Review: Emerging on Wah Wah 45s this year, the 27 year-old North London-based multi-instrumentalist known as Gene Dudley has been one of modern funk's most memorable recent discoveries with high praise coming from the likes of Kenny Dope and Daz-I-Kue for his debut Saturday Shifting. Wah Wah bossmen Servini, Goss and Scrimshire do the wise thing here and present an addendum 45 featuring album highlight "The Hilo Bay Halfway" whose uptempo tropical nature makes it a perfect fit for the more discerning 45 selectors out there. Dudley further demonstrates how talented he is with a self styled 'disco dub' on the flip that adds some squelchy bass and generous handclaps to proceedings.
Review: Wah Wah 45s' never-ending hunt for exciting funk talent continues as they introduce the one-man-wonder Gene Dudley. A highly talented multi-instrumentalist, Gene plays every note you hear on this 7", from the tight raspberry blowing horns to the swish-tickling drums. The title track is a Daptone-esque doo-wop with a neat refrain and simple Q&A structure while "The New Lots Of Cooperstown" meanders a little more into sombre soul territory. Two stunning instrumentals, one memorable introduction - Gene Dudley's talents are likely to take him far.
Review: One man funk army Gene Dudley is about to drop another 7" upside our lugholes... And this is one of the first signs of its quality. A broad banquet across two courses; "I've Changed" is straight up classic soul with big velvet vocals and massive horns. "Inspector Norse", meanwhile, shows Gene's fizzier, funk side. One of the most creative covers of Todd Terje you'll ever hear, this has already been hammered by the likes of Bonobo and Craig Charles. Sweaty.
Dynamite In The Still Of The Night (feat Anne Frankenstein) (3:41)
Pearl Baby, Pearl (feat E) (2:38)
Review: One man funk machine Gene Dudley dishes up two more sticks of groove gelignite from his album Zambidoose earlier this year. Frequent collaborator Anne Frankenstein fronts the soul train chugger "Dynamite In The Still Of The Night", giving space for Gene's constant stop/start teases. "Pearl Baby, Pearl" whacks with more of a Booker T twang thanks to the lavish use of Hammond keys while E provides a rich gravelly vocal sheen. Grab this, then check the album if you haven't already - Gene is modern funk genius.
Hackney Colliery Band - "All Of The Light" (Scrimshire remix)
Henri-Pierre Noel - "Diskette" (The Reflex revision)
Review: Record Store Day Edition: Stand up Wah Wah Records who celebrate fifteen years of dropping science and here their 50th release which ties in nicely with that Record Store Day everyone has been talking about. Arriving on the heavy duty 7" that Wah Wah have made their name on, the A Side here sees Hackney Colliery Band's killer cover of Kanye West's "All Of The Lights" get a rather tasty remix from label honcho Scrimshire which makes a dancefloor favourite even more hotter. Wah Wah's dedication to reissues over these past 15 years is represented too with the excellent late 70s jazz funker "Diskette" from Henri-Pierre Noel keeping the B Side warm.
Review: A genuine funk legend, Haitian Henri Pierre first scored serious exposure in the 70s but remained criminally overlooked thereafter. Revisited by the consummate selectors at Wah Wah 45s, last year saw the re-release of his album Piano and this year they've got an even bigger treat... These two stunning, previously unreleased, cover versions. Walter Murphy's "A Fifth Of Beethoven" is a pounding exercise in key stroking and p-funk bass that playfully flirts with the classic riff before dropping it in with a bold climax. Meanwhile on the B, the jazz standard "Mercy Mercy Mercy" gets an equally vigorous disco-funk seeing to. Faultless funk; this is not to be missed.
Review: "Bend", by Speeka, features the beautiful yet dark vocals of Ben Parker. It is a string laden masterpiece. "Free At Last" sees the very quirky Polly Paulusma telling tales of a misspent youth over yet more soulful strings and delicate percussion. Two brilliantly written songs, two top notch vocalists, one essential package.
Review: British Soul singer Stac has already had her powerful and dreamy vocals reworked by the likes of Scrimshire, Bonobo and King Knut in the past, and now comes two new mixes of her sumptuous "All Or Nothing" track. Both nicely chilled excursions into nu-jazz soundscapes, Lenafrosaxon lets the multi-tracked vocals billow and fold over itself, creating a chorus that hits you like warm wave. Camden's Blue Daisy brings in some hypnotic glitchy textures, with the buzzing top-end nicely counterbalanced by some thumping beats and bass. Seriously soul enhancing stuff..