Latest show now on Mixcloud

BrassrootsThe latest mix of covers, funk, soul and reggae is now available for your listening pleasure on Mixcloud – listen here.

As the last couple of funky covers mixes have been pretty laid back affairs I’ve kicked this week’s off with a an absolute banger.

If you’ve never heard of Brassroots you’re in for a treat. A brass band in the mould of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble they’ve knocked out great versions of cover version staples including Karma Police and Seven Nation Army. Their version of Good Life starts off as a toe tapper but soon builds up pace.

From brass we go reggae with a couple of classics including Eek-a-Mouse’s ‘Wa Do Dem’ a great cover of The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be’ and one of the strangest reggae covers in my collection – Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ covered by friend of Massive Attack Horace Andy!

Horace is playing this year’s Big Chill – I hope to see him there as he was due to play a few year’s back but didn’t. Crack may or may not have been involved!

We’ve then got a reggae/dub version of Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness’, a handful of funky mash-ups including a funky Adele remix. And even some House of Pain, Kriss Kross and Public Enemy samples for good measure.

To end, a couple of chilled out tracks from the new Good Times album from Notting Hill Carnival Stalwart Norman Jay MBE. Norman has announced this week that his famed bus won’t be parking itself in Notting Hill this August bank holiday weekend for the first time in 30 years. Help support him in funding next year by buying the album here. 

So many great tracks on the album but I’ve opted for one that reminds me of my childhood. ‘Ghetto Disco’ brings back memories of my teenage years, growing up in the deepest darkest hood in a small leafy rural village called Sandhurst  in Gloucestershire. That school disco was rough.

Full tracklisting can be found at Mixcloud. Listen to the show here.

Next mix will be out in a fortnight with a distinctly summery feel.


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Cover It Up! Sound System radio show 13/6/11 now live

Coveritupshow 2The second episode of the Cover it up! Sound System’s radio show is now live on Mixcloud. Listen to it here. 

This week’s show kicks off with some laid back reggae covers, passionate northern soul and Duran Duran covered by an African Funk band – what’s not to like!

We’ve dropped the voiceover from this episode and will continue to do so in future shows – so you can listen to the mix uninterrupted by our west country tones.

Full tracklist below:

1 - Alton Ellis - You've Made Me So Very Happy
2 - The Creations - A Dream
3 - Jimmy Hughes - Lock Me Up
4 - Toots & The Maytals - Take Me Home Country RoadBuy
5 - Kokolo - Girls On Film
6 - Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
7 - Letta Mbulu - What’S Wrong With Groovin’
8 - Frankie Paul -I Know The Score
9 - Easy Star All Stars - Karma Police
10 - Unknown - Mary Jane
11 - New Birth - Honeybee
12 - Gang Starr - Check The Technique
13 - Boy Meets World - Hey Young World
14 - No1 De No1 - Guajiri Van
15 - James Brown - Sunny [Regrooved By Featurecast]

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Cover it up! Soundsystem radio show now available

Harold Melvin

Harold Melvin and the other unsuccessful Shaft auditionees

We’re pleased to announce we’ve re-launched the Cover it up! Soundsystem radio show!

The first episode includes Mark Capanni’s original of ‘I believe in miracles’, some classic soul from the Dells and Harold Melvin (pictured), reggae, African funk, hip hop and more. Full track listing of the hour long mix can be found at Mixcloud.

It’s available now at Mixcloud:

Cover it up! soundsystem – Radio show 3 June 2011 by Coveritupsounds on Mixcloud


The Cover it up! Soundsystem play soul, funk and reggae cover versions; ska; hip hop; mashups; remixes, sampled tracks and originals from around the world. This weekly radio show showcases the latest discoveries and rediscoveries from our ever expanding record crates. Follow us on Twitter @coveritupsounds or visit for more info.

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Funky Christmas cover versions mix

James Brown Funky Christmas

The late James Brown sporting a fetching bobble hat and neck brace combo

Two sleeps to go! I’ve put together this 60-minute mix of some funk, soul and reggae Christmas cover versions to get you in the mood. If you’ve never heard a reggae version of Last Christmas you’re in for a treat!

I’m yet to find a cover of Slade’s Christmas masterpiece that’s worth listening to though. If you know of one (or any other classic Christmas covers I might have missed) let me know by making a comment below.


1 – Funky, Funky Christmas – New Kids on the Block (sample)

2 – Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something – James Brown

3 – My Favorite Things – The Supremes

4 – What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder

5 – Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Ella Fitzgerald

6 – Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter

7  – Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Elmo, Sesame Street

8 – Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

9 – Soulful Christrmas – Faith Evans

10 – Last Christmas – John Holt

11 – White Christmas – Jackie Edwards

12 – Here Comes Santa Claus – The Chipmunks

13 – Rudolph, red-nosed reindeer – Ella Fitzgerald

14 – Deck the Halls – Joe Gibbs

15 – Santa Baby – Macy Gray

16 – Stoned Soul Christmas – Binky Griptite & the Deekays

17 – Mambo Santa Mambo – The Enchanters

18 – I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus – Brenda Lee

19 – Christmas Scat – The Muppets

20 – I’m Your Christmas Friend – James Brown

21 – Christmas Won’t  be the Same – Jackson 5

22 – Frosty the Snowman – Patti Page (remix)

23 – ‘Zat you Santa Claus – Louis Armstrong (remix)

24 – Rock N’ Roll Polly Santa Claus – Lillian Briggs

25 – This Christmas – Donny Hathaway

26 – Do you Hear What I Hear? – Destiny’s Child

27 – White Christmas – Otis Redding

28 – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Diana Krall

29 – Jingle Bells – Joe Williams (Bombay Dub Orchestra remix)

Listen/download the mix here, enjoy…

And yes, I did consider Eazy E’s festive number but wanted to keep this mix office safe!

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Red Stripes at the ready…

Notting Hill Carnival

That'll be £12 please

It’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. 30 years of Norman Jay’s Good Times at carnival as well, so I’m gutted I can’t make it.

To console myself, I’ve been pulling out some tracks for a special  carnival mix to be posted here over the next couple of days.

I’ll then be playing it all day Sunday and Monday while putting £4 in a bin every time I open a can of Red Stripe and asking an aggressive stranger to charge me £3 every time I need a piss. Just like being there. But with less 15-year-olds  on coke sporting ridiculous caps. I hope.

So far, I’m thinking old skool hip hop, including EPMD and Young MC; some big dancehall tunes (shabba); classic jungle (Shy FX etc); a few party cover versions; maybe even some dubstep for the ladies…

Let me know your suggestions for carnival classics to be included via comments below.

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Cover version of the day: American boy goes Jamaican (via France)

Jamaican Boy

le reggae français - ce que la baise?

I don’t know too much about this one but it seems to be a real hybrid multi-cultural affair of a reggae cover version.

Bost & Bim, two French dancehall producers, worked with a French singer – Brisa Roche – and the original studio 1 DJ Lone Ranger (Jamaican) to cover Estelle (British) & Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’.

Apparently it was played in Berlin when Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Athletics World Championship’s last year. It sounds authentically late 70’s Jamaican in style. So much so that when I first heard it I thought it must be the original and Kanye had ripped it off!


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Cover version of the day: Gang Starr – Check the technique

Gang Starr

Gang Starr

More of a sample than a cover to be honest but a classic slice of hip hop all the same.  Gang Starr consisted of the late Guru and DJ Premier. They fused jazz with hip hop and sampled loads of fantastic soul tracks.

This one obviously rips off Marlena Shaw’s ‘California Soul’. A track which has gone more mainstream over the last few years due to use in various ads and by played by leading DJs including David Holmes. It was also sampled by DJ Shadow on “Midnight in a perfect World” on the “Endtroducing” album.

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