Don’t you just hate it when you’re going about the minutae of daily life and suddenly a track comes on the pod that makes you gasp and look around for someone to grab, and there’s no-one to share it? Well I might have frightened some members of the public this weekend in a well-known supermarket chain by gesticulating wildly before running from the shop to get home to my stereo.
It all started a long time ago, with a film called Trading Places. Vagabond and petty thief Billy Ray Valentine is plucked from the streets and installed in silver-spoon banker Winthorpe’s sick crib, and of course, the first thing he does is have a huge party. Drinks are spilled, it all gets a bit rowdy, and eventually tops come off to some funky disco sounds. Since disco fever came over us again I’ve been secretly hoping to hear this party soundtrack somewhere, and imagine my delight when the man to end my long wait is none other than Mr. Rory Phillips.
The track is Do You Wanna Funk, by legendary disco production partnership Patrick Cowley (also making an occasional appearance in Rory’s sets with Megatron Man) and Sylvester (responsible for You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)). Absolute distilled disco. You can hear it 1hr and 17minutes into this mix from Rory’s podcast. However, by no means should you fast forward the rest of the mix, as it is an unadulterated pleasure from start to finish – including favourites from James Curd and Prince.
I recommend downloading ALL the mixes you can get your hands on by Rory Phillips. Go to ALL his gigs, buy ALL his records. You’ll find yourself going about your business with a silly grin on your face.
Do you wanna funk?