As some of the more observant you will have noticed from the uptick in activity on the Facebook page over the last 4 months or so – Sherlock rides again!
Thanks to the insistence of a good friend that I ‘played a few tunes’ for her birthday, I’m back into the swing of things and have played more gigs in the last 3 months than I have in the last 3 years – thanks to Chapter One, Shotgun Barbers, The Farm and The Cadbury for letting me inflict my musical tastes on your punters, it’s been brilliant fun and I can’t believe I stopped playing out for so long.
If you fancy seeing me having a funky old time of it, I’m playing The Old Market Assembly in Bristol this Friday supporting Brighton based soul and funkateers Normanton Street from 10pm – pop down and say hello.
Right – onto the tunes!
First new one to my ears this week is from Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed.
‘Cut Ya Down’ is a glorious funk drench, gospel hollering, soulful stomper of a cover of the Run On for a Long Time folk spiritual made famous by Moby when he sampled the Bill Landford and Lanfordaires version on ‘Run On’. I think it was a trawl through the ever brilliant Monkeyboxing blog that alerted me to this tune, which I can see becoming a firm fixture in my funk sets.
Try sitting still through this one, I dare you!
(Check iTunes for the d/l)
Next up is another odd cover, this time of a classic Keep On Runnin’ by the inna skanking ska stylee!
I remember listening to the Spencer Davies Group version of this in my Mum’s C-reg Fiat Panda on the late 80’s where it was track 1 side 2 on the soundtrack to the otherwise execrable Phil Collins acting vehicle ‘Buster‘, and I absolutely love this version from Winston Reedy and Salute
(available on Bandcamp here)
I found Childish Gambino’s track, Redbone, through the excellent run-through of favourites from 2016 Spotify playlist from Cardiff party starter Marky de Sade. This one is a proper full on smooth and soulful slow jam, with Sam Cooke-esque vocals over a Big Rubber Band Era Bootsy slap bass. Move over Barry White …
(available pretty much everywhere)