“Invitation” (1979) by Norman Connors, “Honey” (1975) by Ohio Players, “Baby Come to Me” (1989) by Regina Belle, “If Only For One Night” (1985) by Luther Vandross, “With You” (1990) by Tony Terry, “Soon I’ll Be Loving You Again” (1976) by Marvin Gaye, “I’m So Into You” (1978) by Peabo Bryson, “I Miss You” (1972) by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, “There U Go” (1992) by Johnny Gill, “As We Lay” (2000) by Kelly Price, “Lose Control” (1992) by Silk, “Give Me Your Love” (1972) by Curtis Mayfield, “If I Were Your Woman” (1971) by Gladys Knight & the Pips, “I Touched a Dream” (1980) by The Dells, “Woman to Woman” (1974) by Shirley Brown, “Door to Your Heart” (1974) by The Dramatics, “Come Over” (2003) by Aaliyah, “Slow Jam” by (1983) by Midnight Star, “In the Rain” (1971) by The Dramatics, “It’s You That I Need” (1977) by Enchantment, “Shhh” (1993) by Tevin Campbell, “Stairway to Heaven” (1975) by O’Jays, “Hello, It’s Me” (1974) by The Isley Brothers.

Program Notes

This winter Derrais Carter presents to you Black Revelry Quiet Storm (BRQS), a three-part monthly radio show that explores different modes of storytelling, placing Carter in the role of the late-night DJ. The show takes its inspiration from the nocturnal ‘Quiet Storm’ radio format that originated in the 1970s and featured songs about romance and intimacy from the genres of jazz, soul, and R&B. Each show focuses on a key term — gathering (December 2020), dispersal (January 2021), and frequency (February 2021) — which set the stage for Carter’s close readings of Barnes’ painting through song selections, personal commentary, and readings of Black critical theory.

BRQS is part of Carter’s broader Black Revelry project, which takes up the detail—or “the sample”—as a method [more on Carter’s method here] for reading the iconic 1976 painting Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes, a painting that has circulated widely within Black popular culture (for example, as the cover art for Marvin Gaye’s album I Want You) across over four decades. In so doing, Carter’s project affectively maps Black social life in the United States as it has been registered through the painting’s circulation.

Black Revelry is curated by Megan Hoetger as part of the If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution 2019-2020 biennial programme, Edition VIIIRitual and Display. For more information on Carter’s project or the broader Edition VIII program, visit


GATHERING | An invitation for now and maybe tomorrow
Wednesday 16 December 2020, 22-24hr (Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, Amsterdam and dublab, Los Angeles)
Sunday 20 December 2020, 24-2hr (, Berlin)

DISPERSAL | This groove is long, slow, and winding. Stretch, expand, and linger
Wednesday 20 January 2021, 22-24hr (Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, Amsterdam and dublab, Los Angeles)
Sunday 24 January 2021, 24-2hr (, Berlin)

FREQUENCY | Return. Repeat. Replay. This set is inspired by the atmosphere of “Let’s Do It Again” by The Staples Singers
Wednesday 17 February 2021, 22-24hr (Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, Amsterdam and dublab, Los Angeles)
Sunday 21 February 2021, 24-2hr (, Berlin)

Image: Detail from Ernie Barnes, Sugar Shack, 1976.