Where it really all began…

For all the years I have been involved with making mixtapes for global consumption, I never ever forgot the one and only impetus that really got me started. Yeah, I say it was all those 45s I got as a kindergartener. I also say it was the years I spent opening up my best friend’s mind with the fabled Fufu Stew collection. The fact is that even with all that, there is still one thing that really set the wheels in motion. Here goes, as I put my heart on my sleeve yet again. 24 January 1983. I was given a tape from an old friend who I finally reconnected with after over 30 years. More on that later. The tape contained what may be considered to be standard 70s and 80’s pop for the most part, but it was something about the tape. It stuck with me. The songs were especially good, and they fit very well together. I played, and subsequently wore the original tape out, but after reconnecting with my friend a few months ago, I gave it a listen by re-recording the tape from start to finish, and adding a couple of extras to it that were very relevant to the time. Allow me the indulgence to share with you the primary reason this blog exists… whether or not I truly realised it until just now. This is a once in a lifetime glimpse into my teenage years which you can listen at your leisure with the skinny player thingie or here, or listen right now with the regular player thingie, unless you live in the States I guess…The artwork was clearly made on the fly, but this is the original tape order…

Subtle Colours... by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud


Side One:
01 The Seventh Stranger
02 Lonely In Your Nightmare
03 Thru These Walls
04 Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away
05 Wuthering Heights
06 Landslide
Side Two:
07 The Carpet Crawlers
08 Taking It All Too Hard
09 I Hope I Never
10 Betty
11 True To Life
12 Avalon
13 India

Morgan, I want to publicly thank you for giving me that tape all those years ago. You’ll never realise just how much significance it has when it comes to my music choices. One look at my record collection, and you’ll see. Of course it will never mean the same as it did back in 1983, but just the same, it was another life changing moment. I am eternally grateful for that inspiration. I hope you all enjoyed that little trip back in time, but it’s time for the closing commentary… I’ve been wanting to share that snapshot with you for many years… now it’s all the more special that I have my friend back, albeit through the miracle of social media, but just the same, it’s great to see that she is doing well with a lovely family. I couldn’t be happier. Newness is coming down the pipe as I have revisited the Come On In My Kitchen series. I’ve already got two extra special guests lined up and looking to secure more in the coming weeks… some old friends and some real heavy hitters. Keep a good eye on this space. Until the next time, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe. Peace and blessings.

Time to get the ball rolling…

Apparently 1 and 1 got their money, so it’s all good for another year… so with that said, it gives me great pleasure to be able to once again say hello, kiddies.

I want to take this time to announce my intentions for 2015 and beyond, and use this platform in which to spread the word about said intentions. For years now, many have come from far and wide to hear my mixes and read my personal ramblings. I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you for taking a little time out of your busy schedules to allow me the occasional indulgence. To the close to 1000 followers of my Mixcloud page, the thousands who have visited (this) blog, and those who follow me on social media, I want to formally announce the launch of my latest venture which I will simply call Fufu Radio. As always, it will be an ongoing work in progress, but I feel the need to return to some sort of regularity once again. In this way, I hope to not only continue sharing my love of interaction through music, but possibly make some sort of small but meaningful return on the investment at long last. As most of you know, I spent years building this brand brick by brick as a hobby, and I have spent even more time building my arsenal of vinyl and virtual music in an attempt to reach this point, but now it is time to take it to the next level… I’ve always dreamed of the day when I could present a product such as this, and I think that I am finally ready to take on the challenge.

The format will be quite simple, a regular episodic podcast of sorts, featuring songs, stories about the songs, and hopefully I will get the opportunity to interview and have some engaging conversation with like-minded individuals who I admire and respect to flesh it all out. As always, no genre will be safe, and no stone will be left unturned, because that is how I was raised.

I plan to present a “pilot” episode in the next few weeks. It will most likely be pre-recorded at first, so that I can get more comfortable on the microphone. It will be the first time that the masses have heard me speak, apart form the one and only time I spoke briefly on mixlr, or for those who have met me face to face. I will definitely welcome any and all encouragement, suggestions, requests and even constructive criticism, because it is my intention to present a quality product that will keep listeners tuning in regularly, and attract new listeners along the way. I never dreamed in a million years that I would be able to do something like this on any scale, much less, a worldwide one, but judging from where I’ve been over the past eight years, I can say with a fair amount of confidence that this will prove to be something that will last for years to come. If you want to share in my endeavour, please stay tuned…

Thank you for your patience and your continued patronage, and above all, thank you for choosing Fufu Stew! As always, have fun(k), and please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

The Re-Re-Return…

Hello, kiddies.
The chef’s hat is back on my head where it belongs, as are the proverbial whites. It’s been a long time coming, but I am slowly but surely finding my way.
Allow me to explain the current situation: I haven’t gone away necessarily, but as I explained in the last entry, I found a comfort zone on social media, for what it’s worth at any rate. A friendly reminder to all of you who read this, you can certainly follow me on Facebook now. Friend me, and I will most likely friend you back… or you can follow me on my newly launched fan page. It is there that I was fortunate enough to reconnect with most of my old blogging colleagues from back in the day, and I am constantly meeting new like-minded friends on the regular. As a result, I have been rediscovering my precious vinyl collection, and play way more records than I ever thought possible. That in turn prompted me to get back into playing live from deck to deck, thanks to one friend in specific who will get a proper namecheck at the end of this post. My skills are awful rusty, but the experience is so much fun that I can’t resist the urge to do it week after week. That being said, I have finally compiled an extra large batch of 45s for your aural consumption. It was recorded live in one take, with the slight exception of gain issues that were fixed after the fact. Enjoy the session at your leisure or on demand with the player thingie as always.

The Re-Re-Return... by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud

Changeling-The Doors (Elektra)
You’re The One Pt. 1-Little Sister (Stone Flower)
The Overtime Man-Don Covay (Mercury)
Reach Out Of The Darkness-Friend And Lover (Verve Forecast)
Green Power-The Bagdads (Double Shot)
Dock Of The Bay-The Da Kars (Josie)
Keep On Keepin’ On-The Vibrations (Okeh)
Never had A Love Like Yours-Act 1 (Spring)
Let Me Do My Thing-The People’s Choice (Phil LA Of Soul)
Latin Strut-Joe Bataan (Mericana)
Don’t Lose Your Groove-Lavell Hardy (Rojac)
Night Owl-Howard Tate (Verve)
Sing A Simple Song-Sly & The Family Stone (Epic)
Pass It On Pt. 2-Pieces Of Piece (Twinight/Numero)
Baby Let Me Kiss You-King Floyd (Chimneyville)
Ease Back-The Meters (Josie)
In The Pocket-The Kingpins (Atco)
Hip Hug Her-Booker T & The MGs (Stax)
Right On Right On Right On-Milt Grayson & The Mystery Guests (Peak)
Fair But Uncool-Earth Wind & Fire (Kalimba)
Seeds Of Life-Harlem River Drive (Roulette)
Sneakin’ In The Back-Tom Scott & The LA Express (Ode)
Inner City Blues-Grover Washington Jr. (Kudu)
Cartoon People-Freddie & Henchie (DJM)
Cat’s Got Her Tongue-Joe Tex (Dial)
The Pot’s Hot-Sherlock Holmes Organisation (CRS)
You-Marvin Gaye (Tamla)
Keem O Sabe-The Electric Indian (United Artists)
The Stretch Pt. 1-Detroit Sex Machines (Soul Track)
The Electric Surfboard-Brother Jack McDuff (Blue Note)
Soul Breeze-The Ventures (Liberty)
Give Peace A Chance-Lonnie Liston Smith (Flying Dutchman)
Luv N Haight-Sly & The Family Stone (Epic)
Vacuum Cleaner-Isley Brothers (T Neck)
Get Out Of My Life Woman-Lee Dorsey (Amy)
I Been Watching You-Southside Movement (Wand)
The Burning Spear-Soulful Strings (Cadet)
Respect-Rotary Connection (Cadet Concept)
The Cat Walk-Village Soul Choir (Abbott)
My Love’s A Monster-Clea Bradford (Cadet)
Groove And Move-Jr. Walker & The All Stars (Soul)
Hot Potato Pt. 1-Rinky Dinks (Enjoy)

And now for the closing commentary…

I said I was going to namecheck the one who was responsible for my return, so here goes. She says she likes the education I provide with my records, much like the one I got from the many years of following blogs and such. It is always important to pay it forward as the old saying goes, so it is with that said that I have to say thanks to the one known as Snoopy Mann… yes, she helped me to “find my smile” through playing records, and as such, regain my place on the interwebs. This could be the start of something big, and quite frankly, I hope that will happen sooner than later. You’ll see. The eighth year of Fufu Stew’s existence is now upon us, so watch this space to see what happens. I hope you’ll be glad you did :)
Have fun(k), and now more than ever, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Fufu Facebook and Radio!!!

Hello, kiddies.

Spending the last few weeks rebuilding my name in sticks has been an adventure. If you didn’t know, I am now on Facebook. Friend me and 9 times out of 10 I’ll friend you back…

https://www.facebook.com/vincent.soulchef

I also launched a Mixlr account in the hope that it will solve the cat-and-mouse puzzle…

http://mixlr.com/vincent-soulchef/

I’ll be updating this page and the website real soon, house cleaning if you will… Have fun(k), and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

 

Moving day part deux

Hello, kiddies.

Well here we go. I said I was gonna do it and I finally did. I cut the ribbon on Fufu Stew Dot Com once and for all! Have a look by clicking on the picture below!New Bitmap Image

It’s still a work in progress but for now it is ready to accept hundreds and thousands of pairs of eyes. Tell your friends… tell their friends, and their friends, and so on and so on and so on…

Also, feel free to check out my celebratory mix, specially made for this occasion right here, or over at Funky 16 Corners dot com

...life is more like a box of RECORDS! for the Funky 16 Corners Soul Club Allnighter by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud

See you there. Have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Head in the clouds part two (including Po’ Boy)

Hello, kiddies.

First and foremost, I hope you all had a great weekend, you know, with Record Store Day and 4:20 day and all… and Earth Day too, imagine that! I sadly could not participate in the former for the obviously painful reasons… I won’t even comment on the latter. I do have a remedy for that though, I’ll get to that sooner than later, but allow me another quick indulgence if you will. It won’t disappoint, I promise.

I kinda got away from posting mixes with non-vinyl sources, and for good reason…they sound great and all, but the times have definitely changed in the land of blog over the past year. I kind of promised myself that I wouldn’t break out the soapbox too much, better yet, I wouldn’t let the soapbox get in the way of serving up the funky eats. Suffice it to say, the message is still very much in need of being spread, but there are so many out there that really tell the truth that very much needs to be heard. I hope you all can keep up with the Best of the Left podcast. It’s the best way to keep one angry enough… I’ll still do what I do in the name of doing my part though, and that’s the best I can do since I am clearly a victim of the madness.

Anyway, on to the meat of the conversation with another from the holidaze sessions.

This one was done around Thanksgiving of last year whilst hanging out with a friend and a bottle of something, most likely some sweet Belgian nectar… after much self doubt and (at the time) jonesing for some new 45’s. I was inspired to do it this way by a couple of my esteemed colleagues from the mixcloud fam. I’ve name-checked them before, sure, and will do so again in good fashion before too long. More on that in a bit…

In any event, this is the result. When the bottle was tipped, I was happy. It’s a collection of some great tunes that most of you should know well, and some you may not have heard in some years. It was also a means of free advertisment for the good folks at Freestyle Records. They also hold it down at Mixcloud too… check it out for some nice mixes and some exclusive ish from their rich catalog, and of course, please support their efforts if you are able. It’s also the answer to a question posed by the one called iDiO7 SAVAN7…I do owe a debt for the inspiration, the will to keep the soul a rollin’…

Po' Boy by The Soul Chef's Fufu Stew on Mixcloud


Nasty-Deep Street Soul
Micro Popcorn-Calypso King & The Soul Investigators
Heartbreaker-Boogaloo Investigators
Bag Of Soul-Soul Saints Orchestra
I Know What It Is-Shaolin Temple Defenders
Two Beat Beast-Speedometer
Let The Music Take Your Mind-The Soul Providers
Tramp-The Grits
Sexy Popcorn Pot-Breakestra
Heavy Soul-The Sound Stylistics
Hook And Sling Meets The Funky Superfly-Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Don’t Joke With A Hungry Man-Spanky Wilson
I’m Coming Back To)The Coming Back-Osaka Monaurail
Stop The Bus-Funkshone
Cressy St. Breakdown-Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Lover And A Friend-Speedometer Feat. Myles Sanko & Ria Currie
What Have You Done For Me Lately Pts. 1&2-Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Hot Funky And Sweaty-The Organites
Promised Land Pt. 2-Sugarman 3
Crazy Legs-The Grits
Hippy Skippy Moon Strut-The Mighty Showstoppers

and now for the closing commentary…

By request, I re-upped this post too. I will do the other two soon. it’s a good way to gear up for the next session. There’s no denying that it’s gonna be tough keeping it all together, all things considered, but I do intend to press on until an unforeseen inevitability comes along. Again, the best I can do. I intend to be back in some capacity though, so until then, have fun(k), and please be safe.

Peace and blessings

The first of May is coming… please join the fight in whatever way you are able.

Happy Spring!

Hello, kiddies.

Countdown… “t” minus 2 weeks (give or take a day) and counting.

Spring has indeed sprung, quickly and without warning. With it, another respite, which I certainly plan to use wisely… Here’s the second session from the last fire haul. I answered the call of my esteemed colleague HeavySoulBrutha this time, not only because it’s lots of fun to hear good 45’s, but because he’s just an all around good joe. He’s been keeping it funky for five years and counting, so it’s always a pleasure to drop by his spot and share. Much respect, good brutha!

Put The Needle On The Record! by Heavysoulbrutha on Mixcloud

01 G’wan-Mark III Trio (Wingate)
02 Give It Up-Young Holt Unlimited (Brunswick)
03 Git E Up (The Horse)-The Preparations (Heart & Soul)
04 Karate-The Emperors (Mala)
05 The Switch A Roo-Hank Ballard & The Midnighters (King)
06 Some Got It Some Don’t-Senor Soul (Whiz)
07 Run Joe-Freddie Scott (Shout)
08 Searchin’-Alvin Robinson (Tiger)
09 Everything’s Hunky Dory-Billy Harner (V-Tone)
10 The Soul Of J.B.-James Brown & the Famous Flames (King)
11 Ain’t Too Proud To Beg-J J Jackson (Warner Brothers)
12 Gettin Away-Cliff Nobles & Co. (Phil LA Of Soul)
13 Snake Pit-Gunga Din (Valise)
14 Poppin’ Popcorn-Alvin cash (Toddlin’ Town)
15 Shake A Poo Poo-Chet “Poison” Ivey and his Fabulous Avengers (Tangerine)
16 Can’t Get Over Losing You-The Delfonics (Philly Groove)
17 Nobody’s Fault But Mine-Arthur Conley (Atco)
18 I Gotta Thing For You-Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Tamla)
19 Can’t Satisfy-The Impressions (ABC)
20 Our Love Is In the Pocket-Darrel Banks (Revilot)
21 Don’t Make Me A Storyteller-Steve Mancha (Groovesville)
22 Mole Skin-Bobby Kool (Expo)
23 You Can’t Take Love-Cash McCall (Thomas)
24 Chili Beans-Mongo Santamaria (Columbia)
25 Dance What You Wanna-Jerryo (Shout)
26 Do What’s Right-Eddie Seay (Imperial)
27 It’s Too Late-Howard Tate (Turntable)
28 Headline News-Edwin Starr (Ric Tic)
29 You’re Such A Beautiful Child-Archie Bell & the Drells (Atlantic)
Exitus from “LP Retreat” by Luscious Jackson

and now for the closing commentary, brief and to the point.

Thanks for allowing me to continue to do my thing. I know it ain’t much, but it’s all in my efforts to make getting through real life a little more tolerable. For everybody out there fighting the good fight, keep on pushing. Progress will progress. I’m confident. As always in parting, have fun(k), and please be safe.

Peace and blessings.

Wait til you see what happens next time…