10Trax: Formation’s Northern Soul takeover

Formation break down their ultimate Northern Soul tunes for a special pay day takeover.

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When you think of Electro Punks Formation, you probably don’t imagine them being big Northern Soul fans. However as we found out when we asked them to take over the 10Trax playlist, their love of the genre runs deep. From genre legend Edwin Star to Curtis Mayfield compositions his selections have got it all. What better way to celebrate pay day than with a selection of Will Ritton’s biggest Northern Soul tunes? Keep the faith!

Frankie Beverly and The Butlers – ‘If That’s What You Wanted’

“This is one of my favourite tracks. I love playing it out more than any other. I don’t know why really, as there are so many magic tracks out there, but Frankie can totally handle himself anywhere in a set. Begin the journey here and don’t look back.”

Roy Roberts – ‘You Move Me’

“HAAAAAAAAAHEEYYYY”

The Fascinations – ‘The Girls Are Out To Get You’

“This is, simply, a great piece of songwriting. It’s got a strong hook, it has great arrangement and structure…and it was written by Curtis Mayfield; so no wonder.”

Yvonne Baker – ‘You Didn’t Say A Word’

“My Dad often recounts the first time he heard this at the Blackpool Mecca in the early 70’s and how, at the time, it was the greatest thing he’d ever heard. Probably because it sounded a bit like James Bond.”

Eddie Holman – ‘Eddie’s My Name’

“Yeah, it is.”

Kim Weston – ‘Helpless’

“Here is another perfect example of the bittersweet quality of Northern Soul. A fantastic performance, that totally catches you out with that relatable ‘helpless situation’. If you’ve ever been left crying…let it out!”

Darrow Fletcher – ‘What Good Am I Without You’

“Darrow Fletcher was still a kid when he recorded this amazing tune. His confident and honest performance draws comparisons to the young Michael Jackson. The chorus on this is epic and the way it drops from the chorus into the second verse is evil.”

Edwin Starr – ‘Twenty-Five Miles’

“Fuck ‘War’ – this is what Edwin Starr is all about.”

The Vibrations – ‘Cause You’re Mine’

“As a lead singer I still pray for the day I can jump into a song like this guy, what an entry! Always remember to read the label, it if credits Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff as the songwriters then don’t sleep on it. Get to know that classic Philadelphia Soul sound.”

Jackie Wilson – ‘You Brought About A Change In Me’

“My Dad was giving me a lift home one day when this song came on, I’ll never forget that moment. This is easily one of the greatest songs of all time and one of the most passionate Pop vocal performances ever recorded. If none of these tracks have turned you into a Northern Soul fanatic then this will.”

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