Here is a record that I have been sitting on for a while. When I got my hands on it, at first I was a bit suspect, but then I started to get intrigued before even putting the needle on the record. It was one of those records that at first glance could go either way. It could be this tepid terd with “Funk”in the group name, or a really great record. It turned out to be the latter. Someone else’s junk is my treasure, and Funk Factory with “Rien Ne Va Plus” on ATCO Records from 1975 is a dusty gem.
Funk Factory is Funk Fusion band that was headed up by Polish music legends Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak, plus a heavy dose of American studio musicians. These included drummers like Steve Gadd and Gerald Brown, who both kept up the beat throughout the record on different tracks. Along with these American players, there were even more European cats, who meshed perfectly with their American Funk brothers and sisters. Throughout the whole record, there is a great fusion of Funk, Soul, and even a hint of some psychedelic sounds, as the keyboards are for lack of a better word “trippy”. This track is the shining star, as you might notice that the Dust Brothers pretty much killed it when they used this on the Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique record. This track was sampled on “Car Thief”. On the whole, the record is definitely a keeper, with all sorts of great samples to be picked clean, and this side just oozes a fat joint, a bottle of wine, and some headphones. Keep Diggin’.