Freestyle has some cool thing coming up in store for us funk fans (including the previously blogged about Soul Messin’ LP). A quick list:
- Cookin’ on 3 Burners - This Girl / Four n Twenty (7″) [FRS7057] (both tracks available on Co3B myspace)
- Cookin’ on 3 Burners - Soul Messin’ (LP/CD) [FSRLP055/FSRCD055] (release July 1st)
- Cookin’ on 3 Burners - Cars (12″) [FSR075] (no previews yet, but tracklisting includes remixes by Diesler & Lack of Afro, remixing tracks off the previous album)
- The Sound Stylistics – Tie One On (12″) [FSR073]
- The Sound Stylistics – Greasin’ The Wheels (CD/LP) [FSRCD065/FSRLP065]
- The Impellers – How Am I? (7″) [FSR7056]
- The Impellers – Robot Legs (CD/LP) [FSRCD059/FSRLP059]
- Baker Brothers – Family Tree (12″) [FSR072]
- Baker Brothers – Avid Sounds (CD) [FSR064]
- Randa & The Soul Kingdom – Not Gonna Let You (7″) [FSR7055]
- Lack of Afro - My Groove, Your Move (CD/LP) [FSRCD0??/FSRLP0??] (release September 7th)
All artist links point to myspace profiles, where some tracks are available as full length previews. All release links point to the corresponding page on Kudosrecords.co.uk where tracks can be previewed.
I’s safe to say that both the Co3B and the Sound Stylistics albums are highly anticipated, as both involve a-grade musicians, and both have previous albums that rank high in my all time favourite modern funk lists (Sound Stylistics being #1). Judging from the previews linked above they will not disappoint, but I have not yet discovered a tune as powerful as ‘Cook It’ in the samples available.
I have not heard of The Impellers before, but according to Kudos’ description they were formerly known as Ed Meme & the Forms. My first impression is that this is another funk/soul stomping band, led by female vocals and raw grooves. With all these upcoming releases Freestyle once again proves itself one of (if not the) biggest players in the field of raw, deep and hard-hitting funk. Freestyle also added Randa & The Soul Kingdom (from Perth, asutralia) to their roster, a band that from the sounds of their first single can be compared to Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings in an uptempo funk breakbeat mood. Their upcoming album will be produced by Lance Ferguson (aka Lanu / Bamboos) and will reveal if they will be able to match up to the sounds of miss Sharon & the Dap-Kings.
On a side note, RecordKicks just recently released an album by Dojo Cuts (feat. Roxie Ray). While I was not blown away by the “the 1-2-3s” single, the album gets praise from some top notch artists/dj’s like Gabriel Roth (Daptone), Lanu (Bamboos/Co3B) & Craig Charles (BBC). You can preview/order it on Kudos or at Recordkicks’ ithinkmusic page. And from the samples on these pages I gather this album is still worthwhile and at times even quite good, although in my book Roxie Ray is not the best vocalist out there.