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HDIF Podcast #39 - Allo Darlin' farewell gig DJ set

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-39-allo-darlin-farewell-gig-dj-set/

A podcast of the songs I played at the final Allo Darlin' gig at the Scala in London on Sunday December 11th. It was a joyous, emotional night, with the band giving the performance of their lives, and I was very lucky to be there. The songs I played all have connections to memories of the last ten years of being friends with Allo Darlin', from the gigs and the club nights to the festivals and more. I have a very happy memory of Paul and Elizabeth playing air piano to My Baby Just Cares For Me at HDIF at The Phoenix, so I definitely wanted that to be in the set. As it turned out, the band walked onto the stage at the very first note of the song. Perfect.

The Archive

HDIF Podcast #1 - 10/6/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-1

When I first started doing these podcasts, I thought that you had to talk in between the songs, like a pretend radio show. So the first seven podcasts feature me chatting away about the songs. Luckily, I soon realised I could do all-music, no-chat mixes and I shut my mouth from October 2010 onwards.

(Wild Nothing/The Chambers Brothers/Betty And The Werewolves/Clothilde/Jeffrey Lewis And The Junkyard/Shirley Ellis/Las Robertas/Los Shakers/Antarctica Takes It!/Eddie Holland/Best Friends Forever/Eux Autres/Palito Ortega)

HDIF Podcast #2 - 23/6/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-2/

The second podcast.

(Crocodiles/Stevie Wonder/The Stingrays/Cindy Scott/Le Volume Courbe/The Television Personalities/Aretha Franklin/World Atlas/Chad And Jeremy/Laura Nyro/The Magnetic Fields/Jean Wells/Charles Sheffield/Stars Of Aviation)

HDIF Podcast #3 - 12/7/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-3/

The third podcast. Features the usual mix of indiepop and soul, and rambling commentary from yours truly.

(Yuck/Smokey Robinson And The Miracles/The Cannanes/Jackie Day/Tennis/Janelle Monae/James Brown And The Famous Flames/The Vaselines/Mulatu Astatke/One Happy Island/Thelma Houston/The Understudies/Belle & Sebastian)

HDIF Podcast #4 - 29/7/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-4/

The fourth How Does It Feel To Be Loved? podcast, in which I get over-excited about the recent Indietracks festival, songs with shouting and clapping in them, trumpets, at least two living legends, and the finest double act in indiepop.

(Edwyn Collins/Freddie Scott/The Pooh Sticks/The Lullabyes/Best Coast/The Premiers/The X-Cellents/Jens Lekman/The Knight Brothers/The Gentle Waves/Bang Gang/Jonathan Richman/The Blue Notes/Tender Trap/Wanda Jackson)

HDIF Podcast #5 - 18/8/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-5/

The fifth podcast. .

(Shrag/Baby Washington/Grass Widow/Los Pops/The Waltones/Herb Fame/The Halo Benders/Built To Spill/The Charmaines/Melodica Melody And Me/Les Lionceaux/Teenage Fanclub/Etta James/Chocolate Barry/Irma Thomas)

Great Big Kiss Podcast #1 - 2/9/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-1/

This is an all-music, no-chat mix of the songs that were played between midnight and quarter to one at the club night held on Jan 29th 2010.

(The Dovells/Shirley Ellis/Otis Redding/Nina Simone/Bobby Marchan & The Tick Tocks/Aretha Franklin/Sam Cooke/The Elgins/Johnny Johnson And The Bandwagon/The Breakaways/Jackie Wilson/Clyde McPhatter/The Outsiders/Sugar Pie De Santo/Chris Farlowe/The Supremes/Frank Beverly & The Butlers/Cookie Jackson)

HDIF Podcast #6 - 8/9/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-6/

My thoughts on the new Belle & Sebastian songs, plus the usual mix of indiepop and soul.

(Belle & Sebastian/Wilson Pickett/Orange Juice/Chris Clark/Francois And The Atlas Mountains/The Equals/Jasmine Minks/Karo/Serge Gainsbourg/Blanche Hudson Weekend/Candy And The Kisses/Billie The Vision And The Dancers/The Bristols/Ray Rumours)

HDIF Podcast #7 - 22/9/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-7/

The seventh HDIF podcast, including a track from Darren Hayman's forthcoming album and an unreleased song by new band The Racket. Plus the usual mix of indiepop and soul. The last of the podcasts to feature me talking.

(Girlfrendo/Willie Mitchell/Darren Hayman/The Anglos/The Razorcuts/Shirley Cadell/Tra La La/The Beatlettes/The Supremes/The Madrigals/Frankie Beverly And The Butlers/The Racket/The Velvelettes/Galaxie 500)

Great Big Kiss Podcast #2 - 31/10/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-2/

This is an all-music, no-chat mix of the songs played during a guest DJ spot at Da Doo Ron Ron in Brighton on Sat Oct 23rd. In keeping with DDRR's music policy, all songs are female-fronted girl group and soul, from the late 50s to early 70s, and played from vinyl only.

(Gladys Knight & The Pips/The Flirtations/The Ikettes/Dusty Springfield/The Supremes/Martha Reeves & The Vandellas/Lulu/Dee Dee Sharp/Shirley Ellis/LaVern Baker/Mamie Galore/The Sweet Things/Ike & Tina Turner/Sugar Pie DeSanto/Felice Taylor/Aretha Franklin/Irma Thomas)

Bowlie 2 Mixtape - 19/11/10

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/bowlie-2-mixtape/

I thought it would be fun to put together a mixtape of some of the bands that are playing at Bowlie 2. We open and close with the curators, Belle & Sebastian (a bonus track from their new album, and then a live song from their set at the original Bowlie festival in 1999), and then take a meander through the best of the rest. Some new songs, some old songs, some you'll know inside out, others you may not have heard before, part primer, part mix to do your hair to on the night before you leave. Hope you enjoy it!

(Belle & Sebastian/Best Coast/The New Pornographers/The Phenomenal Handclap Band/Camera Obscura/Edwyn Collins/Jenny And Johnny/The Zombies/Laetitia Sadier/Those Dancing Days/Teenage Fanclub/The Go! Team/Mulatu Astatke/The Apples In Stereo/Julian Cope/Zoey Van Goey/Galaxie 500/Belle & Sebastian)

Great Big Kiss Podcast #3 - 5/1/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-3/

This is an all-music, no-chat mix of girl group songs that were included on a CD given away at the How Does It Feel To Be Loved? club night in December 2009.

(Nancy Sinatra/Rita Dacosta/Cindy Scott/The Crystals/Dusty Springfield/Selena Jones/Donna Lynn/The Orlons/Clothilde/Rev-Lons/The Breakaways/The Angels/Aretha Franklin/Chris Clark/The What Four/Dorothy Berry/Adrienne Posta/Little Ann/France Gall/Violet Vector And The Lovely Lovelies/Lavern Baker)

C87 Podcast - 12/1/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/c87/

For this one, I've compiled C87 - my idea of the follow up to C86, released a year later in 1987, the year I moved to London.

The mix features songs I was listening to in 1987, either on record or live (which gets around the fact that the opening song didn't make it onto vinyl until 1988!). They all had a huge impact on me and they're the songs that start playing in my head whenever I think of that year, the first half spent living in Canterbury, playing the Mary Chain and the first Pastels album to death in my bedroom and spending every weekend coming up to London for gigs or to rehearse with my band, the second half actually living in London, sleeping on friends' sofas or floors, and going out to gigs as often as possible.

You'll know most of these songs, but I've also included the single released by my band in that year. It was described by Melody Maker as "the smallest indie single ever released"

(The Razorcuts/Jesse Garon & The Desperadoes/The Jasmine Minks/Talulah Gosh/My Bloody Valentine/The Pastels/Primal Scream/The Primitives/Jesus And Mary Chain/The Clouds/The Soup Dragons/The Meanies/The Chesterfields/The Shop Assistants/We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It)

HDIF Podcast #8 - 2/2/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-8/

A mixture of stuff for this one. Some brand new songs from Comet Gain, The Primitives, Crystal Stilts, The Lovely Eggs and Owl + Mouse. Some songs that I played at the recent HDIF night in central London. And some songs that I plan to play on Friday night's HDIF in Brixton. All-music, no-chat.

(The Primitives/Garnet Mimms/Crystal Stilts/Val McKenna/The Monochrome Set/Alma Cogan/Tigercats/Clarence "Frogman" Henry/The Lovely Eggs/Smokey Robinson And The Miracles/Darren Hayman and The Wave Pictures/The Students/The Farmer's Boys/Donnie Elbert/Comet Gain/Dave Phillips/Owl + Mouse/Louis Armstrong)

HDIF Podcast #9 - 16/3/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-9/

Another mixture of stuff for this one. Brand new songs from Standard Fare, Bearsuit, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Blood Oranges, The Heroes Of The Mexican Independence Movement, Ringo Deathstarr and Bear Response Team. A couple of overlooked indiepop classics from back in the day. Plus some northern soul and r&b stompers played at recent HDIFs and at Great Big Kiss. One song in Italian! All music, no chat.

(Standard Fare/Little Willie John/Bear Response Team/Lavern Baker/Voxtrot/The Soulettes/Ringo Deathstarr/Soul Set/Help Stamp Out Loneliness/The Delicates/Heroes Of The Mexican Independence Movement/Chubby Checker/Throw That Beat In The Garbagecan!/Rita Pavone/Blood Oranges/James Brown/Bearsuit/Bettye Lavette)

HDIF Podcast #10 - 30/3/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-10/

On May 15 2003, Matt and Clare of Sarah Records DJed at HDIF at the Buffalo Bar. I asked them to play their pick of the Sarah releases and this is what they selected.

Heavenly - C Is The Heavenly Option
14 Iced Bears - Unhappy Days
Boyracer - I've Got It & It's Not Worth Having
Even As We Speak - Falling Down The Stairs
Secret Shine - Temporal
The Field Mice - Sensitive
The Orchids - Something For The Longing
The Springfields - Sunflower
The Sugargliders - Ah Prahran
Another Sunny Day - Horseriding
St Christopher - My Fortune
The Sweetest Ache - She Believes
The Hit Parade - Autobiography
Tramway - Technical College
Brighter - Noah's Ark
Sea Urchins - Pristine Chrstine
Talulah Gosh - Be Your Baby
Action Painting! - These Things Happen
The Wake - Crush The Flowers
East River Pipe - Silhouette Town
The Orchids - Thaumaturgy
Blueboy - Imipramine
Heavenly - Attagirl
The Field Mice - Missing The Moon
The Orchids - Sadness Of Sex
Even As We Speak - Drown
The Golden Dawn - George Hamilton’s Dead

Great Big Kiss Podcast #4 - 6/4/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-4/

Here's an all-music, no-chat mix of some of the songs played at Great Big Kiss over the last six months. Some old favourites, some new friends, all super danceable, plus a fine bit of wisdom at the end from Shirley Ellis.

(Barbara Jean English/Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Mitty Collier/Stevie Wonder/Maggie Thrett/The Daylighters/Sinner Strong/Garnett Mimms/Mary McCarthy/Howard Tate/Connie Clarke/The Blendells/Lavern Baker/Ray Charles/The Starlets/Lee Charles/Peggy Lee/Darrell Banks/Shirley Ellis)

HDIF Podcast #11 - 18/5/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-11/

The usual mixture of new and old, indiepop and soul. Still no talking. Brand new songs from Herman Dune, The Wave Pictures, Comet Gain, The Middle Ones, Hong Kong In The 60s, Soda Shop and Omi Palone. A handful of C86-era favourites from The Dentists, The Corn Dollies and the Mary Chain. Plus some sublime northern soul, handclapping 60s pop, the birth of rock'n'roll, and a spectacularly funky reinvention of "Maggie May".

Great Big Kiss Podcast #5 - 3/6/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-5/

At the start of this week, I won a job lot of fifty northern and 60s soul records on ebay. Some super famous songs, some northern soul classics, some 70s funk cuts, a handful of northern instrumentals and a bunch of songs that I'd been after for ages. This is a collection of 17 of those singles - mostly A-sides, but a few choice B-sides too.

The Songs The Sonics Taught Us - 13/6/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/songs-the-sonics-taught-us/

Released in 1965, The Sonics' debut album, "Here Are The Sonics", contained four originals and eight covers, mostly famous soul and rhythm'n'blues tracks, with a song by local heroes The Wailers thrown in for good measure. But if the source material was well known, the overhaul these songs were given was something else entirely. Recorded on a two track tape recorder, with a single microphone to pick up the drum kit, the songs were souped up and supercharged: rough proto-punk bursts of energy that sounded like they were splattered with oil and gasoline.

Here's the songs The Sonics taught us...

Pulp Alternative Top Ten- 30/6/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/pulp-alternative-top-ten/

As this is the weekend that Pulp make their live return, playing Hyde Park on Sunday, we'll be playing Pulp's Alternative Top Top at HDIF in Brixton on Friday - that is, the cooler songs by Pulp that hardly ever get played out. So no "Common People", no "Babies", but songs like "O.U." and "My Legendary Girlfriend". Votes for the Top Ten have been flying in thick and fast on Facebook. This is a podcast of some of the vote.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #6 - 6/7/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-6/

We start and end this Great Big Kiss podcast with two songs that share the same backing track. Laura Greene's "Music, Moonlight And You" is probably the better known of the two, but my favourite - mostly for the way the melodramatic spoken intro sets up the song - is Frankie And The Classicals' "What Shall I Do?". Elsewhere, we have my favourite ever northern soul single - "Do It" by Pat Powdrill - and "Luci Baines" by The American Four, who were fronted by a youthful, pre-Love, Arthur Lee (in fact, this song was his debut vocal recording). Plus the usual mix of northern soul, girl groups and rock'n'roll.

HDIF Podcast #12 - 17/8/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-12/

Loads of amazing new music in this one, with brand new tracks from Allo Darlin', This Many Boyfriends, Jens Lekman, White Town, Pocketbooks, Haiku Salut, Veronica Falls and more, plus the usual mixture of northern soul, girl groups and rock'n'roll.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #7 - 7/9/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-7/

Another foot-stomping mixture of northern soul and rock'n'roll. Highlights include sublime northern soul from Geno Washington, Joyce Bennett and The Velvet Satins, barn-storming r&b from Etta James, Prentice Moreland and Smiley Lewis, the almost indecently sexy Tame Me Tiger by Violet Vector And The Lovelies, Get Off Of My Cloud in Spanish (!), and the song that closed last month's Great Big Kiss, the glorious Be My Guest by Fats Domino.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #8 - 12/10/11

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-8/

This month's podcast brings together most of the vinyl bits and pieces that I've picked up from boot fairs, record shops and ebay over the past few months, plus some vinyl treats that were already in my collection. Some have already been aired at Great Big Kiss, some will be played for the first time this Friday. As always, it's a foot-stomping, hip-shaking collection of girl groups, northern soul and rock'n'roll.

HDIF Podcast #13 - 16/1/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-13/

A bumper crop of fantastic new music on this podcast. There's brand new, as yet unreleased, songs by Allo Darlin', The Wave Pictures, Tunabunny, Shrag, Tigercats, Cats On Fire and Evans The Death, and the glorious new single by The Magnetic Fields - plus the usual mixture of northern soul, girl groups and rock'n'roll.

HDIF Podcast #14 - 16/2/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-14/

After a few podcasts packed with new music, we decided to go cover version crazy for this latest episode. If you've ever wanted to hear Hefner playing ska, The Aislers Set throwing a party to a classic Phil Spector production, The Supremes and Chubby Checker taking on the Beatles, and a german beat pop version of a heavy metal classic (oh yes!), then we might just be able to help. .

HDIF Podcast #15 - 13/3/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-15/

Another bumper crop of brand new music on this podcast. There's new singles from Veronica Falls and The School, new album tracks from Dexys, The Wedding Present, Cats On Fire and The Just Joans, and brand new songs from the brand new likes of Big Wave, Knickers and Orca Team. Plus the usual foot-stomping mixture of northern soul, girl groups and rock'n'roll.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #9 - 10/5/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-9/

Still buzzing from seeing the magnificent Dexys show at Shepherd's Bush Empire on Tuesday, we've decided to make this Great Big Kiss podcast a partial Dexys tribute, featuring three songs that the band covered in the 80s. Opener, "Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache", was covered on the b-side of "Geno"; their version of "The Horse" graced the b-side of "There There My Dear"; and "Seven Days Too Long" was covered on "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels". Elsewhere, there's the usual mixture of northern soul, girl groups and r&b, with a raucous party tune from Link Wray thrown in to stir things up.

HDIF Podcast #16 - 25/6/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-16/

This month's podcast is a collection of songs that formed the staple of the HDIF playlist while we were at the Buffalo Bar, from 2002-2005. Some of these songs still get an airing at the club today, while others haven't made it onto the playlist for many years. We'll be playing every one of these songs when we return to the Buffalo Bar this Friday, for a one-off HDIF at the place where it all started for us.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #10 - 14/9/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-10/

Another mixture of northern soul, girl groups, Motown and rock'n'roll, this time pulling together the pick of my vinyl purchases over the last three months.

HDIF Podcast #17 - 20/9/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-17/

A super bumper crop of new music on this all-indie podcast, featuring songs that were released this year or last and a few songs that are yet to be released. There's brilliant Scandinavians (in the form of Making Marks and Paperfangs), cool Americans (Cassolette, The Holiday Crowd, Ski Lodge and Ringo Deathstarr), bands from Scotland (The Spook School), Wales (Joanna Gruesome), Ireland (September Girls), the south west of England (Big Wave and The Black Tambourines), the north (Martha and The Hobbes Fanclub), the Midlands (themakingof), the east (Violet Woods), and London (Cosines and Flowers), plus a brand new song to wrap up the podcast by the recently reformed June Brides (the west via London, in case you were wondering). So a tour through the here and now with a few nods to then and all eyes to the future. If you were wondering how indiepop's faring in 2012, here's a good place to start!

HDIF Podcast #18 - 29/10/12

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-18/

To coincide with this Friday's C86 Special at the Canterbury Arms in Brixton, this month's podcast is packed full of C86 era classics, from the feedback drenched pop of My Bloody Valentine and The Shop Assistants, to the pristine jangle of The Brilliant Corners and The Chesterfields, to the raucous unpop of Bogshed and Half Man Half Biscuit.

HDIF Podcast #19 - 4/1/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-19/

An all-indiepop podcast to kick off the year, featuring brand new, as-yet-unreleased songs by Tullycraft, Veronica Falls, Owl And Mouse, The Blanche Hudson Weekend, Haiku Salut, Paperfangs and Milky Wimpshake. Plus some of the songs that lit up last year, including the welcome return of The Wolfhounds, the stunning Hospitality (who put out my favourite album of 2012), and the brilliant Spook School, not to mention Allo Darlin', The Understudies, Shrag, The Puncture Repair Kit and Victoria And Jacob. Oh, and two old songs just to mix things up a little. The sublime krautpop of Prolapse from 1997, and a radio session track from 1993 by International Velvet, who were Jeff Fuccillo and Stuart Murdoch, later of Belle & Sebastian.

HDIF Podcast #20 - 12/3/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-20/

A nice variety of stuff for this podcast - songs we've played at the club over the last few months, songs we planned to play but didn't for some reason, and songs we hope to play at the next club on Saturday night. The next HDIF is a Camera Obscura special so we kick off with a song from their debut album, and then take in indiepop, northern soul, folk rock, garage rock, France Gall singing "Music To Watch Girls By" in German, and our favourite song by the soon-to-be-disbanded Shrag, who play their final show in London on Friday.

HDIF Podcast #21 - 15/4/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-21/

Tons of fantastic new music in this podcast, with unreleased tracks from Camera Obscura, Darren Hayman (one with Elizabeth Morris of Allo Darlin' on vocals), The Pastels, The Ballet, Sourpatch, Saturday Looks Good To Me, The Understudies (with A Little Orchestra) and Joanna Gruesome, and recently released gems by Golden Grrls, Edwyn Collins, Low, Tullycraft and Haiku Salut. Plus two songs from newer bands playing this years Indietracks festival: Finnmark! from Leeds, and Bristol's EXPENSIVE, who feature members of The Middle Ones and Arctic Circle. Oh, and a track by the brilliant Shy Nature, so new they're yet to play their debut gig!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #11 - 9/5/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-11/

As the last Great Big Kiss podcast was a whole seven months ago, this one's a catch-up of the vinyl we've been playing at the club since last October. There's classic northern soul, storming rhythm'n'blues, and some joyous 60s girl group gems.

HDIF Podcast #22 - 26/6/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-22/

As we're having a sale at HDIF Records this week, I thought it'd be fun to do a podcast spanning the history of the label. We kick off with the first track from our first release, "The Kids At The Club" compilation, and then there's a track from each of our albums, in chronological order, with three more tracks from "The Kids At The Club" peppered in between the songs.

HDIF Podcast #23 - 17/7/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-23/

A summer podcast for the summertime. A selection of indie pop and soul songs about the summer and songs which make me think of summer even though they're about something else entirely.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #12 - 7/8/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-12/

A podcast of some of the vinyl we've picked up over the last few months - a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, hip-shaking mixture of northern soul, Motown, 60s girl groups and 50s R&B.

HDIF Podcast #24 - 14/8/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-24/

At this Saturday's HDIF at The Phoenix, our guest DJ David Gedge will be playing a DJ set of some of the songs that the Wedding Present have covered over the years. Here's just a selection of the many songs that TWP have reinterpreted in their own inimitable style, ranging from classic indiepop to jagged post punk to soul, sixties pop and the theme tune to a cult TV show. David will be playing some of these on Saturday, plus a few songs that the band have always wanted to cover but never quite got round to.

HDIF Podcast #25 - 19/9/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-25/

This month's podcast scoots through the highlights of the last few months at HDIF, featuring songs played at the club, songs played at the silent disco at the End Of The Road festival, and records bought at south London's newest vinyl record shop - The Book And Record Bar in West Norwood.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #13 - 7/1/13

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-13/

At every Great Big Kiss, I take a few photos of the records played by the guest DJs, usually as a way of reminding myself of a brilliant song the morning after so I can go hunting for it myself. Here's a compilation of the singles I photographed in 2013. They were played by Debbie Smith, Jon Slade, Lucienne Cole, Bob Stanley, The Actionettes, Gary Day, The Action Men, Kev and Linda, and Declan Allen, although not necessarily in that order. See if you can work out which guest DJ played which song...

HDIF Podcast #26 - 14/1/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-26/

An all-indie mix to start off the year, rounding up forthcoming releases and a few gems that came out at the tail end of last year. We have unreleased tracks from Darren Hayman and Emma Kupa, Withered Hand, Let's Wrestle, Making Marks, The Wolfhounds, Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures, Cocoanut Grove, Dog Legs, T.O.Y.S, City Yelps, Freschard, Boomer and Sodastream's Karl Smith, plus recent releases by The Drink, Hail! The Planes, Heathers, The Mor Paranoids, Evripidis And His Tragedies, Tyrannosaurus Dead, TeenCanteen, and September Girls.

HDIF Podcast #27 - 12/4/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-27/

A collection of some of the songs played at the most recent HDIFs in Brixton and in central London. There's brand new songs from The Understudies (featuring a mention of HDIF!), Chorusgirl, Heathers and Withered Hand. Old favourites from Comet Gain, The Chills, Jens Lekman and Håkan Hellström. And underplayed gems from Throw That Beat In The Garbagecan and The Delmonas. Plus the usual mixture of northern soul and 60s pop.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #14 - 4/5/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-14/

A round up of the vinyl we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few months, after visits to record shops in Bristol, London and Herne Bay, boot fairs in Birmingham, Chippenham and Kent, charity shops all over south London, and regular raids on ebay and discogs. There's the usual mix of northern soul, 60s girl groups, French pop, 50s r&b, and rock'n'roll.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #15 - 5/7/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-15/

This month, we're holding a Beatles and Stones soul covers special at Great Big Kiss at the Buffalo Bar, playing lots of soul versions of Beatles and Stones songs alongside our usual selection of northern soul, Motown and rock'n'roll. This podcast is a preview of what you can expect to hear on the night. There's Beatles covers by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells and more, and Stones covers by Otis Redding, Thelma Houston, Wayne Gibson, Marie Laforet and more. Plus two songs that were covered by the Beatles and the Stones - It's All Over Now and Money (That's What I Want).

Great Big Kiss Podcast #16 - 10/9/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-16/

A round-up of the vinyl gems we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few months. There's girl groups classics, northern soul foot-stompers, hip-shaking 50s r&b, and four songs from the superb compilation, "Chicas: Spanish Female Singers 1962-1974".

HDIF Podcast #28 - 16/9/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-28

This month's podcast features some of the songs that Jeffrey Lewis played when he was the guest DJ at HDIF at the Buffalo Bar on August 15th 2014. It's a superb mix of garage rock, punk rock, post punk, indiepop, 60s pop, soul, rockabilly, and loads more.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #17 - Declan Allen's guest mix - 7/10/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-17-declan-allens-guest-mix/

This month's Great Big Kiss podcast features a guest mix by Declan Allen, ahead of his guest appearance at our 4th birthday party on Friday October 10th. It features songs he played at his last spot at GBK and songs he has in the box for this Friday.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #18 - Halloween Mix - 21/10/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-18-halloween-mix/

A Halloween mix as a warm up for our Halloween special at the Canterbury Arms in Brixton on Friday October 31st. We've got a host of supernatural delights in this podcast, from spooky northern soul classics and 50s r&b dancers to b-movie rock'n'roll and footstomping garage rock. There's witches, ghosts, werewolves, vampires, mummies, Frankenstein's monster, and all manner of voodoo and witchcraft, as our heroes mix potions and cast spells in a bid to win over the objects of their affections. It's enough to give you chills and fever!

HDIF Podcast #29 - John Peel Festive Fifty mix - 2/11/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-29-john-peel-festive-fifty-mix/

Ahead of our John Peel club night in Brixton on Fri Nov 7th, here's a compilation of songs from John Peel's Festive Fifty broadcasts over the years. This mix contains songs from the Festive Fiftys for 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2003. It also features John's introductions to each song.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #19 - 8/12/14

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-19/

This month, I treated myself to the vinyl box set of singles featured in the Elaine Constantine film, "Northern Soul". There's 14 singles and 28 tracks in all - this podcast is my pick of the bunch, a crisp 42 minute set featuring 16 of the 28 songs. As you might expect, it features classic after classic, from "Right Track" and "Gone With The Wind Is My Love" to "Just Say You're Wanted (nd Needed)" and "Lonely For You Baby".

Great Big Kiss Podcast #20 - 2/1/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-20/

A round-up of the vinyl we've bought to play at the club over the last few months (and a few treats that were given to us by Santa!). There's our usual mixture of northern soul, 60s girl groups and rock'n'roll, with some 60s pop thrown in for good measure.
We start and end with both sides of one storming single by Brenda Holloway. To begin, "Just Look What You've Done" (co-written by Frank WIlson and R Dean Taylor - now there's a writing credit!), and to finish up, "Starting The Hurt All Over Again". Not bad for a single 45!

HDIF Podcast #30 - Magnetic Fields special - 30/1/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-30-magnetic-fields-special/

As a warm up for our Magnetic Fields disco in London on Friday February 6th, here's a Magnetic Fields themed podcast. It features covers of Magnetic Fields favourites by the likes of The Shins, Bright Eyes, Jens Lekman and Tracey Thorn, Lush and many more, plus some Magnetic Fields favourites and Future Bible Heroes reinventing The Human League's "Don't You Want Me".

Great Big Kiss Podcast #21 - 10/2/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-21/

If there's one genre that knows all there is to know about love, it's soul music. From the giddy highs of first love to the pain of heartbreak, soul has soundtracked every conceivable affair of the heart and managed to find some joy in them all. So what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with the songs that have loved, lost and loved again. From "I'm Ready To Love" to "In Love" to "Love's Gone Bad" to "Someday We're Gonna Love Again", it's all here, an emotion in perfect motion.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #22 - 4/3/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-22/

A round-up of the vinyl we've bought to play at the club over the past few months, and a few old favourites thrown in for good measure. Some of these were played at our Valentine's night at The Phoenix and a few will be aired for the first time at our next night. There's sublime northern soul from The Sapphires and Nolan Porter, mod classics by The Marvelettes and The Animals, girl group gems by Madeline Bell and The Flirtations, and dancefloor belters from Archie Bell And The Drells and Ruby Winters. All soulful life is here, dancing up a storm!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #23 - 5/4/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast- 23/

A round-up of the vinyl gems we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few weeks, with some old favourites thrown in too. Some of these were played at the last couple of nights at The Phoenix, and some will be getting their first airing at our next night on April 11th. There's northern soul classics like "In Orbit" by Joy Lovejoy and "Hold On" by The Radiants, r&b soul dancers like "You Lie So Well" by Marie Knight and "Hot Dog" by The Four Shells, and the brilliant "I Taught Him" by Gloria Scott, a hand-clapping girl group beauty which was written by a certain Sylvester Stewart, also known as Sly Stone!

HDIF Podcast #31 - Belle & Sebastian Rebellious Jukebox - 26/4/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-31-belle-sebastian-rebellious-jukebox/

In 1997, I interviewed Belle And Sebastian for a Rebellious Jukebox feature for Melody Maker. Each band member selected some of their favourite songs and said a few words about their choices. As a warm up to our Belle And Sebastian disco in Brixton this Friday (May 1st), I thought it would be fun to revisit the interview and make a podcast of the band's selections.

Scan of the original MM interview here - http://www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk/bellesebastianrebjuke.html.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #24 - 4/5/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-24/

I recently asked members of the Northern Soul forum on Facebook to recommend their favourite female vocal soul songs. The response was huge - hundreds of songs tipped, some that I know and love, many that were completely new to me. I'm still working my way through the links, but here's a podcast of my favourites so far. There's everything here, from classic northern soul and sublime girl group harmonies to storming r&b and a couple of songs with a funky spring in their step. My shopping list just got a lot longer, although I was pleased to discover that one of these songs - "What I Don't Know (Won't Hurt Me)" by Bettye Lavette - was lurking on the b-side of a single I own already. I'll be playing that, and hopefully a few more of these songs, at the next Great Big Kiss at The Phoenix.

HDIF Podcast #32 - 11/5/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-32/

A round-up of some of the songs we've played at HDIF since the start of the year. There's classic indiepop from Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura, joyous jangle by The Dentists and The Byrds, super-danceable pop gems by The Breeders and Courtney Barnett, soul stormers from Little Nicky Soul and Etta James, brand new indie pop brilliance from Glasgow's Tuff Love, and a host of fantastic cover versions by Teenage Fanclub, Eli Paperboy Reed and Gladys Knight And The Pips...and loads more! We kick off with an old favourite by The Wave Pictures, who are our guest DJs at the Shacklewell Arms this Friday!.

HDIF Podcast #33 - 29/5/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-33/

As a warm up for her DJ set in Brixton on Friday June 5th, here's a podcast of one of Amelia Fletcher's first DJ sets at How Does It Feel To Be Loved? at the Canterbury Arms. All of the songs feature a female vocal, taking in 60s girl groups, indiepop, electropop and more.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #25 - 7/6/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-25/

A round-up of the vinyl gems I've bought over the last couple of months. There's stone cold classics like "A Little Bit Hurt" by Julien Covey and "Big Bird" by Eddie Floyd. There's handclapping girl group joy from Patty And The Emblems and Bettye Swann. There's storming northern soul from Roy Hamilton and The New Wanderers. And irresistible r&b charm from Barbara Dane. Plus loads more. Kick off your shoes and dance!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #26 - 6/7/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-26/

A round-up of the vinyl I've bought over the last few months to play at Great Big Kiss, with a few highlights from recent nights thrown in for good measure. I was very pleased to finally snare a copy of Susan Shifrin's storming version of "25 Miles", and to top up my collection of northern classics with original copies of "You Didn't Say A Word" and "Breakaway". Elsewhere, there's irresistible northern joy from The Four Tempos, one of my favourite lesser known songs by The Chiffons, some foot-stomping fuzz and attitude from Lulu, and two singles snapped up for 50p apiece at a boot fair in Surrey from a guy who was selling the records he used to play when he was a DJ - "You're Ready Now" by Frankie Valli and "Back In The USA" by Chuck Berry. Nice to think that these well-loved 45s will see more active service at Great Big Kiss!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #27 - 5/8/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-27/

Ahead of their guest DJ spot at this month's Great Big Kiss, I asked Astrid and Janine of London's legendary all-girl go-go dance troupe The Actionettes to put together a podcast of some of their favourite songs. The dynamic duo have come up with a super-danceable mix of northern soul, 60s girl groups, blue-eyed 60s pop, 50s r&b, and some Spanish pop (courtesy of Astrid, who's from Spain). We kick off with the brilliant "Goodbye Boys Goodbye" by Margie Mills, which is currently taking pride of place in The Actionettes' dance set, and keep on hip-shaking, hand-clapping and foot-stomping from then on!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #28 - 4/9/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-28/

A round up of the vinyl we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few months. This month is a Kent Records special, drawing on songs that have featured on some of their legendary singles and compilations. We kick off with the incomparable Luther Ingram, whose "Oh Baby Don't You Weep" heads straight for the hips, and keep up the tempo with upbeat dancers from Roy Brown, Benny Gordon and Rosco Robinson, sublime northern soul by The Crampton Sisters and Patti Austin, fuzzed up garage rock courtesy of The Moving Sidewalks, and latin instrumental joy from - who else? - The Young Holt Trio. As usual, all soulful and sixties life is here, dancing up a storm.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #29 - 6/10/15

Listen here - http://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-29/

A podcast of the vinyl we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last month, plus a couple of old favourites thrown in for good measure. There's solid gold northern soul courtesy of Joe Simon, Maurice Williams and Sandy Wynns. Super danceable r&b from the irrepressible Jimmy Holiday and Dusty Wilson. Slightly funkier fare from Bobbi Lynn and Willie Mitchell. A storming version of "Lies" (made famous by The Knickerbockers) by Lulu. A glorious finger clicking rockabilly ode to the humble 45 rpm single by The Mark IV. And the untouchable genius of Aretha Franklin and Martha Reeves And The Vandellas.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #30 - 15/10/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-30-halloween-mix/

A Halloween mix as a warm up for our Halloween special at the Windmill in Brixton on Sat October 31st, 2015. We've got all sorts of supernatural goings-on in this year's Halloween mix, from monstrous Motown and ghoulish girl groups to voodoo-driven garage rock and the darker side of northern soul. You'll find sinners, tombstones, deep dark secrets, odes to the night time, sunglasses after dark, teenage tigers looking for a feast, a cobra snake for a necktie, and a girl group song which ends gleefully with the words: "Shot him in the head boom boom!"

Great Big Kiss Podcast #31 - 5/11/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-31-northern-soul-top-500-1-20/

The first in a new series of Great Big Kiss podcasts, in which we make our way through the official Northern Soul Top 500. We kick off with the Top 20 and an hour of solid gold classics by everyone from Frank Wilson and Dobie Gray to Yvonne Baker and Tobi Legend. The huge songs that have filled dancehalls throughout the land since the 1970s are all present and correct. Whether you're a card-carrying soulie looking to relive some precious memories or a bright-eyed newcomer eager to find out more about northern soul, join us. We believe that you're on the right track.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #32 - 3/12/15

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-32-northern-soul-top-500-21-40/

The second in a new series of Great Big Kiss podcasts, in which we make our way through the official Northern Soul Top 500. This time around, we dance our way through numbers 21-40, and once again it's wall-to-wall classics. From solid gold big hitters like Tainted Love and What to beloved gems such as You've Been Away and Unsatisfied to the very best of crossover with Come On Train and Turning My Heartbeat Up, it's 48 minutes of perfection.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #33 - 4/1/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-33/

A round-up of the vinyl we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few months. A few of these songs have been on my wish list for years - the fuzzed-up girl group stomp of "You Don't Love Me" by The Starlets and the hand-clapping soul of "Soupy" by Maggie Thrett - so I'm overjoyed to finally have them in my clutches. Elsewhere, you'll find classic northern soul by The Velvet Satins, Jo Armstead, the Ivories and the Fi-Dels, mod dancers courtesy of Georgie Fame and The Harvey Averne Dozen, 50s r&b brilliance by Baby Jean, and all manner of soul goodness to tempt you out onto the dancefloor.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #34 - Valentine's Special - 6/2/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-34-valentines-special/

If it's Valentine's Day, then it's time for another Valentine's special - and yet more proof that soul is the musical genre that knows all there is to know about love. From infatuation to heartbreak, from true love to tainted love, from the first kiss to the last, soul has soundtracked every conceivable affair of the heart and managed to find some joy in them all. So what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with more songs that have loved, lost and loved again.

What Goes On Podcast #1 - 23/2/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/what-goes-on-podcast-1/

What Goes On is a brand new soul and sixties club night at The Shacklewell Arms, E8, in London. We're on the third Friday of every month, and the night runs from 11pm-3am. This podcast is a preview of some of the music we'll be playing on our opening night on Friday March 18th. Come and dance to The Velvet Underground, The Velvelettes, The Sonics, The Supremes, The Kinks, The Kingsmen, The Shangri-Las, The Who, Gloria Jones, The Small Faces, Jackie Wilson, Nancy Sinatra, The Stooges, 13th Floor Elevators, Richard Berry And The Pharoahs, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, and loads more!

HDIF Podcast #34 - 29/2/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-34/

It's been an age since the last HDIF podcast, but I plan to do loads more this year to make up for lost time. We kick off with a round-up of some of the highlights of recent nights at The Montague Arms in Peckham, The Crypt in Camberwell, and The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston. There's indie pop classics from Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, The Pastels and Buzzcocks, 60s girl group brilliance from The What Four and Joey Heatherton, 21st century gems courtesy of Meilyr Jones, Alvvays and Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures, hip-shaking dance floor joy from Lynn August and Thurston Harris, and three moments of pure wonderment - Carole King singing a jangle pop demo of "Pleasant Valley Sunday", The Velvet Underground jamming a garage rock version of "Satellite Of Love", and Van Morrison bringing horns and handclaps for "Glad Tidings".

Great Big Kiss Podcast #35 - Northern Soul Top 500 (41-60) - 8/3/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-35-northern-soul-top-500-41-60/

The third in the new series of Great Big Kiss podcasts, in which we make our way through the official Northern Soul Top 500. This time around we glide from 41-60, and this podcast sees the chart start to broaden out stylistically, adding the smoother sounds of modern/crossover northern to the footstomping charms of the classic floorfillers. My picks of the chart are "My Sugar Baby" by Connie Clark, "A Little Bit Hurt" by Julien Covey, "Crackin' Up Over You" by Roy Hamilton, and the brilliant, atmospheric instrumental "Bari Track", which turns even the most humble dancehall into a grand ballroom.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #36 - Northern Soul Top 500 (61-80) - 20/3/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-36-northern-soul-top-500-61-80/

I'm on my way!

For the 4th part in our series running through the official northern soul top 500, we hit solid gold. Kicking off with the incredible "I'm On My Way" by Dean Parrish, this segment of the 500 is classic after classic after classic. From "Open The Door To Your Heart" and "Love Love Love" to "In Orbit" and "Nothing Can Compare To You", it's glorious floorfillers all the way. Push back the furniture, kick off your shoes, turn up the stereo...it's looking like a soulful Easter!

What Goes On Podcast #2 - 3/4/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/what-goes-on-podcast-2/

A round-up of some of the songs we played at the opening night of What Goes On at the Shacklewell Arms. There's storming soul from The Chantels, WIlson Pickett and Baby Washington, garage rock classics from Them and The Other Half, girl group brilliance from The Starlets, The Flirtations and Billie Davis, and foot-stomping gems from The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and more.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #37 - 9/4/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-37/

A round-up of the vinyl we've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few months. There's hand-clapping girl group gems from The Orchids, Jeanie King and Beverly Ann, foot-stomping northern soul brilliance from James Carr, Del Larks and The Majestics, hip-shaking r&b cool from Willie Jones, Tom & Jerrio and Dorothy Williams, and a couple of bolt-from-the-blue stormers from Sylvie Vartan and Don Fardon. Oh, and Sam And Dave whipping up a storm, as only they know how! A perfect snapshot of the Great Big Kiss dancefloor!

What Goes On Podcast #3 - 14/4/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/what-goes-on-podcast-3/

The third What Goes On podcast, rounding up some of the songs we played at last month's night at the Shacklewell Arms. There's footstomping soul from Sharon Scott, Marsha Gee and Dana Gillespie, storming garage rock by The Sonics, The Strangeloves and The Electric Prunes, some glorious cover versions by The Riats (the Velvets with a Hammond organ!), Patti Drew, Kit And The Outlaws and Thelma Houston, and loads more.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #38 - Northern Soul Top 500 (81-100) - 20/5/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-38-northern-soul-top-500-81-100/

The latest instalment of our journey through the official northern soul top 500 finds us drifting blissfully into an hour of quiet classics. There are no huge, foot-stomping anthems here, but a run of incredible songs that harness a slowburning power to create those soulful dancefloor moments where the real world just seems to melt away. From The Impressions' "You've Been Cheatin'", propelled by the dreamlike falsetto of Curtis Mayfield, to "Run For Cover" by The Dells and "If I Could Only Be Sure" by Nolan Porter, this is northern soul at its purest - sensitive, serious and straight from the heart.

HDIF Podcast #35 - The Wave Pictures guest mix - 3/6/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-35-the-wave-pictures-guest-mix/

I asked David and Franic of The Wave Pictures for a mix of songs that they've played in their guest DJ sets at HDIF over the years, and they quickly turned in this barn-storming, foot-stomping set of rock'n'roll, rhythm'n'blues, northern soul, garage punk, 70s soul, and loads more. From Ike And Tina Turner and Jerry Lee Lewis to Benny Spellman and The Downliners Sect, via Ann Peebles, The Saints and The Shadows, this mix aims straight for the hips and doesn't let up for a second. Turn it up loud and get on the good foot!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #39 - Pitchfork Radio Northern Soul Mix - 4/7/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-38-pitchfork-radio-northern-soul-mix/

On Friday June 10th, Pitchfork Radio landed in London for a two day pop-up broadcast that featured shows by Brian Wilson, The National, Mogwai, The Wedding Present, Raincoats, The Zombies, and many more. I was asked to contribute an hour of classic northern soul, to be broadcast under the title This Is Northern Soul, and this is what I came up with - a foot-stomping run through the greatest hits of Great Big Kiss. The show originally went out on Friday July 10th, from 10am-11am.

HDIF Podcast #36 - Dexys special - 10/7/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-36-dexys-special/

As a warm up for Kevin Rowland's appearance at HDIF this Saturday, July 16th, here's a podcast of songs that Dexys and Kevin have covered over the years. There's barnstorming soul from Geno Washington, Zoot Money, and Cliff Bennett; solid gold classics from Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Cass Elliot and Sam And Dave; footstomping northern soul from Chuck Wood and Johnny Johnson, and three tracks by Dexys themselves - opening with their current single, a gloriously uplifting take on "Grazing In The Grass".

Great Big Kiss Podcast #40 - Northern Soul Top 500 (101-120) - 3/8/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-50-northern-soul-top-500-101-120/

The latest episode in our journey through the official northern soul top 500 takes us into the 100s, and what a hit-packed selection this is. Any set that can run The Spellbinders-Gloria Jones-7th Avenue Aviators-Marie Knight-Edwin Starr-The Valentinos definitely has the wind in its sails, and the classics just keep on coming, from The Poppies and Beverley Ann to Richard Temple and Willie Mitchell. Cancel your plans, crank up the volume, and dance your way into heaven!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #41 - 4/9/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-41/

A round-up of the vinyl I've bought to play at Great Big Kiss over the last few months. Kicking off with a 45 I've been after for a couple of years - "Can't You See (You're Losing Me)" by Mary Wells - we glide from irresistible northern soul - "By Yourself" by Jay D Martin, "Jeanette" by Wade Flemons, and "Your Personality" by Jackie Lee - to girl group brilliance - "Love Is The Only Answer" by The Lollipops and "In Your Spare Time" by Cindy Scott - and storming r&b - "I Can't Stand It" by The Soul Sisters and "Can't Chance A Break Up" by Ike & Tina Turner. We round off with two Yardbirds-related songs - "For Your Love" and Brenda Lee's version of "What'd I Say", featuring Jimmy Page - and then raise a cheer for the opening of the night tube, with "Night Train" by James Brown. All aboard!

HDIF Podcast #37 - 11/9/16

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-37/

From Field Day to Indietracks, from End Of The Road to On Blackheath, it was a great summer of discovering wonderful new bands and catching up with old favourites. This podcast rounds-up some of the highlights of my festival season, and also features some of the highlights of the most recent HDIF nights at The Phoenix. There's brand new music from Frankie Cosmos, Pinegrove, Boys Forever, Expert Alterations and Kew (a fourpiece from Brooklyn, naturally). There's old classics by Band Of Holy Joy, Sugar, Smoking Popes, and the astonishing 1976 single by Detroit's proto-punk legends Death. There's new songs by The Hidden Cameras, Teenage Fanclub, Jeffrey Lewis and The Wedding Present. And a song by the glorious Cavern Of Anti-Matter (featuring Tim Gane of Stereolab).

Great Big Kiss Podcast #42 - Sixth Birthday Mix

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-42-sixth-birthday-mix/

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us! Yes, Great Big Kiss celebrates its sixth birthday this month. Six years of dancing to the finest northern soul, Motown, 60s girl groups and rock'n'roll. Good music, good people, the best of times! And to mark the occasion we're indulging ourselves with a mix of some of our favourite female-fronted soul songs. Many of these make frequent appearances on our playlists, some are old favourites that have languished in the back of our record box for far too long. All are our idea of heaven.

HDIF Podcast #38 - Belle & Sebastian Covers Special

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/hdif-podcast-38-belle-sebastian-covers-special/

As a warm up for our annual Belle & Sebastian special this Saturday, October 15th, here's a podcast of songs that B&S have covered over the years. The band have a reputation for adding covers to their live shows, many of which have a connection to the place they're playing - I saw them do "What Goes On" in New York, for example - and in the past two decades of touring, they've covered countless songs. Here's 19 of them, ranging from French Pop and indie pop classics to ornate 60s gems and the cooler end of 70s and 80s chart pop. I've also added a song I discovered while researching this podcast - an extremely lo-fi demo of a very early Belle & Sebastian song that I'd never heard before.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #43 - Halloween Mix

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-43-halloween-mix/

As a warm-up for our annual Halloween dance party in Brixton, here's another mix of spooky soul, ghoulish girl groups and bone-rattling rock'n'roll, awash with voodoo, witchcraft, and all manner of supernatural goings on. We venture to the outer limits of Halloween esoterica this time around, with a track by Lurch from The Addams Family, a ode to the Witch Queen Of New Orleans by Indonesian supervamp Ervinna, and a clutch of devilish dancefloor smashes that find us visiting the Monster Hop to do the Transylvania Twist with a Wombie Zombie!

Great Big Kiss Podcast #44

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-44/

We're honoured and excited to have Ady Croasdell as our guest DJ at Great Big Kiss this month. Ady is the head of Kent records and has been responsible for my education in northern soul, R&B, and garage rock, via the peerless Kent compilation albums that he put together over the years. I've still to collect the full set, but there's my pick of the albums that I do own. There's northern soul, 60s girl groups, R&B, mod classics, garage rock and much much more.

Great Big Kiss Podcast #45

Listen here - https://www.mixcloud.com/hdif/great-big-kiss-podcast-45/

At every Great Big Kiss, I take photos of some of the records played by the guest DJs, usually as a way of reminding myself of a brilliant song so I can go hunting for it the next day. Here's a selection of the singles I photographed in 2015 and 2016 at The Phoenix. They were played by Andy Lewis, Ady Croasdell, Lucienne Cole, The Action Men, Gary Day, Kev And Linda, Declan Allen and Les Petits Feet And Agent Badlam.









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