Carmy Love: Debut Solo Release

29 March 21

Posted at 11:16

Carmy Love

©Dean Chalkley / Big AC Redords



'Thinkin' About You', is the debut solo single from Soul singer, Carmy Love.

Influenced by the "Crossover Soul" period of the late 60's and early 70's, the track clicks into gear from the off with bold brass and a funky bassline paving the way for Carmy's stunning vocal.

Carmy Love may be a familiar face to fans of New Street Adventure: As an original member of the band she made a major contribution to “No Hard Feelings” - NSA’s debut album with her stunning back up vocals elevating the record to modern soul classic status.

Born and raised in North West London, Carmy had a rich musical upbringing: Her Mother and Step-Father were DJs on several underground stations including Roots, Unique and Flava Radio. The likes of Janet Kay, Louisa Marks and Chaka Khan all featured heavily during her formative years, whilst an early grounding in Gospel singing developed her vocal style and stage craft.

Carmy's also worked with Cool Million, Ruby Blu and House Gospel Choir it’s now time for Carmy Love to take centre-stage by teaming up with Big AC Records to release her first solo single. 

‘Thinkin’ About You’ is produced by Mitch Ayling (The Milk) and backed by a NSA-heavy line-up of musicians, the track offers an exciting glimpse of what’s to come from this incredible new soul artist. The vinyl version of the record can be pre-ordered HERE.

Dean has photographed Carmy several times, often in the live context performing but the photograph on 'Thinkin' About You' was from a studio session, and more images will appear in the near future to accompany Carmy's music releases. Carmy also appears in Dean's ongoing project presented on instagram, head over to @deanchalkley_ to see those pictures originally released on Saturday 27th March 2021.



Off The Beat And Track: Dean Interview

18 March 21

Posted at 5:12

Off The Beat And Track



Stu Whiffen invited Dean onto his incredibly popular Podcast 'Off The Beat And Track', Stu and Dean covered so much ground in the conversation that for the first time in over 200 shows Stu decided to release the session as a two parter.

Click HERE to go to the Acast page for both episodes. The Podcast also populates Acast, Spotify, and other platforms. 

(Stu Whiffen has presented over 200 podcasts in this series including sessions with Chuck D, Glen Matlock, Edith Bowman, Masie Adam, Jake Bugg, etc...)

Pull Up!!: March '21 Session

18 March 21

Posted at 4:23

Pull Up!!: March 21 Session



Click HERE for the March '21 Pull Up!!

Dean and Harris unload great musical selections to take you to other places, uplifting and rhythmic and crossing genres.

This months special guest is Andre Laville who jumps into the '2 From the Crew' segment and also introduces the remix of 'The Light In Us' (Boogie Back Weekender Remix) his recent collaboration with the Stone Foundation.

Richard Ashcroft: New Release

03 March 21

Posted at 1:43

Richard Ashcroft

©Dean Chalkley



Richard Ashcroft has a new release called 'Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)', it is a great cover of the classic John Lennon composition that originally appeared on Lennon's 1973 album 'Mind Games'.

Richard's 2021 version gives the track fresh new perspectives capturing a breakout protest feeling from lockdown to freedom and movement. The track is anthemic, we recommend you play it loud.

The photograph above of Richard by Dean is from the 'Natural Rebel' album / press related images.


Jocks & Nerds: Philip Diggle Painter

02 March 21

Posted at 12:35

Jocks & Nerds: Philip Diggle

©Dean Chalkley



Philip Diggle is an outsider in the Art World, he doesn't conform or play the Art game instead his work and singular attitude ploughs it's own path transmitting the a kind of evolved pure punk ethic. His unique vision and intense work confronts the viewers senses and sensibilities head on. 

To read the full article and see all 17 images that accompany the piece get a copy of the magazine, request details HERE .

Philip Diggle is due to present a new exhibition at the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution 16-29 April 2021.

The gallery is situated at 11 South Grove, Highgate Village, London, N6 6BST 020 8340 3343.

HERE is a link to part 1 of a short film called 'Luxury' by Viktorcz about Philip.


All Kinds Of Naughty: Exhibition Dates Update

26 February 21

Posted at 10:55

All Kinds Of Naughty: Exhibition Dates Update

Poster Design by Discordo for Thames Group Of Artists



The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted so much over the last 12 months, we are however entering into another phase where the green shoots of optimism are pushing through. Yesterday the new confirmed tour schedule for the 'All Kinds Of Naughty' exhibition was announced to the artists. There has been a slight reshuffle but we are excited to say that the show will be travelling from gallery to gallery from the planned opening on May the 1st 2021 at Southend's Beecroft Art Gallery right through til September's last stop at Gallery 286 in London, (a total of 6 galleries will be visited in the tour). Hopefully climbing out of this lockdown period runs to plan, there is a chance that some of the dates might change if the circumstances dictate but fingers crossed the road ahead will be clear and we can all get out and start enjoying culture in a physical sense, Dean and all the Thames Group of Artists hope you can catch up with the show at some point in the tour. The Thames Group of Artists website will soon be updated with these new dates.



May click HERE for info - June 13 - Beecroft Gallery, Southend-on -Sea  

June 19 - July 4 - Lilford Gallery, Canterbury 

July 6 - July  25 - Walk Dont Walk, Deal   

July 28 - Aug 14 - Stash Gallery, Aldgate,   London

Aug 18 - Sept 4 - Morley Gallery, Waterloo,  London 

Sept 7 - Sept 26 - Gallery 286, Earls Court, London


Jocks & Nerds Magazine

18 February 21

Posted at 1:02

Jocks & Nerds: Lou & Lydia

©Dean Chalkley



The long awaited issue 26 of Jocks & Nerds magazine, 260 pages of vital work from this excellent publication. 

Dean shot several features for the current issue, over the next few posts we will present a taster of what some of them looked like however the features are extensive, as an example image above from the Lou & Lydia fashion story is in fact 32 pages long so to get the full effect we recommend you drop Jocks & Nerds a line and order the physical magazine for yourself. You can reach Jocks & Nerds HERE

Lou & Lydia are Lou Christou and Lydia Sharpe

PULL UP!!: February 2021

17 February 21

Posted at 2:30

PULL UP!!: February 2021



PULL UP!! February 2021 edition features as ever the wonderful broad and eclectic musical selection Dean x Harris are know for delivering, in addition there is a new feature  this month called '2 From The Crew' for this first 2FTC Mark Professor jumps up and suggests two of his favourite tracks. Click HERE to link to the show.



STUDIO 45: January 2021

05 February 21

Posted at 6:59

STUDIO 45 Record

©Dean Chalkley



For the past few years every January Dean and his good friend Neil Barker have hosted the Studio 45 club night at The Social in Little Portland Street,London. The reason for this annual residency is that original co-founder Dean Thatcher generally holidays to Goa and asks Dean and Neil step into make the physical club swing.

This year things are a bit different, no physical happening, but as an alternative to brighten up the mind body and soul there are regular Studio 45 happenings online via Totally Wired Radio. It is only fitting that Dean and Neil were invited to reside over the Saturday 30th January 2021 episode as it would have been that night that they would have been behind the decks in the physical club...

So for your listening pleasure HERE is the Mixcloud archive, it's vital and upbeat, all the records are from Dean and Neil's personal vinyl collections all rare Northern Soul, Reggae and Rhythm'n'Blues 

The record in the photograph above is the first record Dean plays in his first set... I'm Coming Home by September Jones rather apt under the circumstances...of course a brilliant record too...

PULL UP!!: January 2021

05 February 21

Posted at 5:54

PULL UP!! January 2021

Shola Aleje by Marcus Hessenberg



PULL UP!!  January 2021 with guest selector Shola Aleje joining Dean for a deep and dynamic session to start the year. Shola's choices are aired in the first hour of the show, Dean takes the second through to the end.

Usual co-presenter Harris Elliott was off grid for this month but will return to the PULL UP!! framer soon.

Shola and Dean select music far and wide, across genre and styles but always linking through the essential PULL UP!! frame.

Click HERE for the Mixcloud Link.