My man Damn RIJT and me put together the second installment of the vinyl-only weLOVEweFUNK mixtape series. It features some not-so-common songs of well known funk and soul artists, flavoured with some rarer obscurities which results in an hour of relaxed grooves. Plus the more serious diggers out there will recognize some killer samples. Enjoy! DOWNLOAD HERE.
Recorded and mixed by DamnRIJT and DonGIO @ The Soul Shack, Eindhoven, NL, January 2012
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1. Orgone Ft. Fanny Franklin – Who Knows Who (Album: The Killion Floor)
2. Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover (Album: Ain’t That A Bitch)
3. Average White Band – Stop The Rain (Album: Feel No Fret)
4. Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Album: The Spice Of Life)
5. Johnny Hammond – Rock Steady (Album: Wild Horses Rock Steady)
6. The Propositions – Africana (Album: Funky Disposition)
7. James Brown – Blind Man Can See It (Album: Black Caesar)
8. Grover Washington Jr. – Mister Magic (Album: Mister Magic)
9. The Head Hunters – If You’ve Got It, You’ll Get It (Album: Survival Of The Fittest)
10. Dr. John – Right Place, Wrong Time (Album: In The Right Place)
11. Kool And The Gang – Jungle Jazz (Album: Spirit Of The Boogie)
12. The Sugarman Three – Soul Donkey (Album: Soul Donkey)
13. Alvin Cash – Stone Thing (Album: 90s bootleg)
14. Funk Inc. – Chicken Lickin’ (Album: Chicken Lickin’)
15. The Poets Of Rhythm – Funky Runthrough Pt 1 &2 (Album: Practice What You Preach)
16. Bo Diddley – Hey Jerome (Album: Where It All Began)
17. Lulu – Love Loves To Love Love (Album: Lulu Sings To Sir With Love)
18. Herbie Hancock – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (Album: Man-Child)
19. Love Unlimited Orchestra – I Wanna Stay (Album: Music Meastro Please)
20. Dennis Coffey – Wild Child (Album: Finger Lickin Good)
21. Senor Soul – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Album: Senor Soul Plays Funky Favorites)
22. Cookin’ On Three Burners – Keb’s Bucket (Album: Baked, Broiled & Fried)
Also check out the flyer of the 17th edition of weLOVEweFUNK, featuring a special guest as always!
Howdy, it has been a while since my last post, but I promise you I am back with some funky fireworks. It has been a busy month for me, but I got reminded of my blogging duties by a befriended DJ of mine. And yesterday I got a weird surprise by watching an item on eBay and seeing for what price it went for. It was last post’s Warm Excursion 45 which traded hands for 137 US dollars. Sick!
Well, today’s tune of choice is something every Cypress Hill fan would instantly recognize by the instrumental. Featuring as a skit on the Hill’s Black Sunday album called Lock Down, this garnered my attention when I was a 15 year old kid giving the Hill serious playtime on my dad’s stereo (he even bought the CD a while ago because even the old man can appreciate some blunted hiphop). The original however, is much more impressive, and makes clear why DJ Muggs used especially this piece of music (he apparently got sued by Syl Johnson in 2008 for 29 million dollars for the use of this tiny sample. Seems a bit harsh to me.)
Syl Johnson is a guitarplayer from Mississippi, and scored hits in the 60s with, among others, “Different Strokes” which is a breakbeat classic record. When I can cop that one on vinyl I will surely feature it on the blog. Syl got another hit in 1969 called “Is It Because I’m Black”. It is a socially conscious song, the message being that he feels discriminated over the colour of his skin. The intro alone gives me goosebumps, and Syl crooning his words even so. Give it a listen!
Wow! The first time I heard this tune I was mesmerized by its lazy mellow groove, perfectly fit for a hot day like today is in sunny Tilburg, Holland. I found out the original pressing of only 500 7″s on his own Shawn label made it one of the rarest records to be found in the deep funk scene. Luckily, Truth and Soul have reissued this magnificent disc, featuring “Funky Movement no.2″ on the A-side. I just found out it is already sold out on their site www.truthandsoulrecords.com, but maybe you can try your luck elsewhere, like http://www.undergroundhiphop.com/store/detail.asp?UPC=TS02112. Pick it up for only $4, this is amazing stuff!
Some info from www.npr.org: “Until Brooklyn’s Truth and Soul label recently reissued Timothy McNealy’s “I’m So Glad That You’re Mine,” most of what anyone knew of this Dallas funk and soul veteran was as an instrumentalist. In the late ’60s, the keyboardist had been a member of Bobby Patterson’s Mustangs band, but he broke out solo in 1970 and formed the Shawn label. His output on Shawn was meager, but when funk collectors discovered singles such as “Sagittarius Black” and “K.C. Stomp,” they clamored for one of the scarce original copies. Strangely, though, the one single to actually feature McNealy’s vocals would go relatively ignored. In 1972, he released a single with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” on one side and this remarkable version of Al Green’s “I’m So Glad That You’re Mine” on the flip.”
Every Billy Garner song has a great beat. It’s that beat and Billy’s screams and shouts that I fell in love with when I first heard his song “I Got Some” on the Brainfreeze Breaks compilation 2LP. You might know this tune as it was sampled by DJ Premier for GangStarr’s “B.Y.S.” . His other two landmark breaks are “Brand New Girl” and “You’re Wasting My Time” which were featured on SuperFunk vol. 2 by BGP/Ace Records (www.acerecords.com).
For now, take a listen to his most recognizable song “Super Duper Love” as this was revived by Joss Stone a few years back. Luckily, Joss does not deteriorate the original, as happens to a lot of covers. They either get ‘dancified’ with a stupid techno beat, or the singing really sucks compared to the original. Joss has a great soul voice, and her backing band is top notch. It gets close to the intensity of the original. Listen…
Where else to start off than the mother of all breaks? You probably have heard these drums countless times already, not only in virtually every jungle record, but it is even used in commercials nowadays. I heard it in a car commercial two weeks ago…Anyway, find below an explanative youtube video on the ‘Amen break’.
Short biography from Allmusic.com: ”A Washington, D.C.-based soul act led by Richard Spencer, the Winstons signed to Curtom in early 1968 and lasted there for one single, the rousing “Need a Replacement.” They had a sound that was somewhat similar to the Impressions, but were unfortunate enough to have signed with Curtom before the label had national distribution, and the single never got the play it should have. A year after leaving Curtom, they hit for the Metromedia label with a huge single called “Color Him Father,” which became a Top Ten R&B and pop hit, just missing number one on the R&B list, and also earned a Grammy for Best R&B Song. It was both a great tribute number and outstanding lead vocal from Richard Spencer, along with Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Phil Tolotta, Sonny Peckrol, and G.C. Coleman. Mattison and Coleman were veterans of Otis Redding‘s band. The Winstons eventually toured as the backup band for the Impressions, but never again made any noise on the charts.”