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You never heard these tracks sound like this before. But then maybe that’s because these versions were never released before: an R&B stomper done as an anthem in the vein of Aretha’s Think, an uptempo R&B heater transformed into a looser slice of southern funky soul and a rock n roll classic re-imagined as a New Orleans-style funky nugget.
Perhaps back in the day at Stax, Capitol or Federal, some producer hip to what James Brown and Dyke Arlester were doing, managed to coax artists back into the studio after hours for one more take. The drums became a bit heavier and more syncopated, the bass a bit chunkier, a section was lengthened here or there and maybe a faster (or slower) tempo tried out. But perhaps when the money men heard the results, they were too behind the curve to bet on the new sound and these funky versions got shelved.
Then again, maybe you’re listening to Mako & Mr Bristow’s Stank Soul Edits Vol. 4, the latest in a series of 45 edits intended to sound like alternate ‘lost’ studio takes rather than – well – edits.
Words by Stone Monkey
“Very funky!” (Craig Charles)
“A welcome return to action for Stank Soul scalpel fiends Mako and Mr Bristow, whose last collaborative re-edit release dropped back in 2017. This time round they offer up a slimmed down seven-inch selection boasting two hot-to-trot revisions. On the A-side you’ll find “Stax Dawg”, a loving tribute to the legendary US label that sees the pair wrap 1960s horns, vocals and instrumentation around their own rubbery, floor-friendly groove. “Love Book”, meanwhile, is arguably even better: a low-down revision of a horn-heavy funk-rock affair rich in addictive guitar riffs, bustling drums, heavy horns and gravelly blues style vocals. They round things off via flipside “Funky Jive”, a tooled-up version of rhythm and blues standard “Willie and the Hand Jive” that should have everyone singing along in the club.” /Juno Review
“Stop the press! Mako & Mr Bristow finally release Stank Soul Edits Vol. 4! It seems like forever since Vol. 3 but now here they are with their fourth volume of funky 45 edits and three tracks no less, not to mention having jumped ship from Resense to Breakbeat Paradise for what just happens to be BBP’s first ever vinyl 7…” /Monkeyboxing.com – Read the full review here!
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