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…

Jessie Mae – Don't Freeze On Me

Jessie Mae - Don't Freeze On Me

Much like last week, today’s chosen piece of wax falls into the type of category that I don’t often feature on Gazfunk – R&B. Now, it’s not that I’m not a fan of the genre (I do like it for what it’s worth) but I find that there are a lot of records out there that are too “samey” with very similar tempo and rhythm. Coupled with the rising cost of R&B records these days (due in no small part to the huge interest in recent years of the mod scene), this means my collection would be a bit light on the genre in comparison to soul, funk, hammond, latin etc.

The record I bring you today is definitely one of my favourites though and in my humble opinion is good as anything that I’ve heard that costs ten times the price. This is one of the staple tracks within the R&B/mod scene and may well be considered by some to be somewhat overplayed these days – I don’t mind though as it’s something a little different for me to share with you on the blog and variety is the spice of life, right? I’m sure you’ll all agree when you hit that little play button.

Just before I leave you this week, I have a little bit of news to share with you regarding some more upcoming gigs. I’ll be undertaking another U.S. Tour from late September through to early November with 5 or 6 shows lined up. I hope to be able to bring you a little tour poster next week with all the dates confirmed – and some of the events I’m really excited/honoured to be playing at! Watch this space…