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INTERNATIONAL FUNK EXPERIENCE...

Thursday, 25 November 2010 19:21 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

salsa_funkNascente Records are set to release a pair of albums that prove that funk recognizes no boundaries. First up is an enigmatic 22 tracker put together by top French DJ and muso, KID LOCO. His 'French Funk Experience' features a whole raft of varied sounds that veer from the poppy 'Pepper Box' from The PEPPERS through to the wild Afrobeat of MANU DIBANGO'S 'Africadelic'. The music is drawn chiefly from French "library music" – the stuff designed for advertisers, radio producers and TV people to use and therefore, till now most of the stuff has been very hard to get hold of.

The second album has been put together by international DJ and self-proclaimed Latin expert LUBI JOVANOVIC and is snappily titled 'Salsa Funk Experience'. The music on the 18 tracker comes from across the globe - even good old London, with tracks from UK bands SPITERI, GONZALEZ and MENTECA. Amongst the highlights are WILLIE BOBO'S ultra cool spin on WAYNE HENDERSON'S 'Keep That Same Old Feeling' and ARMANDO PERAZA'S almost cinematic take on 'Funky Broadway'.

 

THE WHOLE TRUTH...

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 19:47 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

shapesAs 2010 draws to an end the imaginative little TRU THOUGHTS label releases its second 'SHAPES' compilation of the year. Put together by head man Robert Luis, it offers a sparkling 30 tracks from right across the label's output, but like all previous 'Shapes' sets, it's not just a re-hash of old cuts. The set, you see, boasts more previously unreleased and exclusive cuts than any earlier 'Shapes' albums, while many of the tunes here have only ever been available on limited edition vinyl.

There are lots of highlights and what you choose may well depend on your mood – with the first CD being a little more laid back and the second aimed more at the dance floor. My hat-trick picks would be The Lanu Remix of Kylie Auldist's 'Community Service Announcement', the reggae-infused Boub tweak of Alice Russell's' 'Hurry On Now' and a lovely, simple acoustic remix of the Bamboos' 'Like Tears In The Rain' (featuring that Auldist girl again!).

Those with more energetic feet and more adventurous ears will find their own faves.... the album – SHAPES 10:02 – from TRU THOUGHTS hits the racks on December 6th.

 

THE WHOLE TAMMI...

Friday, 19 November 2010 14:40 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

tammiMotown collectors will be delighted at the December release of a wonderful two CD album that brings together everything the lovely TAMMI TERRELL recorded as a solo artist. 'Come On And See Me... The Complete Solo Collection' (Hip-O Select) offers a career-spanning 50 tracks that begin with her time at Scepter/Wand, before moving on to her brief time with JAMES BROWN; from there the album focuses on her stint with Chess/Checker before culminating in her golden period at Motown.

The album features ten previously unreleased tracks – including TAMMI'S only known live recordings and despite the titling, two of the cuts are actually duets. The Chess recoding 'If I Would Marry You' is a duet with JIMMY RADCLIFFE while the Motown recording 'Kissing In The Shadows' features TAMMI in tandem with JOHNNY BRISTOL.

Taken as a whole the album shows that despite her comparative youth, TAMMI was a consummate soul stylist and begs the question as to what she might have achieved had she lived. As we mark the 40th anniversary of her sad passing, the album allows us to celebrate a major and sorely missed talent. Full review on SJF soon.

 

REISSUE SOUL FEST...

Friday, 19 November 2010 14:38 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

dynamicThrough a new deal with Cherry Red Records, DAVID NATHAN'S label - soulmusic.com - has just made available a whole raft of collectable soul albums. Possibly of most interest is a twofer on underrated Motown group, THE DYNAMIC SUPERIORS. The quintet, who hailed from Washington, came to Motown at the end of 1974 and, working with ASHFORD and SIMPSON they recorded two superb albums – an eponymous debut (January '75) and July '75's 'Pure Pleasure'. Neither has been available on CD before and soulmusic.com is proud to present both LPs in one great package and listening, you'll soon realize that there was more to the band than 'Shoe Shoe Shine'.

Other new albums from the label include a two CD set on THE STYLISTICS (pairing the TEDDY RANDAZZO helmed sets 'In Fashion' and 'Love Spell'), a twofer from the CHI-LITES (76's 'Happy Being Lonely' and 77's 'The Fantastic Ch-Lites') and a pair of collections from MTUME... one pairs 'Kiss This World Goodbye' with 'In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers', the other offers 1986's concept, 'Theatre Of The Mind'.

Lots more goodies on other Cherry Red family labels too – notably the pairing of RAMSEY LEWIS' 'Upendo Ni Pamoja' with 'Sun Goddess', KING CURTIS' 'Music For Dancing The Twist' (which features DON COVAY) and two albums from A TASTE OF HONEY. Full reviews on SJF very, very soon.

 

COMPETITION WINNERS....

Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:46 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

ministryThanks to all those who entered our MINISTRY OF SOUND DISCO ANTHEMS competition. As ever we had a sack load of entries, most of whom submitted the correct answer to our question as to the authorship of ODYSSEY'S 'Going Back To My Roots' – it was, of course, LAMONT DOZIER.

Sadly there can only be five winners and they are –GRAHAM ROBERTS of Great Yarmouth, KEITH POPE of Inverness, JAN LASKOWSKI of Hillingdon, ALAN COSTA from Brighton and LAMBIE FATA from deepest, darkest Australia! Copies of the album on their way to them very soon courtesy of our good friends at the Ministry.... in the meantime go to our reviews pages to check out SJF's thoughts on the album.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 21:49

 

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