2015 has certainly not been slow getting off the ground in terms of new music to marvel over. January has brought a delectable selection of new sounds across a whole spectrum of different genres that’s been keeping our ears more than occupied this month.
Alongside all these new musical discoveries January has also been an amazing month for reissues. From gospel soul to space disco, we’ve collated some of our reissue highlights from this month which you can explore below.
Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This
Idris Muhammad’s death last year introduced his catalogue to a whole range of new fans who had yet to hear one of jazz-funk’s most creative and innovative artists. Now comes the reissue of arguably his most famous work, ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This‘, which was a staple at David Mancuso’s seminal Loft parties. Originally released in 1977, the track is jazz-funk at its most transcendent as it combines a propulsive baseline, triumphant horns and Hendrix-esque guitar licks to take you on what can only be described as an aural journey. Essential!
Nohelani Cypriano – Lihue
If you picked up Bileo’s ‘You Can Win’ and Leon Kirton’s ‘Something Special’, you probably already know that you can count on The Athens of North imprint to unearth classic sounding, yet ultra rare soul and funk 45s. With the release of Hawaiian singer Nohelani Cypriano’s 1979 track ‘Lihue’, AON have reissued one of their most bizarre and best records yet. The track brings together sensual female vocals, a funky Shep Pettibone-esque bassline, and a chirpy bird call to create a real balearic treat. It’s just the sort of track you can imagine DJ Alfredo spinning on the sandy beaches of Ibiza.
Bjorn Torkse – Nedi Myra
With Lindstrom, Prins Thomas and most notably, Todd Terje, Oslo has played a fundamental role in the development of ‘Space Disco’; a musical genre that is not simply informed by the history of disco records but by a love of all types of music from synth-pop to krautrock, from prog-rock to electro-funk. Yet, whilst he may have not have received the widespread recognition of his Norwegian peers, Bjorn Torske is certainly the The Godfather of ‘Space Disco’. Now comes the reissues of his first two albums, the Media Myra (1998) and Trobbel (2000). Like Terje’s It’s Album Time and Prins Thomas ‘s III, it offers an off kilter, kooky and wholly original interpretation of modern disco. Like his forebearer, Girorgio Moroder and Gino Soccio, who also fused elements of traditional disco with synthesisers, Torkse’s influence on the weirder side of the genre should not be underestimated.
Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
Like the Athens of the North, the label Light In The Attic reissues obscure soul and funk records which should have been bona-fide classics in their day, yet somehow were forgotten. The labels latest release follows this trend with The Supreme Jubilees’s 1979 album It All Be Over. This could be the most delightful gospel-inflected soul record you’ve never heard. Every track is sublime but it’s the unaffected and achingly beautiful title track that’ll leave you revisiting this one. It’s so good, it wouldn’t even sound out of place amongst some of Stax Records most arresting and emotional works.
Chicago – Street Player
You have probably heard a sample of this 1979 proto-funk classic on the likes of Kenny Dope’s Buckethead’s The Bomb! and Gay Marvine ‘s Anxiety In Ecstasy which both strip back the more flamboyant elements of the track to give it a harder danceirr edge. Yet nothing rivals the original for pure dance floor bliss;a 10 minute jazz-funk odyssey which opens with one of the most joyous salvo of triumphant horns ever recorded.