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TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 6 (2014)

Movements 6 Tramp Records[RATING: 5] Tramp Records, the Bavarian label with the Midas touch when it comes to rare groove compilations drops the sixth volume in the Movements series and maintains its reputation for delivering super-rare, vintage class. Alongside the dirty funk and soul this time around are sixties rnb, soul jazz and proto-disco – presented in strictly chronological order so you can observe how black music developed through the sixties and seventies.

What this actually entails for the listener is an opening third of the album which yields a mixture of a bluesy/ jazzy numbers like Clarence Daniels and Obie Jessie’s Mancini-ish Hard Working Girl, with uptempo rnb (like Rudy Lambert’s excellent Love). This gives way to a central section of sixties torch songs like Ural Thomas’s Pain Is The Name Of Your Game and finally this in turn gives way to the dirty funk. Particularly of note are Marie Adams’ sister soul cut That’s The Way To get Along,Los Key’s Dyke & The Blazers-ish Mr TCB, the crusty old funk of Little Mell’s Ain’t The Funky Monkey Fonky? and especially the super-chilled groove of Changes’ Feel So Bad. We continue in this vein almost to the very end, which also finds room for the beginnings of disco with Society Inc.’s Disc Jockey Jam. And you will find absolutely no complaints about any of that around these parts.

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