Strut is recognizing Norman Jay MBE as one of the most renowned DJs on earth and possibly a few galaxies away by allowing the selector master himself to DJ the 30th anniversary of the Good Times Sound System. Jay set up his first sound system in 1979 called Great Tribulation with his brother Joey. The system became Good Times in '81 – possibly because its success led to less tribulatin' times, we're guessing. Norman Jay has been a beacon in the London clubs ever since, with residency at Notting Hill Carnival and legendary clubs like Shake ‘N’ Fingerpop, High On Hope (inspired by New York’s Paradise Garage) and famed sessions at London’s Bass Clef, which later became the Blue Note.
There's a slew of “summer mixtapes” going around, but Norman Jay's funky selections ranging from Curtis Mayfield to People Under The Stairs remixes is pure soulsonic bliss. Below is Ted Taylor's 1977 burner "Ghetto Disco” for a taste of Jay's primo selector skills.
Norman Jay Presents Good Times 30 is out now on Strut.