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Vol. 040 – A Christmas Special w/ Vinyl Ritchie

Slowdjs & F as in Frank Present: A Christmas Special w/ Vinyl Ritchie

Scott Arkwell, widely known as Vinyl Ritchie (or by his production moniker, Wicked Lester) made a name for himself as an inventive mash-up artist, long before the hipsters and Ableton/Serato remixers started hybridizing newer forms of electronica. In the early days of Vancouver’s embryonic 90s rave scene, Scott discovered new ways to play almost anything he found himself identifying with.He would sensibly stack electronic releases with dusty and forgotten b-sides and solid gold hits…not neglecting any of his own personal tailgate favorites, all during a time when classifications and sub-genres were few and far between.

Vinyl Ritchie was one of the first club DJ’s in Western Canada to find such new ways to bring the most unassuming mixes to life. Coined, “Canada’s King of the 45’s…” he’s better known for his near religious obsession with ‘vinyl only’ sets. He’s demonstrated lengthy 45 sets at festivals, and to this day, albeit much easier to travel these days with simply a laptop, he’ll still insist on playing a straight vinyl set whenever possible. Ask, and he’ll gladly carry 4 record bags onto a plane over 1 laptop case any day.

Vinyl Ritchie can and will command virtually any type of room. It’s all in the formula – a critical balancing act between his unpretentious approach to melody, and his dedication to all things enormously fun. Give him a solid couple of hours, and watch him throw down some big, bottom heavy beats to conduct any crowd into a complete frenzy.

“Fads come and go, but Vinyl Ritchie weathers them all, ranking among the longest-standing and best-respected DJs in Vancouver’s clubbing history.”
~ Martin Turenne, Georgia Straight

Now a globally sought-out DJ and a regular fixture at various annual festivals, he continues to lay down his no-nonsense brand of music both on stage, and in the studio. A consistent party rocker for over two decades, and a true west coast favorite, between his travels he holds down solid residencies in both Vancouver and Whistler Resort. He is now the nation’s skate/snowboarding industry’s ‘go-to’ DJ for all big action-sports based events and competitions. Vinyl Ritchie, by character, can be defined as one of Canada’s original eclectic electronic DJ’s. Deemed by multiple counter culture publications and by musicians and peers alike as the #1 underground party rocker to exist in Vancouver, he continues to test the cusp between Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi with his bold and bridging sets. Staying true to his wax obsession, he continues to lug his crates to anywhere that will allow him to.


1. The Sound Of Music – Julie Andrews
2. Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
3. Gettin Down For Xmas – Milly & Silly
4. Skating – Vince Guaraldi Trio
5. Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter
6. Bird Machine ( JIngle Bells Version) – Dj Snake
7. Santa’s Beat Box – Cut Master D.C.
8. Xmas In The Hood – Daz
9. Xmas Groove – Vernon Garrett
10. Xmas Rap – Treacherous 3
11. Chillin’ With Santa – Derek B
12. Frosty Bounce – Diplo
13. Welcome Xmas – MGM Studio Orchestra
14. Gee Whiz It’s Xmas – Carla Thomas
15. Xmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
16. I Want A Hippopotamus For Xmas – Gayla Peevey
17. Soulful Xmas – James Brown
18. Joy To The World – Djs Choice
19. Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town – Granville Williams Orcherstra
20. Let It Snow – Diplomats
21. Xmas Orange – Wicked Lester
22. Back To The Beat ( Jingle Bells Version) – Astronomar
23. Superjam (Deck The Halls) – Juyen Subulba
24. Rude – Off 2013 – Vjuan Allure
25. Deck The Hall – Brent Lewis
26. Come Party On The Rooftop – Kennedy Jones
27. Deck The Halls (Trap Mix) – Santa’s Xmas Trap Snowman
28. Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen – Gent & Jawns
29. Feliz Navidad – Tropical Flavor Steel Band
30. Do The Turkey – Skeewiff!
31. Xmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
31. Ludchrismas – Luda
32. Carol Of Da Bellz – Ying Yang Twins
33. Santa Claus Goes To The Ghetto – Snoop
34. Linus & Lucy – Usrsula 1000
35. Rub A Dub Xmas – Sugar Minott
36. Funk The Halls – Paul James
37. Ballin’ On Xmas – Jim Jones
38. Xmas In Hollis – Run DMC
39. Deck Da Club – Ying Yang
40. The Rudy Clap – David Wilcox
41. Santa Baby – Nappy Headz


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