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Backstreet Brit Funk Vol.2 Compiled By Joey Negro

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Follow up to the amazing "Backstreet Brit Funk". Volume 2 has been eight years in the making and continues to showcase the best of the genre from the late 70s to early 80s, compiled once again by Joey Negro. Perhaps one of the UK’s most under-appreciated genres and emerging in the late 70’s; it takes influences from jazz, funk, reggae and pop and by the early 80s it had spread all over the UK. Chart-topping mainstream bands like Wham!, Spandau Ballet and Haircut 100 tapped into the style and sound to help launch their careers, whilst Linx, Level 42, Light of The World, The Cool Notes and Hi Tension were all Brit Funk acts who troubled the UK top 40 with their own singles.

Brit Funk was essentially the UK’s answer to underground disco & boogie , with musicians at first imitating and eventually developing the sounds they heard on the US imports that made it across the pond. And like disco, the Brit Funk scene was significant in reducing racial boundaries in the clubs and raising the profile of black and white musicians who worked together. 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. 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 digitizing 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.


Matt says: We've had 'nuff resurgences in disco, Italo and boogie thus far, but no-one's really popped the lid off the whole Brit Funk cannon. Save for that wonderful "In The Red" comp on Chuwanaga (and Volume 1 of this series of course) the scene has gone relatively 'Un-comp'ed'... until now! Maestro Joey Negro can always be relied upon to present to us the first sift off the crop. Here showing us the dizzying delights of this very British operation... High energy, high musicianship - high vibe! I used to roller-skate to this shit!! ;)


CD One
1. Savanna - I Can’t Turn Away
2. Rick Clarke – Potion
3. The Antilles - I've Got To Have You
4. The Hudsons - Show Me You Care
5. Paradise - Stop And Think
6. Index - Starlight
7. The Oceans - Pacific Dream
8. Powerline - Watching You
9. Janet Kay - Eternally Grateful (Unreleased Dub Mix)
10. Veira Krew - Sexy Lady
11. AD 2000 – Love Time Machine
12. Mercy Mercy – What Are We Gonna Do About It?

CD Two
1. Touchdown - Ease Your Mind
2. Caché - Jazzin' And Cruisin'
3. Congress – You Gotta Get It (Unreleased Edit)
4. Rare Moods - Closer To Your Love
5. Kandidate – Girls Girls Girls
6. Paul Bailey Sound - Take A Walk In The Moonlight
7. Eastbound Expressway - Never Let Go
8. Proton - We’re Funkin’
9. Ritual - Non Stop Boogie
10. Cloud - All Night Long
11. Brazelia - Brazelia
12. I.C.Q - Final Approac

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

LP - Part Two
A1. Caché - Jazzin' And Cruisin'
A2. Congress - You Gotta Get It
A3. The Hudsons - Show Me You Care
B1. The Antilles - I've Got To Have You
B2. Index - Starlight
C1. Cloud - All Night Long
C2. Touchdown - Ease Your Mind
D1. AD 2000 - Love Time Machine
D2. Paradise - Stop And Think
D3. Ritual – Non-Stop Boogie

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