An early nominee for album-package-of-the-year honours, the Exploders' ripping Explode Her One CD, originally recorded and mixed by Rick White way back in 2002, comes housed in a recycled LP jacket with a boffo screenprinted sleeve by visual artist Michael Comeau - and that's just for starters.
Look inside and you find a non-playable vinyl album with its own screenprinted design (!) along with the Exploders disc containing 11 hot and dirty rock 'n' roll anthems.
Just 200 signed and numbered copies of this elaborately wacky collaborative project were made, and they'll be available from Classy Craig Daniels at the opening of Comeau's Excretion Escapades art exhibit at the Magic Pony Gallery (694 Queen West) tonight (Thursday, September 7) between 7 and 11 pm.
The recent reactivation of Gilles Peterson's Brownswood operation got off to slow start with the super-snoozy So Good Today single by Bristol's classically trained answer to Jay Kay, Ben Westbeech, which no amount of tweaking by Osunlade and Domu could salvage. Even less enthralling is the 12-inch by Brooklyn's Elan Mehler Quartet, which should come with a pillow.
Things finally began turning around for Brownswood with the issue of the scorching Pimp Master EP by Japan's flame-throwing Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, which includes their head-turning overhaul of Wives And Lovers.
More promising still is the self-titled debut of the Heritage Orchestra, the 43-piece symphonic soul ensemble led by Chris Wheeler and Jules Buckley, who seem determined to build on the recorded legacy of Charles Stepney and David Axlerod.
They also provide string support on the new album by Kirk Degiorgio's flower-power side project the Beauty Room, which fans of old-school CSNY and Joni Mitchell really need to check. www.theheritageorchestra.com.
Funkin' for Jesus
With the supply of high quality undiscovered deep funk from the 60s and 70s golden era reaching critically low levels, reissue labels have been looking to higher powers for help in assembling new comps.
The Numero Group's prayers have apparently been answered, as their Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal presents 18 charged-up spiritual recordings by little-known acts like the Voices of Conquest, Masonic Wonders, Preacher & the Saints, Apostles of Music and Toronto's own Trevor Dandy(where is he now?), whose Paul Zaza -produced Is There Any Love? is a head-nodding highlight.
Such heavenly breaks and divinely deep grooves are sure to move the saved and sinners alike. Club DJs will be delighted to know that Good God! has also been issued as a double vinyl set. Amen to that! www.numerogroup.com.