The Capitols – We Got A Thing That’s In The Groove

The Capitols - We Got A Thing That's In The Groove

Yes, I know I’m waay later than normal with my update but this running your own business lark really takes up a lot more of your time. I know you guys all wait with bated breath on that little notification telling you that I’ve published a new post, so I’ll endeavour to have it on a weekly basis as much as possible – promise!

So onto today’s selection. Whilst I mostly bring something that’s obscure (to all but the serious collectors), I think it’s worth it once in a while to return to the classics. OK, so we’re never gonna bring you Superstition or Shaft or something like that but a track that you’ve most likely heard before that hasn’t been played to death. With that in mind, I could’ve brought you the Capitols’ other “big” song – “Cool Jerk” but I’ve always preferred this and it does get played slightly less often.

There’s probably not that much point in saying a lot about this record really other than it’s one of the first soul tracks I remember diggin’ when I was really beginning my journey into all things mod around the age of 15/16. The opening few bars still get me going even today and when I played it earlier when preparing this update it brought back good memories. I hope it does the same for you!

Black Heat – The Jungle

Black Heat - The Jungle

The Jungle by Black Heat is one of those 45s that often gets overlooked in my collection, rather unfairly. There’s definitely a nice groove going on in this one and it has a kind of tempo that could still work earlier on in a club. Unfortunately when I dj these days it tends to be with tracks that are quicker and with heavier drums so there are plenty of great funky 7″ records that get passed by in the sifting process that are great tracks in their own right. This is one such example of that…

Black Heat were a funk group out of NYC who recorded 3 albums from ’72-’75 and then disappeared into obscurity. However in spite of not being too well-known, they did manage to have a “hit” on the Billboard Black Singles chart with a song called “No Time To Burn” but that was to prove to be their only success single wise. However some years later crate diggers who were searching for samples for hip-hop records came upon the band and their long forgotten music was given a new lease of life on tracks by Schooly D, Wu-Tang Clan and The Notorious B.I.G.

Let’s hope today’s feature might lead some of you on to more of the group’s music as there is still plenty left to get your groove on to!

Wilson Pickett – Engine Number 9

wilson-pickett-engine-number-9

A lot of the time I bring you a record it’s because it fits a theme at that particular moment in time or (as is becoming more common these days) as a tribute to an artist who had recently passed away. Today’s selection fits neither category – it’s just a damn good song courtesy of a legendary soul star.

I’d probably be insulting you somewhat to go into a whole biography of the “Wicked Pickett” such is his popularity, so I’ll give it a miss. What I will say is this particular 45 is arguably one of the funkiest tracks he ever cut. Released in 1970, this song featured on the album “Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia” and perhaps unsurprisingly was produced by the legendary Gamble & Huff partnership, so you know full well it’s gonna have a groove!!

 

 

The Commodores – Rise Up

The Commodores  - Rise Up

O.k., I know some of you might be looking at the title of my latest post and are thinking “The Commodores, is he losing his mind?!?!” Well you see as much as The Commodores may be well-known for their god-awful middle of the road love songs (which also  give “rise” to Lionel Ritchie’s equally nauseating solo career) the band were once a respected funk outfit.

I’ve no doubt some of you would be only too well aware of some of their funk offerings during the 70s including “Brick House” (which has featured in many a Hollywood movie) and “Machine Gun” (which featured in the rather excellent “Boogie Nights”) amongst others. Today’s selection is actually the band’s first single from waaaayyy back in 1969 and like many bands in their early career, the single pretty much flopped.

The flip side of this track is the often covered Alvin Cash classic “Keep On Dancing”. I’ve heard many different takes on Cash’s original and this one doesn’t particularly stand out any more than the others if I’m honest, but you can’t destroy a stone cold classic, huh?. Partly due to this being the band’s debut single and also because it didn’t become a hit, it ended up being a record that a lot of funk collectors sought after. The version I have is the European release – I often prefer being European releases as the record normally has a nice little picture sleeve as opposed to the white or bland company sleeve that you get with most U.K./U.S. releases (this normally ensures that the European release is more valuable too!)

Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t forget that I’ll be dj’ing at the checkemlads charity mod all-dayer this Saturday at the Lexington in North London. There will be a selection of great bands and some of the top djs on the mod scene, so please drop by if you can for some fantastic music and to help raise some money for this much-needed cause.