Monday, October 14, 2013

I Wanna Freak  

 I bought this record off a Frenchmen selling leather jackets at a flea market on the East coast years ago, he had a small box of 45's he had brought with him from overseas along with his stock of vintage coats and the label would seem to indicate this was a French release, although the track itself was certainly recorded in New York. He told me that "this is a good boogie.", and so I gave him a couple of bucks and took it off his hands.

 The only member of The Chance that I recognize is guitar session man Wah Wah Watson, who played on some hits by the Temptations and Marvin Gaye, which makes sense, as the guitar is the standout element of the vocal side of this track, but I'm putting up the instrumental which has all the dubbed out keyboard stabs and synth bass breakdowns.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

D.C. Funk  

 It's been a busy week since I got back from D.C. and I finally had a minute to record a few tracks to share here. I had a great time out there, got a chance to look at records almost every day of my visit, saw the Earcave in person, and got to meet the Beautiful Swimmers. The cherry on top of the trip was a private show from George Smallwood in his home a few hours before my return flight.

 Som Records is the best shop in D.C. I loaded up a healthy stack of twelve inches including many local go-go funk records that are obviously everywhere in their home town but a bit harder to find here on the west coast. Here are two of my favorite local finds. Master Jam released two singles on local D.C. micro label 2nd To None. "Celebrity Funk" is a cool vocoder instrumental on the one-off DOC label.

Master Jam - Freak With You

Chris Thomas - Celebrity Funk (instrumental)

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