Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Funk, Soul and Afro Rarities : An Introduction to ATA Records

Go have a listen to the 5 preview tracks up online now, astonishingly funky UK bizznizz...

"With The Harmony Society's sleaze funk, The Lamplighters sounding like a cross between Isaac Hayes and Roy Budd, The Mandatory Eight with their Kool And The Gang horns and The Sorcerers amazingly sounding like Ethiopian Jazz, all very much ahead of its time. Plus throw sitar into the equation and just about all funk boxes are ticked.... 

...The story of this label  is set in the heart of the North of England, in the Yorkshire city of Leeds, where ATA's boutique analog studio spent years developing it's sound to create a vast, rich catalog of soulful music which utilised the handsome wealth of local musical talent and boasted a recording output to rival that of it's New York and Detroit contemporaries

The 12 recordings on this compilation encapsulate the high quality playing, performing and production which sealed the burgeoning reputation that ATA was gaining within Leeds and wets the appetite as to what the label could have achieved in the greater musical landscape of that period, both domestically and internationally.

Here & Now Recordings are overwhelmingly humbled to be able to share such a rich slice of UK Funk and Soul history with you where a commitment to carefully restore the material with similar 1960s and 1970s analog instruments and equipment was both a logical duty and personal pleasure."

Out Nov 10 on vinyl/CD/digital thru Here & Now Recordings

Mr Scruff - Ninja Tune "A really good, sleazy collection. The Reverend Barrington is a particular favourite, a slinky & sleazy monster, like a slightly wrigglier JBs"

Quinton Scott - Strut Records "Sounds great. Love the Sorcerers Ethio vibes !"

Kon - BBE "Sounding like Mulatu meets David axelrod... heavy !"

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