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.

Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth, Wind & Fire – Sun Goddess

It’s raining in Holland, I was on the subject of sunshine and found this slowjam again.

After his classic acoustic albums in the 1960s, Ramsey Lewis wanted to head in a new musical direction in the 1970s. As the mid-70s approached, he reunited with Maurice White, who at that time was with his own band, Earth, Wind & Fire. Members of EW&F including White played on the album sessions, while Philip Bailey added vocals.

The album became a huge crossover hit, charting at #1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart, as well as the Jazz album chart.

Sun Goddess is a great slow motion sunshine song.

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.

Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita (Extended Instrumental)

An absolute italo-classic from 1983. The song is very well known and was number one in Spain, Holland and Belgium.

The vocal version is a bit corny with stupid lyrics and a horrible chorus, but the instrumental B-side is an absolute HAMMER of dazzling synths, awesome bassline, spacious effects and mechanized handclap-drums.

Drop this version as a surprise-bomb in your DJ-set and they will scream, smile and dance their socks off.

Aphrodite’s Child – Aegean Sea

This is from the album 666, the 1972 double-vinyl monster that would break up this Greek band. Vangelis was working with different singers, Demis Roussos was doing solo work and the album was a huge departure from their earlier work. Much more progressive rock, weird lyrics, thematic and less approachable. It was almost entiely the work of Vangelis and the rest of the band did not like it, they wanted to play pop.

Aegean Sea is a slow motion, dreamy, cosmic rock-track, with weird lyrics and some great spacey guitar solos. It has a perfect late afternoon, sunny feeling.