at £5 can be purchased from Resident Advisor via link: http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?636225

2 Rooms, 4am finish and £5 earlybird tickets to grab now...

Catch me with a host of fellow M-Soul dj/presenters at our Christmas jamboree includes: Paul Trouble Anderson, Stuart Patterson, Marcia Carr, Sy Sez, Booker T, Peter Borg, Ronnie Herel, Melvo Baptiste, Dr Psycho, Mistri, Gordon Mac, Rampage (Treble T), Calvin Francis and more.

Bargain £5 early bird tickets from http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?654431 Bring your dancing shoes and a smile. We start at 10pm.

*WIN* a guest list and party at SoundcLash

 Catch up on#‎MarciasMixedBag‬ show of Monday 17th November to win a guest list for you + a friend for SoundcLash Sat 22nd at the POW… only on www.mi-soul.com  Send in your answers in via email ➡ studio (at) mi-soul . com before noon 12pm of Friday 21.11.14.


All decisions are final and no alternative prizes or cash that will be given.


SoundcLash Out The Box


• #‎Soundclash‬ e/b tkts via https://t.co/MoS4VW2FDw

House/boogie/broken beat/disco-house/jazz funk

• Johnny Reckless

• Faze Action

• Sean P.

• Circle Of Funk

• Marcia Carr

at the POW 467 Brixton Rd, London SW9 8HH



Jam 4 James joy

… This time yesterday I was also aparty with dancers, the Painting family, friends and acquaintances, those of whom were gathered to assist in a night of mas comrade, celebration, dancing, reflection, love and curiosity all for James Painting.

As part of team Soho Social Club, it was a privilege to be a part of such a precious and personal event in his honour. I just want to say it truly was a Jam James, wonderful and fitting in every way. I’m glad to have helped out, to have witnessed it and cherish the experience even more. Sending a big hug out to the Paintings, God bless you all.

An outstanding £4,535 was raised through proceedings toward the James Painting Foundation.  Further info via Facebook link: http://goo.gl/3o7VUK