While trawling through the cut-out bins last week, I came across a boring-looking record by Carlos Niño's Los Angeles-based studio project, Ammoncontact , called Beat Tape Personalities, and because it happened to be on the venerable Soul Jazz label, I gave it a spin. Along with the expected load of uniformly dull instrumental nerd-hop foolery, there was one amazingly raucous astro-spiritual revival meeting getdown of a track tacked on the end, listed as The Stars Are Singing Too (Door Of The Cosmos). Clearly, this wasn't more backpack blather from Ammoncontact, but an errant track recorded back in 2002 by Niño's other project, the 20-strong Build an Ark massive featuring vocals from Dwight Trible of Horace Tapscott's Pan-Afrikan People's Arkestra and hand percussion from the great Derf Reklaw . This is just as essential as 2 Banks of 4 's remix of Build an Ark's take on You've Gotta Have Freedom, but much easier to score this side of Tokyo.
I've heard sob stories from enough poor saps who've been outbid by German vinyl fiend Tobias Kirmayer on eBay to know that the DJ behind the Munich monthly Soul Popcorn party and the Tramp Records reissue label is serious about his rare funk 7s. Some of Kirmayer's better finds are collected on his top-notch Movements (Perfect. Toy) comp, which includes well-known funk scene faves like Wayne Carter 's Hammond heater Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahoo, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid 's Funky In The Hole and Robert Parker 's The Hiccup, along with some discoveries like an alternate version of Cool It from a Guy Morris acetate and an early take on the Latin-funk stormer Todos by Les Nombres . Kirmayer also uses some studio finesse to edit two-parters from Sheila Skipworth , the Randolph Bros. Plus and the Prepositions into dance-floor bombs. Nice one.
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The closest James Brown ever came to hiring a female counterpart for his stellar revue was Vicki Anderson , who had the gutsy shouting power to match the Godfather bellow for squeal. Although Anderson was probably best known for her answer songs to Super Bad (Super Good) and Mother Popcorn (I Got A Mother For You), she cut some other amazing singles for King, Tuff, Deluxe, New Breed, People, Brownstone and Identify between 1966 and 75, the best of which are collected on Soul Brother 's Mother Popcorn: The Vicki Anderson Anthology. One minor quibble with the track selection is that they left off Sound Funky, the brilliantly orchestrated instrumental flip of I'm Too Tough For Mr. Big Stuff - one of the great overlooked James Brown-related tracks of the early 70s.
Hard-hustling Jazz Café programmer and deep-digging club DJ Adrian Gibson has evidently been spending his rare free moments readying a new 7-inch singles series for his Freestyle label. First up is Afrofunk charger No Rest For The Wicked by B.D.M . (which is far less embarrassing than calling yourself Big Daddy Moochin' ), followed by the scorching Tremendo Boogaloo by 10-piece UK Latin-jazz combo Manteca , led by Candela 's Colombian ringer, Martha Acosta . Both are well worth scooping.