Backstreet Brit Funk Vol 2 Part 1
Back in 2010 Joey Negro complied the first volume of Back Street Brit Funk: a collection of obscure and forgotten gems of the scene that found favour across the board.
“I thought I had it all when it came to Brit Funk and beyond but then again I hadn't been round Joey Negro's had I. A crucial selection from a world that inspired a whole generation of DJs and bands.” Gilles Peterson
The fact that it’s taken eight years for Volume 2 to see the light of day is a testament to the both the obscurity of the records included, and the logistical challenges involved in digitising what started life as vinyl-only releases, with only a handful of 12”s remaining in some cases.
“I hadn’t planned a Volume 2 of BSBF when putting together the first, but after a while, I started to wonder if there was potential for a follow-up. Over the past 8 years I’ve kept my ears peeled for interesting UK productions that for some reason hadn’t come to my attention before.” Joey Negro
It’s incredible how rare some of the records included on Vol.2 are and how diverse the sounds become. Though well over half the album’s material comes from the likes of Touchdown, Rick Clarke and Savanna which have the classic slapped bass-driven Brit-Funk sound that many will be familiar with, acts like Mercy Mercy, AD 2000 and Veira Crew were releasing a little later in the scene’s evolution, employing drum machines and resulting in more synth-based records. Paul Bailey Sound and Eastbound Expressway were earlier acts, experimenting with the disco sound, whilst ICQ is a classic early 80s UK jazz dance cut that’s never been released beyond the original white/green label.
LP - Part One
A1. Rick Clarke – Potion
A2. Savanna - I Can’t Turn Away
B1. Proton – We’re Funkin’
B2. The Oceans - Pacific Dream
B3. Kandidate - Girls Girls Girls
C1. The Paul Bailey Sound - Take A Walk In The Moonlight
C2. Janet Kay - Eternally Grateful (Unreleased Mix)
D1. Veira Krew - Sexy Lady
D2. Rare Moods - Closer To Your Love
D3. Powerline - Watching You