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. [
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.