It's been almost a decade since the previous volume in the legendary Rewind series – but given the quality of the music, it's definitely been worth the wait! This edition may well be the coolest so far – as it really offers up some fresh versions of old school classics from the 60s and 70s – funky remakes of songs by Lyn Collins, Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, James Brown, Turtles, and others – and even some more modern songs from Outkast and Skrillex too. Almost all numbers approach the music in a heavy funk style – sometimes with vocals, sometimes just instrumental – and titles include "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose" by Black Randy, "Party People" by The Echocentrics, "Bang Bang" by The Monophonics, "Rock Your Body" by Shawn Lee, "Date With The Rain" by Frankie Gee, "Planet Caravan" by Brown Sabbath, "Happy Together" by James Combs, "Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites" by Jed & Lucia, "Spill The Wine" by Johnny Frigo, "Apache" by Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band, and "Dreams" by Electric Peanut Butter Company. (Includes download!) ~ Dusty Groove.
"Everybody Knows ... This Is Nowhere" is the second single from the The Bluebeaters new self-titled album on Record Kicks. The track is a Rock Steady scorcher coverup version of Neil Young's classic tune from 1969. Fresh and explosive as only The Bluebeaters can do. Active since 1994 with 4 studio albums for V2 and Universal Music and 2 gold records under the belt, The Bluebeaters landed on Record Kicks with the new heavily acclaimed album "Everybody Knows" in April. The BB are top musicians in love with vintage Jamaican sounds: Ska, Rock Steady, Rhythm & Blues and Soul. Blessed by Ken Booth, during the last 20 years of their career they've headline festivals like Rototom Sun Splash and International Ska Fest in London. Amongst their fans, David Rodigan, Gaz Mayall and the legendary late lamented Lloyd Knibb (The Skatalites).
WERKHA - COLORS OF A RED BRICK RAFT
The first full length set we've heard from Werkha – a talent who's been showing up on some of the Tru Thoughts remixes and compilations of late – definitely strong enough to serve up this full batch of tracks! The credits list the music as "written amongst the quiet pennine places and vibrant city bricks" – and that evocative summation seems to fit pretty well – as there's a poetic recasting of grittier elements in the music – beats that have these crispy, organic qualities, mixed with acoustic lines on guitar that can evoke a dreamy sort of poetry, even when the tracks don't have vocals – often produced with a slight sense of abstraction that can have the music bubbling out of the speakers in really beautiful ways. A few tracks feature lyrics from Alex Rita or Bryony Jarman-Pinto, but most are instrumental – and titles include "City Shuffle", "Houses Of Saffron", "Highwaves", "Border Kite", "A Revolution Blue", "Sidesteppin", and "Flich/Quiver". ~ Dusty Groove