Gun Morgan – Hot Jungle

Gun Morgan - Hot Jungle

We’ve got something VERY different for you in the shape of this week’s selection and I hope you dig it. It’s still funky and kinda disco-y at the same time and has that afrobeat vibe about it too. The intro doesn’t really give you too much of an indicator of what is coming next, so stick with it as there’s some killer horns, drums, organ and wah-wah!

This 45 is by a rather obscure artist, who as far as I can tell, only released 2 45s and disappeared into obscurity. Released in 1974 under the name “Gun Morgan” this was by a guy whose real name was Jean Pierre Comoe. Therein ends anything I know about this record. Although pretty unknown to a lot of people, there are multiple copies knocking around and one in decent condition can be picked up pretty cheaply if you so desire.

For now that’s pretty much all I have for you, so until next time, have a good day!

George McCrae – I Get Lifted

George McCrae - I Get Lifted

Before I start with this week’s selection I’d just like to say a big thanks to Shane Walsh for being our most recent guest contributor last week. I’m sure you’ll all agree with me that Shane picked a top track to feature. I hope to be able to add in more guest contributors over the next few months as it’s been somewhat “neglected” recently. Anyway, on to today’s pick and a cracking song it is too.

Many of you will doubtless be aware of George McCrae for his huge hit in 1974 “Rock Your Baby” which went on to top the charts in both the U.S. & U.K. and racked up almost 11 million sales in the process. Rock Your Baby was arguably the first hit record for the emerging disco scene and still remains one of the biggest selling singles of the 70s.

Today’s selection is from the same year and one of 5 singles released from the Rock Your Baby LP. This one is much more to my taste though as it has a funkier (albeit smoother) vibe to it and has been sampled heavily over the years by artists including Pete Rock, Snoop Dog & 50 Cent. Dig the groove!! 

 

Kool & The Gang – The Frog

Kool And The Gang - The Frog

We’re returning this week with a track by arguably the most well-known group I’ve ever featured here on the blog, however I guess this particular track may be one that isn’t familiar to all but the biggest funk fans among you. This song was cut as the b-side to the single “Good Times” which was the title track of their 5th studio album of the same name. Initially starting out life as a song called “Electric Frog” (of which there were 2 parts) on their previous LP entitled “Music Is The Message”, it was renamed and released as the flip to Good Times.

What we get here is Kool & The Gang at their absolute funkiest. Most of you probably remember the band for hits like “Cherish”, “Ladies Night”, “Celebration” and “Get Down On It”, however the funky seeds were sewn a good 10 years previous when the group formed back in 1968. Alongside James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic & Sly Stone, they were considered to be one of the pioneers of the funk sound that was to become so prevalent during the late 60s/early 70s. Songs like “Funky Stuff” & “Jungle Boogie” became hugely popular on the funk & rare groove scene of the late 80s and have both featured extensively in films & music compilations.

Like many bands of their era, their line-up changed many times over the years but they can still occasionally be caught performing at different festivals around the globe. The strange Moog-y type vibe and bongos mixed with that funky flute that you know I’m a big fan of, makes this one hell of a groover! Dig!

T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do

Ian Wright

So we’re on to another week and we have yet another quality tune for you, however this selection isn’t one from the Gazfunk vaults, but from the collection of our next very special  guest contributor – MR IAN WRIGHT

For those of you who don’t know Ian (and trust me, you really should!) he is recognised as a world authority on funk music and is widely regarded as having the largest/greatest collection of funk vinyl on the planet. This has enabled him to travel the globe dj’ing – from London to Paris, Berlin to St Petersburg, you name it, he’s funked it.

However his talents aren’t just restricted to dj’ing – oh no! Ian has also been responsible for being behind some of the best funk compilations around including the rather excellent “Sister Funk” series. As well as producing his own comps, he also spends a lot of time working with the legendary Jazzman records to unearth some nuggets for release.

With a pedigree like that, it’s no wonder we were so keen for Ian to dig through his crates and treat us to one of his favourite tunes. Ian, over to you:

O.K. – so as all collectors of rare and obscure 45’s know nothing really beats the feeling of a newly purchased 45 hitting the turntable, especially if its undiscovered and a blinder! Perhaps it seems to be a rarer occurrence these days than say 10-15 years ago tho? Anyway maybe in our quest for the holy grail and unobtainable we overlook some of the more easily available tunes at our disposal (a common trait of scenes built around rare records) so I always try and slip some of these into a set when I can.

T-Connection - Do What You Wanna Do

My first pick when it comes to ‘cheapies’ (and one of my all-time faves) will often be ‘DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO’ by T-CONNECTION on DASH records, part of Henry Stone’s famous TK label when it was originally released in 1977. I actually remember this making the national UK pop charts back in the day, so it goes to show some good stuff did make it occasionally! This track never fails to get a reaction when played out these days though – and it still surprises me how many people will ask what it is!”