Tag Archives: funk

lemi ghariokwu’s art


Seminal: Fela Anikulapo (Ransome) Kuti’s music. As important: the sleeve art provided by Lemi Ghariokwu! (And is that an Afro Unknown Pleasuresin the background of the YT clip above?)
http://artsownkind.wordpress.com/
http://lemighariokwu.wordpress.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemi_Ghariokwu
http://www.afrobeatmusic.net/html/books.html
http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/Water-Has-No-Enemy
http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/A-Dynasty-of-Album-Cover-Art
http://www.wrasserecords.com/Fela_Anikulapo_Kuti_9/Complete_Boxset_276.html  [bargain!]

Advertisements

go go joey

Goodtogo1CjsucZzgogogetdown

Yo! Yo! Go Go Get Down (Pure Ghetto Funk From Washington DC)is an utterly great v/a 2cd compiled by dj Dave Lee aka Joey Negro for ZR (cat. no. ZeddCD025, 2012). Ranging from 1975 to 2004 but focusing on go go‘s 1980-1987 high, it complements 1990’s classic Washington Go Go Sound Attackv/a 2cd & 2lp on BCM very well … Hey and trying to find the date for some tracks – we’re trying to understand the genre’s history after all – made me discover the Funklopedik Project:
http://www.black-music-collectors.com/labels/DCGOGO/Big-City-Records-12singles.htm
http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/06/07/joey-negro-on-washingtons-go-go-scene/
http://www.zrecords.ltd.uk/news-item/GoGo+Get+Down+Out+Now/31
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go-go
http://www.tmottgogo.com/
http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/222423
http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1167
http://books.google.com/books/about/The_beat.html?id=2AYJAQAAMAAJ
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A8247-2001Jun1

vivat vadim & viva nilovic

Sadly, the Vadim label seems to be in trouble. They’re selling out their catalogue at destock discount prices (hurry), they’ve closed their blog, and they’ve put their site to sleep. Hopefully Vadim will reawaken reinvigorated! By way of praise & support, here’s a number of tracks by Janko Nilovic, an artist most championed by Vadim (in France and by Cosmic Sounds in the UK) via eight or more releases, viz. Funky Tramway(with Mad Unity in 1975 / reissued 2011), Psyc Impressions(1969 / 2011), Soul Impressions(1975 / 2011), Last Impressions(compilation, 2007), Vocal Impressions(with Dave Sucky in 1971 / 2006), Chorus(1974 / 2006), Rythmes Contemporains(1974 / 2010),Paris Pop Galaxy(remixed by Eric Caspar, Pulp Flavor 2002) and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Most of Nilovic’s work was produced for les éditions Montparnasse 2000 of course. Personal favourites include:

  • “Aérospatial” (1971?)
  • “Atchika boum” (1971)
  • “Improvisations pour deux voix” (1971)
  • “Black Swan Lake” (1975)

Vadim

less bounce to more bounce

Bounce

Zapp‘s seminalMore bounce to the ounce(1980) reinterpreted as “Bounce” by 6Blocc on a LoDubs / Mad Decent split 12″ (2012-02) b/w “Go (Swarms remix)” by Diplo & Oliver Twizt – cf. http://lodubs.bandcamp.com/album/lodubs-sr6-va-lodubs-mad-decent-split-12

eastern bloc party

P3264529Tatra-girlTumblr_lw1m8okbe31r211dno1_500Tumblr_m17iopaklt1r7ubejo1_500Renault_ladaStd_1967_volga_m24-2617_model_1975WartbWartburg_knight_4d_creme_front1Sf1Sf2Easternblocfunkexperience

Just out: Yuriy Gurzhy (Russendisko) & Phil Meadley Present Eastern Bloc Funk Experience (Psych-Funk, Satellite Soul And Cold War Disco)– another excellent volume in Nascente‘s Funk Experienceseries of budget v/a compilations. And loàds more interesting than Secret Stash‘s two so-so Soviet Funkcomps. (And the retro car meme started here.) Highlights:

# Misa Blam: “Gorila” (1975)

# Czerwone Gitary: “Coda” (1974)

# Uschi Bruning: “Hochzeitsnacht” (1974)

# Andrzej Dabrowski & Zesp: “Powrót” (1970).

what’s the word for socially conscious soul music?

Whatstheword

Alongside Listen, Whitey!and the other comps mentioned in that post, there’s also the excellent What’s The Word? (Socially Conscious Soul Music)(2011) as conceived & compiled with love by Dean Rudland for v/a Backbeatsseries three on Harmless (currently part of the Demon Music Group) … budget priced, as it should be with catalogue music. Some tracks to convince you: “Hey brother” (based on “Hey Joe”) by the Identities and “(We gotta) Bust out of the ghetto (pts 1 & 2)” by Moody Scott (both 1970).

 

listen whitey

Noted music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland researching Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power 1965-1975“. It also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown’s Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum (1970-1973). The tracklisting (listen to tracks  1, 5 & 12 below) on Listen, Whitey!(named after Huey P. Newton’s 1972 lp on Folkways) does miss God bless America for what(1972) by the once again forgotten Swamp Dogg, though – imho more relevant than Roy Harper‘s I hate the white manwith its rather vague lyrics, however poignant their delivery  … Even so, and especially with the accompanying book on Fantagraphics, this v/a compilation is a great addition to “(Rich Mix Presents) Back To Blackon Lo (2005), the Black & Proudcomps on Trikont (2002 & 2005), the two Stand Up And Be Counted – Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Erav/a volumes on Harmless (1999 & 2000) and What’s The Word? on the revamped Harmless (2011). Extra (viva RotA): Mable Hillery! And Denise Sullivan‘s book Keep on pushing – black power music from blues to hip hop(ISBN 9781556528170, Chicago Review Press / IPG 2011-07)!
http://listen-whitey.tumblr.com/
http://roomonetwofour.com/books.htm
http://lightintheattic.net/releases/685-listen-whitey-the-sounds-of-black-power-1967-1974
http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/listen-whitey-the-sights-and-sounds-of-black-power-1965-1975-2.html
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/2012/feb/22/motown-records-lost-history/
http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2010/06/rhythm-and-protest-motowns-forgotten.html
http://www.alternet.org/story/154559/listen,_whitey!_talking_with_author_pat_thomas_about_the_black_panthers
http://lightintheattic.net/news/?p=4882
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2012/03/seize-the-time-pat-thomas-black-power-and-listen-whitey.html
http://jamesrtracy.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/listen-whitey-james-tracy-interviews-pat-thomas/
http://revoltoftheapes.com/2012/08/14/pat-thomas-author-of-listen-whitey-the-sights-and-sounds-of-black-power-1965-1975/
http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/79645

Listenwhitey

liswhi-preview.pdf