If masterminding the Spirt Of Atlanta 's pre-disco dance-floor bomb The Burning Of Atlanta (Buddah) in 73 wasn't enough to secure Tommy Stewart a place in the funk hall of fame, his self-titled solo debut three years later should qualify him. And as you can hear on the fab Ubiquity/Luv N' Haight label reissue of the album, Stewart is worthy of the honour just for coming up with massive club killer Bump And Hustle Music. Hilariously enough, the monumental jam was thrown together as an afterthought while the studio musicians were packing away their instruments. "It was the one song we expected to do the least well," says Stewart. Genius.
U.F.O. vs James Brown?
It takes more than a bit of cheek to even consider remixing a James Brown track, but Tokyo's fearless United Future Organization are up for the challenge - at least that's who's rumoured to be behind the mysterious yellow-label 12-inch called JB - The Ultimate Mixes. The stabs at Funky Drummer and Get On The Good Foot are a waste of time, but the surging Latin overhaul of (Give It Up) Turn It Loose is astonishingly effective. Somehow the complete reconstruction just works, as you'll undoubtedly discover once local DJs start dropping it with obsessive regularity.
Just when it looked like the UK Ace crew were running out of quality funk obscurities worth reissuing, they deliver the jarringly great Funk Soul Sisters ( BGP ) comp, boasting 20 cookin' sistafunk joints - not a duff one in the bunch. Admittedly, artists like Lynn Varnado , Betty Barney , Rene Bailey , Vera Hamilton and Valorie Keys aren't exactly household names, but this is nevertheless an awesome set of heavy-steppers. Watch for BGP to put out a live Latin-funk set from the Pazant Brothers - recorded at New York's Museum of Modern Art!
What? You've never heard of the 73 kung-fu cinema classic Thunderfist? Well, neither had I, but thanks to the Artisan Releasing Corporation we can all enjoy the film's funky fresh score performed by the Lamont Johnson Quintet - featuring Blue Note jazz heavyweight Blue Mitchell - on one side of the swank Thunderfist EP. On the flip, there are six hilariously thwack-happy promo spots that you can use to wax the competition at the next DJ battle for neighbourhood supremacy.