Sunday, 14 April 2013

Meet the Beadle!

Toronto has an overabundance of exceptional deejays. On any weekend one can luxuriate in an embarrassment of euphonic riches. As such I draw my inspiration most directly from the hometown heroes. I feel that it's also important to build local communities by sharing your passions with those nearest to you. That said, there are international deejays and producers who have also shaped my interests and approach to deejaying. Just earlier this week I happily discovered yet another simpatico soul in jazz aficionado Kevin Beadle.

Beadle is by no means new. Quite the contrary, he has been a formative figure in the British jazz dance and acid jazz scenes for well over twenty years. Originally from South London his discovery of Mizell Brothers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Donald Byrd and Johnny Hammond (all of whom are personal favourites of mine and have been mentioned previously on this blog) shepherded him into clubs such as The Horseshoe, Electric Ballroom and The Wag, where he took up spinning obscure jazz sides and breaking new underground anthems, alongside the likes of other disc jockey royalty, Gilles Peterson, Bob Jones and Chris Bangs. The now-legendary label Talkin' Loud - home to Incognito, Nuyorican Soul, 4Hero and MJ Cole - evolved from the Talkin' Loud Sunday Afternoons, which Beadle co-hosted at Dingwalls. And throughout his career behind the decks and as a label manager, A&R rep, promoter as well as producer, Beadle has been conscripted by Blue Note, Cadet, Capitol and other prominent labels to anthologize their choice cuts.

But it's been over sixteen years since his last compilation, and his newest release, out just last month, Private Collection: Independent Sounds From the Seventies and Eighties assembles the dearest rarities from his own shelves. I was initially drawn to it by the inclusion of The Pharaohs' "Freedom Road," which admittedly was the only track I knew. However, I soon uncovered eight more indispensable gems.

A great deejay is marked by his or her ability to introduce you to music, which you've never heard before but that instantaneously becomes music you could not possibly live without going forward. Both this album and Beadle's blog Mind Fluid are chock-full of just that sort of music.

Mr. Beadle, it is an absolute pleasure to have finally met you.


Kev Beadle - Private Collection: Independent Jazz Sounds From the Seventies & Eighties, BBE, 2013

Discogs: Private Collection

Some of the tracks in this mix are only available on the CD version of the release.

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