Last week was a bit of an odd one. Started digging for tunes … and was generally uninspired. Not sure if it was me, a lack of digging, or just a poor week for releases, but nothing jumped out and slapped me, made me think “yeah, YEAH, this is killer!”.
Anyway the upshot was I didn’t post anything – don’t want to let the standards drop do we?
Service resumes this week with the one tune I spotted last week that I did like ….
I’ve been into Tall Black Guy for a good few years – his 8 Miles to Moenart album was in heavy rotation at 221b a few years back, and his beats are always top drawer, so I always keep an eye out for new tracks from him
Kicking off with a huge gospel vocal intro before breaking into double time hi-hat over rolling kicks and claps, sliced and diced vocal snippets from Young, Gifted, and Black and a brief crescendoing loop of piano it’s a lovely little number.
The 7”A Franklin Black Excursion, is available for preorder over on Bandcamp, or for £20 a year you can get this plus a stack of his older releases.
Snapping drums, horn stabs and a rhythmic bass lick holding it all together? Yup, yup, and wholeheartedly yup!
Available on the recently released Record Kicks Funk Sides album up on Bandcamp – not all of the tracks are new, I’ve had the Floyd Lawson / Roof Top Sugar record for a few years now, but for a fiver it’s a good haul of some critically cool cuts
Last one is a bit of a blast form the past for me.
Back in the mists of time, there used to be a fantastic venue in Bristol, The Metropolis. At the weekend they made their money from comedy gigs, but during the week the great and the good of the Funk world swung through.
I lived about 200yds away, and could usually wangle guest list so used to wander over on a whim to see who was in. Over the course of about 18 months I saw Breakestra, Belleruche, Cookin’ On 3 Burners, Marva Whitney, The Bamboos, Pee Wee Ellis, Wax Tailor, and a whole stack more, almost always with the Funk from the Trunk boys on support DJ duties, and quite often with a stack of B-Boys breakin’ on the floor.
All I remember are a bunch of Japanese guys in matching brown suits, being the best James Brown and The J.B.’s cover group I ever saw – they had the horn spinning dance routines, an MC dropping into the splits, and the tightest funk sound I’ve seen to this very day.
It only got better when Martha High turned up.
Though looking a little creaky when she walked onstage, as soon as she got on the mic, she displayed more showmanship than anyone I’ve seen. I guess a couple of hundred gigs a year in the 60-70s will teach you a thing or two …
I’ve got about 3 or 4 versions of Unwind Yourself, but hadn’t ever heard this version, or at least not recorded, so I guess this counts for a ‘new to my ears’ and has bought back memories of one of the best gigs I’ve seen.