UN019: Unrushed by Finn Johannsen

7 June 2017
As we welcome in the serene green of summer we are reminded how crucial it is to diversify our experiences, perspective, and sound. Therefore we have prepared a proper tribute with four hours of UK Street Soul, laid down by the masterful hands of Finn Johannsen. Inspired by an early thirst for the underground pirate radio culture that permeated throughout disused locations in the UK, this mix is a head first dive into a particular era of music that continues to resonate deeply today. Keeping busy as co-owner of Macro Recordings and working at Hard Wax, Johannsen has developed a particular knack for pulling out life affirming gems at just the right time, massaging the mind into the kind of fluid state that we like to propagate. Part the clouds and play it loud!

"This mix goes back to what I liked to listen to about thirty years ago, when not in the mood for rushing music. I always loved a sweet Soul vocal, the bass weight of Dub and a dope Hip Hop beat, and thankfully there were a lot of great tunes around at that time that combined those elements, particularly in the UK. Most notably The Wild Bunch and Smith & Mighty in Bristol as well as Soul II Soul in London merged UK sound system culture with Jamaican Lovers Rock and American Hip Hop and R&B sounds in the late 80s, and their success led to a vibrant underground scene that was tagged UK Street Soul, or UK Club Soul. As with other UK Breakbeat styles, UK Street Soul was mainly a fiercely independent white label culture, the music produced with very basic equipment and mostly amateur vocalists, and spread across country via hundreds of illegal pirate radio stations in towerblock squats and similarly disused locations. I used to tune in to the pirates on trips to the UK as much as I could, envious of the determination and underground spirit with which the network broadcasted their sweet and raw sounds against a grim reality and looming prosecution by the authorities. The sound is still resonating with current club music, but as the stations originally airing it, the producers originally creating it and the labels originally releasing it a lot of it has just vanished. This mix is intended as a tribute to a pirate radio UK Street Soul show. It contains some obscure gems and some better known gems from the UK and US, and is probably best listened to through booming car speakers or headphones, or at home while getting ready for the club, or in the setting described in the last song: and look at the view from your balcony, London through your eyes. No one but you to keep me company, twenty floors up a high-rise. After all, it is still Soul, and so it is mainly about love. But make sure to play it LOUD."

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Cover artwork by Joop Schroen


01. Lewis Taylor - Ghosts
02. Zene - I Will See You Right
03. Irini - 24/7 Love
04. S.L.O. Featuring Stevvon - Save Your Love
05. Courtney Buchanan - Life With You
06. Hiroshi Fujiwara - Getting Over You
07. Carlene Davis - Dial My Number
08. Perfect Taste - It's Over
09. Lalah Hathaway - Baby Don't Cry
10. Shiro - Good Love
11. Holly Montana - You Been Mean To Me
12. Lewis Taylor - Bittersweet
13. Junior Giscombe - Morning Will Come
14. ChantÈ Moore - Love's Taken Over
15. La Rue - Wish I Could Find Another
16. Golden - Don't Destroy Me
17. Bassline - You've Gone
18. Sonya - Goodbye Goodbye
19. Everis - Love Has Arrived
20. China Black - Searching
21. It Takes Two - What's Happenin'
22. Pure Silk - One Girl Too Late
23. Claudia Patrice - Forever
24. Sunai - Gonna Take My Chances
25. Abstract Truth - We Had A Thing
26. Fresh 4 - Wishing On A Star
27. Smith & Mighty - Anyone
28. Nicolette - No Government
29. Jackie Sheridan - If You Really Love Me
30. McKoy - Family
31. Chapter & The Verse - Keep On It
32. SWV - Right Here
33. Leta Davis - You'll Never Get To Heaven
34. Carlton - Love And Pain
35. Smith & Mighty - Walk On
36. Angel Grant - Lil' Red Boat
37. Judy Albanese - That Ain't Right
38. Gabrielle - Because Of You
39. Charlene Smith - Feel The Good Times
40. 3D Productions - Trust In You
41. Jummai - Do You
42. Unknown Artist - Remiks
43. Gina Foster - Expect A Miracle
44. Malaya - Blameless
45. Stilife - This Love
46. Tara Kemp - Hold You Tight
47. Pinky - Looking For A Love
48. Lenny Dennis - Lovin You
49. The Bygraves - Set Me Free
50. Optimystic - Trust Me
51. Everything But The Girl - Take Me
52. Banderas - This Is Your Life
53. Pet Shop Boys - The View From Your Balcony