Following their UK tour towards the end of last year, Worldwide FM host and producer Tina Edwards and Charles Vaughan have delivered a Universal Sanctuary playlist…

Tina Edwards’ love affair with jazz has been a long time in the making, and she’s been sharing her love for the genre in south London and beyond for over five years, DJing, broadcasting, writing and promoting. For a year, Edwards hosted the morning show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, and towards the end of 2019 she announced a new show – Universal Sanctuary – a new project that explores the intersections between jazz and dance music.

Universal Sanctuary is produced by Charles Vaughan, fellow DJ, broadcaster and promoter. Together, the pair set off on a UK tour to promote the new show, DJing six dates across October and November, delving into the scene in each city for inspiration.

Inspired by records Tina and Charles were enjoying DJing out on their Universal Sanctuary tour, check their playlist below, which spans everything from contemporary south London jazz, to jungle, to classic dance tracks born from the Hacienda dance floor.

Chosen by Tina:

808 State – Pacific State (Original Extended Version)

For the Manchester date at Night and Day Cafe, I knew I wanted to play with some tracks that were integral to the city’s own club culture; this tune might not have existed without places like the Hacienda, which goes to show the impact of what happens when people gather and share a vision. I wasn’t able to experience it first hand, but I can see arms flailing and lagers sploshing when I hear this.

Crookers – That Laughing Track (ft. Style Of Eye & Carli)

I heard this for the first time when I was in Osaka this Summer. I was browsing a clothes store and when I heard the shrieking laughs on this tune with the shuddering bass I instantly got Shazam out. I love tunes like this that make you wanna lose your shit and jump.

Toshio Matsuura Group – Kitty Bey

Toshio has some gigantic tracks. People can be a bit unsure of how to dance to jazz sometimes but truth is, as with any music obviously, it’s just about finding your own rhythm. And although jazz is more widely celebrated now, there’s obviously still a lot of clubbers who aren’t exposed to it very much. I feel like tracks like this, anyone can vibe with it.

McCoy Tyner – One For Honor

McCoy is a collaborator of John Coltrane’s and an amazing front man in his own right. I often play some more four to the floor treats before bringing in something jazz-heavy like this, to get people warmed up.

Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own

DJing means I can play tracks for people that are little-too-known or unreleased, and listening to DJs perform can be an amazing way to discover tunes. I love to break it up though maybe once or twice a night with tunes that EVERYBODY knows. I played this at Wavertree in Liverpool, out of nowhere, and the room erupted and all sang together. We turned down the channel entirely for a few moments. It felt like the whole room was bonding and sharing a moment with us.

Chosen by Charles:

Otis Clay – Love Bandit (Electro Vocoder Mix)

Discovered this gem thanks to Giovanna from SisBis when we played in Liverpool. I love a good vocoder and this one screams through the track, opening with a dramatic sonic statement before bringing in the funk filled heat. Guaranteed to heat up any dance floor.

Ezra Collective – Mace Windu Riddim

I have big respect for Ezra and what they’ve done for the jazz scene both in and outside of London. This tune for me just epitomises the energy of south London jazz, an explosive fire that never fails to move body and soul.

Tapan Meets Generation Taragalte – Jbit Aala Khiam

Soundway is one of the most consistent and high quality labels out there right now. This release really surprised me, pulling at my UK bass roots through a unique blend of culture and sound. Heavy, loud and an absolute brain melter.

George Duke – Brazilian Love Affair

I’ve been having a little love affair with Brazilian music recently, and this track just fills me with so much joy! A hopeful tale of love and lust, it blends beautifully the jazzy influence of Brazilian disco with the pop flavour of that era. An excellent selection for a mojito at home.

Jungle Brothers – What U Waiting 4? (Jungle Mix)

Just because we play jazz doesn’t mean we can’t play four to the floor bangers, and this one is no exception. Jungle Brothers are some of my favourite MCs and this housey edit just gets everyone grooving within seconds.

Universal Sanctuary airs on Worldwide FM every third Thursday of the month.