Elijah And The Ebonies – Hot Grits!

Elijah And The Ebonies - Hot Grits!

The more perceptive among you will probably notice that I’m a day later than normal with my update this week (though at least you’re getting an update, eh?). One of these weeks I may return close to my “usual” Monday evening slot but for now I’ll just have to bring you something when I get the chance.

Today’s selection is to be filed under the “genuine double sider” heading. It’s the a-side I’m focusing on this week though (rather unusually for me!) with the ultra-catchy “Hot Grits”. I remember hearing this tune quite a long time ago and picking up a copy quite quickly and cheaply. Released on Bill Moss’ “Capsoul” label in 1974 this track gained a bit more attention when it was featured on the excellent Numero Group’s “Eccentric Soul” compilation a few years ago.

The flipside features a cover of label owner Moss’ “Sock It To ‘Em Soul Brother” another 45 in my collection that I might feature for you some time. For now though, enjoy the rest of your weekend and get down with Hot Grits!!

The Knights – The Hump

First up we have this rather obscure funk instrumental from The Knights. They are probably best known for “Tipping Strings”, however it’s this little beauty that really grabs me.

Little is known about this track – do a Google search and the only reference you’ll find to it is the fact it’s been on the Eccentric Soul comp from a few years ago. Don’t bother with youtube as you won’t find any results there either. I managed to pick up a dj copy of this a few weeks ago (after quite a long search) and it also has the aforementioned Tipping Strings on the flip.

What about the song itself? Well it’s a lovely midtempo groove which starts with a shake of a tambourine before what sounds like a steel drum joins in (though this may be a quite high-pitched keyboard). Halfway through the track a nice bit of saxophone joins the party to lift the song further.

Check out the soundclip.