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Kid Batchelor’s A–Z of club culture.


Kid Batchelor’s Red Hot Mix Tape

Don’t Panik – Kid Batchelor’s Red Hot Mix Tape – putting the POP into your Art and Soul!

A futuristic concept with a fun twist. Sexy and outrageous, marrying contemporary style with funk, jazz and soul.

Kid Batchelor raised the bar when he burst onto the club scene as a schoolboy DJ with Soul II Soul in North London, 1984.
I doubt the public had ever seen anything like it and still to this day, his mixes get the Ooh’s the Aah’s and the Wow’s.
Not that different to the crowd at a fireworks display.

Innovative and fun, the vision for Kid Batchelor is to smash history with his version of the evolution of soul, creating high functioning art that stops you in your tracks.

With his abstract dance whisking a blend of style icon mixed with every day purpose, Kid’s discography is stunning, never short of a sense of humour, proving to be a rump shaker on any dancefloor!

Solar Radio discovered this brand over 5 years ago, whilst searching dancefloors for something a bit wild. And different.

Hearing Kid Batchelor’s Red Hot Mix Tape for the first time, Tony Monson the boss of Solar Radio described the experience as ‘discovering the maddest, most humorously unusual and mischievous’ line of dance he’d ever heard!

It’s true to say that whether you are taking in the gritty realism of life, or the brightly coloured flavours of uptempo electronic soul, reactions are always the same.

Listen, stop, go back, bob your head.. SMILE.

Kid Batchelor’s Red Hot Mix Tape – putting the POP into your Art and Soul!

Kid Batchelor’s A–Z of club culture. 2 mins of speech relating to 80/90s clubland.
The Red-Hot Mixtape show, our particular brand of interesting and enjoyable entertainment brings multiple strains of creativity to the table. I will be introducing listeners to some of my dear friends in the art, music and creative industries.
We play Deep soul, funky tunes, plenty chat.

MY MOODBOARD: I was inspired by downtown New York of yesteryear. The creativity of the 1980s stemmed from the freedom of radio DJs to play what they wanted. Frankie Crocker helped open up commercial radio to hip hop, broadcasting the sounds of underground DJs throughout the five boroughs. Mixing was also introduced at this time, as radio DJs like Tony Humphries (Kiss FM) and Merlin Bobb, Boyd Jarvis (Saturday Night Dance Party, WBLS) and Mr. Magic turned their airtime into full, seamless soundtracks, where one song effortlessly blended into another. “You’re expressing emotion and you’re receiving it back”, said Merlin Bobb, “even if you’re not in the club and you don’t see it.”

Best Labels: Capitol, Island Records and Warriors Dance

Embrace the music
Bathe in the rich history of a pioneering record label
For 75 years, the Capitol Records Tower hasn’t just made music, it’s been music. Looming over Hollywood like a giant stack of vinyl records, no building on earth screams ”music business” louder.
It’s maze of subterranean echo-chamber recording studios–designed by guitar legend Les Paul – has hosted virtually every major recording artist of the past seven-and-a-half decades, from Frank Sinatra to Miles Davis, The Beach Boys to the Beastie boys, The Beatles to Megadeth. More so than almost any other music label, Capitol Records’ story is the story of modern music.
Now, in celebration of its 75th birthday, that story has been squeezed into a coffee table book, all lovely pictures and words – a 492-page ode to music and architecture critics, as well as hundreds of images from Capitols extensive archives. Here’s to the next 75 years. ________________________________________________
75 Years Of Capitol Records is out now, priced £99.99 (Taschen’s)

Is Island Records boss Chris Blackwell the most interest person in the world?
Lost Bob Marley tapes found in a hotel basement in tattered boxes destined for the refuse dump, with Bob Marley written all over them, recorded between ’74—’77, we talked to the sound technician, Martin Nichols, who helped restore them.
Here’s what happened when he came into our bureau . . .

Thirdly, my own label Warriors Dance, which Prodigy plagiarised (though they were made to pay, the press headline ran “Making a song and Warriors Dance about copyright law”)

Fave quote…

– Hunter S Thompson

Lawrence (Kid) Batchelor has recently spent the past 15 years teaching and coaching young people; both as a school education psychologist/learning mentor and a UEFA Hat-trick Officer. Throughout the 80s and 90s his work as a DJ and broadcaster saw him travel the world and collaborate with artists including Soul 2 Soul and Tony Humphries. Lawrence has also presented several radio programmes for BBC and Mi Soul Radio before joining Solar and was Creative Director at the launch of superclub Fabric in 1999. Lawrence combines his creative experience as a Cultural Historian, Music and Art Critic with his passion for the learning and professional development of young people.

• extensive music knowledge stretching back to the 60/70s
• a wealth of presentation and reporting skills
• a multimedia producer – with a good grasp of what makes engaging content that our audience will want to share and talk about
• sound communication skills, and the ability to work constructively with other editorial figures
• a Creative thinker and a team player who works very closely with the production and studio teams
• someone who is happy to listen to – and take on board – editorial direction


What attracted you to soul music in the first place, and does this
still apply today?

Music saved me. Growing up in a tough (east London) neighbourhood. Although
MY MOODBOARD: Downtown NY mid 1980s was a confluence of influences, not least of all radio stations WBLS Tuff Audio and 94.7 Kiss FM NYC.

I became aware of certain soul songs through hip hop that had sampled them. When you discover the original, it’s like an extra bonus meaty treat to something you already love!

Personally at the moment I’m trying to steer my sound to full-on soul, as opposed to compromising on a more acid house/prog rock n psychpop soundtrack.

What are your top five favourite soul tracks?

The JB’s ‘Fourplay’
From the album Doing It To Death. You could spend a small fortune on the discography of James Brown’s band, The JB’s. This is their quintessential record, though, and it clocks in at just 30 minutes of toe=tapping glory.
‘Inner City Blues’ Marvin Gaye
It’s a song that’s as poignant now as it was when it was released more than 45 years ago. The stunning lyrics are as simple and effective as its bassline and drum beat. The struggles we all have with just surviving in this current economic and socially divided environment are superbly highlighted by one of the finest singers there has ever been
‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ Marvin Gaye.
This must be one of the most bittersweet moments in the history of recorded sound. I never paid attention to the lyric until I was older. I was always overcome by the tone and expressiveness of Marvin’s voice; and the feel of the track always made me want to move. But one day the raw emotion of the words struck me like a celestial train and this glorious picture was finally complete in my spirit.’
Otis Redding (Sitting On) The Dock of The Bay
Music helps when I’m feeling drained and cant conjure up emotion on my own Otis Redding was inspired by the hippy movement when he wrote this. I love that era: Sam Cooke, Marvin, Stax Recs – the African American experience of coming through slavery and the civil rights movements of the 50s and 60s… all those guys singing songs about a brighter future. I love all that soul. And gospel. It’s inspiring.

James Brown Live at The Apollo

What are your favourite three record labels?

Island Records, West end, and Warriors Dance records.

Who are your favourite five artists?

Bob Marley (1945 – 1981), James Brown (1933 –2006) Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.

What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

Paradise Garage (NYC), Confusion (London) and Ethos Mama Club (Italy)

What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

As a dj and broadcaster of 20 years standing, I’ve presented for BBC, Mi-Soul, and Contrast Radio, to name a few.

What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?

Has it got a wicked pulse? Has it got emotion? Does it take me to planet Z?

Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

I adore the radio for many, many reasons, the first being sheer laziness. What’s nicer or easier than flicking onto your preferred station and then being looked after for the next few hours by a kindly DJ who’ll introduce you to new things, chatter away without asking for anything in return and sprinkle a decent dose of songs you know you love throughout proceedings? It’s a simple joy. The second is because radio is a place where eccentrics can thrive. Who will not only tell you what you’re listening to but why you’re listening to it. But mostly I love radio because it’s a true music-lover’s paradise. For the past, few months my go-to has been Solar radio, a London based radio station founded in 1985 and broadcasts on SKY, DAB Stereo
They’re shows capable of transporting you to another time – and a reason why you should be tuning in if you aren’t already.

Which other DJs do you admire and why?

Jazzie B and Tony Humphries, both were the two formative influences on my fledgling DJ career.
I also recently hosted a four-hour Colin Faver (RIP) tribute show, who was my dear friend and colleague, tinged with sadness. A fantastic DJ (in the mould of a funkier John Peel who also shuffled off this mortal plane way too soon), I’m so sorry!
Colin was a “go ahead” Dj, who also had a soulful side, and with this in mind, listen to my tribute here via Mixcloud.

How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

Goofy, spiky, suave – a Hitcockian-type silhouette hunched behind a big screen who delivers a creamy, baritone a cinema style voice-over narrative…

What do you do to relax?

Chilling out in the New Forest with my children.