For over ten years, Larry Grogan and Funky 16 Corners have been educating and preserving funk and soul music on vinyl. Through carefully crafted mixes, articles, and features, it has become a go to destination for people who want to hear the story of the music and the artists that create it. His podcasts and live radio shows on multiple platforms have added another dimension to the whole franchise. So it’s with great pleasure and honor that we took part in his Summer of Soul Pledge Drive guest mix series. We have been doing this for years for Larry, and this year we decided to do something a little different. Paying homage to reggae music sound systems, selectors, and dee jays, we put together a full on, live mix of original reggae forty fives. Using dub echo, delay, reverb, and more, we needle drop our way through this mix for your listening pleasure. Here’s a little bit more about the mix:
“Any time I get a chance to contribute to the Funky 16 Corners empire it’s a pleasure. Larry has been an early supporter of me at Flea Market Funk (10 years strong!), record dealer, and most importantly a good friend and confidant. He’s turned me to to so many good records, sold me good records, and was an integral part of the Asbury Park 45 Sessions crew way back when. The world we be a much sadder place without the massive contributions he has made with this site, as well as his podcast, radio show, other blogs, live DJ sets and everything else he has put his blood, sweat and tears into. I know the feeling, the hustle is real (remember that, you will be seeing more on that from me shortly), and with this mix I’ve done for the 2017 pledge drive, I decided to go back to the essence of Jamaica and do an all forty five reggae mix. Not only did I pick some classic and newer original reggae forty fives, I tried to do my best (without the toasting, although you have no idea how bad I wanted to yell “With a flick of my wrist I make you jump and twist!”) to put a set full of dub echo, delay, reverb and a lot of one turntable needle dropping as a tribute to the sound systems, selectors, and dee jays who kept the beat going and people dancing all night long in JA and the UK. Reggae music has massively influenced me, and every day I am learning more and more and trying to get as many good reggae records when they turn up. I hope you enjoy listening to this mix as much as I did creating it. #DigDeeper people, there is so much beneath the surface, and Larry has showed the world how deep and how good music can be. One love and maximum respect to the man they call Funky 16 Corners!”
DJ Prestige/ 2017
Get the mix and make a pledge here.