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27 Feb Trading Tunes with Frank Booker


Frank Booker may be from New Zealand, but he’s heading to Melbourne this weekend for a whirlwind Friday with shows on two radio stations and a set at Copacabana. When someone as respected as CC:DISCO! tells you that he’s great, then you know Frank Booker is worth marking down on your calendar. A perfect afternoon-to-sunset DJ who can make you want to keep buying Mojitos until you’re out of cash. He has traces of disco and funk, combined with the ability to comfortably beef up the BPMs late into the warm night — and this Friday is looking warm (knowing Melbourne it’ll probably snow).

To get a sense of Frank’s style and influence, he sent us a Trading Tunes of his favourite ‘duets’ for everyone to enjoy before the coming weekend.

 

Vitamin E – ‘Kiss Away’

“I’m a sucker for Norman Connors tunes, and he produced this disco soul gem alongside Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Give me a soulful female and male duet any day, and the vibe is smouldering on this jam. Your love is just a kiss away!”

Ashford & Simpson – ‘Love Don’t Always Make It Right’

“The King & Queen, the original soul power couple: Nick Ashford & Val Simpson! They are behind so many fantastic tunes (as writers as well as artists). I could have chosen any number of Ashford & Simpson tunes, but I’m feeling this at the moment.”

Minnie Riperton feat. Peabo Bryson – ‘Here We Go’

Minnie is one those singers who I can listen to anytime (like Marvin), but there is a slight melancholy vibe as well if you know her life story (she passed away very young, in the late 70s). Peabo Bryson turns up around the two minute mark and takes this song to another level. Wonderful!”

Stephanie Mills feat. Teddy Pendergrass – ‘Two Hearts’

“There is so much to love about this tune. Stephanie Mills on her own is great anyway, but once you add in the almighty Teddy Pendergrass, things go to another level altogether. An ultimate end of night jam for the lovers!”

Donny Hathaway & Robert Flack – ‘Back Together Again’

“Oh Donny! In the same way as Minnie gives you that melancholy, soulful vibe¬†continues¬†with Donny Hathaway. Tragic life story, but an amazing body of work, including his best dance floor moment: this collaboration with Roberta Flack.”


 

T O U R D A T E S
3rd March – Stylin’ with Ennio Styles – Triple R Radio, Melbourne (12pm-2pm) 3rd March – Smoke and Mirrors with CC:DISCO! – PBS Radio, Melbourne (8pm-10pm)
3rd March – Club Coco w/ Rahaan, Rich Medina & CC:DISCO! – Copacabana International, Melbourne 4th March – Late Night session, River Bank Palais – Adelaide Festival

 


Marcus Rimondini
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