There are a lot of folks on the bill, but one of the performances I'm most psyched to check out is by F.A.M.E. (Fresh Analog Music Experience), a project featuring my friends Teeko and Max Kane. They're both members of the 4OneFunk crew and phenomenal scratch DJs. With this project they put a new spin on the turntable band with heavy use of analog synths and the Controller One turntable. They've been doing it for a while but I somehow have not ever seen them live.
BTW, my friend Trackademicks, who cameos in the video above, has finally released his debut album. You can get it here.
This kind of project always makes me nervous because I know that as many great things as I heard last year, there are plenty more than I missed. There are also some excellent releases I meant to highlight but for whatever reason didn't, like Numero's Syl Johnson box, Soundway's The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria, Analog Africa's Angola Soundtrack - The Unique Sound of Luanda (1968-1976) or DWG's TDS Mob reissue, all of which are better than some of the one-trackers featured here.
Most of the selections are from releases that are legitimately licensed and carefully assembled, with proper mastering, handsome packaging and thoughtful annotations. I have a lot of respect for those who take the time and effort to do it right. I hope you support them so that they can continue the work that they do.
1. The McCrary – Emerge (V/A - Groove Merchant Turns 20) 2. Mark Capanni - I Believe In Miracles (Jazzman 7”) 3. Matthew Larkin Cassell – Rendezvous (The Complete Works) 4. Lô Borges - Tôda Essa Água (S/T) 5. The HE3 Project - Rapture of the Deep (Chapter One) 6. Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Youth For Christ Choir - Nobody Knows (Like a Ship (Without a Sail)) 7. Clarence Smith - Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (V/A - The Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul & Funk of Stax Records) 8. Little Ann - Deep Shadows (Deep Shadows) 9. The Wildflower - Wind Dream (V/A - With Love, A Pot of Flowers) 10. Saknatee Srichiangmai - Nom Samai Mai (V/A - The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Malam in Thailand 1964-1975) 11. Ton & Sergio - Vou Sair Do Cativeiro (Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967-1976) 12. In Memory of Stella Burke - Already Been in the Water (V/A – Gospel Funk) 13. Gilbert Deflez - L'Agonie (Je Suis Vivant, Mais J'ai Peur de Gilbert Deflez) 14. Roy Brooks & the Artistic Truth - The Last Prophet (Ethnic Expressions) 15. David Lee Jr. - Love Parable (Evolution) 16. Nina Simone - Either Way I Lose (V/A – A Van McCoy Songbook: The Sweetest Feeling) 17. Tammy Montgomery - I Cried (Come On And See Me: The Complete Solo Collection) 18. London Jazz Four - Song for Hilary (V/A - Impressed 3 Compiled by Tony Higgins)
1. Googoosh – Talagh (V/A - Pomegranates) 2. The Gospel Soul Revivals - If Jesus Came Today (V/A - Good God! Born Again Funk) 3. Enrique Olivarez y Los Vampiros - Arriba Tipo (V/A - California Funk: Rare 45s From the Golden State) 4. Billy Byrd - Lost in the Crowd (Soul 7 7”) 5. The Brief Encounter - We're Gonna Have a Good Time (Special Release) 6. Randolph Baker - Getting Next to You (V/A - Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn) 7. Minority Band - Tasty Tune (V/A - Peoples' Potential Unlimited Family Album) 8. Jewel Bass - Let Your Love Rain Down On Me (V/A - Malaco Soul Sisters) 9. Twilight - Never Want to See You Low (Pains of Love) 10. Universal Robot Band - Barely Breaking Even [Club Version] (V/A - John Morales - The M&M Mixes) 11. Martin L. Dumas, Jr. - Attitude, Belief & Determination V/A - The Real Sound of Chicago) 12. Darwin's Theory - Just Take Hold (S/T) 13. Eddie Kendricks - He's a Friend (V/A - Get Down With the Philly Sound) 14. Roy Ayers – Everybody (Lots of Love) 15. Johnny Mathis - Something to Sing About (V/A - Nile Rodgers Presents the CHIC Organization Box Set Vol. 1)
Over the past few years, G-Side has been making some of my favorite current rap music. Their production crew, Block Beattaz, has a knack for beautiful, ethereal sounds and ST 2 Lettaz is one of my favorite current rappers. (The other half of the duo, Clova, continues to grow on me but I can't help feeling that he gets outshone a lot of the time.)
G-Side and the Block Beattaz have devoted much of the past year to making a follow-up to their excellent 2009 Huntsville International album and have promised to make a record that lives up to its name, The One... Cohesive.
I'm guessing that they pulled it off and have made something really good. There's a lot of talent on the Huntsville, Alabama rap scene but the projects that Codie G and CP put out under the Slow Motion Soundz banner always seem to benefit from a little more focus or quality control or vision.
I've heard about half of The One... Cohesive as I've been typing this up and I can't wait to hear the rest, even if sleep is about to win out for a minute.