Anyone trying to keep up with the ruckus-raising disco punk joints coming out of New York and London right now knows it ain't easy, so thank your lucky stars there's a new third volume of the Sonic Mook Experiment series collecting all the "Hot Shit" you want right now. In this case, the sexy-fine dance-floor damage comes courtesy of next big things Pink Grease , Erase Errata , Whitey , Chrome Hoof , !!! , Queens of Noize , Yeah Yeah Yeahs , Part Chimp , Groop , Klang , Radio 4 and others. A full-on Rent Boys Inc. revival can't be far off.
While his London neighbours sleep, UK record dealer Gerald "Jazzman" Short is calling up phone numbers printed on the labels of 35-year-old indie funk singles, hoping to make a connection. Judging by his excellent Texas Funk ( Jazzman ) comp, his ruthless pursuit of vintage booty-bumpin' obscurities is paying off. The pick of the bunch, Funky Chick, by Longview high school students known collectively as the Majestics Two-Toned Funk Company , gets the honour of 7-inch release on his Funk 45 subsidiary, backed with the thumping Coming On from their prized Morsound single. Also out on Short's Jazzman imprint is a seriously swinging double-sider from Brit jazzer Gordon Beck , who gets busy on the aptly titled Taking Care Of Business and The Hustler.
It was a sad loss when the Big Daddy - the UK's leading journal of beat head science - went the way of the alarm clock pendant. The glossier Grand Slam Magazine is proving to be a disappointing replacement, but at least it's maintaining the high standard of giveaway compilation discs. One-On Volume 2, which comes glued to the currently available second issue, starts hard with Scorzayzee 's off-the-hook indictment of his homeland, Great Britain, and keeps pace with a thrilling taste of Madlib and MF Doom 's MadVillain project in Money Folder, Charles Mintz 's brew-hoisting women's lib rejoinder Give The Man A Break and Ebony Rhythm Band 's psych-funk marvel Soul Heart Transplant. You've got your $13 worth right there, playa.