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Hoochie Coo Strut is the new 12″ single by Weekend Sun, featuring remixes by Portishead’s DJ Andy Smith and Al Kent. The instrumental original features hints of blue note horns, funky guitar and early 90s hip hop funky drum breaks. The Al Kent Version gives it a cosmic disco joint that slows the tempo down and locks in the groove. In contrast, Andy Smith lifts the tempo with his Reach Up Disco Wonderland Remix that slams hard. Order yours here.

The band are set to play Hardwick Live on 22nd August and Blyth’s Festival By The Sea on 16th July. Here, they give us their six of the best…

Jimmy McGriff 
Too much jazz is about musical dexterity and mathematical scales-running up and down the stairs -stair-master jazz… this is the opposite ! It’s a catchy riffy hammond B3 that growls and bounces along. If I had a time machine I would aim for the early 1960s and check out his small night club gigs : I gotta a woman and The Worm are favourite tracks when I’ve had a few beers.

Gill Scott Heron / Jamie XX – We’re New Here 
I like the early 70s soul sound with electric piano and percussion but love this remix album too. The guy was a poet and a massive influence on hundreds of artists. The Bottle & The Revolution Will Not Be Televised are often on my turntable. This remix album has loads of synths and drum machine rhythms and is excellent .

St Germain – Tourist
Mixes dance music with bluesy jazz riffs. Rose Rouge is a favourite. Le Train Rouge on our second album is Weekend Sun’s take on this. I also like Quantic’s early albums.

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Timeless classic. Marvin’s is my favourite male voice and James Jamerson is my favourite bass player. Inner City Blues is my most listened to of all time. One of the best records ever made.

Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall
Soulful and catchy songs. He worked in a factory building aeroplane toilets until he was in his 30s; He didn’t really take to fame and the image he was told to adopt by his record company. Fantastic songwriter.

Doves – The Last Broadcast
Easily my favourite band of the last 20 years. Their first album is on repeat during the winter months. The Cedar Room is perfect for a grey skies daily grind and has accompanied me to work on hundreds of commutes in my old car. I like seeing them live. ‘There goes the fear‘ and ‘Pounding ‘ are two of my favourites.

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