Last year Emotional Rescue cast some light on Konduko, a Miami-based imprint run by musician and producer Noel Williams during the 70s and 80s, with a run of reissues from Williams under his acclaimed King Sporty alias.
Label boss Chuggy continued that lineage this year with another trilogy of Konduko releases, this time focusing on Williams’ solo recordings under his given name. Following the release of ‘Street Talk’ and ‘Shoot It From The Hip’, the reissue series reaches its climax with ‘Music Street’, which originally came out via Konduko’s sister imprint Tashamba.
Written with his wife and partner Betty Wright, the track communicates a story of Downtown life, realised through Williams’ own brand of electro — that mixes programmed bass lines and fuzzy vocoder with catchy pop hooks and boogie swing. As always Emotional Rescue enlist a contemporary to put their own spin on the release, and this time its in the hands of Philly collective Universal Cave – Brian Cassidy, Shawn Ryan and Ryan Todd – who add a subtle touch to the original, retaining Williams’ original electro magic.
Music Street is out now on Emotional Rescue – grab your copy.