Eve Barnum – Please Newsboy

Eve Barnum - Please Newsboy

Before I talk about this week’s update I just want to chat a little about last Friday’s Soul Party! radio show. I was delighted to be joined by the super talented Mr Adam Gibbons aka LACK OF AFRO who swung by for a chat and played a couple of exclusive songs from his forthcoming new album “Hello Baby”. Adam also treated us to some of his personal favourite funk/soul/mod jazz tracks ahead of his gig in Belfast that night which sounded great.

If you missed the live show, please check it out again at http://livestream.com/belfastunderground/tv/videos/114689376 where you’ll be the first people anywhere in the world to hear the upcoming Lack Of Afro single “I’ve Got The Rhythm” due for digital release on April 1st, with the limited 7″ due on April 15th. The new album should be released sometime around the end of April/start of May, but I’ll let you know when I have the date confirmed.

All of which brings me nicely on to today’s selection. This record was the opening track on Friday’s Soul Party! show and is as good a slice of funky sister soul as you’re likely to hear. Released on the fantastic Checker label in ’69, it has that feel of Aretha/Etta James at their funkiest and is an absolute steal at around £10 for a decent quality copy, so do yourself a favour and grab a copy if you can!! 

 

The Pazant Brothers – Skunk Juice

Pazant Brothers - Skunk Juice

I first came across today’s group about 15/20 years ago right around the time that I was starting to develop a big taste for funk. I think it was “Chick A Boom”that turned me on to them courtesy of it’s appearance on a compilation that I bought. I was struck by just how damn funky that track was and so I always kept my eye out for any other tracks by the group.

Another record that I later came across (and bought) was “Chicken Scratch” which was the flip of Betty Barney’s “Momma, Momma” (essentially the instrumental arrangement to Barney’s song) by a group called the Chili Peppers who it transpires was another name used by the Pazant Brothers.

And so it comes to this selection, yet another funky instrumental workout by the group and the third 45 by the group that I purchased. If, like me you really dig this record and would like to hear more by The Pazant Brothers than I suggest you check out the compilation put together by Ace Records called “The Brothers Funk” for even more groovy cuts.

Before I leave you this week, I just want to give you a little reminder that this Friday’s Soul Party! radio show will have a very special guest in the shape of Lack Of Afro playing exclusive tracks from his new album live in the studio. Check it out on www.belfastundergroundradio.tv from 6pm U.K. time. 

Georgie Woods – Potato Salad Part 1

Georgie Woods - Potato Salad

A busier update this week than last week’s effort more due to a few announcements about events I have coming up, rather than a lot of info about the track I have selected! Anyway, last week’s Soul Party radio show is now available to listen again from http://livestream.com/belfastunderground/tv/videos/113097317 and if you visit the Soul Party! official Facebook page you’ll be able to find the full tracklisting. To add to that, I’m glad to say that the next show will feature a very special guest appearance by the super-talented dj/musician/producer Lack of Afro who will be having a chat and playing some exclusive tracks from his new album. Make sure to tune into that one on Friday 3 March between 6pm – 8pm UK time.

I’m also pleased to announce that I will be starting a new club alongside a friend of mine in T13, which is a cool new art space based in the historical Titanic Quarter in Belfast under the shadow of the iconic Samson & Goliath cranes. The launch date will be Saturday 19 March. For more info about the night please visit https://www.facebook.com/superfly.soul.party/?ref=hl and give us a “like” while you’re there!

Finally, on to today’s selection and this is a lovely little piece of funky soul from Georgie Woods. Georgie Woods was a well-known radio dj in Philadelphia who championed the careers of many black artists including Sam Cooke and Jerry Butler and was also one of the first radio djs to play The Beatles.

As well as being known for his broadcasting, Woods was a huge supporter of the Civil Rights movement even at one point organising buses to take people to see Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream..” speech in Washington. Due to his popularity at the time he was able to cut this record which I suppose was something of a novelty track but nonetheless it still carried such a groove and became a minor hit in Philadelphia. Enjoy!