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Neil Gits A Little Mellower

18th July 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

Well, the weather is looking great today and I thought it might be similar last Monday, so I added some extra chilled out tunes and a couple of extra summery flavours into the mix – then we had cloud and drizzle all day !! But as you have come to expect from the show, the music was cracking whatever was going on outside in the skies and you can hear for yourself when we run the repeat play at 5pm today. There’s a real variety of soul, jazz-funk & disco lined up, with vintage soul from way back in the late 60s & early 70s, some big disco hits from our favourite era of the 70s-80s, several cuts taken straight off vinyl (crackles included !) and some crisp nu soul tracks that fit in perfectly. Keep a special ear open for the “Old Gits Summer Jazzy Bit” half way through by Alex Wilson – just perfect for around 6pm this evening 🙂

Full Playlist

Raydio – Jack & Jill
Kokopop – I’m In Love With You
KC & The Sunshine Band – Shake Your Booty
Ike & Tina Turner – Shake A Tailfeather
O’Jays – Give The People What They Want
Gregory Porter – On My Way To Harlem
Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Makings Of You
Vivienne McKone – Everything Is Gonna Be Alright
Loose Ends – In The Sky
Will Downing – In My Dreams
New Jersey Connection – Love Don’t Come Easy
Dunn & Bruce Street – More Than You Know
Alex Wilson – Ain’t Nobody
Earth Wind & Fire – Mighty Mighty
George Benson – Nature Boy
Index – Starlight
Jarrod Lawson – Think About Why
Latrese Bush – The Best
Regina Belle – It Doesn’t Hurt
100 Proof Aged In Soul – One Man’s Leftovers (Is Another Man’s Feast)
James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet
Billy Frazier – The Mind Blower
Katsuhiro Morizono – Cadillac Kid

Upcoming Gigs

Saturday 18th July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry
Friday 17th July – Sunday 19th July
“Brentwood Festival”
The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood
Live Acts Include:
Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal & Jocelyn Brown
Day passes £25 ; Under 10s go free !
More details at

Friday 31st July
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk, Soul, Boogie,Disco & Motown – 60s to date”
Street food available on the night
Tel: (01702)351135

Friday 31st July
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after

Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
DJs include: Norman Jay, Joey Negro, Bob Jones,
Pete Collins, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez & many more
Full details at : and …

Friday 7th August
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: MJ & Bully & Guest DJ
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Weekender anthems, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, r’n’b tunes from the 70’s through to the 90’s and offering you a sprinkle of soulful house”

Wednesday 12th August
“The Chicago Blues Brothers”
Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Blues Motown & Soul inc classics by…
James Brown, Ray Charles Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding”
Tickets £24 ; Tel (01702) 351135

Friday 14th August
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Back To The Old Skool”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, R’n’B & Club Anthems”
DJ: Bully (plus other DJs on rotation on other Fridays
Inc: MJ, Jon Jules & Mikey Porter)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 15th August
“Soulful Seduction All-Dayer”
The Woodmans, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, RnB, Old Skool, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Hip Hop”
DJs: Bully, MJ, Merve The Swerve, Paul Kidley,
Les Knott & Simon Van Os
1pm – 1am ; Wristbands £5

Saturday 15th August
“New Yorker Reunion”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Jazz, Funk & Soul – No RnB, House or Garage!”
DJs: Greg Edwards, Peter P, Hugsta, Andy Lothian, June Furlong
Plus Guest Live PA’s
7.45pm – 3am ; Tickets £10 (More on the door)

Saturday 22nd August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton Mr Messy & Brian Kelly
Guest DJ: Jeff Young
“100% Soul Funk & Jazzy Grooves…”
Beachwear optional and encouraged…
8pm – 1am ; Wristband entry only £7 – see below :

Friday 28th August
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms Of Jazz Funk & Soul”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Mark Lee Homer, Jon Ovel & Les Knott
Special Guest: Pete Collins
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s ;
Tickets £15 – Tel : (01375)891402

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a text message to (01268)833978
The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm