Review: A serious RSD reissue here as Music On Vinyl reanimate the cult afro-funk's one and only 45" on Pye sub-label Dawn. Emphatic, layered, energetic and dizzying - just like their albums Afreaka and Roots & Offshoots - each cut is bewilderingly funky and soulful experience. The lead track is one of the best Screamin' Jay Hawkins covers ever pressed to wax, "Message To Mankind" tips a nod to the Tamla school of thought with a belting yearn for better times while "Fuzs Oriental Blues" is just a straight up savage blues jam with some firing Afro twists towards the finale. Stone cold; this one won't hang around for long.
Review: Champion sound! Sampled over 500 times but still funkier than a sleepover at Kanye's, The Mohawks "The Champ" enjoys gold status for this limited Record Store Day special. Flip for the instant horn-heaved call to arms "Sound Of The Witchdoctor". Fresh from 68, and still as bewitching... You might call this a magnificent 7" (not sorry)
You Better Be Good (Or The Devil Gon' Getcha) (2:57)
L.T.D. (Life, Truth & Death) (7:21)
My Brightest Day (4:03)
I Promise To Remember (2:59)
Creation (Epilogue) (1:03)
Review: A bona fide piece of history right here: Jimmy Castor led a furiously funky and politically-charged troupe through 70s by way of 10 albums. And this is where it all began... The title track is known to all thanks to its heavy sampling but its counterparts are just as enduring - the swampy blues funk fusion of "You Better Be Good", the wry society critique of "Troglodyte" and the hazy, honeyed Motown soul of "My Brightest Day" are just three of the many highlights throughout the album. Seminal blueprint business, it will never age.
Review: A year shy of its 40th anniversary, Inspiration Information enjoys a reissue and it's still as sparkly and soul-laden as it was in 1974. Ranging from the guitar-twanging smoky blues funk of "Rainy Day" to the sultry, strutting title track, it's largely regarded as Otis's most comprehensive work of that time. According to legend it took him three years to create... 39 years later and it still sounds as good as this? We'd say that's time well spent!