18 October 2012

VARIOUS: ‘Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis St Paul 1964-1979′ (2012)

Many are the organising priniciples behind the funk and soul compilation – sub-genre, film tie-ins, as-sampled-bys, rarity, country of origin, gender of singer, you can pretty much name it, but my favourite – because it’s yielded most of my all-time favourites – is by U.S. city. The Soul Jazz label managed to pop out not one but three for New Orleans back in the day, as well as covering Miami and Chicago while Funky Delicacies popped out another slew, among them ones representing NY, Detroit and Houston. Some cities’ funk output has even done the rounds in several volumes on several labels – New Orleans being the primary example. The Minneapolis area however…not so much, though judging by the comparatively unknown (outside of collector circles) gems on Twin Cities Funk & Soul, it should have been. Actually, I’ll go further – on the basis of this release – it should be law that every major U.S. city research their funk and soul heritage and release the READ FULL POST @ MONKEYBOXING.COM

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