It seemed like a prank when my personal stylist insisted that someone in a purple Zorro mask dropped off a CD labelled N.E.W.S. for me. But the more I listen to Prince 's jazzy new instrumental disc, North East West South (NPG), the more the four 14-minute-long Rhodes-enriched jams - free of the allegorical gibberish and pointless proselytizing that marred his recent work - sound like they were recorded and released on the down low with this weekly feature in mind. How very thoughtful.
Motor City burners
Contrary to popular belief, when Motown's Berry Gordy Jr. closed up shop in Detroit and moved to Los Angeles, the soul of the Motor City didn't go with him. Some of it just moved across town to Armen Boladian 's Westbound operation. The party-rockin' Westbound Funk (BGP/Ace) comp spotlights the best of the label's lesser-known head-nodders, from Bobby Franklin's Insanity , Silky Vincent , Donald Austin , Jackie Harris , Mighty Elegant and Billy Wooten 's fabulous 19th Whole to the little-known Boots project of P-Funk bass boss Bootsy Collins . Awesome.
Hardcore DC clearinghouse Dischord is better known for producing mosh-pit motivation than dance club commotion, but Q and Not U 's totally wired Book Of Flags CD single could change that perception. The members of the Rapture might want to grab a copy each and check out Gang of Four -style joint X-Polynation to find out how to get that early-80s punk-funk groove down.
Put schooled Brit sound library session stars John Cameron , Alan Parker , Harold McNair , Herbie Flowers and Tony Carr in a studio to create an appropriately eerie score for Psychomania - a bizarre satanistic biker gore-fest - and what you get is one seriously sinister Mohawks -type funk-for-all. The kind souls at Trunk have reissued the complete soundtrack to the delight of living dead flick fans and demented DJs everywhere. Scary good.