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Next up in the ace Queen Constance reissue series is the mighty 'Roller Rink Funk' by Shift, a killer from the archive, boasting the most apt of names.
Another class act from the plethora of uptown groups that were associated with Queen Constance and her orbiting planets, Shift was possibly yet another 'studio' group put together for this one time release. The co-production nous and involvement of long-time associate Bernard Thomas lends these cuts some serious B-boy credentials. Thomas was involved in a lot of the P&P era early rap material, as well as working with BDP and lending his skills to releases on the cult rap label Zakia too. Needless to say, this particular release is that magic funky frisson between disco, funk and the earliest stirrings of hip-hop, an especially rich vein of music. As the title suggests this one is meant to be heard at the roller rink, the syncopated rhythms mimicking the skaters movements and repetitions. As with any good roller-skating funk record (there are many!) it doesn't take long for you to want to hit the dance-floor, whether it's to skate or to simply get down. An often tricky record to find in its OG state, commanding 'collectors' prices, 'Roller Rink Funk' is back on the block for all the disco freaks for 2018.
Patrick says: High octane roller rink tackle here from the archives of P&P relation Land of Hits. As you'd expect we get those Lofty cosmic synths, though this time riding a rambunctious funk rhythm tailor made for the shimmer of the rink. I;d imagine Moodymann used to rollerskate to this shit...
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