The Southport Weekender series has earned quite a reputation at this point and with good reason; Philadelphia-based DJ and producer King Britt and British house music czar Ashley Beedle are among the most creative mix masters working today.

Vol. 8 features a full disc from each artist, and Beedle shows his love for American soul by starting off his mix with a dismantling of oldie “Walk on By” from the Dells. Beedle gives a similar treatment to “I Can’t Turn Around” by Isaac Hayes, but elsewhere he draws inspiration from a wide variety of acts like Black Ghosts, Crazy P and even X Press 2 featuring Kissing the Pink.

And while Beedle favors psychedelic soul like Faze Action’s “We Don’t Know How,” King Britt prefers to keep the beat coming on hard with seamless vignettes like Edwin Starr’s “War” segueing into Bunny Mac’s “Let Me Love You.” Britt also reconfigures lots of hot Latin beats including Joey Negro’s “Samba Party,” “Latina” from Jellybean Benitez and “Latin High” by DJ Dozia.

Grade: A



Southport Weekender Vol. 8 is currently available.