Legendary selector Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson passed away on this day last year, 2 December 2018, after a battle with cancer.
A host of major artists took to social media in the days following his passing to pay tribute to a true musical titan, who first started DJing in 1979, and is regarded as one of the most influential characters in the emergence of the UK’s dance scene – from his role in the establishment of Kiss FM to his residencies at venues such as the Electric Ballroom in Camden and Kisses in Peckham.
His musical taste was equally legendary. Check out, for example, his Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, which is regarded as one of the finest house, disco, soul and funk workouts in the series’ history – featuring classic cuts from Stevie Wonder, Loleatta Holloway, Robert Owens, Curtis Mayfield, Stacy Kidd and many more. Simply epic.
Or, as Tony Humphries put it on social media last December, “In The Beginning there was… PAUL, and PAUL had a groove. A funky groove, a soulful groove, an underground groove. A groove ALL his own. A groove to be reckoned with.
“If you didn’t dance when he played, you looked out of place. Great shows on the airwaves. You felt safe buying or playing anything he played in his sets.”
In the days that followed his passing, the Glitterbox Radio Show put together a great tribute to Paul, featuring classic house tracks as well as tributes from his friends and colleagues, including Gordon Mac, the co-founder of Kiss FM – a fitting celebration of the great man’s legacy.
Turn it up loud! RIP Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson.