On a first extract entitled “Rhythm In Your Mind” the two acolytes revitalize the iconic British funk scene of the early eighties.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Gilles Peterson and Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, join forces to breathe new life into a seminal era they both helped to build: the British funk scene of the eighties, characterized by a sense of DIY and live performances bursting with energy.
Peterson met Maunick through Incognito, an outfit he founded that went on to influence a movement. This album is the first joint release from the two acolytes in more than ten years. In it, we experience a particular state of mind, a creative process that is unique to the record of their respective beginnings and which has largely contributed to building their careers. For Peterson, it is as a label owner, DJ, collector and radio show host; for Maunick, it’s as a musician, band leader and hit songwriter.
Yet the London jazz-funk scene of the eighties was not immediately successful, competing with the punk scene of the time with powerful live shows, even if it lost some of its authenticity: “I was there, in the background, telling everyone ‘leave it like that, cut it here, only use this first take’, to keep that spirit.” What is transmitted is a feeling of composition in its raw state, which Peterson has always tried to keep alive. A sound marked out and recognizable among a thousand others, as Maunick explains: “Like all those who play music, we had tried to imitate our heroes. But we didn’t have the tools, we hadn’t learned music: we played everything by ear, we were inspired by bits and pieces taken here and there from records we cherished.” This album is guided by the same ambition: to create a direct, immediate, light and straightforward sound, representative of this part of British musical history that deserves more attention.
The album Aspects will be released on March 26 via Brownswood / Bigwax.