Best In Me (feat Faith Evans & Raheem Devaughn) - (4:26) 91 BPM
Lighters (feat Ms Yendy & Kanja) - (3:20) 88 BPM
Pop That Trunk (feat Sugar Bear & Kk) - (4:56) 92 BPM
Still Crankin' (feat Kk) - (3:46) 80 BPM
Love Is My Religion (feat Frank Sirius) - (3:48) 88 BPM
Oh Happy Day (feat Yanna Crawley & The Howard University Gospel Choir) - (5:56) 86 BPM
You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - (4:54) 50 BPM
In May of this year the 'godfather of Go-Go' sadly passed away. However, before he left this mortal coil he bravely managed to finish one final album and here it is. Recorded with his trusty Chuck Brown Band and featuring contributions from many artists influenced by his blend of '70s Washington groove including Wale, Faith Evans and Doug E Fresh, "Beautiful Life" is a beautiful coda to the great funk axeman's life. Highlights include the synth-drenched title track, the tropical party romp "Lighters" and the smooth old school vibes of "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine". RIP.
Gimme, Lend Me, Loan Me (Let Me Have) - (3:38) 92 BPM
Thump & Bump - (3:01) 84 BPM
The Sunrise - (4:04) 66 BPM
Get Down With The Feeling - (3:52) 98 BPM
Cosmic Blues - (3:52) 108 BPM
Nope this ain't a long lost '70s record by Princess Leia's dad, it's by the veteran American south guitar player of the same name. Originally released on Sylvia 'Sugar Hill' Robinson's Stang label in 1977, Hot Lunch originally wowed people with its 'unique' album cover as much as the music contained therein. Now it's remastered with its 10 Sly Stone-esque tracks sounding better than ever. The jury's still out on the sleeve though.
Guynamakut's belated moved to digital download continues. This edition contains three particularly heavy, dancefloor-ready reworks that previously slipped out on vinyl a few years back. Opener "Shake It Up" is particularly strong, breathing new life into a synth-heavy P-funk jam. The Guynamakut version rises and falls in just the right places, concentrating on the original's hustling groove and urgent vocal. There's more rubbery synth bass to be found on "Lord of the Gospel Funk Groove", whose winding sax, clipped guitars and hazy horns feel deliciously celebratory. Finally, "Low Slung Disco (Parts 1 & 2)" slows things down considerably, delivering an intoxicating blend of heady vocals, shuffling percussion and intergalactic chords.