Monday, March 30, 2009


Oh boy. We´re UK housin´ down the memory lane right here. This thing hasn´t aged a bit, still gives me chills to hear this played out in clubs.. BIG shout out to DJ Tommi H (Saturday Night Freestyle) for putting me on to Nuphonic waaaaaayyyy back..

Faze Action "Moving Cities" (zShare)

Friday, March 27, 2009


It´s time for another one, N-i-g-h-t-LIFE!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Mrs Carol Hahn was kind enough to give KGS some insight of things leading up to her recording the rare groove diamond "Do Your Best". A big, big thank you to Carol for taking time to do this!

Can you give some background how did the record come together in 1982?

"This was my first record. I had a five piece band in Springfield, MA/Hartford, CT area and went into a studio in Hartford called Nickel Studios owned by a guy named Jack Stang to record a demo for my band to help get club and party dates. Jack liked my voice and asked if I wanted to record some originals. He was also working with a guy named Rahni Harris who was in a funk band out of Detroit called Dayton. I think Rahni had relatives or something in the area and that's why he was in CT at the time. Rahni was an very talented guy and wrote and produced most of the songs on my "Portraits" album. "Do your Best" was the single released off that album."

"We had a great horn section play on it and a great bass player named Morris Pleasure. Mo Pleasure, as he was called by his friends, went on to play with many big groups and ended up with Earth Wind & Fire as their keyboardist and musical director. DYB was recorded on a 16 track and the dance version spliced into the various parts. We released it and supplied all the dance pools with copies and started to get a buzz. Jack also hired a Billboard promoter who got it on the Billboard dance charts, we also got a good review in Billboard for the album which helped the record. It was licensed to Supreme and I'm not sure how well it did in Europe. It was also licensed to a couple of other labels outside the US and released."

Looking back now 27 years later, how do you feel about that time and era in your career?

"All I can say about the recording of the album was that it was a great time. They were wonderful and talented musicians to work with and everybody got along great. I think we all felt lucky to be able to record originals and release them on a record. It was of course a musician's dream."


Carol Hahn "Do Your Best" (zShare)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Not sure if this was the only release on New York´s Lioness Records, or what´s up with the different matrix numbers on each side.. Nerdy deliberation aside, this is a undeniable boogie classic.

Masurrati "Super Duper (Lovin)" (zShare)

Monday, March 23, 2009


Some classic Philly Soul to set the week off - all from his ´82 "Sweetest Piece Of The Pie" LP.

Bobby Thurston "Just Ask Me" (zShare)

Bobby Thurston "Na Na Na Na Baby" (zShare)

Friday, March 20, 2009


I´m about to embark for gig in Oulu - here´s a couple tracks to get you ready for the weekend. Have a good one.

The Canyons "More Champagne" (zShare)

Roland Clark "Sunshine" (Ron Trent Mix) (zShare)

UDM "To Please You" (zShare)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


In 1985 at age 9, DeLeon Richards became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Grammy - the previous record holder was Michael Jackson.

This track is from her "We Need To Hear From You" LP from 1989 - a cool little RNB-type slow boogie jam.

Supposedly there is a sex tape of a young DeLeon gettin´ it on with R.Kelly floating around somewhere..

DeLeon Richards "He´s Knockin´" (zShare)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


"The Philosopher of Soul" as he was dubbed ever since his early recording years at Stax, Johnnie Taylor was one of the most underrated soul singers of our time.

More notably being recognized for his big(ger) hits "Who´s Making Love" and "Disco Lady", this tune is a personal modern two-step favorite of mine.

Johnnie Taylor "What About My Love" (zShare)

Monday, March 16, 2009


"Why are people buyig vinyl records again? What is their allure? Why do people still buy them? I set out to interview a wide range of people in both the DC area and my hometown of Johnstown PA to find the answer. From Record Store Owners, DJs, and Bands to Record Labels, Audio Technicians, Vinyl Enthusiasts, Collectors, and especially new vinyl buyers, I interviewed them to get their opinion on the subject."

- Habib Awan

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Here´s a dope mix from Stockholm´s (Farsta to be exact!) own Kalle Strinberg aka Farsta-Kalle aka KingKalle! 70:08 minutes of ruff boogie instrumentals & early house - all exclusively put together by the man with the beard. Enjoy.

Colors "Colorful Dub/Break For Daize"
Toney Lee "Love So Deep (Instrumental)"
Toney Lee "Reach Up (Dub Mix)"
Aurra "Such A Feeling Part 3"
Sweet Heat "This Is The Night (Progressive Mix)"
Carolyn Harding "Memories"
LaFleur "Dub Til We Drop"
Janice Christie "One Love (Dub 1)"
M.T.S. Presents Word To Da Muther "Be-Be´s Kids"
Take Three "Tonite (All Right)"
Sinnamon "Thanks To You" (Second part of the instrumental)
State Of Mind "Living (Dub Mix)"
Sha-Lor "I´m In Love (Conservative Version"
Dolos "Night So Right (Club Mix)"
Jan Leslie Holmes "I´m Your Superman (Disco Mix)"
Everlife "(You´re My) Superhero"
Sparque "Music Turns Me On (Instrumental Tee Scott Mix)"
Chromium "Time Traveller"
Visual "The Music Got Me (Instrumental)"
Womack & Womack "Life´s Just A Ballgame (Dub Remix)"

Dj KingKalle "Give The Drum Machine Some"


Saturday, March 14, 2009


A perfect tune for the late hours. Jalokivi Meriahven for my Finnish heads!

Jewel Bass "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me" (zShare)

Friday, March 13, 2009


Oh yes, here´s an absolute modern soul classic - enjoy the weekend ya´ll.

Eddie Jay And Ray "Keep Smilin´" (zShare)

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Behold the legend! Former dancer turned boxer turned Northern Soul icon.

This cut was the first release on his Osiris label, which he co-founded in 1975 with Al Jackson formerly from Booker T. & The MG´s.

Major Lance "You´re Everything I Need" (zShare)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Bert Reid (former sax player in Crown Heights Affair) providing here what´s needed for a 124 bpm Larry Levan classic.

I always get a kick lookin´ at Sleeping Bag 12-inches - that koala is so eerie but somehow cool at the same time..

Jamaica Girls "Need Somebody New" (zShare)

Monday, March 9, 2009


Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and percussionist Vinicius Cantuária was born in 1951. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with such giants as Brian Eno, Brad Mehldau, Arto Lindsay, David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

I picked up his Gávea De Manha LP long time ago in Paris - if somebody is more familiar with his other work, please let me know.

The track featured here, Sem Pisar No Châo, is a slice of Brazilian rare groove magic.

Vinicius Cantuária "Sem Pisar No Châo" (zShare)

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Here´s a perfect tune to unwind on a Sunday afternoon. I don´t know too much about the artist, except that the charming vocals get me every time..

"Express Your Love" is sweet, innocent, and - like a love letter sung into a portable tape recorder in a teenager´s bedroom - almost painfully intimate." - Office Naps

Sweet And Innocent "Express Your Love (zShare)

Memphis Mustangs "Express Your Love Theme" (zShare)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Here´s some blazin´ bootleg utillery.

Back in 2005 I was listening to Brandy´s acapella and thought it would make perfect sense over a uptempo bass-driven disco beat. So it was a case of explaining this to my man Dharma One and it was on. At the time this was looking to be the first KGS-release but due to busy schedule I had to put this on hold which I have ever since regretted in agony, sniff.. There is also a dub-version over Class Action´s "Weekend", which you can hear it in my sets from time time.

But this is what went down, artwork by the one and only Dj Fiskars from Top Billin fame.

Dee One "Boogie Baby" (zShare)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


One of the most underrated talents in California Soul, Ty Karim was way beyond your average soul singer. Some of you may be aware of her Northern Soul stompers "Lighten Up Baby" and "Ain´t That Love Enough" - this is a modern soul groover recorded in 1980 with George Griffin on Hollywoods Kon-kord Records, later issued on Sheridan House.

Ty Karim & George Griffin "Keep On Doin´ Whatcha´ Doin´ (zShare)

Monday, March 2, 2009


Here´s a mix I did for Al Kent´s mighty MDD early last year. I still get requests about the tracklist so I´m hoping people felt the selection, altough I still get hassled for preferring the Front Row 45 over the 12"!! Here´s the action once more, in full detail.

Jesse James "I Can Feel Your Love Vibes" edit
Janette Renee "What´s On Your Mind"
Brenda Cuffari "My Music Says It All"
Green Sisters "Win Place & Show"
JNB "I´ll Be The One"
First Class International "Playing"
Yohon "Fly With Me"
Front Row "Wanting You"
11th Commandment "Dance With Me"
Family Of Eve "Having It So Bad For You"
Barrett Strong "Love Is You" edit
Clifton Dyson "I´m Giving Up"
Charles Veal "New Found Love"
Raydiant "Our Love"

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Welcome, Bienvenido, Welkom, Benvenuti, Willkommen, Salve, Bienvenue, Välkommen, Terrrrrvetuloa!!

It´s Ionik here to warmly welcome You & Yours to the sounds and sights of deep disco, underground boogie and modern soul music in it´s purest, finest and rawest form. I´ll also be dippin´ into house & hip hop from time to time - mainly trying to focus on the more soulful side of things. So check in every now and then and feel free to comment, ask, suggest, rate, bid, correct, hate, love etc anything I post.

So, without further adieu, (and I hate saying that, trusme!) what better way to set the journey off than letting Mr Tom Browne set the mood right.


Tom Browne "Come For A Ride" (zShare)