My Record Collection - November 1, 2016

My Record Collection by Trevor Nelson
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My Record Collection by Trevor Nelson

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of legendary DJ Trevor Nelson, let's see what he chooses...

 

You can check out some of Trevor's picks in this playlist...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"This was Jah Stitch’s 'Militant Man'. I just wanted to know what it felt like to buy a record, so I went to my local radio shop and bought the first tune I really liked the sound of. I got it on a 7 inch single but I can’t remember how much it cost and sadly I seem to have lost it!"

 

The record that made me want to be a DJ was…

"It was probably Kool & The Gang - 'Get Down On It'. I played it at my first DJ gig ever at my school disco! I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but I had the most records in my year so it somehow felt very natural to me. Rest assured that everyone got down on it!"

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"Notorious B.I.G - 'Mo Money Mo Problems'. This tune came out in the height of the 90’s r’n’b hip hop hybrid. What I mean is that this tune was just as popular with r’n’b fans as much as hip hop fans. It really was a ‘go to’ tune for 5 years straight."

 

The record that always make me feel good is…

"People Everyday - 'Arrested Development'. I was a DJ on Kiss FM when this came out and loved it from the moment I first heard it. It’s a really clever take on Sly and the Family Stone’s classic Everyday People. It just always makes me sing along and smile when I play it."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Bob Marley's 'Redemption'. It’s a really sad song but the lyrics are so real about slavery and persecution. I remember Bob Marley performing it on camera when he was nearly at the end of his life and I literally started to well up watching it."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"Starship Orchestra - 'New York New York'. This is produced by Norman Connors and is a lovely song about New York, but no-one ever seems to know it. It’s a soul/reggae song. Try and find it if you can, you won’t regret it."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Anything by the Ohio Players. The Ohio players did some very raunchy album covers! I used to go to second hand record shops and come across lots of their old albums and began to realise that they all had a theme - strong dominatrix looking women!"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Camel Toe by FannyPack. Do I really need to add to this?  It was on Tommy Boy Records."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Akon - 'Lonely'. I absolutely hate this record and I actually told Akon to his face! How it got to number one I have no idea but Akon reminded me that it was the highest selling ringtone at that time. He knows how to make some change."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Cranes in the Sky by Solange Knowles. Beyonce’s younger sister finally comes of age with this song. Cranes in the Sky is the most beautiful song of the year, end of story."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is…

"The New Plan B album. I’ve heard from his management that it will soon be ready and I’m excited. Plan B is special as he always dares to be different and has not shied away from creating themed albums when it really is a singles market out there."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Stevie Wonder's 'As'. It’s my favorite song ever, I love it. It has everything that I love about music in one song. Soul, gospel, great musician-ship, and a song that keeps you fully engaged from start to finish." 

 

Trevor Nelson's new compilation Club Classics is released on Friday (November 4th) and available to purchase here in hmv's online store.

Trevor Nelson Club Classics
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