Nextups and throwbacks: Stevie Wonderland

The first student-friendly disco night in Manchester, Stevie Wonderland hit the Manchester scene back in 2013 and has since hosted Marcel Vogel, Andrés and a roller disco.

Despite flying in guests from around the world, Stevie Wonderland has always been focussed on getting the best DJs possible, so this includes some from nearer home as well. Thursday’s event is one such case, when the boys bring in Manchester legends Jon K and Ruf Dug to spin some boogie-friendly tunes in everyones favourite basement – Soup Kitchen. Despite the two DJs being friends for years, this will be the first time they’ve played together, so it is set to be a very special night indeed.

Hugh Parsons and Arun Malhota, co-founders of the night, pick their top five nextups and top five throwbacks, below:

Throwbacks:

  • Ashford & Simpson – ‘The Boss’ (Live) (Mark Seven Edit) [Curved]
    A wonderful live edit from Mark Seven of Ashford & Simpson ‘The Boss’. Its got a great build up and is a really powerful party track when played at the right time.
  • Alonzo Turner – ‘Whoever Said It’ [LA Records]
    This rare LA Records disco cut has one of the best jumping bass riffs out there. It’s sampled quite heavily by Rahaan in ‘Disco Fantasy’ – a track that always makes an appearance at our parties.
  • Unfinished Business – ‘Out Of My Hands’ (Frankie Knuckles Vocal Mix) [Chicago Connection Records]
    Krystal Klear introduced us to this track way back in 2013 when we were first finding our feet at The Roadhouse (RIP). Its an early house number produced by the Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles. Straight from Chicago, this track’s got a seriously infectious chorus, a synth lick to keep everyone moving, and a pumping kick throughout.
  • Pam Todd & Love Exchange – ‘Let’s Get Together’ (Club Mix) [Shyrlden Records]
    Killer vocals from Pam Todd in this extended club mix which was a Paradise Garage favourite. It’s a proper soulful love song that just makes you wanna dance.
  • Cloud One – ‘Spaced Out’ [P&P Records]
    It’s all in the name with this one, a ‘spaced out’ synth fuelled cosmic banger from Cloud One.

Nextups:

  • Cassio Kohl – ‘Hear Me’ [Futureboogie]
    A great up and coming producer whose latest release on Futureboogie Recordings is a favourite of ours. It has really nice groove and some great vocal samples. We can’t wait to invite him and the Futureboogie crew down in a few months which we will be announcing soon.
  • Marcel Vogel – ‘Come On’ [Lumberjacks in Hell]
    This one’s taken from another of our favourite labels, Lumberjacks in Hell, and one of our favourite DJs, Marcel Vogel. Lumberjacks in Hell are one of our favourite labels and their 5th Anniversary release is well worth getting your hands on if only for this funk laden track by label boss Marcel.
  • Dan Shake – ‘To The Love’ [Lumberjacks In Hell]
    Off the same record as Marcel’s release but also fully deserving a place on this list is this track from Dan Shake. This track’s another example of Dan’s mastering of sampling; the bass line samples Slick’s 1979 classic ‘Space Bass’ which, combined with Marvin Gaye esq. disco diva screeches, makes for a seriously funky track. We’ve been big on Dan since the start – he’s definitely going far!
  • Funkadelic Ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You’ (Louie Vega Remix) [C Kunspyruhzy Records]
    George Clinton x Kendrick x Louie Vega – three genre defining musicians on a collaboration that we never saw coming! You can see the influence of all three musicians in this track – Clinton’s funky bass lines, Kendrick’s inspired lyrics, and Vega’s thumping four-to-the-floor jackin kick. This one’s guaranteed to get the crowd moving!
  • Harvey Sutherland – ‘Bermuda’ [MCDE]
    This track, released by Daniel Plessow on his own MCDE imprint, is such a good example of how old analogue kit can come together in the most perfect way! The Rhodes is so warm and vibrant, the high hats are really organically phrased and the track builds in such a natural way.

Catch Stevie Wonderland at Soup Kitchen on Thursday 22nd, joined by Nextup columnist, Ruf Dug and longtime friend/first-time collaborator, Jon K.
Facebook event here:
www.facebook.com/events/1004280376280598

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