The brief hiatus is over, and we're back with more of the raw! A change of jobs for me was the reason for the lack of recent posts.....but now I'm back with some more vinyl treats for the wax-addicted amongst you. A change of employment doesn't mean we haven't been out on the strength diggin hard. Far from it, the beats have been coming in thick and fast lately, so we have some hell-a-dope material to bring you in the very near future. So pull up your chair, get comfy, and let's get cold break ill with the drummer ....HIT ME!
DUKE WILLIAMS & THE EXTREMES - Chinese Chicken (Capricorn 1973)
A personal fave of mine, this funky instrumental rock classic builds up the momentum throughout the track, and then hits you with a funky guitar lick and head-nod drum break about two-thirds of the way through. Perfect for b-boys, b-girls and for the DJ to rock 2 copies bronx style. Released in 73 from the bizzarrely entitled "Monkey In A Silk Suit Is Still A Monkey" album, and most famously used by MC PEACHES on her 1988 twelve release of "Treat Her Like a Lady" on Bumrush records, produced by First Priority's very own King of Chill.
ATOMIC ROOSTER - The Rock (B&C 1971)
A real funky and sleazy joint here from the excellent English prog rock outfit formed by ex-Crazy World of Arthur Brown members, Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer in 1969. One of their only hit singles came in 1971 with "The Devil's Answer "which reached number 4 in the UK charts, but here we are gonna feature the flipside track called "The Rock" which I think was flipped recently by a Hip Hop artist (Buck 65 ). I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!
THE TREMELOES - Instant Whip (CBS 1969)
Not your usual TREMELOES stuff this so don't breeze past this one 'cuz you will be missing out. From the word GO the drums are hard-hitting on this joint, with psych guitar and freaky screams laced over the top. And a dash of Fender Rhodes maybe? And when the drum break drops after a minute or so, the drummer (Dave Munden) cold gets busy hitting them skins with some funky ass loops and drum rolls, with the screams and whoops still evident in the background and adding to the mood! Incidentally, Munden was born in Dagenham in the UK, only one mile from the DAILY DIGGERS HQ. So if you are reading this Dave, keep getting funky YO! Enjoy...
PEACHES & HERB - Satisy My Hunger (Date 196?)
Now if this doesn't satisfy YOUR hunger for a funky drum break then I honestly don't know what will! This seems at first to be a real nice uptempo soul track with great strings and surging horns....but brace yourself because this piece of fantastic plastic is gonna rock your drum break world after about 1.34 mins with some dope drums, followed by a drums and bass riff. Again another record on heavy rotation in the DAILY DIGGERS lab!
JAMES GANG - Funk 49 (Probe 1970)
My copy of this is slightly crusty but I'm sure you will still be able to appreciate this mean sounding rock joint. For some reason it reminds me of "Footloose" in some parts of the guitar riff ...LOL... but the drums on this little seven inch are superb and are definitely b-boy and b-girl friendly. This isn't an original 45 here, but I'm sure the hard diggin' cats amongst you will dig out an OG somewhere before I do. Remember where you heard it first!