When it comes to musically knowing a local region and all it’s undiscovered gems that it holds, very few people have put forth the effort to preserving it’s rich history. But when it comes to those rare Funk 45′s out of Buffalo there’s one man who reigns supreme with knowledge and that is DJ Scott Down. Trust me, this guy has done more than his homework on unearthing some truly amazing works that are sure to be on your list once his new mix is released. Peep his review of local artist Derrick Erni straight out of the Buffalo archives.
This is apparently the second & last 45 from Derrick Erni released on his own homemade label Derwall out of his hometown of Buffalo, NY sometime in the late 60s. His first was “Come home baby” (ER-1) b/w “I’ve got to know” (ER-2) on Erni Records. This little almost completely unknown double sided gem “All Alone” (ER-3) b/w “Never” (ER-4) is Deep Soul with the power of emotion at its very best. I can literally feel Derrick’s pain dripping off the wax as the Technics 1200 spins his passionate vocals at 45 RPMs. It doesn’t get anymore raw or heartfelt than this this one my friends.
(R.I.P. Derrick Erni) You’re not alone! – Dj Scott Down
Listen to the B-Side after the jump.