Thursday, May 17, 2007

Florida Funk: Funk 45s From the Alligator State

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Florida Funk: Funk 45s From the Alligator State
Label: Now Again
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Florida Funk: Funk 45s From the Alligator State
Despite all of our swamps, bugs and crazy people, Florida's musical profile has always been surprisingly sedate. But appearances, as they say, aren't always the same as reality; as crate-diggers continue to discover the regional aberrations in soul, hip-hop and garage rock that bubbled up from various corners of the state, Florida's actually proven to be quite hospitable to brave, weird musicians. This most recent archival collection of long-lost goodness ' compiled, naturally, by a British DJ ' shows off 22 unappreciated funky highlights recorded between 1968 and 1975. The prerequisites for an archival funk expedition are all here: The singles were all small-label pressings that have become impossibly rare, the musicians represented have only been tangentially connected to marginally famous people, and most importantly, the music is devastatingly raw and hard-drivingly soulful. Most of the cuts emanated from the South Florida circles of Henry Stone and TK Records, but the opening salvo ' 'New Generationâ?� by the Universals ' was recorded right here in Orlando and is the impressive disc's most impressive moment.

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