Zilla Mayes – All I Want Is You

Zilla Mayes - All I Want Is You

I’m a day late this week and thus my update will be a little bit shorter than normal. Things have been getting much busier in my personal life recently which has left me with very little time to dedicate to digging for new sounds and in turn bringing you my weekly post. I’ve toyed with the idea of only providing content every 2 weeks but I’ll endeavor to continue as is until it’s not longer feasible, but hopefully it doesn’t come to that.

Anyhow, we’re staying in New Orleans for another week with today’s selection. Zilla Mayes was actually an artist who mainly recorded in Atlanta – in fact her recordings date back to the mid fifties but it was with Allen Toussaint (like many others) where we at Gazfunk really took an interest. My man Brian Poust (a previous guest contributor) probably knows a lot more about Zilla than I could ever write due to his connections with Atlanta. So I’m signing off for now and I’ll leave you to enjoy this tremendous slice of New Orleans Sister Funk.

Foxy – Trouble

Foxy - Trouble

With our recent weather being so similar to last week (we are in Winter here I suppose), I could’ve brought you a track on a similar vein (or should that be “rain”) to “The Wash”. However, since the sun has come out today I’ve decided to dispense with any water/rain related songs.

What I have for you today then is a track that has resided in my collection for quite some time. I suppose with my record buying being curtailed somewhat in the last 6 months all of my records will soon have been in my possession for quite some time. Hopefully the next few months will see that situation change and I’ll be able to add to my collection, but I digress. For now, back to the matter at hand.

Foxy were an all-girl group operating out of Los Angeles. They cut 2 singles (both on the Double Shot label) – this one (in 1971) and another 45 in ’69 entitled “Call Me Later” – a slower ballady type track. Of course you know that we here aren’t so found of those low & slow soul tracks and we prefer our soul with a little bit more umph about it so that’s why I’ve selected “Trouble” as today’s piece of ear candy. As you might expect, this record has that typical sister funk sound that I (and hope you, dear listeners) have come to enjoy. Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with another funky tune next week.

Mary Holmes – Soul Brother

Mary Holmes - Soul Brother

We’re bringing you a quality piece of Sister Funk to get your ears round this week, courtesy of Mary Holmes. I’m guessing this record was made sometime around ’69/70 because of it’s sound (though I could be wrong as there’s no release date on the label and precious little info about the record). The label “Nassau” was based in New York but I guess they didn’t release too many other singles as this is the only record I’ve ever seen on the label. I’m aware of another couple of singles released by Mary Holmes on different labels with “Soul Brother” being her last release.

So with so little info to tell you about the track it’s probably best if I just leave you to press that little play button…

Ike And Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister

Ike & Tina Turner - Bold Soul Sister

Every now and then I think it’s worthwhile to return to some of the classic artists and that’s exactly what we’re doing with this week’s selection. Ike and Tina Turner were probably one of the most iconic (and notorious) couples in music history as a result of some hugely popular songs as well as their much publicised relationship “issues”.

I’m sure everyone has heard “River Deep, Mountain High” and their take on “Proud Mary” many, many times so I though I’d feature a composition that’s a little less well known and probably sees the duo at their absolute funkiest. Released in 1969 “Bold Soul Sister” as the name suggests sees Tina take on that sister-with-an-attitude role that fits her powerful vocal style and with an arrangement not too dissimilar to Sly Stone’s “Sing A Simple Song” you know you’re on to a winner.

As much as people believe that Ike was one bad soul brother, you don’t doubt upon hearing this record that Tina really means it when she says she’s a bold soul sister. Enjoy!