When a release like this comes out, it takes us back to just how far Flea Market Funk has come. From our very first review of Brother Jack McDuff’s “Oblighetto” up until Liam Bailey yesterday, it’s hard think where those fourteen years have gone by but here we are! Today’s feature is a throwback to the early days when we hit The Spot early on the weekends, went elbow to elbow with some odd characters, and came home with forty-fives in detergent boxes unsleeved and rare. Let’s get into the latest release from Matasuna Records.
Matasuna Records have been putting out a grip of funky world seven inches for quite some time. We’ve featured everything from their Latin burners to African influenced heaters, and today they hit on some good old Americana with a double sided heatrock featuring The Meters and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. While we don’t need to to go into the history of each of these seminal bands from New Orleans and Los Angeles respectively, they’re pedigree speaks for themselves, we will go into the choices for each side of the record. The A-Side features The Meters, doing their rendition of Sly and The Family Stone’s “Sing A Simple Song”. Upbeat, full of organ and ‘Nawlins swing, this is a top notch cover with much guitar, a heavy bass, and those drums that knock. Let’s not forget the drum break. The flip “Giggin’ Down 103rd” by The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band is a horn filled funk explosion that while may be completely different than The Meters track fits perfectly right along side the A. No organ, but horns galore and a rhythm that makes your body rock. Listen to the record below and order after the stream.