Even though the Rapture's highly anticipated Echoes (DFA) album isn't due to be released until August, it's already a top contender for soundtrack of the summer, since their latest angularly funky disco-punk joints are now circulating in cyberspace. There's nothing that approaches the getdown glory of House Of Jealous Lovers, but Echoes is hardly a disappointment. You'll get the idea when the Rapture preview Echoes live at the Opera House Saturday (June 7).
The Carrie Nations, that swinging threesome at the centre of Russ Meyer's salacious music-biz send-up, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, were one of the greatest faux bands ever conceived in Hollywood, but a legal wrangle with original vocalist Lynn Carey prevented their songs from being released - until now. The Harkit Records expanded reissue of the film soundtrack includes all the Carey-sung Carrie Nations classics like Find It, Look On Up At The Bottom and the hilariously dated Come With The Gentle People, straight out of Spinal Tap. Genius.
Inner City heat
Continuing in the funky dance-floor boogie style of its excellent California Soul comp, Ubiquity digs into the vault holdings of George Semper's Inner City Records for more hard-bumpin' 70s grooves on Inner City Sounds (Luv N' Haight). Nine of the album's 13 tracks are unreleased, so anyone who thought Inner City began and ended with the Perfect Circle will be pleasantly surprised to discover little-known gems from Ron and Candy, Funkafreek, In One Peace and United Soul Association. Semper's own Rhythm Kings deliver a knockout instro take on It's Your Thing.
An amazing collection of strangely whirring and blooping electro club foolery called Teutonic Disaster (Gomma) gathers together obscure dance tracks recorded between 77 and 83. The stuff sounds 20 years ahead of its time. Sure, there are some entertaining novelties like the Tanzdiele's Sprockets-esque MusikMusikMusik, but many of these jerky joints could fit seamlessly into a disco-punk set today.