Review: We Love Soul @ POW
We Love Soul – House, Boogie and Disco. All day BBQ @ POW Brixton – 30/07/17
We Love Soul events developed around 2009 as a response to a need for more diverse rare groove, funk boogie, disco, soul sounds as well as RnB and soulful house. The trusted brand offers UK soul sounds for genuine music lovers and collaborates with music festivals such as 51st State.
We Love Soul was founded by Aitch B (Soul II Soul) and has continued with other established UK DJs/MCs who are regulars such as Sammy Confunktion, Jazzi Q, Jigs, Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Victor Anderson and MC Micro as well as plethora of guest DJs (including the Mi-Soul crew) and live performances from UK soul talent. Their events are supported by ‘back in the day’ crowds as well as the next generation. There have been over 40 events held in different venue around London since it started.
Todays all dayer was a celebration of house, funk boogie, disco and soul music. POW Brixton which is a multi-floored venue with a rooftop bar, DJ booth and dancefloor is the ideal setting for a BBQ on a sunny Sunday. Tony Fernandez kicked off the day, with a set including James Brown, smooth soul from Rahsaan Patterson and Stretch Taylor represented UK soul giving us classics from Soul II Soul and more. Scott James got the crowd excited with tracks like Family Stand – Ghetto Heaven; Zhane – Hey Mr DJ; Gwen McCrae – All This Love That I’m Giving and Blaze and Boogie funked up the boogie with ‘80s soul like Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait and Shaun Escoffery – Days Like This.
Aitch B kept the crowd uplifted with soul jazz funk from Gil Scott Heron – The Bottle; Loleatta Holloway – Runaway; Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home and later the indoor club rooms opened on the lower level hosted by Larry Xavier and Jazzi Q, Mistri and GQ, Dezzi D, Pete Mello, Clemy Riley, Anna C, Sticko Zaza and Gloss.
Much of the soundtrack brought back rare groove, UK soul jazz funk and vocal house memories from the eighties, which inspired many from a grassroots level and has continued to inspire new generations.