A massive and constantly-updated Spotify playlist full of R&B, soul, hip-hop, rap, blues, funk, go-go, Motown, and quiet storm. And only a very tiny little bit of jazz because I don’t really like it.
But what I do like, I love passionately, to paraphrase Christopher “Chris” Lowe of Pet Shop Boys. Actually, when I was starting out as a DJ and before I fully embraced the house movement, there was a short period whilst I was playing a lot more R&B. I was really into the D.A.I.S.Y. Age stuff – a lot of which isn’t on Spotify because De La Soul can’t even remember all the records they sampled.
This nigh-on-300-songs-at-the-time-of-writing playlist runs the whole gamut of styles, and hopefully a lot of the history too. For every Archie Bell and the Drells, there’s a Lizzo and for every Staple Singers, there’s a Sindecut.