Lefties Soul Connection – Doin' The Thing

I figured it was about time that I delved into my collection to bring you something (reasonably) new.

Lefties Soul Connection started out in Amsterdam in 2001 and released this – their debut single in 2002. Three more singles were released before the long-awaited LP finally hit the shops in 2006.

The follow-up to this was their 2007 album “Skimming The Skum” which rather surprisingly only yielded 1 single – the fantastic “Fais Do Do”. However, they continued to release singles including a cover of the classic “Organ Donor” by Dj Shadow as well as Clarence Carter’s “Backdoor Santa” and the now tiresome “Here Come The Girls”

Their sound is very heavily influenced by the likes of The Meters, JB’s & Booker T & The MG’s. Unsurprisingly then, the songs are very hammond driven with crashing drums and the obligatory wah-wah guitar. Oh, and I’m led to believe they put on a great live show too (not that I’ve had the pleasure to see them myself – yet!)

The Sound Stylistics – Party People

Happy New Year to y’all! Hope you all had a great festive period – I know I did. So I’m back well rested and ready to bring you some more delightfully funky ear candy to kick off the New Year.

First up we have this dancefloor bomb. All of my posts so far have featured great tracks from funk’s heyday – what about some funk from today I hear you ask. Well this song goes to show that today’s funkateers can groove with the best of them. Alongside a number of other recent bands including The Soul Snatchers, The Bamboos, Lefties Soul Connection and The New Mastersounds, The Sound Stylistics are helping to spearhead a new generation of funk bands keeping the true funk spirit alive and well.

These guys have been playing together for almost 10 years now, but their first official release wasn’t until 2007. The band’s members reads like a who’s-who of the English Acid Jazz/Rare Groove scene featuring members of The James Taylor Quartet, The Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, The New Mastersounds, Incognito and The Herbaliser.

This track was a limited release back in 2007 and was picked up by a lot of the UK’s top funk dj’s. The intro to this song is absolutely top notch and would appeal to b-boy’s & breakers. It’s heavy instrumental funk sound harks back to the days of The Meters, The JB’s and particularly The Ebony Rhythm Band.

Dig it!