Reviews – October 2005

1984 “There’s A Wrinkle In Our Time” (Tramp)

Tramp Records is the brainchild of DJ and funk 45 collector Tobias Kirsmayer and on this latest release Tobias has done what he does best – digging deeper and deeper into as yet untouched archives to unearth worldly funk treasures for us all to enjoy. Well, this latest release is going to cause quite a stir as it remains relatively unknown within collector circles, so we’re reliably informed. Originating in Philadelpia and poorly distributed when first released, “There’s A Wrinkle In Our Time” faded quickly into relative obscurity. Opening with a mad “10, 9, 8 …” countdown, we are then treated to a heavy drums and bass garage-style workout with sparse wah-wah guitar and a 60’s-style protest vocal. The flip “Theme” is a new track, seeing the light of day for the first time – you get an uptempo, bass heavy rug-cutter with plenty of conga percussion that takes off at 100mph and doesn’t let up. Add into this a fantastic drums and percussion breakdown in the middle of the track and you’ll wonder why this gem remained hidden away for so long!

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The Giallos Flame “Crime In The City” / Outpost 31 “Lone Wolf” (Meifumado)

This story begins on the Vinyl Vulture ‘Snippets’ forum when Ron Graham, aka Giallos Flame, posted up soundclips of some of his latest recordings. These were enjoyed by Dan of Meifumado Records who, quick as a flash, contacted Ron in order to discuss the release of his material. Although credited to two different artists, both tracks on this 45 were produced by Ron’s fair hands, issued under different pseudonyms in order to perhaps best demonstrate the musical diversity being generated in his Durham bedroom. “Crime In The City” is an homage to Italian Prog and Italian movie soundtracks, the result being a lo-fi soundclash of Goblin and tight, punchy downtempo beats. Wierd, wonderful and somewhat infectious music that makes you wonder if this was really recorded in 1972 and not as recent as last year… Over on the flip, “Lone Wolf” draws on more UK based influences, sounding like a long-lost Music De Wolfe recording session. Dan from Meifumado tells us that the influences for the Outpost 31 sessions include “Alan Tew and Telemusic” – how very true, but this track has a broader appeal that to just serious library-heads. We’ve heard that a 6-track EP from Outpost 31 is in the pipeline, so watch this space!

Blak Twang “Travellin” (Bad Magic)

Taken from the album “The Rotton Club”, Twang returns with a thumpin’ mix of hip hop raps and sazzy reggae beats and bass. The rhyme is very much in the style of ATCQ’s “World Tour” with Twang tongue- twisting his way through a lyrical postcard that name-checks just about every country in which hip hop is recognised (but begins and ends in Lewisham!). On this 12″ you get a First Man remix that drops the tempo to R’n’B jiggy-speed and adds a female vocal to the chorus. Personally speaking, the drop in tempo doesn’t suit Twang’s delivery, so we’ll be sticking to the original mix.