Here is another mix of Magnus 45s – the February 45 Magnus Funk Mix – just in time for the end of the month. I recorded it on February 22, 2014, a year after the passing of one of Boston’s legendary DJs and one of my dear friends, Magnus Johnstone.
I got to play it again on Feb 26th at the fist ever “all 45 Beat Research” with Brother Wayne, Axel Foley and my co-host DJ Flack. Unfortunately, the mixer was lacking outputs, so I wasn’t able to record the actual set. I’m afraid this practice recording will have to do and I am most sorry not to have caught the incredible sets from the two guests. The mix starts with one of my favorite Aretha tunes (I say a little prayer). Even if Magnus was never one for organized religion or prayer per se, the tune seemed appropriately mournful. Moreover, it allowed me to answer her prayer with Lee Dorsey’s classic intro “everything I do gon be funky”. A kind of promise to the man who left me more amazing records than I ever deserved to hear, let alone play.
I’ll try to get a track list together shortly and post it up here as an addendum. In the meantime, enjoy, and keep it funky.