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A Night at Zensai - Circa 2006

A Night at Zensai - Circa 2006

Playing tracks by

Roberta Flack, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, Carmen McRae, Ryo Kawasaki, J. Rawls Presents The Liquid Crystal Project and more.

So the story goes that around 2006 I stumbled into a year-long Sunday night residency at Camden's Zensai Bar. I suppose you could call it my first London promoted gig (but generally we didn't do any promotion - how we lasted 12 months is anyone's guess...). Armed with seven hours worth of vinyl each week (we had no CDJs back then) myself and http://www.mixcloud.com/RLM/ dropped an eclectic and soulful soundtrack of assorted flavours. Obviously each week brought a new challenge, sometimes it was busy post Jazz Cafe throw out time, sometimes it was dead for the whole 7 hours and we were chastised for not playing 'uppy uppy' enough (famously on the same night we were also told to stop playing 'Brazilian funeral music'!). Well going through my CDs yesterday I found a two-part segment of one of those nights. Here's the first part (which we agree is certainly not 'uppy uppy') posted for prosperity. Plenty of soul samples, a little dose of hip-hop inspired beats, classic jazz and funk.

Comments

Koray Özel

Never one to play 'uppy uppy' for too long... Great mix! Perfect tempo.

Rob Coley
Rob Coley

Cheers Koray... well we did an hour's worth it seems, the second set is slightly faster with some disco boogie flavours.

Les Fisher

Top marks for trying young man!

Rob Coley
Rob Coley

Thanks Les :)

meltingpot

Yup. It's definitely Bronx River Parkway. The track is entitled Nora Se Va.

Rob Coley
Rob Coley

Thank you sir, added to the tracklist.

meltingpot

Great selection Rob. Loads of timeless classics on here!

Rob Coley
Rob Coley

Cheers Goobi, if you happen to give it a listen maybe you can help ID the Latin track after Nuyorican Soul. I seem to remember it might have been Bronx River Parkway or something similar.