The Bank Holiday Shenanigans
Our very own MJ was back stage doing a bit of hobnobbing whilst taking some promotional photography for QSC, one not to normally take advantage of a situation, but when a choon is dropped and the producer is standing right in front of you, it seems rude not to.
MJ & Ricky back stage at Sweet Sensation talking about ‘If U Wanna (feat. The Girl Next Door)’ from M&S…
Ricky was mentioned in our recent blog with Brandon Block (see blow), in terms of collaborations – we’re expecting some very special things from these pair over the coming months!
Brandon Block at Summer Soulstice
One of the UK’s most respected house DJ’s and record producers, Ricky Morrison has been breaking beats since the UK house music explosion in 1986
Genuinely one of the most influential producers & dj’s in the UK house scene from its original days in the early eighties, Ricky has earned a reputation for delivering big performances and big records and continues to spread the house music gospel.
In 1984 a young Ricky Morrison began spinning at London’s infamous Dance Wicked, promoted by SOUL II SOUL and went on to be resident at High on Hope alongside Norman Jay MBE.
Playing at two of the UK’s most seminal dance clubs, Ricky established a name for himself within the exploding house scene that developed into the monster it is today.
He has gone on to play at many of the best clubs in the world and very much has a style of his own that stands him out from the crowd, a style that saw him play the main room at the Southport Weekender five years in a row, he is regularly invited to play at Ministry Of Sound, Fabric & Pacha,
Ricky developed a sound for the big rooms that these venues offered that filled the space without betraying his soulful roots.
With long-time friend and music partner, Fran Sidoli, Ricky produces under the name M&S and the pair are responsible for many of the ground breaking releases that have helped take dance music from the back streets to the high streets including the monster hit ‘Salsoul Nugget’ which reached No 6 in the National Chart in 2001. Other big M&S productions include ‘Keep On’ with Jay Ella Ruth, ‘Special’ by Robbie Craig, the hugely successful ‘Don’t Give Up’ with Michelle Weeks and their timeless remix of the classic ‘Moment Of My Life’ by Bobby D’Ambrosio.
The list of M&S productions and remixes is endless and they are the backbone of many of the trailblazing events that took the sound to the mainstream where it sits comfortably today, however Ricky stood out equally as a DJ alongside the US heavyweights Masters At Work, Tony Humphries, David Morales and Frankie Knuckles.
Ricky’s style is unique and unlike the majority of the UK’s soulful house fraternity, often described as a US sound with a British twist. He was so influenced by the sound coming out of the US that, in 1991, he quit his day job as a computer engineer and opened London’s legendary ‘Catch A Groove Records’ in Soho and the exclusive access this gave him to new material simply added to his reputation.
As the house revolution went international Ricky’s sound became increasingly popular throughout Europe and particularly Switzerland and Italy which were then the most happening club scenes in the world and he took on several residencies in clubs that have become infamous today including the mighty ‘Red Zone’ in Perugia, ‘Coco Rico’ & ‘Peter Pan’ in Rimini and the ‘MAD Club’ in Lausanne however it was his performances at London’s Garage City that stood him out from the crowd and helped him to become such a recognised face on the International scene.
The relationship with Garage City, then run as a partnership between Zoo Entertainments and KISS FM, saw Ricky headline what was then the first ‘Brit’ Party at the Winter Music Conference in Miami in 1996, an incredibly successful event that is still talked about today. This kicked off a decade of UK influence in a genre previously dominated by the US and other heavyweight UK events, such as Hard Times and the Southport Weekender, were quick to take advantage using Ricky Morrison to reinforce their soulful heritage.
Ricky has played alongside an almost comprehensive who’s who of the DJ superstars that shaped today’s dance music and he is still much loved and sought after by clubs looking for a quality that is increasingly hard to find among the crowd. With a repertoire that includes the deeper sounds so in vogue today and the classics of yesterday, mixed in a style that is immediately recognisable as his own, Ricky Morrison is once again back in the studio making beats for where he most loves to be, behind the decks performing!
Selected discography Ricky Morrison
PRODUCED AND MIXED
M&S feat Shaun Escoffery – So Sweetly (Tony Records)
M&S – Tramonto (Tony Records)
Brian Lucas – Slave To The Vibe (Map Dance Records)
M&S Presents the Girl Next Door-Salsoul Nugget (ffrr records)
M&S presents Starvue U R In My System (Liquid Deep Records)
M&S presents Starvue – Let The Music Spill (Universal Records)
M&S Presents R A D – Spread Love (Liquid Groove Records)
M&S Presents the Girl Next Door – Ready or Not (ffrr records)
Girl Next Door – Justify (Strictly Rhythm records)
Urban Spirits – Saturday ( Public Demand records)
Urban Spirits –Pressure (Worx records)
Robbie Craig -Special (Public Demand records)
M&S feat Jaye Ella Ruth – Keep on (public Demand Records)
Michelle Weeks – Don’t give up (M.O.S)
M&S presents the Guy Next Door – Deeper (Strictly Rhythm records)
Visual Featuring Barbara Tucker -Bring You Love (Strictly Rhythm records)
M&S presents State of Mind – This is it (M.O.S)
M&S presents State of Mind – Take control (M.O.S)
M&S presents Jaye ella Ruth –Keep on (public Demand)
M&S Trackwork ep Vol 1 – (amato records)
M&S Trackwork ep Vol 2 – (Kult records)
Ubiquity –Back to me (Big Beat records 1989)
M&S Shoot Tha Juice EP (Freeze Records)
Blockster -You should be dancing (M.O.S)
Blockster -Grooveline (M.O.S)
Mystic 3 –Sonethings goin on (subliminal records)
And Much More…….
Mr Mike ft Deep Bros – Lets Do It Again (Map Dance Records)
Frankie Knuckles – Lets Stay Home (Nocturnal Records)
Soulful Session – Mr Weather Man (Tony Records)
Sunkids – Rescue Me (Tony Records)
Luyo – My Delight (Double Cheese Records)
Luyo And Dj Ermi – My King (Double Cheese Records)
Divinti – Let Me Show You (Universe Media Records)
Quentin Harris-My Joy (Defected Records)
Ultra Nate -Free (am-pm records)
Bobby D-Moment of my life (M.O.S)
M People-Fantasy Island (deconstruction records)
Da Click -Good Rhymes (ffrr records)
Colonel Abrahams- Youre the one for Me (interstate records)
Yoyo Honey-Groove on (worx records)
Kathy Brown – Joy (azuli records)
Andrea Mendez –give me love (am-pm records)
Mother of Pearl-heaven (worx records)
Beverley Brown –On and On (su su records)
Russell =Fool for Love (M.O.S)
Absolute –catch me (am-pm records)
Juliet Roberts-so good (cooltempo records)
Bianca kinane-business (warner bros records)
Charlotte-Skin (Nervous records)
Barbara Tucker-keep on lovin u (azuli records)
Milk and Honey -You me and Music (neo records)
Baby Bumps –Burnin (Delirious records)
Juliet Roberts –so good (Delious records)
Pepper Meche –Happiness (azuli records)
Zoom – Let it go (gusto records)
And much more…………