Heads to the Sky
Ashley Beedle & Jo Wallace
Monthly, Thursday 6-8pm
Soul, Disco, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Ramrock
Black Science Orchestra • Ballistic Brothers • North Street Crew
Referenced in Daft Punk’s song as one of the ‘Teachers’, Ashley Beedle first began DJing during the 1980s and made a name for himself during the heyday of Acid House. In the early 1990s, he teamed up with Rob Mello and John Howard to form the first incarnation of the Black Science Orchestra, signed to the legendary dance label, Junior Boys Own. After releasing the seminal club classic ‘Where Were You?’, BSO’s production unit morphed and evolved with Uschi Classen and Marc Woodford and tracks like ‘Strong’ and ‘Philadelphia’ were released as well as the 1994 debut album ‘Walter’s Room’ and deep house classic ‘New Jersey Deep’.
While working with the Black Science Orchestra, Ashley started another project known as The Ballistic Brothers with Dave Hill, Uschi Classen, Rocky & Diesel spawning the ‘Ballistic Brothers vs The Eccentric Afros’ Pt 1 & 2 EP plus ‘Blacker’ (a favourite of Prince’s) and the 1995 LP, ‘London Hooligan Soul’.
Running parallel with the Ballistic Brothers, Ashley was a founding member of the group X-Press 2, with fellow DJs Rocky and Diesel performing on 6 decks and 3 CDJ players. They scored global dance chart action through the 90’s and 00’s with tracks such as ‘Muzik Xpress’, ‘Say What’ and ‘London Xpress’ and charted at #2 in the UK Top 40 with their global hit ‘Lazy’, their collaboration with Talking Heads’ David Byrne which earnt Ashley an Ivor Novello award.
From the late 90’s onwards, Ashley continued to remix and produce, releasing the milestone ‘Grass Roots’ compilation in 1999 and between 2001 – 2003, Bent’s ‘Always’ + ‘Magic Love’ and The Streets ‘Weak Become Heroes’ all received the Beedle remix treatment. Ashley’s remix of Elton John’s ‘Are You Ready For Love’ catapulted the song to No.1 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, Beedle remixed Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” with Damian “Junior Gong” Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock” to create the mash-up ‘Stand Up Jamrock (Ashley Beedle Remix)’ which the Marley family loved so much they ended up including it on the Bob Marley compilation album ‘Africa Unite: The Singles Collection’. The track went on to chart at #1 on the Jamaican National Charts.
Since 2015, Ashley has been working as part of the ‘North Street’ remix collective with North Street Studio One owner and musical genius, Darren Morris and Ramrock Records/F*CLR boss, Jo Wallace as well as solo remixes. 2019 already has a plethora of projects underway including Waterson’s debut album, an Afrikanz on Marz concept album and the reunion of the legendary Black Science Orchestra – watch this space…
Ramrock Records • F*CLR Records
Jo first got into music watching top Mod television show Ready Steady Go in 1964 and after listening to her brother’s blues LP collection including John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, she found herself lured into the beguiling world of black music. Inheriting a box full of Motown in 1967, she began collecting vinyl in 1969 and in 1973, she landed her dream job and started work in a record shop. A rival record shop recruited her in 1976 and Jo began selling import soul & funk 45’s and her illustrious DJ career started at the same time in a pub in Chatham… and it’s been downhill ever since!
In 1983, Jo started work as a co-presenter on the Rod Lucas show on BBC Radio Kent from where the show was hijacked by commercial radio station, Invicta FM. After 4 years, Jo left the show to run the ska & rocksteady section during 87/88 in the major reggae record shop, Red Records in Brixton. She co-presented on a night time show on the legal version of KISS FM, ran her riotous ‘Immaculate Contraption’ gay nights at Chatham’s infamous Ship public house as well as the gone but never forgotten ‘Baby Janes’ at the Hilltop Club from the late 80’s until ’98, made guest appearances on Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, Richard Searling’s Jazz FM show and Stuart McOnie’s Radio 2 show ‘All Singing, All Dancing’.
While she was Head of Paper Archiving at Universal Music, Jo compiled and released the Motown CDs, Soul Satisfaction 2-5, Motown Floorshakers, Motown Northern and Motown Love. During this time, she also curated ‘Island Records 50th Anniversary’ exhibition and put together the soundtracks for the Versace and Vivienne Westwood exhibitions at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Career highlights include DJing with Dennis Alcapone in 2016 & Big Youth in 2017 at Dreamland’s ‘Jamaican Independence Day’ celebrations, her 2015 performance at doing a six hour set on the Stone Boat Stage in 2015 with Ashley Beedle entitled “The History of Black Music”, closing Glastonbury after the Stones and Stevie Wonder, her residency at Snowboy’s ‘Good Foot’ nights @Madame JoJo’s, Tom Moulton remixing the Ramrock Blue 12” ‘Over Again’ by Mr Bird & Greg Blackman and co-hosting the small but perfectly formed London based Northern soul night ‘These Old Shoes’ for six years.
Jo continues to DJ and broadcast, most recently on a 2 hour Worldwide FM ‘Ramrock Special’, runs four vinyl record labels, Ramrock, Ramrock Blue & Ramrock Red and house label F*CLR, remixing & producing tracks with Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris as the North Street Crew.