Over 20 years deep (as of 2010) in buying and playing records, and there seems to be no end in sight. I've put on my own nights in various bars, pubs and clubs in Ayrshire (Scotland) and London, varying from hip hop (late 80's and 90's independent), house (deep, melodic, bass heavy sounds), funk, soul, and even indie nights.
After a 10+ year hiatus from house music, I've found that it has come full circle and there are people like Linkwood (and the whole Prime Numbers and Firecracker Recordings crews), Cottam, 6th Borough Project, and Efdemin, amongst others that are putting heart and soul into making proper house music again. Special mentions must go to Eddie C, Intrusion, Wireman, Acos Coolkas and Sigha, who are all producing special things.
As far as hip hop goes, it's always been about DITC, Godfather Don, Gangstarr, Big Daddy Kane, Marley Marl, Beatminerz, ATCQ and all those kinda cats, and more recently the late, great, oft-copied-never-matched, Jay Dee aka J Dilla.
For me, soul music cannot be bettered if it invloves, Marvin, Stevie, Curtis or Al. Other special people include Syl Johnson, Roberta Flack, and Marlena Shaw. Lesser known artists that have hardly put a foot wrong in their whole career include Harry Whitaker, and 24 Carat Black.
All the people mentioned, and the artists that they influenced, play a part in the ever expanding shelves of flat black plastic that take up a couple of rooms in the house.
If I'm not listening to any of the above, I've probably got Belle & Sebastian coming through the speakers!
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Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mixes, and if it's got an ounce of soul, I hope you'll hear it in the sounds I post here.