Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of Living – Got To Get Your Own

Funky, jazzy, soulful. And a great one to dance to!


Coke Escovedo – I Wouldn’t Change A Thing

This is a personal favourite. I vividly remember driving through Madrid in the car, windows open, singing along to this song very loudly with three other music maniacs.

It’s a breakbeat classic of course for the b-boys, but the lyrics are also great. Life affirming and uplifting. It was written by Johnny Bristol, famous for “Hang On In There Baby”.

Claudja Barry – Sweet Dynamite

This is from her debut album with the same title. It came out in 1976, and disco was not yet completely mainstream and sounding too slick. This song has an absolute monster bassline and is very funky and driving. Great for a disco/house set.

“Sweet Dynamite” came out on a 12″ with the very famous downtempo “Love For The Sake Of Love” as the track o the other side. And damn, check out those thigh-high boots!

Idris Muhammad — Loran’s Dance (Platurn’s Bass Sick Edit)

Idris Muhammad (born Leo Morris on 13 November 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American jazz drummer who has recorded and played with a host of artists including Ahmad Jamal, Grant Green, Hank Crawford, Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington, Jr. At 16 years old, one of Muhammad’s earliest recorded sessions as a drummer was on Fats Domino’s 1956 hit “Blueberry Hill”.

The Beastie Boys sampled “Loran’s Dance” in “To All The Girls” on their legendary album “Paul’s Boutique”. Soundcloud user platurn stripped the song  down to the simplest and beefed it up even more. Nice.

The Nite-Liters – K-Jee

“K-Jee” is a 1971 song by American soul and funk Band The Nite-Liters. Written by Harvey Fuqua and Charlie Hearndon it charted in 1971 at 17 on the R&B Charts and 39 on the Pop. They eventually became “The New Birth” and released music until 2005.

I discovered K-Jee in 1994, when I got a promo-cd by japanese DJ Satoshi Tomiie, under the name “Shellshock”, where he reworked the MFSB version into a 10 minute-long housetrack. It was quite good and really energetic.

Subsequently, I found the MFSB version, listened to it, and found that one of course way better. Then, about 10 years ago I discovered Northern Soul throught the book “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”, the best book ever written about dance music.

The Nite-Liters version is a Northern Soul classic, and though it’s not as polished as the MFSB-version, this one has it’s charm too. Lovely.

Pat Lundy – Work Song

It’s all about the break with this one. At 4:04. Great for doing some insane moves on the floor. But since I’m no b-boy, I’ll just say this is a great record to dance to, from 1977. With a cool spoken intro.

Pat Lundy was a New York-based singer and actress, and was apparently a girlfriend of New York producer Buddy Scott. She was originally a member of the Symbols – a group that she left in 1962 – and put out several albums and singles on Deluxe, Columbia, RCA, Toto, Leopard and Heidi labels over a 20 year period, some of which are quite worth sorting out.

This track is in high demand right now, but you can still buy it digitally for 99 cents, if you don’t mind that.

Yambu – Sunny (Soulbrigada edit)

SoulBrigada are Germany-based dj’s Alex D. and Fabio V.

This is an edit the guys did of the classic “Sunny”, by afro/cuban/jazz/latin/funk band Yambu, released as a 7″ in 1975. The band only made three albums and three singles in the mid-70’s but this track was featured on about a dozen latin-disco compilations.

This edit of Yambu’s jazzy, funky version of Sunny is great. The Soulbrigada keep the beat going, use the vocals sparsely but very effectively and the general feel is very…sunny 🙂  Thanks to Donny for turning me onto this one.

Fatback Band – Let The Drums Speak

Formed in New York City in 1970, The Fatback Band was the concept of Bill Curtis, an experienced session drummer, inspired to merge the “fatback” jazz beat ofNew Orleans into a funk band. In addition to Curtis, the band’s initial line-up included guitarist Johnny King, bassist Johnny Flippin, trumpet player George Williams, saxophonist Earl Shelton, flautist George Adams, and keyboardist Gerry Thomas. The band specialized in playing “street funk”. The group also later included conga player Wayne Woolford, vocalists Jayne and Gerry, Deborah Cooper saxophonist Fred Demerey, guitarist Louis Wright and George Victory.

“Let The Drums Speak” was released in 1975 as the b-side to “Yum Yum (Gimme Some) and it’s a very funky, almost instrumental danceable song, full of breakbeats and a great horn-part. No wonder it became a b-boy anthem.

Norman Cook sampled the song for his “Mighty Dub Katz” song with the same title.

Voodoocuts – Let Me Do My Thang

Based on an obscure track by a band called “Los Dynamicos Exciters” from 1972, this is a really nice piece of Latin Funk.

Growing out of the combos nacionales scene, one of the most successful funk and soul groups of 60s and 70s Panama, Los Dinamicos Exciters (later The Exciters) was led by drummer Horacio ‘Ray’ Adams. Legendary in their day, the band were booked solid for years. Their core sound was Latin soul and funk, but they also played boogaloo, calypso and ska. The US Black Power movement struck a chord, especially in the Canal Zone, where Afro-Panamanians had long suffered discrimination. Co-founders of the Instituto Soul, the Exciters were the first to invite an African-American ‘soul queen’ to lead their carnival parade in 1971.

This edit keeps the original mostly intact and extends some parts at the beginning and adds the break at the end for easy mixing.

Just before house: The Jets – Rocket 2 U

It was 1988, Chicago House was booming in Chicago and New York, European DJ’s were returning from Ibiza with balearic and XTC and the UK was celebrating the Summer Of Love.

However, there was still a lot of great freestyle/funk/disco influenced music being made that was a less radical departure from the music of the time and was almost, but not quite like, house.

I remember hearing this on the weekly all-imports radioshow “The Soulshow” in Holland. Awesome bass.