In which AJ & The Jiggawatts provide an object lesson in how to make quality retro funk for all those out there (and they are legion) who struggle with the concept. Crucial to this is having a singer able to pull off effortless raw soul vocals and here singer AJ joins the likes of Lee Fields, Fallon Williams, Jimi Bellmartin and T Bird, who actually can. Don’t Mess With Me is a mid-tempo JB’s style call-and-response cut along the lines of Soul Snatchers material but the flip trumps it with an uptempo dancefloor burner called Pimp Decisions. I’ve had to make a few of those and they’re never easy. On the other hand deciding to buy the 45 of this was the easiest choice I’ve made all day.
(Out now on G.E.D. Soul Records)
AJ & THE JIGGAWATTS: Don’t Mess With Me/ Pimp Decisions (2012)