Author: DJ D-Mac
A heavy stack of funky soul and Latin jams, all on 7 inchers.
1. Big Band Katowice - Mardox [Muza] Uptempo big band funk cover, circa 1977, of the Meters' classic 'Cissy Strut' with songwriting originally and inexplicably credited to Otis Redding. Released on 45 as a supplement to the Polish Funk compilation by the Soul Service DJ Team.
2. Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu - Mystery Spot [Sakho Records] Excellent Afro-funk styled cut from Jimi Tenor and Kabu Kabu. The sound is very authentic and a real departure from Tenor's electronica and big-band funk explorations.
3. Davy Jones & the Voodoo Funk Machine - Sookie Sookie [Philips (France)] Insanely great funky soul version of the Don Covay classic with a mod-soul/boogaloo feel and a killer conga breakdown. Out of France circa 1968.
4. Andre Williams & His Orchestra - Hard Hustling [Avin Records] Nicely grooving instrumental boogaloo soul with a flute lead to cool things out.
5. S.O.U.L. - The Joneses (Parts 1 & 2) [Musicor Records] 1974 uptempo funky soul from the legendary S.O.U.L. ["Sounds of Unity and Love"]
6. Vern Blair Debate - Ooh-Ah-Ee [Funk 45 (UK)] Reissue of two super-rare mid-70s instrumental funk cuts from Lubbock, TX. Originally on a small country label with no distribution, these dancefloor heaters went largely unheard for 30 years. Thanks, Jazzman Gerald!
7. The U.B.'s - Synthetic Substitution [First Cut Records] Modern-day instrumental cover of Melvin Bliss' break-heavy classic.
8. The Milton Chambers Experience - Journey to Planet Pluto [Cardboard City Records] Booming echoed drums on this lumbering, head-nodding Hammond instrumental cut from this (relatively) new Australian combo.
9. Dept of Edu - Cuban Studies b/w Fuel Efficiency [Pelican Industries] Grooving Cuban funk-rock on the A-side and a breaks-heavy cut from an educational record on the B-side. Both cuts get the dancefloor-ready re-edit treatment from Florida-based producers, Dept of Edu. On their own Pelican Industries label.
10. Greenwood Rhythm Coalition - Salsa Verde b/w Pachanga Pistola [Names You Can Trust] With a little help from Dap Kings keyboardist Victor Axelrod, Brooklyn boys Greenwood Rhythm Coalition come correct yet again on this double-sided Latin party starter.
07.27 Summer Beats
12.28 Italian Ice
09.27 Getting Caught Up
04.06 Strictly Forty-Fives
03.26 Out Like a Lamb
12.31 Mid-winter heat
09.29 Mixed Little Bag
08.13 Mid-summer heat
07.30 Digging Deep
01.15 I Got Som[e] More
11.02 I Got Som[e]
10.02 Nevilles Fall Faves
09.01 Summer is almost gone
07.24 Summer Breaks
03.29 Spring in the Dancestep
02.17 Icy Cold Cuts
01.21 The Best of the 06
12.12 New Beats
10.25 Secret Weapons