These venues paved the way for the rave scene and the club culture of the ‘80s and ‘90s, inspiring DJs such as Norman Jay and Pete Tong. We’ve included the sounds that influenced them before they became established DJs in their respective fields.
Subcultures are never standalone, and so the influence of the Soul Boy & Girl era can still be felt today via contemporary soul from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Emma Noble and Little Simz. We’ve also focussed on the current burgeoning soul sound with the likes of 100 Club All Our Tomorrows alumni, Biig Piig and Lava La Rue and, finally including Gilles Peterson’s STR4TA latest release which takes us full circle as it’s a nice nod to that early-80s Brit-funk scene sound. Enjoy.