When it comes to new Funk bands coming out there’s plenty to choose from, but when there’s a band with deep Floridian roots in beats and breaks and connected within B-Boy community pressing they’re own vinyl, we take a serious interest in letter the world know about them. One such band that we’ve featured here at Hot Peas & Butta in the past is Florida’s own Fusik , a group that Skeme Richards has actually had the pleasure of sharing the stage with as well as being one of the first DJ’s to play they’re previous 7” and across the globe. Well Fusik is back with their newest slice of Funk goodness “Can’t Let You Go” b/w “Amen Sister” which shows a more mature and polished version of a band headed in the right direction. The A side is a grooving vocal track featuring the bands guitarist Antonio. The flip is a funky instrumental inspired by the The Winstons classic “Amen Brother” (complete with break and perfect for rocking doubles).
Since we’ll be heading out on Friday night to the Exhumed Films / Cinedelphia.com screening of two Bruceploitation classics it’s only right that we finally break out our 36 Styles The Clones of Bruce Lee t-shirt featuring the imagery of Dragon Lee, Bruce Le and Bruce Lai. 36 Styles has an assortment of classic Martial Arts movie themed t-shirts with iconic images from movies including Master of The Flying Guillotine, Born Invincible, Dance of The Drunk Mantis, Hitman In The Hand of Buddha and more. Check them and let us know what you think.
PhilaMoca has really been on a roll with showing some great independent screenings, features and documentaries. Last Friday we went down to check the premier for Eurocrime! which we’ve been waiting to see for quite some time now. And this week, we’re really looking forward to the Bruceploitation double feature being presented by Exhumed Films and Cinedelphia.com. For those not familiar with the term Bruceploitation, it’s basically a genre of Martial Arts films that were released after the passing of Bruce Lee which starred many clones and lookalikes trying to cash in on the Bruce Lee craze. This Friday night’s double feature will show both Enter The Game of Death (1978) and The Return of Bruce (1978). So if your around, we highly recommend you checking it out, it’s not often we get to relive our old Chestnut Street theater days.
The foundation of Hot Peas & Butta has always been built off of Funk & Soul 45s and 70’s Cinema. Blaxploitation, Martial Arts, Spaghetti Westerns and Euro Crime cinema all top our list, so when someone put’s their time and budget behind putting together an amazing documentary covering one of those genres then we’re all in. One such documentary that has been making it’s way and doing screenings is Eurocrime! which stars some of the biggest names in the genre including Fred Williamson, Franco Nero, Henry Silva, Luc Merenda and more. We’ve been hoping that this screening would make it’s way to our area and it looks like this Thursday in Philly that we’ll have the opportunity to finally see it. So if you’re a fan of the genre, do yourself a favor and go see it!
From time to time we have to admit that we catch wind of things a little late, but not so late that we can’t capture the opportunity to present it to you our readers in a timely fashion. Such with this new project and EP Italian Afro Funk band, Funky Mama. Leave it up to our homegirl Jada to always have her hands in something funky that needs to be heard by the world.
As we continue on with our 40th anniversary list of “Blaxploitation” films that came out in 1973 we present to you, The Slams starring football Hall of Famer, Jim Brown. The Slams follows Curtis Hook (Jim Brown) after he is caught by police and put in jail after a heist. While doing his residency, various people are very interested in where he stashed the $1.5 Million he jacked which just happens to be in a location that is set to be demolished so he has to get out of jail to retrieve the loot.
There are only a few Funk 45 labels from the late 90’s that released a sure shot catalog of 7” joints that still command top dollar on the secondary market. The label known as Soul Fire, started in 1999 by Phillip Lehman who produced some of the funkiest modern recordings to be pressed onto 45. Many of the 45’s from the Soul Fire catalog are nearly impossible to find today, and when and if they do show up for sale they fetch top dollar. The label closed it’s doors in 2003 while the studio was passed onto Jeff Silverman & Leon Michaels who then started what today is known as Truth & Soul Records. For those of you that are looking to add, complete or begin your collection of 7”s from the label, this is your lucky day. They will be releasing a special Soul Fire Box Set for Record Store Day consisting of 8 45’s, liner notes from Phillip’s, Soul Fire sticker and packaged in a woven silkscreened collectors box. Limited to 1000 pieces
When you think about some of the beauties that have graced the pages of Playboy you often refer to names like Barbie Benton or Pamela Anderson but one doll that that we hold higher than both is Jennifer Jackson. Jackson (born February 6, 1945) is a model who was chosen as Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the March 1965 issue. Jennifer most notable claim to fame for Playboy is that she was the very first Black Playmate of the month but also worked as a Bunny in the legendary Playboy Club.
Many celebrated musicians have contributed to ‘The Norfolk Sound’, but Lenis Guess was probably the most active, prolific and influential showman of the soulful ‘60s and ‘70s. This collection of unique recordings captures the essence of the multi-talented entertainer, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, band manager and label owner – a calm, cool and collected quintessential music man about town.
Music De Wolfe has probably the largest Library catalog and “Play It Again” in my opinion is by far one of the best on that label. For starters, Jacky Giordano is an absolute genius. Previously I reviewed his monster LP on Freesound called “Philopsis” but this record is a lot funkier and more jazz driven than the previous. I really like how the flutes were recorded on this album, it reminds me of an obscure private Jazz basement recording but with sharper arrangements. The album also has an obvious recording quality difference, with that being said, you can’t help but to notice the feeling of a 70’s cop chase theme or getaway sequence. As usual, Giordano’s drums are top notch! I don’t know how he does it, but the guy always makes them sound nice, loud and crispy. While “Play It Again” is not as known as his other releases such as Pop In Devils Train, Philopsis, Schifters or Timing No. 1, I feel that it is the most accomplished. But hey, as usual don’t listen to me, just peep the sound clip!