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Willi J & Co. / Rare Function

Boogie With Your Baby / Disco Function

    Two rare and mystery-shrouded party-in-the-house sides from 1976. Willi J Coe’s Cleethorpes anthem ‘Boogie With Your Baby’ was a no-hit wonder that goes for around £100 if you can find a copy on the original shortlived Ki Ki label.
    Produced by Willie J Key and arranged by Bob Holmes (Joe Tex / Freddie North / Slim Harpo) it’s a slice of funky party disco. A proper floorshaker. V Rare Function’s ‘Disco Function’ was originally on Soul Unlimited in 1976 and fetches around £50 a copy these days.
    Sampled by Luke Vibert in more recent times, it’s a brass-stabbed party anthem with a nod to Kool And The Gang when they were funky.


    Willi J & Co. - Boogie With Your Baby
    Rare Function - Disco Function



      Function’s long career has seen him uncover a vast range of sonic identities, a mainstay through house, techno and industrial with collaborations with the likes of Regis, Damon Wild alongside his highly influential Infrastructure imprint. With influences deeply tied to pop art, rave and gay scenes, and early memories of block-parties emitting Kraftwerk and Strafe, he found himself seeking out the undercover illegal nights of the 90s on a quest of sexual unearthing, mixing the ever-yearning escapology mission of disco with the influential DJ sets of Jeff Mills.

      For his new album "Existenz", he marks a clear step away from the corporeal techno of his recent releases. Pivoting around themes of religion, sexuality, trauma and healing, it is a work expansive and celebratory, a clear liberation from a deeply internalized past. Formed from a collection of recordings made in a period from late 2016 to mid 2019, "Existenz" takes the form of a creative outburst in reaction to a number of traumas - recent, childhood and throughout Function’s life. Life partner Stefanie Parnow assisted the production process in its entirety, providing inspiration, spiritual healing and featuring vocal contributions.

      Cosmic synths soar and swoop in "Pleasure Discipline" through towering stacks of rhythm that stutter and creak to a halt before rebooting, a firm robotic response to human intervention. "Zahlensender" reflects a spatial tetris of urban life, as digitalization set within an XYZ matrix confronts the sprawling city. Constant arpeggiated meditations echo synaptic transmissions, a dissolution of boundaries. "The Approach’" recalls the unification of the self, a state of delirium non-subjective and smooth, as all connections and functions give way to simple intensities of feeling, crossing the threshold into spirituality. "Golden Dawn", featuring Stefanie Parnow, marks a further elevation of dubbed-out euphoria, as once more positive rays emerge. His ode to the effortless short-trip urban navigation "Kurzstrecke" finds Function in motion, upfront and bold, snapshots of conversation and flickers of light. "Ertrinken" finds metallic bass jabs swamping snipped synthetic voices, with hidden stores of emotion set as a nod to the history of vocoders as a tool for encrypted military communication. House icon Robert Owens features on "Growth Cycle" and "Be", entrenching a celebratory atmosphere over Function's clubwise leanings. Closing track "Downtown 161" reflects the unmistakeable filtered and squashed interjections of television, and sampled dance vocals - a sound for the curious, dreamers and dancers.

      With "Existenz", Function reveals an essential body of work, spread over 4LP - thought experiments on the role of identity and spirituality after a lifetime of upheaval and trauma. Leading up until the release date, Function will undertake an album promo tour with select dates - A/V shows at Berlin Atonal and Rural festival in Japan, and three dates as part of his Bassiani residency. 


      A1 Sagittarius A (Right Ascension) 05:15
      A2 Pleasure Discipline 05:57
      A3 Ertrinken 05:38
      B1 Growth Cycle (featuring Robert Owens) 05:52
      B2 Zahlensender 08:04
      B3 The Approach 03:27
      C1 Nylon Mood 06:26
      C2 Alphabet City 05:43
      C3 Don't Ask, Don't Tell 06:10
      D1 No Entiendes 06:56
      D2 Kurzstrecke 06:43
      D3 Golden Dawn (featuring Stefanie Parnow) 07:14
      E1 Interdimensional Interferenc 05:58
      E2 Distant Paradise 08:05
      F1 Be (featuring Robert Owens) 04:50
      F2 Vampir 06:29
      G Downtown 161 11:38

      Various Artists

      Additive Noise Function: Formative UK, European And American Electronica 1978-1984

        Following the success of the 4CD compilations looking at early electronica in the UK (“Close To The Noise Floor”), Europe (“Noise Reduction System”) and North America (“Third Noise Principle”) 4AD present a 3LP compendium of hand-picked highlights. Including legendary names such as Conny Plank and Holger Czukay (Les Vampyrettes), D.A.F., Bourbonese Qualk, The Legendary Pink Dots, Front 242, Carlos Peron, The Residents, Rhythm And Noise, Richard Bone and Tuxedomoon alongside cult favourites and previously overlooked nuggets, “Additive Noise Function” takes in dancefloor fillers, inner space explorations and everything in between as it journeys over five thousand miles in search of the perfect drum pattern. Previous CD editions have been critically praised around the world, and acclaimed for their historical significance as well as the diverse, futuristic and ground-breaking music contained within. Demand for a vinyl overview has been continuous, and we proudly present thirty-two must-hear, must-have tunes showcasing the other side of the post-punk revolution. For fans of house and techno, breaks, future funk, ambient soundscapes, IDM and concrète collages.


        Side One
        1. The Single Off The Album – Five Times Of Dust
        2. Sedation – O Yuki Conjugate
        3. Faith – Nagamatzu
        4. Back To The Beginning – Spoon Fazer
        5. Western Vein – Konstruktivist

        Side Two
        1. Tight As A Drum – Thomas Leer
        2. God With Us – Bourbonese Qualk
        3. Go For The Throat – Portion Control
        4. God Speed – The Legendary Pink Dots
        5. Dying Inside – Renaldo And The Loaf

        Side Three
        1. Party Talk – André De Koning
        2. Ich Will – D.A.F.
        3. Impersonator – Carlos Person
        4. Son – Minny Pops
        5. Principles – Front 242
        6. Ohnne Titel – E.M.A.K.

        Side Four
        1. Biomutanten – Les Vampyrettes
        2. Hymne Au Ver – Bene Gesserit
        3. Troglodyten – Asmus Tietchens
        4. More Fun With Korg – Plus Instruments
        5. Lux – Schaltkreis Wassermann

        Side Five
        1. Push Me, Pull You (Pt 2) – Futurisk
        2. Creators – Data-Bank-A
        3. Archie’s Dub – K. Leimer
        4. Current Slaughter – Rhythm And Noise
        5. Lowdown – Galen Herod
        6. Be Good – Blackhouse

        Side Six
        1. Mambopolis – Richard Bone
        2. 99 Space Music – The Residents
        3. Oleo Strut – Marc Barreca
        4. Nite And Day (Homage À Cole Porter) – Tuxedo Moon
        5. Simulation-Stimulation (Edit) – Hunting Lodge

        Heroic Dose is the 2nd album from Leeds' These Monsters and the follow up to 2010's Call Me Dragon. Now a three piece following their saxophonist’s move to China their sound has evolved from freaked out riff-driven space prog force to a more grimy aggressive speed fueled punk; the 6 minute, principally instrumental slabs of Sabbathesque riffage replaced with songs barely half that length that have more in common with other bands from the Leeds scene from which they emerged such as Pulled Apart By Horses and Hawk Eyes.


        1. Very Strong Very Clever
        2. When The Going Gets Weird
        3. Harder And Faster
        4. Punk Floyd
        5. Live Some
        6. Same Sex Scene
        7. One Of Those Creeps
        8. Your Mother’s Lover
        9. Survivalists Get All The Girls
        10. Heroic Dose

        On Histories Of Rosenberg

        On Histories Of Rosenberg EP

        On Histories of Rosenberg can swell from a shimmering hush to full cinematic bloom in a matter of seconds, before arcing off on some other fractured, razor-edged tangent. Having recently changed their name from previous incarnation Caesura this new and exciting entity release their debut self-titled EP on Function Records. The record comes laden with cascading guitar lines and enveloping piano, set against an explosive rhythm section and richly harmonic vocal lines, conveying a deep, surreal and sometimes starkly honest lyricism.

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