Maxwell Pastor is the man behind Digger's Dozen, a supremely simple concept - a group of heavyweight record collectors play their dozen favourite records - no reissues, no compilations - that's it. Maxwell joins us to play Boogie to Bollywood, Afrobeat to Cosmic and other supreme sounds from his own collection.
Quite possibly one of the country's longest serving club DJs, Chris Rhythm Doctor cut his teeth on the punk and dub scene in Coventry in the 1970s, before taking house, boogie, funk and more to London and beyond throughout the 80s. Now based in Tallinn, Estonia, he joins us for a rare London set for his return to Spiritland.
It's almost impossible to overstate Salvatore Principato's influence on dance music. As the vocalist for seminal punk funk band Liquid Liquid, his music has inspired artists from Grandmaster Flash to LCD Soundsystem. Meanwhile, as a DJ he's as intrepid, imaginative and groovy as they come.
Derek’s Island Discs with Count Skylarkin
Count Skylarkin' shared numerous DJ booths, dancefloors and pints with his friend and mentor, the much missed DJ Derek. Derek's family has left the Count a priceless and precious memento - the entirety of his music collection on MiniDisc. These discs have travelled the country, igniting dancefloors and shebeens for years, filled with reggae, dub, ska, rock & roll, swing, jive and more. Count Skylarkin' will be playing them and talking about the legacy of Derek's life, from 5pm.
Musica Macondo & Friends
Tim Garcia is the creative force behind Música Macondo, a website focusing on Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin and West African sounds. He's joined by some of his closest DJ pals to who'll bring their global worldview to Spiritland - an ever-changing shape of music from around the world; its roots, sounds, and influences.
Ian Dewhirst’s Mastercuts Without Boundaries
With 45 years at the sharp end of dance music, and an untouchable heritage in music that stretches back to a residency at the Wigan Casino during the golden age of Northern Soul, Ian is one of the UK’s premier musical authorities, also creating the influential 'Mastercuts' series. Ian explores his collection throughout his bi-monthly residency at Spiritland, touching on pretty much the complete spectrum of black and dance music from 1965 to 1990.
Chris Philips & Kyri: 30 Years of Sign ‘O’ The Times
1987: one year after Parade, one year before Lovesexy, Sign o' The Times was Prince's ninth album and a sprawling psychedelic masterpiece, drawing on funk, soul, pop and rock across two discs. Chris Phillips and Kyri celebrate both the album and the never-ending legacy of Prince on a Sunday night.