No, the Human Race 's Grey Boy has nothing to do with the West Coast acid jazz geezer of similar name. This is a class hunk of slo-mo Miami instrumental funkiness that would set you back many hundreds of dollars for a crackly VG copy someone had been using as drink coaster. Thankfully, Dis-joint label (www.dis-joint.com) has just released the impossible-to-find Human Race single on its Re-joint subsidiary, with their self-titled theme song on the flip and well-researched notes provided by digger deluxe Dante Carfagna . Now you don't need to shell out for the otherwise lame Dis-jointed comp.
After two years on the down-low, British royals of nu-funk foolery the New Mastersounds are back with a new sound, a new disc and a new label, but hands-on producer/guru Keb Darge is conspicuously absent. It's all there in the album's title, Be Yourself (One Note), on which the more mature Mastersounds stylistically stretch out with some jazz and Latin workouts in addition to the regular funk bashing. Serious funk heads may be shocked and disappointed at the turn.
Imagine if the Shaggs were confrontational Christian zealots and you'll get an idea of the nutty-naive apocalyptic goodness in store on the reissue of the New Creation 's hilarious Troubled disc. The Companion label (www.companionrecords.com) has done a splendid job repackaging the lost garage-gospel artifact by the rhythmically challenged doomsayers so everyone can enjoy their badly off-key admonishments in crystal-clear digital sound.
Junior Myth scientists
Recognizing that Sun Ra was a pioneer in the artistic use of synthesizers, project aliases and DIY records - all of which have become commonplace in club culture - forward-looking artists Theo Parrish , Kirk Degiorgio , Jimi Tenor , Alex Attias and Madlib express their gratitude by updating Arkestra classics (Astro Black, Nuclear War, Saga Of Resistence, etc) for the Dutch Kindred Spirits label's brilliant double-vinyl set, Dedication - The Myth Lives On. Better still are the otherworldly new compositions inspired by Sun Ra contributed by Recloose , King Britt and the Outerzone Band featuring Craig Taborn , Carl Craig and Marshall Allen . Nice one.