Shake a hoof is an expression used by a friend of mine about a year ago that stuck with me, it’s origins are in the 18th century probably from naval slang used by the British navy, It’s meaning is to dance, to shake a hoof and that is the aim of the playlist to find the best music to make you dance, sourced from across all decades and genres with the key ingredient -  it will make you move, it might just be a serious bit of hip hop head nodding or getting down to the floor with some serious B Boy floor moves, it could be some sweaty jackin to classic acid house or showing your footwork moves to some 70’s dancefloor jazz.

Soul and funk music from some of the best new musicians and producers across the world, acts that may be fairly successful selling vinyl, Cd’s and downloads but are not reaching the streaming audience their talent deserves will feature highly and a hopefully lots of fresh music from unknown artists, if you are a live band, a one man band or a bedroom producer and you’re making music that’s gonna get someone to shake a hoof then submit your music here.

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About The Curator - Paul Sims

 Paul Sims - Music to Curator

‘When did the Blues become Indigo’ is a reference made by a music journalist I read some years ago, it’s meaning is about how one genre of music mutates into another, it’s always interested me that progression from the jazz and blues of the 50’s to the rhythm and blues, soul and Funk of the 60’s to disco and rap in the 70’s onto house music in the 80’s - to me are all one big family and I like to find the musical and historical links and research the people who made shaped the eras people like David Mancusso, Kool Herc, Africa Bambaataa and the Chicago House Pioneers like Frankie Knuckles.

So five years ago I created a facebook group called ‘They Reminisce over you’ to share music from the past, looking for music in genres I’d missed in my youth or digging deeper into ones I’d only really scratched the surface with, using the power of YouTube to find music and social media to share it and find like minded people, that led me to start to compile series of Spotify playlists called ‘What is Soul’ finding the soulful sounds in all different dance genres, at the time Disco was a really on trend genre with club DJ’s and record producers and realising I had missed so much good music from the 70’s and early 80’s I started a new series of playlists called ‘Discography’ beginning with sourcing all Spotify tracks from proto disco tracks from 68 and using the internet and various book purchases to go year by year up the 80’s, as I’m not one to stop at half measure it ended up being a never ending (or so it feels) task of finding out when did the blues actually become indigo, attempting to discover on Spotify every Soul track (which became another series of playlists ‘The A-Z of rare grooves and classic soul) funk, jazz disco, rap, house was added until I got to the mid 80’s but hey why stop there I thought and to date I’m right up to last weeks new releases with some gaps to fill in between 2000 and 2009. (give me another year and I might get there, until I find something else)

So as you can tell I love music, passionate about sharing new and old musical discovery’s and promoting new artists and that is the aim of my work with Musicto, to find new colours to add that spectrum between blues and indigo so any new artists submit your music to the playlist and everyone else ‘Shake a hoof’ and dance.

Oh yeah and my name is Paul, I’m 45 and from the north east of England, catch me and my music on the links below


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