As the pace of 2014 quickens, only one thing is on our mind - and that's the great party that occurs every year at Southport Weekender. The 50th celebration of this sensational event is just weeks away and we are about to experience what SPW does so well in what looks to be the best so far. The thought of heading down to Minehead again so soon is truly thrilling.
The world continues to spin, seemingly faster than ever these days, so we have to be sure to allow space for good times and that is always guaranteed at this epic weekender. No matter what inspires you from your time there, you always take home that much appreciated and very special slice of soul each year. There's nowhere else in the world quite like it and that's why we see so many cutting edge international artists eager to play at Southport Weekender and continuing to return with another tune to drop. Obviously the 50th is going to be particularly special with so many soul stars and real legends such as Chakka Khan performing, and a remarkable DJ line-up setting the scene for a fantastic summer.
Reflecting on the 40th anniversary event in Pontins 8 years ago, it's crazy to think how much has changed in the world of music. Alas, it's only right to mention those who are no longer with us and who have added so much to the Weekender - I refer, of course, to the shocking news of the passing of Godfather of House Music Frankie Knuckles. In this cycle of 10, the events of Southport Weekender went from 2 to 1. The circumstances have been challenging and dramatically changing for sure. Southport Weekender has now settled at Butlins and, despite the changes, the commitment and loyalty for this world-acclaimed event remains unabated and respected by all.
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Dome Records reveal new single by Tortured Soul 'Can't Keep Rhythm From A Dancer' featuring remixes from San Francisco DJ/Producer Miguel Migs. Certainly, the track has a smooth groove bringing soulful vocals and a funky, laid back musical arrangement. This track is definitely classy and sophisticated with heart and soul. The Miguel Migs mixes send the track to a different level, adding deep house beats to this already soulful track. All three remixes by Migs are quality and ensures a great single release from Dome.
Like a few other niche vibes, Deep House - substitute the "Deep" for "Dad" in some quarters - has something of an image problem. On one level the sound - a tapestry of soul, Latin and disco influences all shaped by trad 4 to the floor beats - is the archetypal soundtrack to a sophisticated night out on the tiles. On another, it's go-nowhere lift muzak, an overblown cocktail of lazy clich's and receding hairline sentiment made for Golf drivers everywhere.
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'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.