Well here we are just about a week before the Christmas holiday, and I’ve realized that I haven’t even thrown in a Christmas side in. This weekend was a busy one. The gig went well on Saturday night (thanks for the well wishing Andy!) despite the rain that got terribly worse as the night progressed. It always makes me feel good to see people nodding their heads and dancing to bands like Quantic, or even Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. It gives the brainwashed FM radio crowd hope in my eyes. I’m just trying to spread the Funk around y’all, you know what I’m saying? That being said, let’s jump into this festive 45, shall we? Here’s “Stone Soul Christmas” from Binky Griptite on Daptone Records.
For those of you not familiar with Daptone or the Daptone Super Soul Review, this man is an integral part of the entire record company as a whole. Emcee and guitarist Griptite gets the whole party started. As a solo artist or member of the Dap-Kings, the man has energy like a young JB, and the showmanship to go along with it. I know that’s a big comparison, but really, who the hell is doing it like they used to these days? No one. You try saying one of those intros while playing the guitar, doing a myriad of dance steps, or just trying to keep up with Sharon Jones. Binky is equally comfortable as a veteran sideman (Janet Jackson and many others), as a main artist (Binky Griptite & the Mellowmatics), or as a member of a full band (Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings). He is a guy who knows what music should sound like: raw, dirty, gritty and most of all, like it was recorded between 1967 and 1974. Why wouldn’t he record a Christmas song (co-written by himself) in the vain of the old Soul review Holiday records? It just goes to show you that he does his homework, and I for one thank him for it. Think of this as the “Back Door Santa” of our generation. He pays tribute to these artists through his music, and there aren’t a lot of people that can do it, and do it well.
This single is really an extension of this man’s personality. His showmanship and love of true Funk and Soul shine through and while he spreads some holiday cheer on this 7″. If I’m not mistaken, I can definitely hear the drumming of Homer ‘Funkyfoot’ Steinweiss on this track, and if he’s on it, you know you have that back beat that’s needed in a good Funky Soul side. This record is a slow groover, nice and sweet, delivering some yule tide goodies to all the Funk and Soul kiddies. If there is such a thing as a Stone Soul Christmas, I’m getting on a sleigh, hooking up my two dogs, and getting pulled to Bushwick because this sound is where it’s at. See you midweek with some goodies and I promise to have another Christmas treat for you before the big day.