unlimited source’s ‘down in the cellar’ ep from 1982. up-front uk jazz-funk fusion via luton and neighbouring hertfordshire that cuts across genres and has stood the test of time to cut across generations 35-plus years later and become a dance-floor under-the-radar essential. features their previously unreleased cover of the skip scarborough penned ‘love ballad’ alongside the sought-after top-drawer jazz dancer ‘nicoca nicola’. plus some break-beats on that title cut.
true feelings ‘love me, love me’ is available now on 12”, remastered and back as an official reissue for the first time exclusively on backatcha records. released in 1981 in tiny quantities, the song’s history has been an enigma ever-since. a streets ahead, local harlesden cosmic brit-funk sound from producer smokey t and crew. the real deal spirit of london’s underground music land then and now. jus’ listen.
a teacher by trade, dr mary sullivan bain recorded her musical works to be used as an educational and motivational tool in the miami-dade public school system she taught in. the single was recorded at miami sound recordings, south florida and released in small numbers as a self-published 12 pressing for educational purposes. copies of ‘do you know black history did not circulate much further than floridas public school libraries and the vaults of some local radio stations when it was released in 1985. produced with no label constraints, mary worked alongside her friend and vocalist herman attaway. she would give him the words and the melody and together they translated her ideas into song. if one wanted to categorise it theyd have to put a copy in a few different boxes … 808s, bass synths, deep chords, live percussion and effects dubbed into the mix. the production leans towards the electronic diy framework that informed the local sound on the south side. whilst the categories are blurred whats clear is that the musicians who made this thought outside of the box.