Champion Sound: Moss from Daytoner, British Ideas Corporation, 2017

Champion Sound: Moss from Daytoner, British Ideas Corporation, 2017

The bit of the website where someone of sonic sophistication supplies a selection of serious dance-floor stompers.

Moss from Daytoner, DJ, modern funk & soul leviathan and regular on BBC Radio 6 Music’s The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show.

“The first half of my list reveals my love of sampling, crate-digging and hazy early memories, but these discoveries are far more than mere sample sources, as the entire tracks would be hard to beat even after countless tweaks. The second half continues indulgently with our own first foray into soul followed by friends in the game twisting samples and influences into great new vinyl on key independent UK labels like Jalapeño, Wah Wah 45, Wass, BBE, etc.” – Moss from Daytoner, June 2017

“Coffee Gold” – Galt MacDermot And His Mid Manhattan Rhythm Section (from LP Shapes Of Rhythm, Kilmarnock, 1966)
“Discovered from the looped intro used for Prince Paul and Dan The Automator’s Handsome Boy Modeling School track “The Truth”, voiced by Moloko’s Róisín Murphy. Galt later went on to write the iconic Seventies musical Hair.”

“Nobody Knows” – Pastor TL Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir (from LP Like A Ship… (Without A Sail), Mt Zion, 1971)
“I’m fascinated by this record made with the Youth For Christ Choir in Chicago. An eerie unity of gospel and raw funk unearthed from an unlikely source like an ancient artefact.”

“Smokey Joe’s La La” – Googie Rene Combo (Atlantic, 1966)
“I’ve a treasured Wah Wah 45s reissue 7” of this and it still slots into any set as it sounds like it was made yesterday, yet distilling the optimism of the mid Sixties, years before the Altamont comedown.”

“The Tears Of A Clown” – Smokey Robinson And The Miracles (Tamla Motown, 1970) 
“This anthem, co-written with Stevie Wonder and Hank Cosby, is one of my hazy memories of a bleak, Eighties northern upbringing, a ubiquitous staple at every parental pork pie-fuelled event. I can still smell damp wooden halls during the chorus.”

“Treat Me” – Daytoner (Wass Records, 2013)
“Leading awkwardly on from a maestro, here’s our first soul release with our singer Lucy Richards, a track that was originally on the 2012 LP Sunburst Radio [Wass Records]. Our first full band LP with Lucy will be out later this year and in the meantime we’re touring various UK festivals this summer.”

“The Fawcett Negotiation” – The Gene Dudley Group (Wah Wah 45s, 2013)
“A one-man DIY big band titled The Gene Dudley Group on Wah Wah 45 delivers a sonic burst of sunshine guaranteeing smiles as wide as the Watford Gap.”

“Be With You” – The Allergies (from Kicking Up Dust EP, Jalapeño Records, 2015)
“Not the biggest hit of the Bristol breakbeat stars but deftly done, nonetheless. These top lads deliver hooks for days whether on the Technics or on vinyl.”

“Save Me” – Mr Bird featuring Greg Blackman (from LP Low-Fi Classics, BBE, 2014)
“Never mind Rag’N’Bone Man, Greg Blackman’s been belting out songs this well for years and Mr Bird’s collabs are always on point for BBE and others.”

“Lay It On Me” – Smoove & Turrell (Jalapeño Records, 2014)
“Had to include this from probably one of our biggest supporters, Smoove, and his band fronted by another big UK voice, John Turrell. Always loved their fast swing tracks like this and their classic, ‘Hard Work’ [Jalapeño Records, 2011].”

“Hooked On Swing” – Renegades Of Jazz (from LP Hip To The Jive, Wass Records, 2011)
“Former label mate David Hanke ends the list with one of his first tracks on the label we were on, Smoove’s Wass Records. A rousing finale that burst on to the scene with a big-band bang.”

And here’s the Spotify playlist…

See Daytoner at Shepton Mallet NASS Festival (8 July), London Natural History Museum (14 July), Waterford (Ireland) Spraoi International Street Arts Festival (5-6 August), Newquay Boardmasters Festival (11 August), Looe Music Festival (30 September).

“Shedits 3 EP” by Daytoner is available at Juno Download now.