Richard's People – Yo-Yo

Richard's People -Yo-Yo

My last few selections have been tracks that I suppose you could say are well-known to those with an interest in the soul and funk world, however this week’s piece of wax is certainly back in the realms of obscurity and seems to have passed by many of my soul brothers. Of course the heavyweight collectors like my bro Larry Grogan over at Funky16Corners is a big fan of this record and who am I to argue???

What we get here is an instantaneous heavy, heavy funk smasher. From the opening drumbeak (which is about as heavy hitting as any that I can think of) to the final bars, it is just a slab of the grooviest funk you’re gonna hear. Released in ’68 on the Tuba label out of Detroit, this sounds much more raw than the sort of soul music that one would have associated with coming out of that city at that particular time. It’s probably one of the earliest examples of a record that would lay the foundations for a “breakbeat” type sound, with it’s sampledelic drumbeat, references to other well-known funky soul records (“Here Come The Judge” & “Cool Jerk” are both mentioned here) and it’s slow intermissions set against an almost “cut & paste” type format.

As far as the artist themselves are concerned, I know nothing about them and indeed the Tuba label which I believe had a rather modest discography. So turn the speakers up on this one and dig the funky beat of Richard’s People, yo!

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