MOVIN’ ON Soul Club :: Barcelona :: 3rd October 2015
At BARTS CLUB
Av. Paral.lel nº 62, Barcelona
Metro: “Paral.lel” L2 & L3
From 23:30 h
Admission: 10 euros (including drink)
GREG BELSON (USA/UK)
ANDY JONES (UK)
JULES BARSOULONA (Barcelona)
+ MOVIN’ ON Djs: Edu Domingo & Cristina Alonso
+++ Friday welcome party at GINGER (Plaça Sant Just, Barcelona)
FRIDAY 2nd – from 21:00h til 02:30h – Free entry
Guest DJs: GREG BELSON (USA/UK) (Special Lowrider Set) + CLAIRE KALVIS (UK)
+++ SIESTA IS OVER! Movin’ On Warm Up at GINGER (Plaça Sant Just, Barcelona)
SATURDAY 3rd – from 17:00h til 20:00h – Free entry
Guest DJs: DAVE MOORE (SP/UK) + MANUEL PARRA (SP)
[Next date :: December’s Weekender 4th/5th 2015 :: SOUL SAM (UK) + MARIA ORLOVIC (UK) + ARTHUR FENN (UK) :: More info coming soon!!]
GREG BELSON (USA/UK)
Greg Belson is a vinyl archaeologist. He’s been amassing an archive of obscure, previously undiscovered recordings from all over the United States for over 25 years…..and he likes to share these original 45’s and LP’s with whoever lends their ears. His first movements into collecting were inspired by mid ‘80s hiphop filtering in the golden era… from there began a steady spiral into vinyl police work. A passion to find the next sound recorded for pennies, and left unheard for too long. He’s played dance parties around the globe to whoever wants a serious dose of what LA heads call the ‘natural raw’… and expect to see this ‘vinyl madman’ spin on the regular at Funky Sole at The Echo on Sunset Blvd. On dublab.com, hear what all the fuss is about by tuning into the ground breaking monthly show ‘The Divine Chord Gospel Show’.
The master of gospel (and funk, and soul!)
Greg Belson began collecting records in 1984, initially exploring the ‘Hiphop’ genre with artists like Public Enemy, Tuff Crew, D.O.C., Just-Ice, Schooly D dominating his record collection. It was always gonna be a natural progression to investigate where the samples actually came from so by 1988, his passion for soul, funk and jazz had properly taken flight. Labels like Blue Note, CTI, Kudu & Strata East, artists like Minnie Riperton & the Rotary Connection, David Axelrod & Eddie Bo all became instant mainstays. Gig promotion started the same year alongside DJ Aydin the Funky Chile (ATFC now signed to Defected Records). In 1990, he started the much lauded ‘Urban Soul’ sessions with DJ Vadim (Ninjatune/Jazz Fudge/BBE). Guests included Trevor Nelson, Gilles Peterson, Patrick Forge, DJ Snowboy, James Lavelle and Keb Darge.
In 1994, Greg and Keb Darge joined forces to launch the legendary club session that has become a brand name in ‘Deep Funk’. The original concept was to create a night that covered all areas of funk music over two floors, in a West End London club. In the basement was a brace of DJ’s spearheaded by Keb playing 60’s beats, raw soul, Hammond funk and suchlike, whereas on the first floor, the mood was modern soul, 70’s soulful funk and even P-Funk.
In 1996, Greg moved into music production, teaming up with Nick Faber to form the ‘Hightower Set’. The good Doctor Bob Jones released their material on his Black on Black label including a series of 12’s which gave the duo opportunities to work alongside the likes of Tony Brown (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry collaborator), Aquasky, DJ Harvey, the Freakniks, Spacer and Meat Katie. Other labels offered remix work too including Scenario, Kingsize, Halflife and Moving Shadow. A number of tracks also made some hot compilations of the day released by labels such as Dope on Plastic, Beechwood, All Seeing Eye and Moving Shadow.
Kingsize Records signed the Faber/Belson production team in 1997under a separate moniker ‘Appleseed’ where the pair recorded with engineer Matthew ‘Bushwacka!’ B. Several tracks from this collaboration were licenced onto compilations, TV spots and brand advertising.
Greg continued DJ’ing throughout the ‘Hightower’ years and held various residencies at nights like ‘Hogwash’ (once rated by Snowboy as ‘one of the best, if not *the* best, funk clubs in the country’) and suchlike. Appearances across the UK followed, with demand for his blend of rare soul & funk coming from Edinburgh to Penzance, from Southampton to South London and Manchester to Plymouth. He also held a 14 year Thursday night residency in his home town of Kingston Upon Thames, a night that really allowed him to focus on building quality sets of music.
In 2006, Greg moved to Los Angeles California to be closer to the source of the music and to tread new boards. Since the move, he’s been responsible for unearthing some fantastic tracks that had previously gone unheard, particularly so in most soul related genres. He’s become known as the authority for vintage Gospel Soul recordings and in 2011, approached Dublab.com with an idea to host a specialist hour-long monthly broadcast dedicated to this phenomenal music. Now into its 4th year of airtime, ‘The Divine Chord Gospel Show’ has gained a global fanbase with dedicated listeners tuning in worldwide.
DJ appearances around the States include the ‘Emerald City Soul Club’ in Seattle, ‘Soul Togetherness’ in Chicago, as well as dates in New York, Detroit and all across California.
In 2014, he embarked on a 46-date European tour taking in nights all over the UK, as well as Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Holland and Italy…. the shows kicked off with an amazing headline set for Block 9’s ‘NYC Downlow’ stage at Glastonbury Festival. The tour was met with critical acclaim from all corners of the industry and has placed Greg in the spotlight as one of the leaders of rare and underplayed soul music. Music you might not have heard before, but brought to you and played in a style that makes you want to dance. Many could say it’s a unique blend, from hard soul, to funk, to r&b, to gospel….we would say, go and check him out to see what all the fuss is about.
Some of the DJ’s that have shared the turntables with Mr. Belson:
Cut Chemist, Keb Darge, Kenny Dope, Gilles Peterson, DJ Vadim, Meat Katie, Skeme Richards, Music Man Miles, Boogie Blind, Butch, Horse Meat Disco, DJ Shadow, Snowboy, Jay Strongman, J-Rocc, Dave Thorley, Bill Brewster, Supreme La Rock, David Morales, Bob Jones, Ashley Beadle, Dave Jarvis, Carry Nation, DJ Die, Mr Finewine, Jelly Jazz Sound System, Patrick Forge, Norman Jay, Wrongtom, Howie Pyro.
The Hightone’s of Racine: Glad to be here (Hummingbird)
Annette Briggs: Wade in the water (Voices of Soul)
The Birds of Harmony: Birds of Harmony theme (ILM)
Motivations: Get ready (Hi-Way)
Universal Jubileers: What is it (HLF)
ANDY JONES (UK)
Hatched in the early 60s, renowned beer monster Andy spent his formative years at a famous Soul Weekender in Norfolk, UK. Andy began DJing in 1983 with a focus on danceable soul. Following a 9 year career playing American Football, the mid 90s saw him progress into the 70s rare underplayed and northern scene. Appearances at several London Clubs saw the formation of Filthy Soul in 2007. With the Weekender scene still running through his veins Andy has entertained at MonuMental, Bilbao, Stockholm & Soul Essence along with guest appearances on Starpoint Radio and most recently at the 6ts 100 club all-nighter.
Lil Major Williams: Girl don’t leave me
Tolbert: I got it
The Tears: Good luck my love
Eloise Laws: Baby Doll
Hamilton Movement: She’s gone
JULES BARSOULONA (Barcelona)
Un placer aportar mi granito de arena a un club, que junto al Boiler, me ha enseñado un montón de cosas a lo largo de estos últimos años. Muchas neuronas (y eurus) me ha costado, pero sarna a gusto no pica. Espero que os guste mi selección y que sea una noche agradable para todo el mundo, en la línea de cualquier otro Movin’ On. ¡Hasta pronto!
The Appreciations: It’s better to cry (Sport)
Earles Inc.: Just an illusion (Zudan)
The Summitts: I can’t get over losing you (Dontee)
Kelly & Soul Explosions: Talking about my baby’s love (Dynamite)
Sex: It’s you (Super City)
+ MOVIN’ ON DJs: Eduardo Domingo & Cristina Alonso