Here’s something for all the crate diggers, beat heads, and library geeks out there. That’s no diss, Flea Market Funk is all of the above. The good folks over at Tummy Touch have a special treat for all os us. They stumbled upon two copies of very rare KPM 1000 series LPs entitled Bass Guitar And Percussion Volumes 1 & 2. These two records feature the rhythm section of bassist Herbie Flowers and drummer Barry Morgan. If these two names don’t ring a bell, they should. These two are giants in the British session world as well library records. Flowers’ bassline has been heard on tracks from Bowie, and most notably on Lou reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”. Barry Morgan has played with Bowie, Elton John and a myriad of others. These guys laid a solid backbone for good and funky music coming out of Britain. The original KPM recordings had drums and bass panned to either side, with light percussion panned to the opposite side. They were sparsely recorded, so they set out to bring out the recordings to a their proper, logical conclusion some 40 years later. How on earth do they do that? This is KPM for Christ’s sake! They got two heavyweights, Shawn Lee and Tim “Love” Lee to beef up these one minute tracks with missing drum parts, space like synths, percussion, organ madness, fuzzy guitars, banjos, vibes, xylophone, and more. Split into two different sessions, Shawn Lee recorded his portion his London studio New York Trouble with French engineer Pierre Duplan, one half of the outfit the Kramford Look. He enlisted Dominic Glover on trumpet and Andy Ross on flute and sax. Tim “Love” Lee added his signature synthesizer mayhem for Electric Progression in his Brooklyn, NY studio All Bright Electric.
Shawn Lee tackles his portion of these library recordings with fervor and adds an eclectic mix of instrumentation to them. The wacky opening “Barnyard Bam Bam” smells of classic cinema licks, while “Heavy Stakeout” could easily be in any 70’s detective series ever made. “Street Freedom” reeks of a soft drink Funk commercial, while “Nightly Visits” could’ve been a back drop for Night Stalker. Pick an episode. “Hustle Don’t Hate” is a psyched out, drum filled gem, that is easily our favorite track from Lee’s set. “Cool Not Cold” is the riff Jack White wanted to use in ‘Seven Nation Army” before he knew it, and the tune needs to be in movies pronto. All in all, Lee does what he does best, makes solid, cinematic music. His set does not disappoint in the least.
Tim “Love” Lee’s set is filled with kung fu anthems (“Hong Kong Hang” and “Zen Furious”), along with a Kubrick space number “Straight To Bed”, that elicits some spiritual groove to sleep. “Manhattan Moonrise” has this smoky, atmospheric feel to it and the final track, “Electric Progression” is just the track to end this well done compilation. Both of these musicians not only were spot on in what this series from KPM would sound like in modern times, but still prove they are the masters at what they do. Out on April 15th on Tummy Touch, there are no sound clips as of yet. take a listen to some of the original below. More info as it comes. Library music never sounded so good in 2014.
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