I hope y’all had a great weekend – mine certainly was! Dr Crippen’s was a blast as usual and it was cool to make my dj’ing debut at the club on Friday night. My old friends The Freedom 35s played a live set and it was funktacular as usual. Saturday night featured a live performance by Dave Lewis – the frontman behind a little known local psych group called Andwella’s Dream. He was backed by a number of friends of mine who also play in various local groups and who had only practiced with Dave once, an hour or so before the show started!! The band were fantastic and gave the impression they had been playing together for years. The night was rounded off by the usual array of Dr Crippen’s regular and some special guest djs. All in all a fantastic weekend was had by all those who attended – roll on the next one!!
It’s been a little while since I’ve brought you something “nu-funk” (I say nu-funk but this was released in 2003, still I’m sure you get my drift) so today’s the day to put that right. The New Mastersounds formed in Leeds in 1999/2000 when guitarist Eddie Roberts was running a club night called “The Cooker” which moved to a new venue with a 2nd floor and space for bands. Seizing the opportunity, Eddie set up a new band called the New Mastersounds (he had already played in a band a few years prior called “The Mastersounds”). The band’s first singles were released as limited edition 7s a short time later and to date they have released 8 studio albums and almost 30 singles.
As you may imagine, today’s selection follows nicely alongside some of the other pioneers of the “nu-funk” sound that we’ve featured before including Speedometer, Lefties Soul Connection and The Bamboos. So what do you get? Think heavy hammond, groovy guitar licks & pounding drums and you’re on the right track.