Favourite 5

Buscrates’ Favourite 5 7″ Records

Pittsburgh native Buscrates is about to drop his sophomore full-length, Control Centre, on Bastard Jazz Recordings.

Buscrates‘ sound is a tidy marriage between vintage 80s synth and neck-snapping 90s boom bap, dripping with a soulful sensibility.

On My Way is a full-flavoured taster for the album, featuring the vocals of Soraya Watti. Expect lush instrumental landscapes for the rest of the LP. Pre-order it here on Bandcamp.

To celebrate, Buscrates has reached deep into his 45s crates and pulled out five favourites…

Aurra – Baby Love (Rams Horn, 1983)

One of my favorites from Slave alumni Curt Jones and Starleana Young.

Amazing Dutch pic sleeve vinyl 7” because I do all I can to avoid styrene.

Idris Muhammad – Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (Kudu, 1977)

Classic tune, and a must have to get the dancefloor crackin’!

The New Orleans drummer really hit on something with this one.

Italian picture sleeve 7” vinyl, and with Crab Apple on the B-side!

Magic In Threes – Push The Rock (G.E.D. Soul, 2023)

Awesome uptempo funk from my people down in Cashville, TN.

This one gives me mid ’70s Brass Construction vibes.

Amber Woodhouse’s voice is the icing on an already delicious cake. 

The Stance Brothers – Minor Minor (We Jazz, 2018)

This funky mid-tempo head nodder from Finland is an instant winner!

From the opening drum roll to the fade out, everyone is in locked in that perfect pocket.

Definitely a staple jam. 

B.B. & Q. Band – Hard To Get Around (Capitol, 1982)

This bouncy groove was co-written by the late great Johnny Kemp.

One of my absolute faves from the Petrus-Malavasi productions of that era.

It must be, since I have at least three of them!