James Pane: "Are You Ready (Matthew Africa edit)" (GSP, 1975)
I'm obsessed with this song.
It has a hard sound to characterize. It's funky and soulful obviously but there's also a strangely psychedelic feel to it and maybe something spiritual in it, too. It's like some sort of weird amalgam of "Right Off"'s galloping bass, with the spacy dislocation "I Just Want to See His Face" and the building to nowhere vibe of "Robot Strut"/"Do It Like You Feel It".
The original single is split into two parts and has a crazy bridge that would probably be okay as a separate song but totally blows the mood for me. (You can hear a snippet of that here, where it's also for sale.)
From what I can gether, James Pane is from Mississippi and a decade or so later he cut a full-length under the name James Taylor.