I love music that plays somewhere in that glitterball-lit realm between disco, house, dub, funk, rock 'n roll, and pop. This site will host mixes I've made and songs I like that dance across the genres. Let me know what you think. And if you've got a party or night you'd like moving to this sound, drop me a line on rorychallands (at) gmail (dot) com.

The horror, the horror!

By the way, if you fancy a wangdoodle of a boogie this Halloween, come to this little hoedown.

It's at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London, on Saturday 31st October. And somewhere down the bottom of the list you'll see me! Yes, I will be DJing from 0030-0200, and hopefully winding the proceedings to a sweaty and debauched climax of fake blood, faux terror, and real spandex. You will almost certainly be hearing the Unabombers edit of Stand On The Word (see last post), as well as a number of other new acquisitions and tried and tested off-kilter party jams.

Early bird tickets for a tenner run out today so be fleet of finger, and get yourself and your mates some. Here's all you need to know from the wonderful people at Winterwell:

Winterwell couldn’t take itself seriously if a little spattering of fancy dress wasn’t on the agenda, and the theme for our Halloween special is ‘80’s Horror show’. Admittedly the 80’s were a bit of a horror show, so do the math and you got it- anything goes!

Top Cats – (Natty Bo’s 10-piece ska, rocksteady band)
The Monster Club
The Clean Boys – (4 dec trickery, one effects unit)
Count Sizzle
Mr and Mrs
The Jinks (80's party set)
Lou Young
The Milky Bar Kid

Visit our website to find out more... http://winterwell.co.uk/halloween and get your Early Bird Tickets (£10, Limited Availability).

Doors 8pm till 2am

Stand On The Word

Sorry for the hiatus. I've been dicking about in foreign climes, and starting a new job, so posting music took a back seat for a bit. But I'm returning with two treatments of some Holy goodness.

I grew up in a totally godless house, so my exposure to religious music really only goes as far as a few dirgey hymns sung at school. Maybe if a bit more gospel had been thrown my way I'd have more of the spirit in me than I currently do. Sadly the plodding melodies and tempi of most Anglican musical worship was not ever going to inspire faith in this hoary heart.

So, the recounted history of Stand On The Word goes as follows. It was recorded in a church in Crown Heights, NYC, back in 1982 - but only for distribution among the congregation. A copy got into the hands of super producer (and born-again Christian) Walter Gibbons, who started playing it at his nearby record shop. This was where many of New York's finest DJs went to hang out and get their music, and soon it was being hammered in the Paradise Garage, Zanzibar, and the Loft. Thus an unlikely underground club classic was born.

Here's two versions for you; Larry Levan's early 80s disco remix, and a much newer edit from Manchester's the Unabombers. Both are fantastic, and get this otherwise committed heathen wondering if there are any benefits in putting cold rationality in the dustbin - and just believing.