Review: If you're a talented soul vocalist who wants an authentically fuzzy late 1960s sound, you could do worse than join forces with Timmion Records' in-house backing band, Cold Diamond & Mink. They're in fine form here providing admirable backing to rising star Carlton Jumel Smith. "Love Our Love Affair" is undeniably attractive, with Smith's confident and emotion-rich vocal rising above the band's hazy horns, languid trumpet solos, sun-bright guitar licks and lolloping, hip-hop style funk-soul beats. As is customary, the band's tidy instrumental version can be found - and enjoyed - on the flip.
Review: Way back in 1970, People In The News released their sole single on Knap Town, a tiny label based in Indiana. Original copies of that funk "45" are notoriously hard to find, thanks in no small part to the quality of both cuts. Step forward Athens Of The North boss Euan Fryer, who has secured the rights to reissue the single for the first time. A-side "Color Me" is the real bomb: a down-low chunk of mid-tempo funk with politically charged group vocals, rasping guitar licks and hip-hop style drum breaks. Over on side B, "Misty Shade Of Pink" is the kind of rock solid instrumental funk workout you'd expect to hear from the Meters.
Spirit Of Love (feat Vanessa Freeman & Mike Patto - 45 version) (4:22)
My Dream Came True (feat Leon King - Ryuhei The Man 45 edit) (4:45)
Review: Kenichi Ikeda's Root Soul project has been trucking for over 10 years, commanding serious respect among disco and funk diggers for seriously tasteful productions, edits and more besides. He originally released "Spirit Of Love" back in 2007, and it's been in high demand ever since. With Vanessa Freeman and Mike Patto's incredible vocals and Ikeda's bold, uplifting and funkified production, it's the perfect acid jazz concoction, and highly worthy of a repress. "My Dream Came True" originally appeared on Root Soul's self-titled 2009 album, and now the Leon King-voiced jam gets the re-edit treatment from Ryuhei The Man, who gives it a tasteful nudge while retaining the funky core of the track.