It was inevitable that some records got lost in the glut of music releases in the 1960s and 70s. The Internet era is no different; if anyone can produce and distribute music, they will. But thanks to the crate diggers at Numero Group, old sounds sound fresh again. These are the real lost tapes.
In 2005, while making his Saturday morning yard sale rounds around town, collector Blake Oliver stumbled upon a box of curiously marked tapes. At first, Oliver thought he’d found the lost masters from Clem Price and George Beter’s Columbus-based Prix label. But after a cursory listen, he realized that these were not the Prix masters, but rather demos and unreleased tracks from Prix’s Harmonic Sounds studio. Somehow, this was even better. In addition to Eddie Ray’s heart-stopping “Wait A Minute,” here were dozens of examples of what can only be described as “soul blueprints.”
The Peter Franks Group is an instrumental and jazz beat collective from Bournemouth, England. The fresh and crisp flute-driven track ‘Leaving This Place’ is one of the standout tracks off the band’s album Days Past. ‘Inner Most’ is also a moody gem.
“…A real timeless feel to this courtesy of the joint talents of Halsall, Urquhart, Mwamba, Crennell, Maffei and Manners – but the real magic is in the dreamy keyboard work of Peter Franks and his inventive production techniques.”
SpectraSoul is Brighton-based drum n bass duo David Kennett and Jack Stevens. Having released music on the iconic Metalheadz label and dBridge’s Exit Music label, they have gained a reputation for producing deep, beautiful soulful stepping grooves. Their newest track ‘Second Chance’ is no exception.
Mic Mills is an electronic music producer from Adelaide, Australia. ‘Pig of a Man’ is his latest belter to drop on The Globalise LP, out February 7th. If you like the breaks, be sure to check out the deep 12-inch collaboration with Furious Frank as well.
From the fringes of dub music, comes Abu AMA, an electronic producer from West Germany. The ambient textures on the track ‘Kufi Wood Art’ typify the kind of disorientating locked grooves that put you in an experimental place.
While released in August, the music couldn’t be more timely: “dedicated to all the refugees worldwide.”