The Wright stuff
It's hard to believe that seven years have passed since self-professed vinyl hoarder Ian Wright's first Sister Funk compilation of fantastic female-powered club rockers shook up the collectors scene, and now the deep-digging DJ is back with another choice selection that may be an improvement on the first. Considering the rarity of some of the head-turners on Sister Funk 2 (Jazzman) like Coletta Woodson's entrancing Follow The Wind (even better than the equally obscure Little Eva version!), the Fabulettes' uncharacteristically bluesy, downtempo thumper Muddy Waters and Barbara Howard's off-the-hook I Don't Want Your Love, Wright probably needed the last six years to track down this stuff. Toss in some sussed song-by-song annotation by Jason Stirland along with swank label art and Wrighty clearly has another winner on his hands. www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk.
Unless you happen to be, say, Aretha Franklin or Al Green, it's never advisable to try to remake a classic. That goes for Detroit techno tracks as well. So trying to jazz up Derrick May's finest recorded moment, Rhythim Is Rhythim's magical Strings Of Life (released by Transmat in 1987), sounds like a very bad idea. But actually, the hard-swinging acoustic version of Strings Of Life (Sonar Kollektiv) by Christian Prommer's Drumlesson works remarkably well thanks to a brilliant Latin-style arrangement by Fauna Flash's Prommer, some superb piano and bass contributions from Passport's Roberto Di Gioia and the insistent drumming of Wolfgang Haffner. You'll be hearing this one in the clubs all summer long. www.sonarkollektiv.com.
Freakbeat drummer by night, DJ by early morning, Dom-e has been working tirelessly in France to break down the boundaries separating the soul, funk, psych and prog scenes with his eclectic sets. Recently, he branched out with his own Sausage Records label to reissue the overlooked Gallic groovers he thinks the world (well, at least 500 people with eight euros to burn) should get to know. He's just followed up his super-limited Eden Rose two-sider of Faster And Faster b/w Feeling In The Living with a head-nodding double dip from Guy Pederson and Raymond Guiot's Contrebasses set for the Telemusic sound library, and that's not all. Moddish rockers are gonna go ape for the rousing R&B attack of Lyon's Les Shattels, who hit the target with their take on Sam & Dave's Soul Sister Brown Sugar and the Beatles' Yellow Submarine stomper Hey Bulldog - it's much better than our boys' stab at Don't Let Me Down. Better act fast and grab all three before they're gone for good. www.sausage-records.com.