As part of our special fortnightly offerings on #vinyloftheday, we’re kicking of a new segment called Friday Selekts, where we introduce musicians all over the world and get them to share with us their top selections of music that’s on their current playlist, in their latest crate dig, or simply what has influenced and shaped their sound.

This week we have DJ/Producer Jonny Dub from famed Manchester-based grime collective LEVELZ and record label Hoya:Hoya, also founder of Hold Your Corner, a weekly mix series featuring sounds from DJs and producers all over the world. He’s been collecting records for about 17 years, and currently hold a collection of nearly 4000 records across many different genres and styles. Always with a keen ear and an open mind, he doesn’t consider himself a hardcore crate digger, however, he enjoys hearing and finding new music on a daily basis, and sniffing out unusual sounds and samples to make music with. 

In this edition, he’s taken the extra effort to share with us pictures of his collection and segregate his top picks by genre (also because he has bashfully admitted that there’s too much to choose from) – of which we are more than happy to comply.

Digital Mystikz – Ancient Memories (DMZ 2006)
“For me this record more then any other epitomises the sound an feel of early dubstep. Back when it was all about the sub, and well before Dubstep became a dirty word and a precursor to US based EDM. This reminds me of going to Subdub, a legendary night at the West Indian centre in Leeds around the time it came out, and to this day I have never felt bass like I did that night. This is a definite go to record to get the crowd steppin’ and works well early doors as well as late on.”

Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
Actress – Ghosts Have a heaven
Kahn & Neek – Percy 
Benga – Diary of an Afro Warrior
Digital Mystikz – Ancient Memories
Mala – Left Leg Out / Blue Notes
Martyn – Natural Selection / Vancouver 
Joker – Snake Eater 
Mala – Miracles / New Life Baby Paris 
Martyn – Broken / Shadowcasting 
Burial – Untrue 
Akkord – Akkord 
Shackleton – Soundboys nuts get ground up proper 
Mala – Lean Forward / Learn 
The Bug – Skeng 
Mala – Bury Da Bwoy 

Jaylib – Champion Sound (Stones Throw Records 2003)

“There’s not much to say about this record that hasn’t been said already. One of the finest hip hop LP’s made by 2 of the finest producers of all time. Instant crowd pleasers and will keep getting played for many years to come.

Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
GZA – Liquid Swords 
Leaders of the new school – T.I.M.E the inner minds eye 
Slum Village – Fantastic vol. 2 
Dr Octagon – Dr Octagon
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory 
MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 
Outkast – Speakerboxx / he Love Below
Lords of the Underground – Here come the lords
N.W.A – Straight out of Compton
Tha Alkaholiks – Coast II Coast
Jaylib – Champion Sound
Lootpack – Soundpieces : Da Antidote
Talib Kweli – Train of thought
Madvillain – Madvillainy
Smif’N’Wesson – Dah Shinin’
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang

Harry Mudie meet King Tubby’s In dub conference volume one (Moodisc records 1976)
“It has to be a tie between this and Scientist rids the World.. for my favourite Dub record all time, and depending on my mood will depend which one takes the crown.  The LP features dubbed out versions of tracks by Idris Muhammad, Lloyd Jones, John Holt, the Heptones amongst others, and it makes for some great home listening or early doors sound system tackle.
My version is a repress, but first editions of this amazing LP go for around £150 these days with even the repress going up in value.”

Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
Scientist – Scientist rids the World of the evil curse of the vampires
White Mice – White Mice
Prince Far I – Crytuff Dub encounter part 2
Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby’s – In dub conference volume one
King Tubby – Two big bull in a one pen
Adrian Sherwood – Survival & Resistance
The Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub
Scientist – Scientist wins the World cup
The Arabs – Crytuff dub encounter
Innocent Youths – Earth roots and water
Rhythm & Sound – The Versions
Scientist meets the crazy Mad Professor – At Channel One
Sly & Robbie – King Tubbys dancehall dub
King Tubby & Clancy Eccles Allstars – Sound system International dub LP
Tapper Zukie – Man ah warrior
Soundbwoy Super Status – Reggae breaks & beats


MRR/ADM feat. Malcolm Catto – Untitled (not on label 2008)

“Michael Raymond Russell (MRR) & Adam Douglas Manella (ADM) are part of an LA based collective that also includes Gaslamp Killer amongst others, and who have recently have gone on to put out music under the Drumetrics moniker. They make hard as fuck beats and record it all on vintage gear to create their sound. These guys know how to make tough sounding psych funk drum breaks and the tracks always go off in a club.

Limited to 1000 copies on release, this is a sort after gem of a record featuring a few tracks of untitled music. It’s something to keep your eyes out for and pick up if you ever get the chance. Check out their new project here:”

 Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
Danny Breaks – Another dimension
MRR/ADM (feat. Malcolm Catto) – Untitled EP
Flako – Natureboy
Boards of Canada – Tomorrows Harvest
Ras G & the African space program – Ghetto Sci-fi
Quakers – Quakers
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
Flying Lotus – 1983
Lorn – Grief Machine
Gaslamp Killer – Break Stuff
Clams Casino – Instrumentals
Tapes – Where is the time ep
Com Truise – Cyanide sisters
Harmonic 313 – Dirtbox 
Dimlite – Prismic Tops
Peanut Butter Wolf – Peanut butter breaks

Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage OST (1973 – pathé)

“I first heard this bits of this music when it was sampled by Madlib on the Quasimoto track “Come on Feet”. It wasn’t until a few years later that I actually came across the movie, which is a 1970’s French psychedelic masterpiece, and the soundtrack by Alain Goraguer absolutely does it justice. I was made up when the LP got a reissue and I managed to grab a copy for myself. Essential listening.”

Other records to note: (
from left to right / top to bottom)
Cristobal Tapia De Veer – Utopia 2 OST 
Astroboy – Roots of Electronic Sound
John Carpenter – Dark Star OST
Ennio Morricone – 4 Mosche di velluto grigio OST
Jay Chattaway – Maniac OST
Tangerine Dream – Thief OST
Various – Studio Ghibli – Kokyo Kyokushu
Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage OST
Leonard Rosenman – The Lord of the rings 1978 OST 
Goblin – Zombi OST
Fumio Hayazaka – The Seven Samurai OST
Akira Ifukube – Godzilla OST
The Wonderland Philharmonic – Shogun Assassin OST
Geinoh Yamashirogumi – Akira OST
Fabio Frizzi – The Beyond OST
A Pakhmutova – The Bird Of Happiness OST

World Music
Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band  – Egyptian Jazz  1968-73 (Art Yard 2006)

“I found it difficult to choose a favourite from these records, and again I suppose it depends on my mood, but sat here listening to this album again makes me realise what an incredible piece of work it is. Salah Ragab was a drummer and was also credited with forming the first Egyptian Jazz band in 1968. More essential listening.”

Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu of Ethiopia
Mombasa – African rhythms & blues
Orchestra Baobab – A night at club Baobab
Joyce – Visions of dawn
William Onyeabor – Who is William Onyeabor?
Arthur Verocai – Arthur Verocai
Remi Kabaka – Black Goddess OST
Babla & his Orchestra – Babla’s Disco sensation
Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz band present Egyptian Jazz
Fela Kuti – Sorrow Tears & Blood
Tim Maia – Nobody can live forever
Airto Moreira – I’m fine. How are you?
Mona Finnih – I love myself / people of the World
Goat – World Music
Theppabutr Productions – The man behind the Molam sound 1972-75
Cymande – Cymande

Electronic / drone / experimental

Raymond Scott – Manhattan Research Project (Basta 2000)

“This is a 3LP compilation of some of the music, adverts and sounds made by Raymond Scott as part of his Manhattan research project way back in the 1960’s. A true pioneer of electronic music, he was responsible for creating the very first electric sequencer (although never really credited for it) as well as pioneering analogue synthesis (Bob Moog was a kind of student of his). I first heard him on the Jay Dilla track LightWorks, which is basically just his track with additional drums.  Listening to this LP you hear all kinds of crazy electronic sound effects and advert jingles then all of a sudden a rhythm that sounds like a precursor to minimal techno comes in, yet it was made in the late 1950’s / early ‘60s on a primitive home made synthesizer called the electronium. Theres a great documentary called “Deconstructing Dad” all about his life. and I would recommend watching it as he was as fascinating as he was genius and innovative.”

Other records to note: (from left to right / top to bottom)
Tomita – Kosmos
N Racker – Flock Toxicant
Desert – Desert
Egg – Egg
Loren Nerell – Point of arrival
Mort Garson – Electronic Hair Pieces
Vangelis – China
Jean Pichè – Heliograms
Bryan Eno – My Squelchy Life
Doris Norton – Rapture
Suzanne Ciani – Voices of packaged souls
Raymond Scott – Manhattan Research Project
BBC Radiophonic Music – BBC Radiophonic Workshop
It’s time for Tristram Cary – Works for film, television, exhibition and sculpture
Maggi Payne – AHH-AHH Music for Ed Tannenbaums Technological feets 1984-1987
Bruce Haack – The Electronic album for children
Electronic / Rock / Jazz
Bo Hansson – The Magicians Hat (Charisma 1973)

“A classic piece of 70’s psychedelic prog rock from the Swedish musician Bo Hansson. I can’t remember where I first came across this LP, I think it was just in some record shop and I really liked the sleeve design and title, plus it was super cheap if I remember right. He also did an album which was totally based on the Lord of Rings books because he was such a big fan. What a dude.”

Other records to note: (
from left to right / top to bottom)
David Axelrod – Heavy Axe
Sun Ra – Fate In a pleasent mood
Dorothy Ashby  – The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby
Cherrystones – Red Nails
Moondog – Moondog
Jean Claude Vanier – Roses Rouge Sang
Pink Floyd – Meddle
Tortoise – Standards
Faust – The Faust tapes
Brenda Ray – D’ya Hear me! Naff Years, 1979-83
Spirit – Son of Spirit
Igor Wakhevitch – Docteur Faust
The Space Lady – The Space Lady’s greatest hits
Arthur Russell – Another Thought
Bo Hansson – The Magicians Hat

House & Techno
Detroit Experiment – Think Twice Henrik Schwarz remix (Juno Records 2014)
“I picked this up from Jet Set Records in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo back in 2015 and was already a fan of the original version but at the time had not heard this remix. It just blew my head off when I heard it first and have played it in clubs a number of times since and it always destroys the dance floor. It’s so different to the original which takes on a much more mellow vibe but is still a classic in its own right, however the remix just seems to have such an energy and it can’t help but get crowds moving.”

Other records to note: (
from left to right / top to bottom)
Lego Feet – Lego Feet
Detroit Experiment – Think Twice (Henrik Schwarz remix)
Mutant Beat Dance – Mutated Moods 
Function – Incubation
Joy Orbison – J.Doe / Brkln clln
Helix – All Caps
Floating Points – Shadows EP
Moodymann – Moodymann
Tuff Sherm – Shrapnel Maestro
Die Partei -Lo Freiheit Des Geistes
Zomby – Where were you in ‘92
Drexciya -Harnessed the storm
Drexciya – Neptunes Lair
Stereo Citi – Kawasaki
Model 500 – Starlight remixes
Cybotron – Enter

Funk / Jazz

Billy Paul – War of the Gods (Philadelphia International Records 1973)
“Billy Paul sadly passed away towards the end of 2016, so I have been listening to lots of his music again lately as is what tends to happen when a musician you are a fan of passes away. The title track of this album is a 10+ minute masterpiece, and I have enjoyed playing this a number of times at the start of club nights in the past. A beautiful piece of Jazz / Soul that starts off mellow but picks up pace half way though. Will be sadly missed like so many great artists who have passed on, but we will always have the music to be able to enjoy and keep his spirit alive.”

Other records to note: (
from left to right / top to bottom)
Headhunters – Survival of the fittest
Eugene McDaniels – Headless hero’s of the apocalypse
Gary Bartz – Music is my sanctuary
The Pharaohs – In the basement
Roy Ayres – Ubiquity vibrations
The undisputed truth – higher then high
Milton Wright – Friends and buddies
Don Blackman – Blackman
Shuggie Otis – Information Inspiration
Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic echoes – Expansions
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – Bridges
Billy Paul – War of the Gods
Dorothy Ashby – Afro Harping
The 24-Carat Black – Ghetto : Misfortunes Wealth
Fertile Ground – Black is…
Creative Source – Creative Source

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