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  • Various - Let’s Do The Boogaloo (CD)

    18,00

    Infectious American dance music that united soul, jazz and latin.

    The boogaloo is an ill-defined genre, which for years has almost been written out of black music history and handed over to New York’s Hispanic population, and mixed with its close cousin latin-soul. But as noted in We Like It Like That, Mathew Ramirez Warren’s excellent documentary of that scene, bandleader Richie Ray created the first latin boogaloo after seeing African-Americans in his audience doing the dance at one of his shows, which prompted him to funk up a guajira and create ‘Lookie Lookie’.

    “Let’s Do The Boogaloo” attempts to tell a fuller story, tracing the roots of the dance back to a stolen Motown backing track and comedy duo Tom & Jerrio from the dance’s hometown of Chicago taking ‘The Boogaloo’ to the upper reaches of the charts in 1965. We look at where the beat came from, why ‘Lookie Lookie’ had plenty of latin antecedents, and how the success lingered on in the years after the initial breakthrough.

    Whereas most dances disappeared within months, one of the biggest boogaloo hits – ‘Boogaloo Down Broadway’ by the Fantastic Johnny C – reached its peak in early 1968, and boogaloo records even resurfaced in hip hop in the 1980s. The latin world took the sound even more to heart, and boogaloos have a tendency to reappear even now. So what made the boogaloo so enduring? Other than it is incredibly good music, there doesn’t appear to be a definitive answer.

    This compilation has music recorded in the North, South, East and West between 1965 and 1968. It takes in big names attempting to cash in on the latest dance craze plus new artists and producers trying out this exciting music. The beat is often messed with, and sometimes – such as in Lou Courtney’s ‘Me And You (Doin’ The Boogaloo)’ – stretched so far that you wonder if what you are hearing really is still a boogaloo. The sounds though are irresistible – the groove is often on the cusp of funk and always danceable. Listen to the latin-style horns on Prince & Princess’ ‘Ready, Steady, Go’, the almost mechanical syncopation of Roy Lee Johnson’s ‘Boogaloo #3’ or the frenetic hysteria of Hector Rivera’s ‘Playing It Cool’ and you are aware that this is music that is vibrant and exciting.

    DEAN RUDLAND

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  • Various - A Funky Trip – Detroit Funk from the Dave Hamilton archive (LP)

    27,00

    Dave Hamilton’s astounding productions were hardly known about 20 years ago. Who knew that this producer who had made a couple of northern soul rarities could possibly have more than a handful more in his vaults. The truth emerged that for the best part of two decades Hamilton had made in his tiny Detroit studio a host of great recordings – not just soul, but jazz, funk and even early electro. Although these tracks often had an artisanal home-made feel to them, they were also quite brilliant. One of our first discoveries was ‘Brand New Girl’ by Billy Garner, which when released rapidly became a classic on the deep funk scene. Since then we have issued two CDs of Hamilton-related funk and another of his own solo recordings. The vinyl resurgence now allows us to gather the best 12 of these tracks to create this LP. Along with the Billy Garner track, highlights include Prophet & His Disciples’ ‘You Fool, You Fool’, a salutary tale of drug addiction, originally released on the tiny Pressco label, plus the Webb People’s ‘Bump With Me’ and Hamilton’s ‘The Deacons’, both of which appeared on his TCB imprint. All in all, a fitting tribute to this side of Hamilton’s work. I fully expect DJs the world over to give these tunes a spin.  

    Dean Rudland

    Dave Hamilton’s astounding productions were hardly known about 20 years ago. Who knew that this producer who had made a couple of northern soul rarities could possibly have more than a handful more in his vaults. The truth emerged that for the best part of two decades Hamilton had made in his tiny Detroit studio a host of great recordings – not just soul, but jazz, funk and even early electro. Although these tracks often had an artisanal home-made feel to them, they were also quite brilliant. One of our first discoveries was ‘Brand New Girl’ by Billy Garner, which when released rapidly became a classic on the deep funk scene. Since then we have issued two CDs of Hamilton-related funk and another of his own solo recordings. The vinyl resurgence now allows us to gather the best 12 of these tracks to create this LP. Along with the Billy Garner track, highlights include Prophet & His Disciples’ ‘You Fool, You Fool’, a salutary tale of drug addiction, originally released on the tiny Pressco label, plus the Webb People’s ‘Bump With Me’ and Hamilton’s ‘The Deacons’, both of which appeared on his TCB imprint. All in all, a fitting tribute to this side of Hamilton’s work. I fully expect DJs the world over to give these tunes a spin.  

    Dean Rudland

    – See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/a-funky-trip-detroit-funk-from-the-dave-hamilton-archive#sthash.jLEGc6LU.dpuf

    Dave Hamilton’s astounding productions were hardly known about 20 years ago. Who knew that this producer who had made a couple of northern soul rarities could possibly have more than a handful more in his vaults. The truth emerged that for the best part of two decades Hamilton had made in his tiny Detroit studio a host of great recordings – not just soul, but jazz, funk and even early electro. Although these tracks often had an artisanal home-made feel to them, they were also quite brilliant. One of our first discoveries was ‘Brand New Girl’ by Billy Garner, which when released rapidly became a classic on the deep funk scene. Since then we have issued two CDs of Hamilton-related funk and another of his own solo recordings. The vinyl resurgence now allows us to gather the best 12 of these tracks to create this LP. Along with the Billy Garner track, highlights include Prophet & His Disciples’ ‘You Fool, You Fool’, a salutary tale of drug addiction, originally released on the tiny Pressco label, plus the Webb People’s ‘Bump With Me’ and Hamilton’s ‘The Deacons’, both of which appeared on his TCB imprint. All in all, a fitting tribute to this side of Hamilton’s work. I fully expect DJs the world over to give these tunes a spin.  

    Dean Rudland

    – See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/a-funky-trip-detroit-funk-from-the-dave-hamilton-archive#sthash.jLEGc6LU.dpuf

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  • Various - DJ Snowboy Presents The Good Foot (CD)

    18,00

    This is the latest in the BGP series of DJ-inspired releases, compiled by one of world s leading funk, soul and R&B spinners, Snowboy, based upon his London club night The Good Foot held every Friday at Madame Jo Jo’s in Brewer Street, Soho. A sweaty underground den, it is the home of the very best music and the top favourites are included here. Snowboy has DJ’ed around the world: from the UK to Japan and all points in between. He has been the music selector for Craig Charles Funk & Soul show on BBC Radio 6 and is a curator for the Vintage Festival. His latin jazz band has released nearly a dozen albums since the early 1990s. The music on the album features many of his discoveries, as well as several classics that continue to fill dancefloors. Tracks such as Etta James Can’t Shake It and the Contours Do The See Saw were played from CD as previously unreleased masters and rapidly became Friday night soundtracks (the LP version is their first vinyl release). Other cuts by the Ikettes, Dorothy Berry and Little Eva have been worked relentlessly until they have become anthems.

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