Day 3 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of The Steve Reid Foundation.
Prodigious Edinburgh ressiue label Athens of the North continue to be responsible for filling quite a number of 7″‘s boxes over the past few years thanks to their releases of incredibly rare disco, funk and Brazilian heat with no release sparing quality thanks to Euan Fryer’s great ear for records and great negotiating skills.
The latest reissue comes from a relatively unknown mysterious funk outfit Fruit – with a previously unreleased LP that hadn’t seen the light of day for over 30 years bar the 2 songs released in 1978 on what is now a now triple figure EP. Our pick of the bunch, ‘Say It’, which may already be familiar with some readers having been touted by esteemed selectors Floating Points and Sadar Bahar is a jazz-funk jam that hails all the qualities of a dancefloor moment that’ll make you want to hug complete strangers. While it’s easy to be taken away with the impressive keyboard playing and instrumentalism present, it is the song’s structure that shines through which seems to effortlessly transition at all the right places at the right times. The only disappointment, like anything too good, is that ends too quickly.
Download ‘Say It’ from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to The Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by Gilles Peterson that aims to support musicians in dedication to the visionary jazz drummer.
‘Say It’ is taken from Fruit’s eponymous album, reissued by Athen of the North. Grab it from their Bandcamp.