Thursday, September 1, 2011
Something a bit different for our upload this week. For more than half the show we gave a world exclusive premiere to the DJ mix of our brand new 'Hit It & Quit It Radio Revue Volume 1' compilation. We decided rather than post it up here, you can go and support us when it comes out digitally and on CD, and also Serato pressing. We'd be very grateful!
So, we've decided to post a brief tribute I put together to the late, great Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson who sadly passed away on August 22.
Ashford & Simpson are responsible for not just one or two or my all time favourite jams, but a multitude of them: 'Over & Over' (The Sylvester version of course!), 'Bourgie, Bourgie', 'Stay Free', 'It Seems to Hang On', 'California Soul', 'I'm Every Woman', 'Let's go get Stoned', 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough'..... Their canon of work is incredible, both as artists, producers & of course, song writers.
I was talking to a friend about how the mark of a truly great song is when you can pinpoint certain moments in your life when you heard it. I've got lots of moments like that with the music of Ashford & Simpson: Hearing Phil Asher & Patrick Forge play 'Stay Free' at their long running Inspiration, Information night at the Notting Hill Arts Club, and seeing the whole crowd singalong. Hearing Manuel Bundy play 'Bourgie, Bourgie' as the last track at the end of my wedding after party. Hearing Norman Jay drop 'California Soul' at Notting Hill Carnival to unbelievable scenes. The list goes on & on...
The mix is put together in a no frills, no tricks style.... It's simply a brief collection of some of my favourite tunes either written, produced or performed by Ashford & Simpson. We hope you enjoy it.
RIP Nick Ashford.
Ashford & Simpson Tribute, August 29, 2011
1. Ashford & Simpson - Bourgie Bourgie [Warner Brothers]
2. Ashford & Simpson - Lessons in Love (Mark Seven Edit) [White]
3. Diana Ross - No One Gets The Prize (Re-Edited Jimmy Simpson Remix) [Strut]
4. Ashford & Simpson - Don't Cost Ya Nothing [Warner Brothers]
5. Marlena Shaw - California Soul [Jazzman]
6. Ashford & Simpson - Stay Free [Warner Brothers]
Ashford & Simpson HIQI Tribute August. 29, 2011 Pt. 1