Review: Both of these tunes are from the early 80s and are somehow previously unreleased. Jay Stovall played with several bands before finally putting together Machine in 1977 at a time when disco soul and R&B were all in a happy and endless state of cross-pollination. That is embodied in 'Get On Out There', a killer bit of disco with nice raw claps cantering way over a strident beat that comes with a mandatory diva vocal. Flip it over and you'll find a much more sentimental and slow motion mood on 'Why', a rueful and reflection love song riding on lo-fi drums with gloriously soaring vocals.
Review: Way back in 1981, husband-and-wife team Manny and Corrine Collier recorded and self-released "I'm Hurting For Your Love", a now ultra-rare slice of disco-boogie that was recently reissued by Cannonball Records. During the licensing process, the Conneticut-based Colliers revealed the existence of a number of unfinished demos. "Cold As Ice", an infectious fusion of elastic slap-bass, boogie grooves, sparkling synth sounds and a great lead vocal from Corrine, was one of those demos. Now tidied up and finished off by the Cannonball Records crew, it appears on this must-have seven-inch in both vocal and instrumental mix forms.
Review: Wonderful soul and funk reissue label Cannonball turn their attention to this hidden gem from Detroit. Unearthed by Peoples Records in the Motor City after sifting through overlooked or plain forgotten music from the area, "Fire Him Hire Me" is a bittersweet, jangly cut about tough job prospects, and it's presented in its raw, straight from the reel-tape demo version on the flipside of this record. Most likely to get the plays in the club though is the "Completed Version", undertaken by the label to bring the music up to a modern standard and give it the wings its demo status never allowed it before.