Out now on the revered Wah Wah 45 edit imprint Dubplate is Scrimshire’s Spooktober Edits [Dubplate 22], available in both vinyl and digital formats. A-side “Lalomie’s Strangeness” is a re-edit of Lalomie Washburn’s soul-funk “Freaky Strangeness” from her 1977 solo debut album, My Music is Hot. The soul of the original remains intact; Scrimshire embellishes the 4/4 thump for today’s dancefloor.
Washburn was born on August 25, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her career in music encompassed songwriting and providing studio background vocals. While writing and singing for many R&B artists like Ray Charles, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Buddy Miles, New Birth, The Brothers Johnson and Aretha Franklin, she never gained traction as a solo artist. Her debut My Music Is Hot came out on the Casablanca-distributed Parachute label, and received very little attention in the US. But her solo career drew a large following in Germany in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1992 she released several 12″ singles, and in 1997 a second self-titled solo album, Lalomie Washburn. She came back to Omaha to do a small tour when in her mid fifties.
She died on 18 Sept 2004 in Los Angeles. In 2005 she was inducted into the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame.
Adam Scrimshire started making music on an Amiga 500 with a Yamaha Tone Generator and an 8-Bit Sampler at the age of 14. Surrounded by his family’s shared love for vinyl and dancing he was perhaps surprisingly the only one to decide he wanted to make the stuff.
Signed by Wah Wah 45s in 2006, Scrimshire’s sound is steeped in jazz, soul and funk, but with a nod to contemporary sounds, and with strong popular song writing sensibilities.