Vincent The Soul Chef

I love music... any kind of music... as long as it's groovy.

After a decade of trial and error, here is the official website where I attempt to chronicle my forty year obsession with all things vinyl. I dedicate this endeavour lovingly and respectfully to each and every single cratedigger the world over who has offered me education and inspiration either directly or indirectly. Without you, this site, much less my record collection, would cease to exist. Thank you and enjoy.

Hello, kiddies.

Here it is, the long awaited relaunch of Fufu Stew! There's going to be a lot of interesting stories, praises and rants to read in this iteration of the old blog. I thought about how to present it all for months; so many wonderful blogs out there have kept my interest for years on end by virtue of the stories that were told...
I had wanted this document of my 40 year journey of crate digging to be neat and concise for quite a while. I think it's a nice story, one that I know a lot of my colleagues can relate to in one way or another, and one that will serve to provide even more hours of aural pleasure. I need an outlet to beef up my writing skills, and this is the best way I know to get the practice. I've already told the story in bits and pieces, jumping off on some tangents here and there, but I really want elaborate on certain thoughts... some that may enlighten, surprise or even disturb. Whatever the case, I hope that you find the commentary interesting and informative...

That being said, let's begin the journey. 

 

#lifechanger

Hello, kiddies.

There isn't a day that goes by where you say something to the effect of "that song changed my life". Believe me, I've said it more than a few thousand times in my short life. If you follow me on Facebook, whether as a friend or as a member of the many vinyl groups I belong to, you've undoubtedly seen the hashtag in my posts or comments over the last three years. There's a reason for that... I don't take my love for music lightly, but that in and of itself is a gross understatement. The prime years for my obsession were definitely when I was a precocious teenager, especially when I got my first job, and I could afford to buy countless records with my earnings. Sound familiar? Well thankfully, I still have most of them, in varying degrees of condition of course, depending on how much they were played. Some were played way too much. Some weren't played nearly enough. Fact of the matter is that all of them have a special place in my heart, and I hope to be able to share some of them here, along with the stories that go along with why they mean so much. With that said, let's get to the heart of the matter...

Somewhere during my young adult life, I was turned on to the darker side of the spectrum. I still miss William, and all those records he let me babysit for over a year whilst he traveled south. Many a cassette tape was created back then, and of course I got lucky and found (and subsequently bought) a lot of them along the way in record bins and such. Recently I purchased a new truck complete with a cassette player, so as a treat to myself, I jumped in the ol' time machine and made this virtual "tape", chock full of plenty of old favourites, which can be had courtesy of that ever popular player thingie below...

 

01 Foxey Lady - The Cure (Fiction)
02 Sixteen Days - This Mortal Coil (4AD)
03 Martin - Soft Cell (Some Bizarre)
04 Like An Animal - The Glove (Polydor)
05 Clock - Danse Society (Sonet)
06 Press Darlings - Adam & The Ants (Epic)
07 Sound Of The Crowd - Human League (Virgin)
08 A Bigger Splash - Tones On Tail (4AD)
09 New Gold Dream - Simple Minds (Virgin)
10 Lucifer Sam - Love And Rockets (Beggars Banquet)
11 King Of Soul Dub - Wolgang Press (4AD)
12 Spirit Walker - The Cult (Beggars Banquet)
13 Come Again - Au Pairs (A&M)
14 Damaged Goods - Gang Of Four (Warner)
15 Into The White - Pixies (4AD)
16 De Luxe - Lush (4AD)
17 Boys - Bauhas (Small Wonder)
18 Just A Thought - Modern English (4AD)
19 Interzone - Joy Dvision (Factory)
20 Dear God - XTC (Virgin)
21 Pond Life - The Reegs
22 Floorshow - Sisters Of Mercy (Merciful Release)
23 Throw Them To The Lions - Siouxsie (Polydor)
24 Drugs - This Mortal Coil (4AD)
25 Waiting On The Wire - Breathless (Tenor Vossa)

There's gonna be many more chapters in this "book" to come sooner than later, along with some more surprises too... until then, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Happy born day (including Ten)

"From listening to records I just knew what to do, I mainly taught myself. I did pretty well, except there were a few mistakes... I'd like to just be able to continue to be able to express myself as best as I can... I feel like I have a lot of work to do."

Hello, kiddies...

There's a whole lot to be said for the last two years, but it's time to move on. Ten years ago, I wanted to add my two cents to the conversation as a bit of an outsider... I never fully expected it to be as good of a run as it was. A few thousand later, and then the whole Facebook thing which I never expected to sign on to... lots of genuine human beings out there. I'll give all the shoutouts and acknowledgements at the end, but there's a matter of the future.

The future... I want to tell the story from the beginning, really. Pure and concise facts. Because knowing what someone plays tells an awful lot about what one thinks, far better than words from one's own lips. I did indeed spend the last two years joining record appreciation groups on social media. It is very well documented. I suppose that makes me a certified vinyl junkie. I really have been one since the age of six, no, make that 2 1/2...

I'll stop there for now, and get to the future of this blog. I want a monthly forum to just share my love of this game with you. It's gotten far different from when I first launched it in 2007. I still love my 45s, but I totally ignored so much, and now I kinda regret it. I do intend to make up for that in a monthly forum. It could take off, but I really am doing it for my own amusement... real talk, this is gonna be a tough year. I need some diversion. That being said, click on the player thingie... It's a labour of love. In between buying all those albums, I pieced this batch of 45s together that had been in my head for a while... good ones... ones I'd be glad to be stuck with for quite a while... they really do sound good in this way... enjoy.

Cover image courtesy Shawn Hanshaw

01 We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos (Mercury)
02 Damph F'Aint - Herb Johnson Settlement (Toxsan/Soul Fire)
03 Snake Pit - Gunga Din (Valise)
04 Sookie Sookie - Steppenwolf (Dunhill)
05 As Long As I Got You - Laura Lee (Chess)
06 Under The Influence Of Love - Love Unlimited (20th Century)
07 I'm Living With A Memory - Barbara Acklin (Brunswick)
08 Good Girls - Merry Clayton (Ode)
09 If You Didn't Hear Me The First Time - The Sandpebbles (Calla)
10 Call Me Lightning - The Who (Decca)
11 You Gotta Believe - Pointer Sisters (Blue Thumb)
12 The Wash - Brenda & The Tabulations (Dionne)
13 Gotta Get Over The Hump - Simtec & Wylie (Mister Chand)
14 I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) Pt. 1 - Bobby Byrd (King)
15 Ham Hocks Espanol - Jimmy Castor (Smash)
16 Honey Pot - Al HirtN (RCA)
17 Jade East - Ramsey Lewis (Cadet)
18 Music For Gong Gong - Osibisa (Decca)
19 Let Me In - Jefferson Airplane (RCA)
20 Down Here On The Ground - Lou Rawls (Capitol)
21 On My Radio (mono promo mix) - The Selecter (2 Tone)
22 Reality - Carolyn Franklin (RCA)
23 The Pain Gets A Little Deeper - Darrow Fletcher (Groovy)
24 You Ain't Ready - Lou Courtney (Riverside)
25 That Driving Everything - Willie Mitchell (Hi)
26 Superman - The Clique (White Whale)
27 Steppin' Out - Raiders (Columbia)
28 Can't Shake It Loose - Pat Lewis (Golden World)
29 You Gave Me Soul - Andrea Davis (Chess)
30 What Can I Do For You - Labelle (Epic)
31 Under Your Skin - Luscious Jackson (Grand Royal)
32 San Francisco Girls - Fever Tree (UNI)
33 Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend And Lover (Verve)
34 Treatin' Us Women Funky - Ike & Tina Turner (Minit)
35 Trouble - Foxy (Double Shot)
36 Trudi - Donovan (Epic)
37 A Girl Called Sandoz - Animals (MGM)
38 The Young Folks - The Supremes (Motown)
39 Born Free - Fly Face (Fly Face)
40 C'mon Children - Earth Wind Fire (Warner Bros)
41 Black Is So Bad - Blood Brothers (Turbo)
42 Vamp, Oakland - The M-Tet (Funk Night)
43 Tomorrow - Strawberry Alarm Clock (UNI)

Now in closing, I just wanna say that it's gonna be interesting to see how I tell the story. I really like writing. Music taught me how. Wring the sponge out into a mental flash drive once in a while and soak up even more along the way. Yeah, I'm gonna document it here. Over time. There's so many people out there to thank for the inspiration now. I swear, Facebook really did turn out to be the vehicle I needed to meet them all. From record selection, to mix creation... yeah. I owe you all big. Yeah. I'm immersed in music now. Playing it for myself, sharing the experience with anyone. Remember, I've wanted to do this since I was a teenager with a boom box. I've accomplished what I wanted once and for all. The rest is a bonus, and that brings me to folks like DJ Nite n Day (yeah, this one's especially for you)... especially to Shawn for the image... Mr. Mass... everyone at the Crate Diggers Union, Record Playas, the Safe As Milk Media Club and so many more Facebook groups. My dear friend Elle from Canada for the countless amount of blessings, of course my hero Larry... my goodness. Connie T. Empress too, most definitely Chris Lujan (remember that name), Liz, Greg, oh, and Ollie Teeba too... Linda GoGo!!! I've always got love for DJ Blueprint, the entire 4BB team, Matt, Mr. Mondo... I know I'm gonna miss some... definitely my friend Morgan and all of "the group" from high school, because I loved spinning records for all those epic parties... the entire Asbury Park 45 sessions team, the Wannabye Records family, DJ Tone and the 45bandits team, goodness. I. Love. You. All. My life has certainly been made richer because of you and so many MANY more. Watch this space, have fun(k) and as ALWAYS, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

P.S. Damn, that felt good... it's been far too long. It's good to be home

"I would like to be able to continue to let what is inside of me, which comes from all the music that I hear, you know I'd like for that to come out... It's not really me that's coming through, the music's coming through me..."

Warm up to wind up...

Hello, kiddies.

It's that time of year again where I get the honour and privilege of participating in the Funky16Corners Soul Club Allnighter pledge drive. Those of you who have followed this space for the last decade already know what that means to me, but for those who are just tuning in, let me give you the back story... The blog known as Funky16Corners is one of the primary reasons why this website exists. Its owner, the incomparable Larry Grogan is, simply put, my hero. Why? I would say that the reasons are obvious, given that he continuously prompts me to step up my cratedigging game, but there's more to it than meets the eye. It's not enough that his crates are the stuff which dreams are made... nope. Anyone can collect a tonne of records, but not everyone can display the characteristics of a true human being in the process. This is a trait which I have discovered over the last couple of years following him on social media, and one of the reasons why I am proud to not only call him a trusted colleague, but a friend who I will move heaven and earth to support, especially now with this batch of 45 rpm gold that I called The Warmup Session and The Windup Session...  Check the player thingies below, or you can listen at your leisure EXCLUSIVELY by clicking here...

01 Sweet Inspiration - King Curtis & The Kingpins (Atco)
02 Sugarcane - The MGs (Stax)
03 Mystic Voyage - Roy Ayers Ubiquity (Polydor)
04 Sneakin In The Back - Tom Scott & The L.A. Express (Ode)
05 Season Of The Witch - Lou Rawls (Capitol)
06 Listen - Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia)
07 No Matter What Sign You Are - Supremes (Motown)
08 Hey Love - Stevie Wonder (Tamla)
09 Marvin's Groove - B W Souls (Round)
10 Funky Thing Pt 1- Larry Ellis And The Black Hammer (Funk 45 reissue)
11 Yeah You Right - Sister And The Brothers (UNI)
12 Working Our Way Back Into A Funky Thing- Unifics (Fountain)
13 Everybody Wants To Be Free Pt. 2 - Amnesty (Lamp/Now-Again)
14 Soul Clappin - Pretty Purdie (Date)
15 The Message - Cymande (Janus)
16 Funky To The Bone - Freddie Henchie & The Soul Setters (Reprise)
17 Ain't No Sunshine - Eddy Senay (Sussex)
18 Go On With Your Bad Self - Consumer Rapport (Wing And A Prayer)
19 I Can Dig It - Daley Diggers (Marmaduke)
20 Doo Doo - David T Walker (Zea)
21 Pick N Shovel - The Touch (Lecasver)
22 Nanzee - Donald Austin (Eastbound)
23 The Prophet - Jack McDuff (Cadet)
24 Reflections - Bill Conti (United Artists)

01 The Title Escapes Me - Toussaint McCall (Ronn)
02 Scramble - Billy Stewart (Chess)
03 The Hip Judage - Pigmeat Markham (Chess)
04 Let My People Go - Brother Jack McDuff (Cadet)
05 Give Everybody Some - Bar Kays (Volt)
06 Drunk - Ace Cannon (Hi)
07 Get It - Sam And Dave (Atlantic)
08 Shake A Poo Poo - Chet Ivey (Tangerine)
09 Hey Joyce - Lou Courtney (Popside)
10 Ode To Soul Man - Syl Johnson (Twinight)
11 Shakey Jakes - The Strange Bros. Show (Sire)
12 Soul Liberation Pt. 2- Rusty Bryant (Prestige)
13 It's LB Time - Jay Youngblood (Ex Spect More)
14 Poppin Popcorn - Alvin Cash (Toddlin' Town)
15 The Champion Pt. 1 - Willie Mitchell (Hi jukebox 33 pressing)
16 Pretty Lil Mama - Soul Crusaders Orchestra (More Soul)
17 Funky Feet - Johnny Robinson (Epic)
18 Shhhhhhhh (For A Little While) - James Brown (King)
19 Crabcakes - Gunga Din (Valise)
20 Shake - Shadows Of Knight (Team)
21 Pucker Up Buttercup - Jr Wlaker & The All Stars (Soul)
22 Get it - Wilmer and the Dukes (Aphrodisiac)
23 Secret Love - Billy Stewart (Chess)
24 O Wow - Panic Buttons (Gamble)
25 Lunar Funk - Fabulous Counts (Moira)
26 Higher Than High - The Undisputed Truth (Gordy)

I urge you to also check out the other selections that are available by some of the best selectors in the game as well... man, there's a lot of heavy duty goodness going on... and because I am not ashamed of giving free advertisement, also check out the sister blog called the Iron Leg by clicking here, because Mr. Grogan is always working hard to bring the world his signature brand of vinyl treasures. Yup. Now with all of that said, it's time for me to get on over there myself and throw some change into the hat because it's our contributions that help to keep the F16C brand available for all of us... I'm more than certain that you'll agree once you get a peep at how much is there. Have fun(k) and as always, please be safe... and take a few seconds to spare a thought for the people in Orlando.

Hear Her Roar...

Hello, kiddies.

For the first time in almost ten years, the first installment of the now storied AntiDivas saga is once again available for your consumption... suffice it to say, this one is quite sentimental to me because it was this collection that put the Fufu Stew brand on the map for all intents and purposes. The amount of love that this mix received was humbling, so as a treat to myself, I revisited the original playing order, albeit with a little bit of a gentle push from a good friend... I've since found better sources for most of the tunes so the sound quality is decidedly much better of course. Enjoy. NOTE: this mix contains non-vinyl sources. Big thanks to Mr. Fine Wine for the Shirley Karol and Ramona Jones tracks which were featured on his epic Cabernet Soulvignon premium CD... the best $75 donation I ever made, without question...

You can also listen at your leisure by clicking here...

01 You Got It - Etta James (Cadet)
02 Keep Smiling - Natalie Cole (Capitol)
03 Your Thing Aint No Good Without My Thing - Marie "Queenie" Lyons (Deluxe)
04 The Natchez Trace - Dusty Springfield (Atlantic)
05 Just To Make You Happy - Shirley Karol (Dakar)
06 (Ain't That) Good News - Florence Ballard (Motown)
07 You Hit Me Like TNT - Linda Jones (Blue Cat)
08 All I Do Is Think About You - Tammi Terrell (Motown)
09 Evidence - Candi Staton (Fame)
10 Do Your Duty - Betty LaVette (Silver Fox)
11 Drink The Wine - Valerie Simpson (Tamla)
12 Baby Sitter - Betty Wright (Alston)
13 Love's Gone Bad - Chris Clark (VIP)
14 Ease Off Lover - Ramona Jones (Jetstream)
15 Dirty Man - Laura Lee (Chess)
16 Big Boss Man - Erma Franklin (Shout)
17 I Shall Not Be Moved - Freda Payne (Invictus)
18 Matchmaker, Matchmaker - Marlena Shaw Cadet)
19 Man Sized Job- Denise LaSalle (Westbound)
20 For What It's Worth - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (A&M)
21 We Have Love For You - Denice Williams (Kalimba)
22 Time - Jackie Moore (Atlantic)
23 I'm A Winner - Diana Ross (Motown)
24 Let Your Hair Down - Yvonne Fair (Motown)
25 Shoo B Doop And Cop Him - Betty Davis (Just Sunshine)
26 Love Loves To Love Love - Lulu (Epic)
27 We Can Work It Out - Dionne Warwick (Scepter)

More to come sooner than later, count on it... I've made the annual pilgrimage to the land of the Funky 16 Corners... watch this space. Yup. Until the next time, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

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