London’s Norman Jay MBE is a DJ’s DJ. Most known for his voyages into funk and soul musical vaults, his style spans as easily to house, disco and early hip-hop. Through his club nights, he was one of the first British DJs to introduce Tony Humphries, Louie Vega and Blaze to the UK, in addition to being a founder of London’s influential Kiss FM radio station. Jay inaugurated Good Times Sound System in 1981, where he played a range of sounds, from soul to reggae, becoming a well-known DJ during London’s celebrated ‘80s rare groove scene. This CD Edition marks its 30th anniversary.
Hosting is slew of legendary Brit clubs, he quickly built his reputation for genre-grazing sets: soul, funk, disco, early house, reggae and hip hop. He later scored a Royal nod, with the recommendation that he be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (hence the MBE) and was awarded for "deejaying and services to music". He was even presented with the medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II personally. Now how many DJs can say that?
Jay’s Good Times celebrates his soulful legacy and will be released on CD, LP and download formats. Peep the track list below.
Avery Sunshine “I Got Sunshine”
Mark Capanni “I Believe In Miracles”
Ted Taylor “Ghetto Disco” (Edit)
Terri Wells “Who’s That Stranger”
Little Anthony & The Imperials “I Don’t Have Time To Worry”
Mario Biondi “My Girl”
Jacob Miller & Inner Circle “Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush”
The Basement Khemist “Everybody (L I F E)”
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science Feat. Goapele And Capitol A “Try Me” (People Under The Stairs Remix)
Attic Tree “Voar”
Curtis Mayfield “Victory”
Dante “Freak In Me”
Fries & Bridges “Forever This”
The Detroit Experiment “Think Twice” (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
Ashley Slater “Private Sunshine”
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