This ΔY Funk Collection focuses on rare disco edits. Stuff no one knows but should know! Listen and read on to find out why.
Ron Basejam – Aragoner (2016)
This funky track I found on the Bandcamp page from Ron Basejam. It was featured on an album of his called ‘Ron’s unreleased edits & re-works‘. It’s absolutely stunning work and I strongly hope everyone finds out about it! The track name is quite interesting, it could be a short version of the sentence ‘Are a goner‘, it could refer to Aragorn, the leading knight from the Lord of the Rings saga or it could refer to the region ‘Aragon‘ in Nothern Spain. Who knows except for Ron himself?
Fela Kuti – Roforofo Fight (Soulmotion DJ Edit) (2012)
Soulmotion is a Belgian DJ with a decent amount of good edits in his pocket! I especially like this edit of the 1972 track ‘Roforofo Fight’ by Fela Kuti. According to Wikipedia, Fela Kuti was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist, and political maverick. Fela was a big fan of the trumpet and that you can hear in many of his tracks. Fela was a national hero in his home country, at 1997 he died by the implications of AIDS and about more than one million people attended his funeral.
Con Funk Shun – Confunkshunizeya (Charlie Beale Regrooved Edit) (2017)
You got to love the names bands in the 70s had. Con Funk Shun was an American R&B/Funk band active in the late 70s and 80s. Chalie Beale did an excellent regrooved edit of the 1977 track ‘Confunkshunizeya’. Listen and judge for yourself.
The Spinners – It’s a Shame (Groove Supplier Edit) (2015)
Groove Supplier is another DJ making great edits! Also, you’ve got to love the Spinners. Tracks like ‘I’ll be around‘ were massive hits on the famous SoulTrain shows in the early 70s. I especially like this track because it has a very catchy upbeat groove which makes it hard to stand still.
James Brown – I Need Help (Serge Gamesbourg _No Omega_ Rework) (2016)
This rework is an ode to the great Godfather of Soul. The rework was inspired by the track ‘Eric B. & Rakim – No Omega‘. Eric B. & Rakim were a successful Hip Hop duo, active during 1986–1993. Rakim, the MC, was known for deviating from the normal ‘schoolyard’ raps, which relied on improvisation, going to a more complex and writerly style. Rakim was basically at the cradle of Gangsta Rap as we know it today. In this specific ‘No Omega’ track, the James Brown song ‘I Need Help’ got sampled. Serge Gamesbourg did a pretty clever rework combining the newer Hip Hop version with the original vocals of James Brown. Banger!