Classic Material & Mama Presents… Gift of Gab LIVE @ The Jazz Café

We have teamed up with Mama again to present Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) live in concert at London’s Jazz Cafe. Myself, Chris Read (BBE Records) and Matman (DMC / Droppin Science) to support.

Tickets are now available. Purchase here.

Classic Material Edition #16 Bonus Tracks (Download)

Last year we rounded off our series of Classic Material mixes with a mix covering the years 2001 to 2005 which didn’t feature as part of the original CD series. The  intention had been to supplement that with a final mix covering the years 2006 to 2010, but time ran away and that idea has been parked for the foreseeable, so, to wrap up the series, here are the bonus tracks that were intended to go along with that mix: A selection of remixes of music released between 2006 and 2010 produced by Chris Read back in 2009 /2010.

Listen / download here or via the widget below:

22Tracks - Best of 2013

Enjoy 22Tracks' 'Best of 2013' playlist! It features 22 of the most played and favorited tracks in London. It's great to see that Zillanova's 'Suicide' track made it onto the list. Big shout to Hope Street Recordings over in Australia for always keeping us stocked with the new and unreleased goodness!

Big thanks to 22Tracks for having myself and Chris Read representing Funk & Soul music of London, it's a real honour to be involved alongside so many great DJs and selectors.

Keep watching 22Tracks in 2014, where there'll be bringing you a new website, new iPhone, Android and tablet apps, new cities and MUCH more new music!

Classic Material & Mama Presents... Akil from Jurassic 5 LIVE @ The Jazz Café

Hot on the heels of Jurassic 5 announcing dates for 2014, Classic Material & Mama Presents are delighted to bring Akil the MC to The Jazz Cafe in January for an exclusive London solo show. In the 6 years since J5 last toured Akil The MC has not missed a beat and will be performing a mixture of new material as well as classic J5 tracks.

Myself & DJ Chris Read to support.

Buy tickets here.

So Much Soul presents... 'The Funky Drummers' Part 1 (Crunkies Pick) - Mixed by Chris Read

The Funky Drummers Part 1

First of a new series of So Much Soul mixes. 'The Funky Drummers' Part 1: A hundred of Funk, Soul, Rock & Jazz's funkiest drummers in a 20 minute mix. Mixed by my So Much Soul partner Chris Read.

Word from Chris:The name gives a lot away here - a mix of the world's funkiest drummers - 100 or so of Funk, Soul, Rock & Jazz's finest breakbeats and licks in a 20 minute mix! A labour of love which started life some years ago, the mix comes in two parts with two different versions of each (one with all the trimmings, one with just the drums!). I decided it was about time I finally made it available and will be uploading it in parts over the coming weeks / months. There will also be a double CD offering with an exclusive bonus mix coming soon.

The subtitle 'Crunkies Pick' is a reference to Cut Chemist's drum heavy 'Bunky's Pick' cut up and J-Rocc's similarly styled 'Junkies Pick' to which (along with Steinski's seminal 'Lesson' edits) this is an homage of sorts.

Play below or click here to listen.


I am throwing a 30th birthday party for myself at The Book Club on Friday 15th November 2013.

We'll be in the basement from 8pm-2am.

I've partnered with a night down there called The Get Down and I have some of my good friends playing too.

Chris Read (BBE Records)DJ Matman (DMC Champ)DJ Khalil (Livin' Proof)

Expect Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Boogie and more.

Everyone is welcome, and where possible, please RSVP so that I can get an idea of numbers. I'll be reserving a big area for us all. Please also extend this invite to anyone I may have missed. Really hope you can make it!

Much love, Nick x