Athens Of the North serve up a vintage house winner from Bobby Boyd that should easily cross over into the modern soul scene of today. The original recordings were made back in the 80s and have a charming crossover sound between the outgoing boogie grooves and the merging jacking beats of the time.
“Hot on the heels of the well received Dirty Channels Vs Danny Russell ‘Watchin Out/ Frazelle ‘Today Is The Day’ (Linkwood edit), we bring you more twelve inch heat. This time in the shape of an unreleased nugget from funk and soul legend, Bobby Boyd, the founding member and lead singer of Bobby Boyd’s Congress – who metamorphosed intoThe Lafayette Afro Rock Band, after Bobby’s departure in 1971.”
On the A-side, producer and engineer extraordinaire Bob Blank – who’s worked closely with the likes of Arthur Russell, Taana Gardner,Sun Ra, Larry Levan and Kid Creole – turns out a mix that hits the sweet spot between boogie and proto-house with a hint of Latin freestyle.
Whilst the flip sees darting synths and swirling pads layered over a tight machine groove, as Bobby reminds us of the simply joy that dancing can bring.
A – Rock On (Bob Blank remix)
B – Rock On