superb keyboardist and driving mind of the british jazz funk scene, founder of the seminal and finest band called atmosfear, mr. lester j. batchelor is also the composer behind these three timeless gems and most refind electronic disco tracks as equa. this is an instant buy if you like the style of motorcity drum ensamble, sadar bahar, red greg and few others expert rare grooves selectors.
started out as a reggae, lovers rock band in the late 70’s, the cool notes consolidated their reputation in the 80s, after turning towards more soulful sounds and have signed different hits, all finished straight into the upper parts of the charts. “i wanna dance” and “blown it” released for the sour grape label owned by patrick mulpeter and danny ryan, both former member of the band gold, are two gems inexplicably left in the shadows, but as often happens, later appreciated as essential spins, in the selection of champion djs.
an insanely difficult record to find featuring master plan, with synthesizers by tom o’callaghan and vocals by pepper gomez, “pushin too hard” was born in the early chicago house days and went on to achieve cult status and become part of the history of house forever.
omaggio brings the heat once again with the reissue of prana people, self titled lp originally released in 1977 on prelude. the aleem brothers taharqa and tunde ra (or albert and arthur) are prana people and brought a perfect treasure of disco/funk/soul to make you want to dance from the funked up “is your life a party” to that slow, head nodding sexy groove of “wishful thinking” to proper hands in the air feel good disco of “angels say flee” to the perfect strings and flawless soul of “all around my world”. the combination of the tracks and strong production make for an endlessly playable album, and with the legendary brothers, who since the 60’s have their place in music history, this is an instant buy if not already owned to add to the aleems discography of your collection.
absolute killer official reissue from the legendary and sought after-album “in need of...”. breathtaking vocal, emotionally rich and a melody to seduce any dancefloor. i adore this record with all of my heart.
so wow... jiraffe - out’a the box. well what can i say, when i first heard this record i just melted... on the first few bars and the tempo already was a fav, my ears pricked up and then woahhhhhh... that bass came in and oh god how that went through my whole body and shook me like a thunderstorm... those synths and percussion just left me floored... probably one of the most cherished re-issues that you will buy... don’t know about out’a the box... if you don t already own it, you will and it will be in the box for a lifetime.
a bassline so infectious, how can you not move to that! killer boogie funk at its finest, will make you slide to the dance floor. by the time the vocal hits, your hands are in the air and the magic happens!
i admit i wasn’t familiar with this album, so many just pass us by, but as i sat back and listened, i slowly realized that this isn’t just any soul lp, it’s a masterpiece, full of passion and tenderness, it was like a huge hug from long lost lover... beautiful... enjoy it!