It is like this – Tramp Records know vintage funk and soul. They know what you want to hear before you know you want to hear it. Hell, they even know what you want to hear before you even knew it existed. But in a world where the rediscovery of golden era 60s and 70s funk and soul has been ongoing for the best part of a quarter of a century, how can this still be possible? What is left that hasnt already been repackaged, re-released, compiled and covered to within an inch of its life? Listen to feeling nice volume 2 and you will get the answer. Super loud deluxe double gatefold LP plus bonus exclusive future holy grail 7 inch single *Carol Veal - H Way Of Love*.
Try asking Tobias Kirmayer and Daniel Wanders. Two men with a burning itch for black music from back in the day that can't be eased no matter how hard they scratch it. And scratch it they do. We're not just talking about crate-digging via the normal channels either. Who knows what shady deals go down as they track and trace obscure copies of 45s hounding long forgotten artists and producers for single copies of limited run and private press seven inches? For Feeling Nice Volume 2 for example, they've unearthed releases that originally had less than 50 copies printed for radio demo purposes (The Soul Chargers' Charge It Up Baby), a unlikely funk release from a Caribbean calypso label (Carole Veal's Highway Of Love), a track that received no distribution whatsoever but was handed out as a free promo 45 to anyone who bought a set of Tama drums (!) (Johnny Apollo feat. Duffy Jackson Orchestra and their blistering cover of JB's I Feel Good) and a super rare 45 called Barnyard Pimp recorded by Soul Explosion - a band of US servicemen based in Germany which was originally released on a Bavarian label some miles from Tramp Records' present day HQ.
Don't make the mistake of equating obscurity with less talent either. Charles Spurling who played guitar on and co-produced the Allen Matthews cut Allen's Party worked with the mighty James Brown himself and recalls musical street duels with the Isley Brothers. The New Breed worked with Isaac Hayes and The Mar-Kays while singer Aalon Butler worked with The Animals' Eric Burdon. In any case the music speaks for itself. You want big drum breaks? Check the opening bars of Nola & The Soul Rockers Reach Down And Get It. Squalling soul guitar? Try Filet Of Soul's Do Your Own Thing. Fatback soul grooves? Aalon Butler's Gettin Soul. It's all there - 16 tracks of raw, vintage funk and soul then. Should leave you feeling pretty nice.
Tony Lansdowne - August 2013monkeyboxing.com/ Mako & The Hawk
PLEASE NOTE: there are two vinyl versions available. TRLP9027BONUS7 contains a bonus 7" single by Carole Veal - "H'Way Of Love" b/w "Your Love Is Like A Chain". TRLP9027 does not contain it.
"Nitty gritty funk! Oh, and it's rare too." (Oliver Scheswig)
"Tramp have certainly dug deep in the crates for this superb comp." (Dr Bob Jones)
"Rare soul at its best. This compilation is a musical love affair." (Jürgen v. Knobloch)
"Believe me when I tell you that this upcoming compilation contains some of the roughest, rawest, hardest, deepest funk you never imagined." (Lucky Brown)
"These guys dig the deepest." (DJ Bunu) [txt from ]