Intrepid explorer Ernest Shackleton would possibly listen to this piece of sun-drenched, meaty, uplifting dance music from Simon Shackleton and think ‘What the bloody blazes is this nonsense?’ But after a few listens, sitting back on the deck of the Endevour with his crew, his pipe in hand and his docking station pumped right up, he’d be converted.

You can get an edit of it here for free.

You Gotta Believe

Explorer and pioneer Sir Ernest Shackleton, second left in the dark jumper, led the Endurance and its crew into the Antarctic in the winter of 1915. They were trapped by ice and lost the ship. Camping on the ice floe and in a twenty foot lifeboat they survived and were rescued in the August of 1916. Without a single man lost. That, reality TV show contestants, is a back story.

Explorer and pioneer Lovebug Starski began work in 1971 as a record boy and by 1978 was playing a key role in the nascent hip hop scene in New York djing and later producing and making records. he had a regular spot in the rooftop roller rink in Harlem during the 80s and made this record in 1983, which somewhat surprisingly was one of the key influences on Johnny Marr when he was recording How Soon Is Now? with The Smiths in 1984.

You Gotta Believe (12″ Instrumental)

I’m not saying the two men’s experiences were comparable. It just amuses me to put them together and I’ve got to do something to keep this whole thing blog thing interesting.

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This is the bosun John Vincent, from Ernest Shackleton’s polar expedition ship Endurance. Nice hat, necker and jumper combination, just the thing for winter 1912/2012.

This is from Adrian Sherwood’s new Survival And resistance album, dubbed out and lovely, just the thing for  autumn 2012.

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