We kick with this Brit Funk special with the classy tune that is Never Let You Go by Savanna. Released in 1982 on R&B records. The Our Engin Edit that features on this mix was also featured on Back Street Brit Funk compilation compiled by House and Disco master Joey Negro.
Track #2 is the Digital Visions Re-Edit of The Groove Line by Heatwave. Not entirely a British line up, the band was comprised of two Americans, a Swiss, a Czech, a Jamaican, and two Brits: Roy Carter and the legendary Rod Temperton. The Groove Line was a top 20 hit for Heatwave in early 1978 spending a total of eight weeks in the UK Single Chart.
Next up is Hi-Tension by Hi-Tension another song was a top 20 hit in 1978. Hi-Tension were seen as pioneers of the Brit Funk movement and was also a launch pad for David Joseph’s and Phil Fearon’s pop careers. The mix featured on this volume of Funky Classix is by the legend that is John Morales, and features on his latest compilation The M+M Mixes Vol.4: The Ultimate Collection.
Track #4 Southern Freeez by Freeez was released on UK indie label Beggars Banquet and was in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart the week I was born in February 1981. Their first single Keep In Touch (1978), included Bluey from Incognito.
Speaking of Bluey he features on our next track Time by Light Of The World, that was released in 1980 on Mercury Records. The band members would go on to form other groups Incognito and Beggar & Co, who I was lucky enough to see perform at a Brit Funk special at the O2 in London a few years ago.
Our final track in the mix is the Masters At Work remix of Atmosfear’s Dancing In Outer Space. The original hit the UK Singles Chart in the autumn of 1979. Regular support musician/members of the band were keyboardist Peter Hinds, who has also been a member of UK jazz funk pioneers Light of the World and Incognito, and percussionist Leroy Williams, a member of UK soul band Hi-Tension and who also played with Level 42.