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. 


The Twelfth Manifesto... here we go

Hello, kiddies.

For those of you who are new to the experience, welcome aboard. I'll defer to this post.

For those of you keeping score, this is the twelfth time I've come forth and said hello, and ushered in a new year of Fufu Stew for what it's worth... no, I'm not being cynical here, on the contrary. I'm so excited this time. When my hero extended the opportunity to me to be a member of THE Funky 16 Corners radio network, probably the only other member that will ever exist, I was essentially over the moon. Not to gush, but keep in mind how long it took me to get here, much less, being able to share a bit of cyberspace with the one who was pretty much the reason why I started in 2007 in the process? Really? Real talk though, Larry is a genuine human being, and not just because his crates are deep... anyways, I digress, but you will hear mention of Larry at least twice before this is over...

Please be sure to check of the Fufu Radio page if you haven't already done so... the last four episodes were a lot of fun, but going forward WILL be even better. When I got the green light to throw the rulebook out the window last week, hooo boy...What does that mean? Well, for those keeping score on social media, you already know that I ain't afraid to play anything, and I expect to do just that going forward. It may please you, it may excite you, it may even disturb you, but that all remains to be seen starting on the 9th January when I unleash episode five on unsuspecting ears... I put a commercial on bookface about a month ago, it's there. I've really got nothing else to say, except to wish you all a very happy new year, and that I've got good hopes for the future of this website, most importantly, Fufu Radio on THE Funky 16 Corners radio network. That still boggles my mind each and every time I say that, I cannot thank Larry enough for allowing me the opportunity to fill your earholes with everything every other Tuesday of every month. It ain't about anything other than keeping as good a presence as I can without getting too big. I still yearn for a permanent gig somewhere, but for now, I'm very content with where I'm at, and with how well the blog has been received over the past decade... damn. Thank you all. Sincerely. I hope that you won't be disappointed.

I do have an exhaustive list of people to thank for all of this, which I will do in the next post.

Thanks to all of you who chose to click the link eleven years ago, and let's make it good and fun going forward. I've got a WHOLE LOT OF SHITE to play. Yup. Happy new year, have fun(k), and as always, especially in the here and now, PLEASE be safe.

Peace and blessings, just like it used to be, just like it will always be...

The AntiDivas have returned...

Hello, kiddies...

It only took me about five months to come correct, but I did. I brought the infamous AntiDivas brand out of retirement one more time, in an attempt to get back in touch with this here website. Of course it's not as easy as it once was last decade, with a whole lot more real life getting in the way and all... it's a wonder I haven't completely abandoned everything... let's be honest for a second though, for me to do that would be the equivalent of cutting off a little bit more than just my right arm. Besides, negotiations will soon be in the works for something else that I've been threatening for the last three years. I won't show my hand until everything is etched in stone, but know that it will bring me joy, and fulfill a dream that I've been trying to *not* wake up from for the last ten years. I'll leave that at that for now, and give y'all about two more hours worth of more tried and true favourites... as only I can do...

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There will be a limited edition lossless version of this available for download very soon, I promise...

01 Short John - Dinah Washington (Wing)
02 Find My Man - Linda Mackey (Claire)
03 My Heart Is Closed For The Season - Bettye Swann (Capitol)
04 While You're Out Looking For Sugar - Honey Cone (Hot Wax)
05 Unhooked Generation - Freda Payne (Invictus)
06 I Need A Man To Love - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Janis Joplin) (Columbia)
07 Ain't No Sunshine - The Sweet Happenings (Tee)
08 Leave My Man Alone - Raeletts (Tangerine)
09 Dead - Carolyn Sullivan (Philips)
10 Casanova - Ruby Andrews (Zodiac)
11 Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do - Betty Wright (Alston)
12 Forget About Me - Carolyn Crawford (Motown)
13 Compared To What - Della Reese (Avco)
14 Save Me - Nina Simone (RCA/Bluebird)
15 Anti Love Song - Betty Davis (Just Sunshine)
16 Here It Is - Dorothy Moore (Malaco)
17 (We've Got) Honey Love - Martha Reeve & The Vandellas (Gordy)
18 Lonely Girl - Andrea Davis (Chess)
19 Rain - Dorothy Morrison (Elektra)
20 Walk Tall - Esther Marrow (Flying Dutchman/Bluebird)
21 Mama Don't Want - Varetta Dillard (Groove)
22 Lee Cross - Aretha Franklin (Columbia)
23 My Baby Must Be A Magician - The Marvelettes (Tamla)
24 Living on Plastic - Stephanie Mills (Motown)
25 Peace With Youself - Labelle (Warner)
26 The End Of Our Road - Gladys Knight & The Pips (Soul)
27 I Like It - The Emotions (Volt)
28 Funky On My Back - Cold Blood (Lydia Pense) (San Francisco)
29 Viramundo - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (Lani Hall) (A&M)
30 Should I Tell Them - The Velvelettes (V.I.P.)
31 Good Morning Heartache - Natalie Cole (Capitol)
32 Up In Heah - Ike & Tina Turner (United Artists)
33 You Can't Always Get What You Want - Maxayn (Capricorn)
34 Maybe - Three Degrees (Roulette)
35 Hey Jude - Petula Clark (Warner)

The closing commentary will consist of nothing but shoutouts to Emery and HeavySoulBrutha... I see you, gents. Yup. Have fun(k), and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.


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..."

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