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The Mint Club Years // 1998-2002

Written by: 24 November 2015 No Comment

A cracking three hour mix and top read by Ralph Lawson celebrating the Mint with tracks that span an important era for the BMP posse (I am guessing).

I hate the music being too loud when a club is filling up as people have no time to socialise and chat.  The warm up should be just that – a warm up.  It seems a lost art form today.  We’d keep the volume down really low for the first two hours and play slower tempo music with brighter ambient lighting. Then every week at roughly midnight I’d give the nod to the lighting op and he’d turn the lights down at exactly the moment I turned the volume up. When you are doing a proper weekly residency it becomes possible to break tunes or give them a certain place in the night’s programming.  I started to play Moodymann’s – ‘Day We Lost The Soul’ every week as the track to kick off proceedings at midnight.  People would know what to expect when they heard the intro and start whooping and stamping their feet. So it made perfect sense to start my DJ Mix for The Mint Club Years with this record.

I have done my best to do the Mint Club years between 1998-2002 justice in the mix.  As always it is impossible to be definitive and it is a personal selection rather than a reflection of all the resident DJs tastes; James Holroyd, Paul Woolford and Tristan Da Cunha or the guests. Although there are many tunes included that we all played.  As always it was recorded ‘live’ in one take in my studio in Leeds on decks with thoughts and memories generated by each record as I played them.












Ralph Lawson // back to basics // The Mint Club Years // Track Listing

Moodymann – Day We Lost The Soul
Moodymann – Tribute (To The Soul We Lost)
The Persuader & Stephan Grieder – Naked Women (Svek)
Charles Schillings – It’s About Time (Wake Up People) – Fred Everything Remix (Pschent)
Inland Knights – Hard  Bread (20/20 Vision)
Mr DJ – Always (Soul Kandy) 
Brett Johnson – Jiffy Pop (Classic Music Company)
Blaze – My Beat (Derrick Carter Remix)
Home & Garden ft. Colette – Find Your Love (Icon)
Jeep Grrlz – It Takes Me High (El Chocolates)
Jamie Lewis & Nick Morris – Universal Funk (Aquarius)
Russ Gabriel – Back in Charge (Soul On Wax)
Moodymann – I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits
Chris Lum & Jay J – Freaks Like Us (Multi-Tracked)
DJ Spen – Midnite EP (Chez)
Mike Delgado – Byrdmans Revenge (Henry Street)
Gregory Del Piero – Don’t Hesitate (Subliminal Soul)
Peppermint Candy – Chocolate Girl (Julien Jabre Remix) (Project)
SYLK 130 – When the funk hits the fan (Mood II Swing mix) (Columbia)
Matt Warren – Darkness & The Light (Mazi Remix) (Afterhours)
Audio Soul Project – Back to Joy (Grayhound) 
DJ Dozia – Pop Culture (Ovum)
The Producers – Flying The Funky Path (Layo  Bushwacka Remix) (End recordings)
Ax:us – Callin U (Mood II Swing Dub Mix) (Guidance)
Brasil Over Zurich (BOZ Bongo Mongo Mix) (Subliminal)
DJ Sneak – Keep On Groovin’ (Ian Pooley remix)
I Cube-Disco Cubism-Daft Punk Remix (Versatile)
Afropeans – No1 (Prog City)
The Twisted Pair – Horny Hustle (NRK)
Tiefschwarz – Disco Music (Benztown)
Furry Freaks feat Terra Deva – Soothe (16B remix) (Open)
Cleptomaniacs – Numero Uno (SoulFuric)
Lucy Pearl – Don’t Mess With My Man (Virgin)
Isolee – Beau Mot Plage (Heaven & Earth Re-Edit) (Classic Music Company)


Click through for plenty of mint downloads!

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