Three on a Thursday #157


7034689721_4941bb6c24_oLast 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

Gifted People in collaboration with techno/deep house/broken beat legend, Karizma  aka Kaytronik is his latest offering and a proper banger it is as well

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 Excursionis available for preorder over on Bandcamp, or for £20 a year you can get this plus a stack of his older releases.

Who would have guessed I’d like and upbeat horn lead deep funk track eh? The Tibbs track, Suffocated, is just that , driving, deep down and dirty funk.

 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 EllisWax 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.

 One of the best I saw was Martha High and Osaka Monaurail.

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.

(photo is reused under Creative Commons. Taken by Teresa Sedo)

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About djsherlockohms

Obsessive music nerd for since his formative years, Sherlock Ohms finally pulled his finger out and started inflicting his collection of Funk, Soul, Hip-hop, Reggae, Breaks, Beats and random ephemera on the unwitting public in mid-2008. Since then he's graced the airwaves of Big Chill FM and Purple Radio, the stages of the Festinho festival, and the DJ booths of the UK fluffing for the likes of DJ Moneyshot, Boca 45 and Ugly Duckling. Whether it's early morning chilled wig outs, or eclectic party starting beat fests there's a reason they call him 'No Shit Sherlock' View all posts by djsherlockohms

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