Label: Freestyle Records
Lance Ferguson’s Raregroove Spectrum is a collection of newly recorded versions of classic funk, soul, jazz and latin vinyl rarities, which features some of Melbourne’s finest musicians across the album, including past and present members of The Bamboos, The Putbacks and Hiatus Kaiyote.
This 2 track single provides just a hint of what delights the full Raregroove Spectrum album contains – Lance explains that much of the inspiration for the re-works comes from his experience as a DJ; “Some of these versions can almost be looked at as DJ re-edits, sometimes we’re extending what may be a really short track into something longer, or teasing out the elements in a song that really make it work on a dance-floor. It’s essentially what someone does with a club re-edit, except we went the extra step and re-recorded the whole thing with a live band”.
First up is a reinterpretation of a super obscure deep funk acetate 45 released by Keb Darge, Egg Roll – the follow on track is Lance’s take on The Soul Vibrations The Dump.
The forthcoming album reaches further – and includes James Mason’s ‘Sweet Power, Your Embrace’ as a sun-drenched Samba, or Anderson Paak’s sure shot tune ‘Am I Wrong’ given an 1980’s style Boogie/Jazz Funk makeover to the epic, widescreen Jazz-Funk of Pleasure’s ‘Joyous’ – Rare Groove Spectrum provides new perspectives on the obscure to the well-loved, from old-school to new sounds – this is rare grooves re-grooved… beautifully.