With only a few days to go until Crate Diggers Brighton, it’s time to introduce a few more special guests! Rotation.MCR, Manchester’s record fair and after party posse, will be making their way down to Brighton to bring you the best of the city’s record scene. In advance of this Saturday’s Crate Diggers, we had a little chat with Paul from Rotation.MCR.
What does your personal collection look like?
I have been buying records since 1978 so my personal collection is quite varied, with an underlying tone of soul and funk. After 41 years of collecting, it is currently spread over 3 rooms in my house whilst we redecorate, so it’s a bit of a minefield. Content-wise my collection joins the dots between jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, Afro, disco, boogie, house, and techno.
What’s your favorite record in your record bag right now and why?
That’s a tough one because it’s always changing. I’d say it’s either The BB & Q Band’s On The Beat, Sharon Redd’s Beat The Street, or Alton Edwards’s I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You), all of which I picked up recently at record fairs. They are all classic records and have the qualities I’m looking for right now – funky, groovy, proto-house vibe that I can play at my favourite venue.
Which record fair or shop do you never leave empty handed?
The Rotation Record Fairs we put on in Manchester always turn up something new for me, because the dealers that come down have seriously good taste. Record shop-wise, it’s always worth a good rummage in Vinyl Resting Place, Vinyl Exchange, and Eastern Bloc.
What can we expect to find at your table during the fair?
I will be on the Dig Deep Records stall as part of the Rotation sellers area alongside some of our other dealers. We sell what we love and there isn’t a record in our boxes that we don’t own ourselves. Style wise you can expect disco, nu disco, funk, soul, jazz, house, Afrobeat, Latin, hip-hop, techno, boogie, beats, and breaks with some rock and reggae thrown in for good measure.
Which other dealers will be with you on the day?
We are bringing two of Manchester finest record dealers Tomlin (Jam MCs/Delectable Lovers) and Dave The Ruf (Jeep Beat Collective, Mindbomb, and Godfather Of Weird). Believe me when I tell you what these two don’t know about good music is not worth knowing. Tomlin has been supplying the Manchester underground with killer vinyl selections for longer than most can remember, whilst Dave has over 10,000 records listed on Discogs alone! Both are also prolific DJs in their own right with fond memories of playing at Po Na Na back in the day.
Who will be representing Rotation DJ wise at Crate Diggers?
We’d heard there might be a bit of a Brighton/London/Manchester face off DJ wise, so we are bringing our A game on the DJ front with Rotation residents Reiss Johnson and Paul Thornton both bringing a mixed box. You can check out their DJ mixes here.
Will you be digging at Crate Diggers yourself? Anything in particular that you’re hoping to find?
Definitely!!! The whole crew are looking forward to picking up some gems to bring back to Manchester, be that to either DJ with, trade, or simply to add to their own collection. There are certain bits and pieces I’ll be looking for, but for me the best bit of crate digging is finding something I don’t already know…
We’re looking forward to seeing you in Brighton! More than 100 tables, free entry to the record fair from 10 a.m.