BLACK/QUEER/GENIUS: 10 RECORDS THAT SHAPED SHAUN J. WRIGHT

Sean J Wright
perfection is not the product; it’s the process...
— Shaun J Wright

From house music's homeland Chicago, via the ballroom scene and fronting band Hercules and Love Affair, Shaun J Wright has a few things to say about black culture, dance music and queer identity. No wonder then Dr Madison Moore from King’s College hosted a Queer@Kings special event featuring the the multi talented artist at Dalston Superstore, London.  

Titled 'BLACK/QUEER/GENIUS: 10 Records That Shaped Shaun J. Wright'  the setlist was the storyteller and the proverbial needle wove through the soundtrack of Mr Wright’s life from suburban Chicago to Ghetto House, Sylvester to Chez Damier and Juking to the Panorama bar. With particular interest in the intersections of blackness, queerness and musical creativity these are Shaun’s ten listings - peppered with a little J Wright 'knowledge'.


1.


Cajual Records - New Chicago House Sound
Jump ‘Chico’ Slamm - Feel Free

This is the first piece of independent music I bought..

2.

Jonny L - This Time (XL EP) - Carl Craig Mix

Voguing is a highly codified performance art...

3. 

DJ FUNK (PSYCHO SIDE) - FAST N CRAZY FAST-N-CRAZY (BACKWARDS)

4.

MASTERS AT WORK - NUYORICAN SOUL
YOU CAN DO IT (BABY) - FEAT. GEORGE BENSON

5. 

BASEMENT JAXX - ‘FLY life extra’

A lot of juxtaposition in my life with this track...

6.

BJÖRK - POST (1995)

This made me realise I have a long way to go…

7.

FELIX DA HOUSECAT - KITTENZ AND THEE GLITZ

8.

DEPECHE MODE - MASTER SERVANT

A soulful diva vocal to me is Depeche Mode...

9.

LABELLE - CHAMELEON

An understanding of how women often don’t get credit for their work…

10. 

SOLANGE - A SEAT AT THE TABLE

This made me realise perfection is not the product; it’s the process...