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Former founding member of now defunct club night Backlash. Currently in collaboration with Milk the Cow (who recently fatured Dave Clarke at the Cosmic Ballroom in Newcastle on Friday 1st May), Fuzzy Warbles and Byker Groove collectives. Giovanni Spatuzzi takes us through some of the favourite records from his collection. Words: Giovanni Spatuzzi.

Dr Horse – Jack, That Cat Was Clean (Fire)

Argued in many circles to be one of the first rap records. This 1962 monologue by Al Pittman is truly unique. It follows his big spending friend Bobo as a late, late night band glides along behind him.

Johnny Lytle – The Man (Constellation)

This 1964 jazz instrumental by one the greatest vibes players epitomises cool. It also, for me, represents that largely overused and often misunderstood term ‘mod’.

Liz Lands – One Man’s Poison (One-Derful)

Liz Lands at her gritty best; displaying a raw soul quality. This record has some great horn work that typifies so many Chicago soul tracks. Never out of my record box.

The Exits – You Got To Have Money (Gemini)

Sadly The Exits only ever made four singles. Classed as one of the 60s finest soul harmony groups, all their records reflected the society they lived in, and the alienating effects of poverty and boredom.

John Holt – Ali Baba (Treasure Island)

One of my favourite reggae records. I first heard this played by Norman Jay if I remember rightly, Ali Baba was the first record he ever played at the Notting Hill Carnival many years ago.

Joe (Youngblood) Cobb – It’s L.B. Time (Gossip Tree)

Joe Cobb was a radio DJ in Chicago when he decided to record this gem in 1972. I play this regularly at The Tanners, and it’s probably one of my favourite funk 45s. “It’s the Loose Booty Man.”

Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions (Flying Dutchman)

Beautiful uplifting timeless jazz funk from 1975. One of his biggest selling records. A kicking bassline and conga, with keyboard vamped up top. The heavens open, to make you expand your mind.

Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning (Atlantic)

One of the best dance records ever made. I must have heard it hundreds of times, and never get bored of it. Great intro and then some of the most soulful lyrics ever to be sang on a dance record.

The Unknown D.J. – 808 Beats (Techno Hop)

I first heard this at the now defunct club night Protect And Survive. It’s one of the best electro tunes ever made. 808 beats riddled with Kraftwerk and about a dozen other samples. A timeless classic.

Rhythim Is Rhythim – It Is What It Is (Transmat)

Written by Derrick May and released in 1988. For me this is one of the best techno records to ever come from Detroit. Still to this day it makes the hairs on my arms and back of my neck stand on end.

Aly-Us – Time Passes On (Strictly Rhythm)

I first heard this in Honest Jon’s, London. Brilliant spiritually uplifting New York house record from 1993; this is what house music should be. A great record to finish on.

Find out more about Giovanni’s work with Milk The Cow at their official Facebook page.

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