“It’s an honor to join a list of DJ’s that include so many respected selectors from the world of electronic music. I have tried to offer a mixed selection of new & old records, always paying homage to the more soulful end of dance music. It was important for me to show love to some of the kings of the scene, Dego, Kaidi Tatham, Waajeed & Karizma. Special shouts to Simbad & Daz I Kue also, still making hot new music that sounds as fresh & relevant as ever” – Melvo Baptiste
DJing and selecting is in Melvo Baptiste’s blood. Born into a family of dancers, record collectors and music enthusiasts, his musical upbringing was a strict diet of soul, rare groove, funk and disco. Inspired by visiting his uncle Norman Jay’s Sunday night BBC Radio London show, Melvo picked up DJing organically and found himself tapping in to the family vocation. When Kiss FM founder Gordon Mac returned to radio to create new station Mi-Soul, Melvo was one of the first to be signed up for his own weekly show and presented on Saturday mornings from 2012 until early 2018.
In 2017 he was invited to present the burgeoning Glitterbox radio show, originally an online show that is now syndicated on over 40 stations globally and regularly frequents iTunes UK’s #1 spot for podcasts. Becoming the ‘voice’ of Glitterbox, interviewing the likes of Jocelyn Brown, Jazzy Jeff and David Morales for the show, Melvo has been instrumental in taking Defected Record’s Glitterbox to the next level; also playing at sold-out shows for the brand and acting as A&R for the label.
A regular at Southport Weekender events, he’s played international festivals such as Suncébeat, Defected Croatia and Lovebox (for Mixmag). Melvo also plays locally every week at some of London’s plushest clubs and venues. His organic knowledge and passion for rare groove, golden era soul and disco as well as classic house, contemporary soulful house and nu-disco makes him the ultimate good-time selector.
01. Payfone – Paradise
02. The Detroit Experiment – Think Twice
03. Duke Hugh – Nighthawks
04. Goshawk & Erik Rico – Can’t Get Enough
05. Simbad featuring Steelo – Soul Fever (Karizma Mix)
06. Waajeed – Lotta Bounce
07. Mike Dunn – God Made Me Funky (Kassian Remix)
08. Simbad featuring Lwandile & Zito Mowa – Peaceful Revolution
09. Daz-I-Kue & Jill Rock Jones – Tell The Story (Vocal Mix)
10. Alex Phountzi & Risa T – Rotations
11. Dee Jay Sound – Always There
12. Omar S – No Shit Baby
13. 2000black – Make It Hard (Original Mix)
14. 5ive Jax – Never Kan K2 Dub
15. Hadiya George – Hot Flavor (Kaidi Tatham’s Remix)