Pound Of Flesh – Funky March

Pound Of Flesh - Funky March

So I’m back from London & what a great weekend I had. From Madame Jo-Jo’s with Snowboy & my old buddy Si Cheeba, to dj’ing at a birthday party on Saturday & on to Corrina Greyson’s night spinning a few on the Sunday, the weekend was laden with heavy funk & groovy soul.

This week’s selection is a track that I spun in London and proved to be pretty popular on the dancefloor, so I thought I’d bring it to you this week to show what you missed! As you can see from the label, this cut was released in ’74 and has since been selected on the rather excellent “First Days Of Funk” compilation from a few years ago.

I don’t think I can fully put into words just how awesome this tune is. There’s organ, flute (a must have in all the best funk records), crashing drums and a great horn section. In fact, I’d probably go as far as saying that this is one of my favourite records in my collection. So enough of me blabbering on about it, just click the little play button and listen for yourself…..

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!”

Johnny Williams – Baby Be Mine

Johnny Williams - Baby Be Mine

When thinking of what tasty ear candy I was going to bring you this week, I looked back over some of my recent posts and realised that I’d featured a number of cover versions of well-known songs. Whilst it’s always good to showcase different takes on classic songs, it’s still worth remembering those long forgotten or rare gems. Today’s selection definitely falls into the latter category.

So here we have a lovely little cut by Johnny Williams. Johnny was born in Alabama and by the age of 14, he had relocated to Chicago, Illinois. During his career Williams recorded for a number of different labels including Twinight, Bashie & Philadelphia International ( it was to be on this label that he secured his biggest hit – “Slow Motion”, released in 1972). This particular selection was released on the Brunswick associated Bashie records and rather interestingly was written by Eugene Record (of The Chi-lites fame)

Recorded in ’69, I can honestly say that this record is one of my favourite soul records. From the opening few bars you know you’re in for a treat. This has GROOVE written all over it, with some nice keyboard and a top-notch production. It even has a nice little touch of funky flute at the end.

Next week I hope to bring you our latest guest contributor – and what a cracking guest we have lined up. This person is rightly regarded as one of, if not the foremost collector of funk music in the world and we are delighted that they have taken the time out to feature a classic cut from their collection. I also hope to be able to confirm a number of guest dj slots that I will be doing over the coming months at some very exciting events.

So keep it tuned to Gazfunk! 

Simba – Louie Louie

Simba - Louie Louie

Simba – Louie Louie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every now and then I stumble across a track from an artist that I’ve never heard of and know very little about. This week’s selection is one such case. I don’t even remember when or exactly where I first came across this song, but as soon as I heard it I knew it was a winner and something that I would have to seek out to add to my collection.

I’m sure all of you have at some point in your life heard Louie, Louie – with so many versions of it over the years, I’d be amazed if you haven’t heard at least one of them. Far and away the most well-known of these has to be the Kingsmen’s version from the sixties. Now hands up who thought that was the original?

In fact the original version was written in 1955 by Richard Berry (although it wasn’t released until ’57). Despite the huge number of cover versions that were released (in fact it’s the second most covered song ever!), Berry never received any money after signing away his rights to the track in 1959. Berry has been very unfairly overlooked in musical circles because as well as many people not realising that he wrote & recorded the original, he also recorded another very well-known song that few people realise was his – “Have Love Will Travel” made popular by garage rockers The Sonics. We may well feature one or other of these originals at a later stage, but for now we’ll just focus on Simba.

As I said earlier – I don’t know too much about Simba. But what I do know is that they were formed out of two bands – cult Afrobeat band Assagai (best known for their excellent single “Telephone Girl” which is another song I’ll feature in the future) and Jade Warriors. This new collective only cut 2 singles (of which this is one) then disappeared without trace. So what does this version bring that others haven’t already? Well this is a heavy afro funk sound with psychedelic tinges and a slight latin feel to it – totally different to the hundreds of other versions I’ve previously heard and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the groove just as much as I do.