Reviewed this week
Previously unearthed and delivered to the world by Kenny Dope on his Kay-Dee imprint, the school band-turned-funkateers Mel-O-Madnezz self-released this energetic "45 in 1977. Usually passing hands for over $1000, Tramp have now democratised it for us all. Two raw, driving cuts with full instrumentation and harmonies, you can feel the room they were recorded in and feel the momentum of the live recording. "What You Getting High On" has more of push to it that builds up to a strong horn lead while "Beautiful Day" touches on more of a jazzy tone with a big chorus and some fantastic slap bass action. It doesn't get more authentic than this.
Los Angeleno Damon Riddick is Dam-Funk - and hasn't earned the nickname of 'ambassador of boogie-funk' for nothing. Probably most known for his albums: 2009's Toeachizown and Invite the Light from 2015 both on Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Recordings. His new Glydezone imprint is refreshing - humbly gearing up to fire on all cylinders with this potentially fire recording label. Since inaugurating the label last year, he has gone on thus far to release an EP by British pop duo Ekkah in addition to another EP under his Wavelength alias. Featuring four cuts of dope, neon-lit soul-beat and pitched-down disco: no one quite does it like the man.
Little is known about obscure Seattle combo Mr Clean & The Cleansers, other than that they release one single, "Karate", on a label called Camelot sometime in the mid 1960s. The single has previously been included on a couple of similarly obscure CD compilations put together by crate digging DJs, but this is the first time it has been given a worldwide release on digital. "Karate (Part 1)" sets the tone, delivering a fiendishly fuzzy, martial arts themed chunk of Detroit style seemingly inspired by Stevie Wonder classic "Uptight". "Part 2" version is a little looser, with improvised, freestyle vocals and even more righteous horn lines.
Exclusives
VARIOUS - Soul Jazz Records Presents Soul Of A Nation: Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power - Underground Jazz, Street Funk & The Roots Of Rap 1968-79 (Soul Jazz)
MAJID BEKKAS - Soudani Manayou (Banana Hill) - exclusive 08-08-2017
THE HAGGIS HORNS feat LUCINDA SLIM - World Gone Crazy (Haggis)
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