A.C. Jones & The Soulettes – Hole In Your Soul

A.c. Jones - Hole In Your Soul

I’m back with a nice little cheapo instrumental groove for you to enjoy this week. A.C. Jones cut two 45s (to my knowledge) this one featuring the Soulettes and another with The Atomic Aces. I don’t know much about Jones other than the fact that he came from Florida.

The record I feature for you today was released in 1965 and as I mentioned earlier has an instrumental groove with some real nice guitar work on it. I have to say that I don’t recall ever hearing this track played out anywhere but I’m sure some of you guys own a copy. Anyway, I hope you dig it and I’ll try my best to be back next week with another funky little piece of wax for you to get down to.

Shirley Bassey – Jezahel

 

Shirley Bassey - Jezahel

Yes, I am indeed featuring Shirley Bassey on the blog. I know some people think of her as more of a cabaret star (which she kinda was) but she also had some great moments throughout her long and distinguished career and today’s selection is probably her finest in my humble opinion.

Those of you who have a fondness for hip-hop will probably recognize this as it provided the musical backdrop to Public Enemy’s 2007 single “Harder Than You Think” which marked something of a return to form for the legendary rap group. Anyone reading this from the UK may also be familiar with the aforementioned Public Enemy tune as it featured heavily during Channel 4’s coverage of the 2012 Paralympics.

So, not much more needs to be said other than to press that little play button and crank up the speakers. Enjoy!

The Soul Snatchers – Get Yourself Together

The Soul Snatchers - Get Yourself Together

This week I’m returning to a record that I haven’t listened to in quite some time and had almost forgotten about. I purchased this 45 the week it came out back in 2006 (wow, seems such a long time ago now!!). Around this time there were quite a few “nu-funk” bands releasing killer 45s like The Sound Stylistics, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Grits and Lefties Soul Connection to name a few.

The Soul Snatchers (like the aforementioned Lefties Soul Connection) were a Dutch funk/afrobeat outfit who cut 3 singles and disappeared into obscurity. This particular record has a very heavy blaxploitation feel to it with breaks and heavy drums setting the tempo. If you want to drop a killer tune to lift the dancefloor at any funk party, this one definitely does the trick!

Big John Hamilton – Big Bad John

Big John Hamilton - Big Bad John

I’m back! I hadn’t gone away for good, just needed a break to sort a few things but hopefully things are in order and I can get back to my regular weekly updates.

What I’ve got for you today will probably be recognized by the hip-hop heads among you. This one comes courtesy of Big John Hamilton (I’m just realising that my last post was by an artist with “Big” at the start of his name, but it wasn’t intentional – honest!). Big John was a southern soul singer who released 10 or so singles (most of which were issued on the Minaret label) including this one, in 1967.

The drum break at the beginning was used by Big Daddy Kane (the “big” theme continuing on somewhat) on his 1989 classic “Warm It Up Kane”, a track that is very much a favourite of ours at Gazfunk HQ – BDK is also one of our favourite rappers. The song has some blues running through it, a touch of r&b and a little bit of a Southern Soul a la Stax vibe going on. I’m sure you’ll dig it like I do…