Crate Digging: Andrew Divine
The Divine DJ picks some of the long-running indie night's best
Divine’s summer vacation has been a perfect opportunity to stock-pile some new (old) vinyl ammo aimed straight at the dancefloor. These recent 7” excavations are all awaiting their debut Divine spins at The Admiral, beginning with Tangerine Peel ‘Solid Gold Mountain’ (CBS, 1968), a fantastic, brassy mod-pop stomper based around Alan ‘Mohawk’ Hawkshaw’s Hammond organ. Cooling things down a bit’s The Terrible Frankie Nieves ‘True Love’ (Speed), a mid-tempo Latin-infused vocal cut heavily influenced by Young Holt’s ‘Soulful Strut’, which is currently a massive track on the Northern Soul scene.
Judy Clay ‘Do You Think That’s Right’ (Ember) is an out-and-out R’n’B stomper, and that’s real R’n’B. Judy sounds rightly pissed off with her wayward cad of a man in the vocal, and it’s got a great harmonica solo too. After that there’s always a point in the night when only a bit of reggae will hit the spot, and Marcia Griffiths ‘Feel Like Jumping’ (Coxsone, 1968) is an all-time rocksteady classic. Then some more garage punk and The Hunters ‘Russian Spy & I’ (RCA, 1966). They’re actually a Dutch group, and this track features perhaps the only freakbeat-Cossack-acid solo ever committed to wax. It came out on a seldom seen UK pressing for anyone who’s interested in that sort of thing - and that’s many of Divine’s punters, sadly.
One more funky reggae cut awaiting a spin is Laurel Aitken ‘Reggae 69’ (Nu Neat, 1969), a Jamaican re-working of James Brown’s ‘Give It Up Or Turn It A Loose’. The bassline sounds like it could blow speakers and minds. I can hardly wait!’
Divine! returns at the Admiral Bar Basement, Glasgow, Sat 24 Sep.