Melvin Craig – Beggar Man

Today we have a slice of funk that if presented in its rawest form would be mistaken for a long lost mid to late 1960’s record from the sound of it. We’re talking about “Beggar Man” from Melvin Craig. Out on Original Gravity Records, this heater from the UK is guitar driven, dance floor funk at its finest. Uptempo, heavy on the guitar, drums, and horns, if we didn’t know it we could swear this thing came from Chicago or some Midwest funk outfit working on the circuit. It could be one of those long lost 45s that everyone scrambles to try and find while they have a stop over in Kansas City. This record though, is made in the modern day. The brainchild of label honcho Neil Anderson, “Beggar Man” is a fantastic homage to music when it had guts. When there was nothing left to lose except putting out a record, then going back to work on the assembly line and hitting the road with the band on the weekends. The flip, “Medicine” is Hammond heavy and ready to go. Another dance floor stomper with even more horns than the A, this record cures what ails you, and to get better you need to dance. And if you can’t dance to the B, you really need a doctor. The percussion break down couple with the wah wah guitar are uptight and out of sight for us. The added flute action is a nice touch as well. Original Gravity coming through with a two sided heater for the funk set today. Check out both sides below and order after the stream.

“Beggar Man”

“Medicine”

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