Huge thanks to our good friend Leanne Wright (aka the hip swayer•truth sayer•record player) for this very deep session filled with incredible discoveries!
A few words from Leanne on the mix:
“I really enjoyed putting this mix together; I’ve been wanting to do something a little deeper, dubbier, darker but still soulful. Looking back at it, I’m struck by the subconscious echo and influence of my roots at Honest Jons. Not only are many of the HJ family repping, it’s also a reflection of the broad musical spectrum I was exposed to and influenced by there (backed by Alan and Mark’s exquisite taste and integrity) – from jazz and world to techno and reggae.
So in a way, it’s a sort of tribute to my time there but also to all my years in London right up to Worldwide FM. I came over in ’91 – caught the end of rave & hardcore culture then moved through garage, house, acid jazz, jungle, UKG, broken beat up to the present day and the new jazz explosion. I often stop and wonder how a small town Ontario girl found her way on to some of the darkest, duttiest dancefloors in London – both in front of and behind the decks. For me, there is no other place in the world where dance music culture joyfully collides with so many other branches of music to continually create and recreate new forms, new sounds, new energies.”
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About Leanne Wright
Leanne first moved to London from Canada in 1991, immersing herself deep in the underground music scene. London club culture soon became more than a passtime; it became community, friends and family. Years spent creating visual identities with Robi Walters for people like Gilles Peterson, Benji B and Coop/West London massive (IG, Dego, Bugz in the Attic etc), working with Patrick Forge on his Kiss FM radio show and behind the counter at Honest Jon’s helped to develop a broad appreciation and rich musical heritage.
She’s been a part of Worldwide FM since the very beginning helping to establish cultural programming such as a pop up at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, curating the past few International Women’s Days and creating a podcast for the Barbican’s Basquiat Boom For Real exhibition. Her regular The Emerald Tablet show on Worldwide FM celebrates the rootikal reverberations in electronic music from hip hop to house, jungle, techno and beyond, with a nod to the foundations – jazz and R&B.