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Mark Kimber The Legacy of Marvin Gaye in Five Records

If Motown captured the zeitgeist of American soul Marvin Gaye helped to redefine it. By pushing his music beyond the political boundaries set by label executives he reinvented the soul singer as a conduit of social discontent at the apex of US counterculture. This was made all the more effective by Gaye’s incredible musicianship, with albums such as What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On setting a high benchmark with lush, orchestral arrangements and soaring vocal melodies. Although modern R&B has adapted to a new era his influence remains integral to many. Below are just some of the artists who follow in his footsteps.

Leon Bridges – Good Thing (2018)

The classicism which underlines Leon Bridges’ discography not only evokes the yearning of Gaye but also the familiar warmth of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Hailing from Fort Worth in Texas, the young artist has updated the well-worn soul formula, striking a balance between nostalgia and modern pop songwriting that is expertly demonstrated on his 2018 Grammy-nominated album Good Thing.

Listen: Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’ Legacy Playlist

Sampha – Process (2017)

After starting his career with electronic numbers, alongside frequent collaborator SBTRKT, Sampha moved closer to his soulful roots on Process, his 2017 debut album. Unconventional rhythm remain a key facet of his work however, and the LP brilliantly conveys his ability to deliver heartbreaking melodies over complex arrangements. He has since worked with the likes of Solange and Drake, whilst his music has been featured in Hollywood films such as the addiction drama Beautiful Boy.

Frank Ocean – Blonde (2016)

It would be a tad glib to describe Frank Ocean as the “millennial Marvin Gaye” but the singer-songwriter has certainly tapped into the ennui of modern life like few others. Although not overtly political or topical his songs give voice to a disaffected generation, detailing doomed relationships, drug addiction, and desperate nostalgia. On his second album, Blonde, Ocean solidified his status as a reclusive genius, presenting a clutch of lo-fi tracks which remain among the most emotionally devastating r&b songs of the decade.

Listen: Marvin Gaye ‘What’s Going On’ Musical Lead Up Playlist

Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!” (2016)

2016’s “Awaken, My Love!” was something of a revelation for Childish Gambino, who had previously built a career on a style of carefree indie-rap not too dissimilar to that of Chance The Rapper. Taking in the likes of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, and Stevie Wonder, Gambino’s fifth album overhauled his style with a retro futurist energy that earned its lead single ‘Redbone’ huge commercial success and a needle drop on the horror smash Get Out. With a voice that can switch between dynamic extremes at a moment’s notice, Gambino is one of the most entertaining figures in modern funk and soul.

BJ The Chicago Kid – 1123 (2019)

As part of Motown’s modern generation of artists, BJ The Chicago Kid has strong links with hiphop’s upper echelon’s, supplying hooks for the likes of Schoolboy Q, Common and Anderson Paak. On his own music the singer combines a classic soul sensibility with rap’s aspirational energy, and on third album 1123 he demonstrates a versatility that spans slow jams, funk, and introspective soul.

Owen Jones

Read: The Story of Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On”


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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Miami presents David Bowie “Heroes”

The Berlin Trilogy as a whole represented a kind of ego-death for the thirty year old star, who had already experienced such unbelievable highs and such crushing lows throughout his most successful decade. The greatest gift the city had given Bowie was its indifference – the war torn metropolis allowed him to be subsumed by its grey concrete and resilient residents; to be a face in the crowd once more. With no costume and no character to play he had regained his perspective and his intuitive sense of what drives ordinary people to do the things they do and love the people they love.

Join us to experience this album as never before.


Time and Date: Sunday September 22nd 2019


Deja Vu Audio South, 120 Northwest 25th Street, #Suite 302, Miami, FL 33127


Available Soon


Lauren Reskin

Audio Menu

Audio Note T1 TurntableAudio Note 1Q1 cartridgeAudio Note M2 Phono PreamplifierAudio Note Conqueror SET AmplifierDeja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage SpeakersAudio Note Lexus Cables

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Mark Kimber Arthur Jeffes’ Top 5 Albums of All Time

Crawfish Fiesta – Professor Longhair

This was one of me and my dad’s favourite albums for the school run – it wasn’t always easy to find music we both agreed was amazing, but this did the trick. As an example of New Orleans piano I can’t think of a better album…

Signs of Life – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

I feel like I have to have one of my dad’s albums in here and its always hard to chose a favourite. At the moment its this one – its got the mig penguin track Perpetuum Mobile in there and Rosasolis and then at the other end of the PCO vibe its got The Snake and the Lotus and Wildlife for some out-there experimentalism…

The White Album – The Beatles

Again, this was a huge part of my growing up and learning about music. Its been said that they could have fit the best tracks on to one disc of vinyl and made the best album of the decade and I get that – but some of the weirdest moments are the ones that stick with you I think.

Beethoven, the Complete Piano Sonatas and Concertos – Alfred Brendel

I can listen to this album on repeat for days and it never gets old. He has such accuracy and dramatic feel – he lets the music expand and contract in a way that brings it to life going beyond the realms of genre or period. Its actually really if you listen to music while running…

3 Feet High and Rising – De La Soul

Absolutely my favourite hip hop album – it came out when I was 12 and starting to hang out skating with baggy trousers and long hair and all that stuff. Its such a happy album and the sources they sampled are amazingly diverse – they showed a love for any genre and played around with it all in a way that made you feel like anything was possible. My dad had an Atari rig and an 8 bit sampler and I’d spend days messing about on them with this album as a road map.


Classic Album Sundays & Royal Albert Hall presents Penguin Cafe


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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Canterbury presents Brian Eno ‘Another Green World’

This is a special event as part of the Free Range events and entry is free!  As before, Garage Coffee serves drinks and bar snacks (and great coffee!).

 Our guest is electronic musician Will Dutta, who will be talking to us about the influence of Brian Eno on his own creative work.

 Following the album playback Will is going to perform his latest work: bloom Live.

In bloom Live, Will shapes his collaborations with Warp Records’ legends Plaid and Friendly Fires’ front-man Ed Macfarlane by temporary connections with club culture, minimalism and more. His two studio albums, Parergon (Just Music, 2012) and bloom (SWD, 2017), delve into the sonic possibilities of electronic club music and notated minimalism to reveal hyper-colourful textures and a personal musical language. His music has been described by Noisey as ‘one of the most deeply rejuvenating musical experiences we’ve come across’ and as having a ‘sublime musical surface’ (M-Magazine). His equally forward-thinking audio-visual performances address the application of expanded exhibition formats. The performance is presented by Studio Will Dutta as part of The 20/19 Project.


Time and date: Thursday September 19th 2019 7:30pm


Garage Coffee, 1-2 Jewry Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2NR


Free entry


Gina Lapsley and Will Dutta

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Stafford presents Prince ‘Purple Rain’

Having released an album a year from 1978 through to 1982 (and having played songwriter, performer, producer and all the instruments on most) Prince was ready for a new direction. He put together a new band, The Revolution, and not only recorded a new album, but starred in a semi-biographical movie of the same name “Purple Rain”. The album was more of a collaborative effort with the band, and Wendy Melvoin (of The Revolution and later Wendy & Lisa) refers to the album as “a new beginning. Purple, the sky at dawn; rain, the cleansing factor.”

Come and join us for playback on our world class Audiophile Hifi System


Time and Date: Sunday October 6th 2019 4:00pm – 8:00pm


Bank House Salter Street, Stafford ST16 2JU


Available Here

Audio Menu

AVID Ingenium/Project Turntable
Harbeth Super HL5 Plus Speakers
Speaker Stands provided by Hi Fi Racks

Installed by Harbeth Audio & AVID HIFI

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Los Angeles Presents David Bowie “Heroes”

We are very pleased to announce the return of CAS Los Angeles at In Sheep’s Clothing!

Joining Zach in regular rotation for all future hosting duties will be Kegan Simons, Lauren Fay Levy, and Bryan Ling.

For the September session Lauren Fay Levy will be presenting: David Bowie’s HEROES.

Please join us as Lauren tells us the story of this legendary recording after which we’ll listen to the album in full on our world class soundsystem:

*Klipsch Klipschorn AK6 Loudspeakers.

*Audio Note M5 Tube Phono Preamplifier.

*Audio Note Jinro Shochu Tube Amplifier.

*Condesa Carmen Rotary Mixer.

*Garrard 301 Turntables restored by Woodsong Audio, in Vinylista Plinths with Auditorium 23 Hommage Mats.

*Tonearms, Headshells & Cartridges by Thomas Schick.”

Los Angeles

Time and Date: Sunday September 22nd 2019 3:00pm – 6:00pm


In Sheep’s Clothing, 710 East 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Available Here


Lauren Fay Levy

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Mark Kimber Interpol ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’

Following the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, New York was a scarred city that was determined to move on and rebuild. Members of Interpol had watched the scene unfold from the rooftops of their buildings and through the surreal spectacle of 24 hour news coverage. A strange atmosphere had taken over the city: unusually high levels of mutual kindness between strangers gave way to a new sense of clarity. Sam Fogarino recalls: “It was weird in the band, too. For a short period of time, it felt like, ‘Let’s just shake hands and move on. We’re not doing a record.’ Everything seemed so trivial.”

The band kicked off the recording process just over a month later, opting for the home studio of producer Peter Katis, far away in Bridgeport, Connecticut: an isolated location, removed from the social and narcotic distractions of New York. Turn On The Bright Lightsmarked the beginning of a longstanding relationship between Interpol and Katis – an accomplished, Grammy-winning engineer who would also record seven albums with indie-rock darlings, The National.

Listen to the full episode below.

Listen: Interpol ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ Musical Lead Up Playlist


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CAS David Bowie ‘Heroes’ Legacy Playlist

RCA Records marketed “Heroes” with the slogan “There’s Old Wave. There’s New Wave. And there’s David Bowie …”.

Forty years later and many artist still hold this as a bench mark for creativity. Check out this playlist of music inspired by the album including Phillip Glass, John Lennon, Joy Division, Gary Numan, The Cure, The Smiths, Pixies, Marilyn Manson, Pulp, Suede, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and Oasis.

Read more: The Story of David Bowie “Heroes”
Listen:David Bowie “Heroes” Musical Lead Up Playlist

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CAS David Bowie ‘Heroes’ Musical Lead Up Playlist

Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, “Heroes” reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolised by the divided city. Check out this playlist of music that inspired the album including Kraftwerk, NEU!, King Crimson, The Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, The Stooges, Mott The Hoople and Charles Mingus.

Read more: The Story of David Bowie “Heroes”

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