Lance Ferguson’s ‘Rare Groove Spectrum’ is out today
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Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove Spectrum is a collection of newly recorded versions of classic Funk, Soul, Jazz and Latin treasures, which features some of Melbourne's finest musicians, including past and present members of The Bamboos, The Putbacks and Hiatus Kaiyote.
Big thanks for the support already from the likes of Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM), Craig Charles (BBC6), Jazz FM U.K, KCRW and Simon Harrison (Basic Soul).
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.
The classics re-imagined range from recognisable names like Earth, Wind & Fire and Manu Dibango, to rare groove gems like James Mason’s “Sweet Power Your Embrace”. Even modern classics get a look in, with Anderson Paak's 'Am I Wrong' given an 1980's style Boogie/Jazz Funk makeover. ‘Rare Groove Spectrum’ provides new perspectives on the obscure to the well-loved, from old-school to new sounds - these are rare grooves re-grooved... beautifully.
“To be honest, the prospect of Lance Ferguson selecting some of his favourite cuts and redefining them to suit his musical sensibilities is one mouth-watering prospect. …He has vision, he has superb taste, he has class and above all he is one heavyweight talent.
These musicians not only recognise a good groove when they hear one but know exactly what to do with it. The results can only be described as euphoric. Mr. Ferguson, I salute you for delivering an album that I suspect in years to come the more discerning DJs will still be playing and will itself achieve rare groove status in its own right.”
Craig Charles (The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show, BBC 6Music)