The list of musical highlights for Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna are too numerous to list, from his seminal hip hop duo Jigmastas and DJ sets across the globe, to his iconic solo productions and remixes. But if you ask him, it’s the relationship he’s forged with personal hero Stevie Wonder that Spinna considers to be his single greatest achievement.
As with most artists of a soulful persuasion, Stevie’s music influenced Spinna from the outset, dictating everything from his approach to writing to his use of Fender Rhodes and Moog bass-lines on his productions. Having gained so much from the great man, Spinna decided to pay tribute in the form of ‘Wonderfull’, a series of parties celebrating the Wonder of Stevie. This is where the story became somewhat surreal for Spinna, suddenly finding himself joined onstage in Washington D.C. by none other than Stevie himself, a spine-tingling moment even when viewed on YouTube.
An extension of the Wonderfull parties, this album represents a celebration of the life, music and cultural impact of Stevie Wonder. Few compilers can boast Spinna’s understanding of Stevie’s back catalogue, not to mention the large number of songs he’s written for other artists over the years. Featuring stunning cover versions you may well have never heard before alongside songs many of us had no idea he’d written, Spinna’s vast knowledge of and boundless enthusiasm for Stevie’s music shines with every selection. As both a super-fan and a close friend, surely there is nobody better placed to compile this wonderful document of Stevie Wonder’s music, inspiration and influence.
x2LP track listing:
A1 Jackson 5 – Buttercup
A2 East St Louis Gospelettes – Have A Talk With God
A3 Betty Everett – Just A Little Piece Of You
A4 The Foreign Exchange – If She Breaks Your Heart
B1 Sunlightsquare – Pastime Paradise
B2 U.S. Atlantic Fleet Navy Show Band – Bird Of Beauty
B3 Billy Preston – It’s My Pleasure
B4 John Minnis’ Big Bone Band – Love’s In Need Of Love Today
C1 Tony Sherman – As
C2 David Porter – I Don’t Know Why I Love You
C3 David Ruffin – Make My Water Boil (Loving You Has Been So Wonderful)
C4 Reel People feat. Tony Momrelle – Golden Lady
D1 Quincy Jones – Betcha’ Wouldn’t Hurt Me
D2 G.C. Cameron – If You Don’t Love Me
D3 Jrod Indigo – Go Home
D4 Black Sugar – Don’t You Worry About A Thing