Stoned Soul Picnic Hammond Funk 45 Blue Vinyl featuring Pauline Black The Selecter.
Limited to 300 copies worldwide.
Very happy to officially announce the upcoming release of a new Stoned Soul Picnic 7" vinyl from the archives.
The record is being released on Dr Soulmaker records in blue coloured vinyl and picture sleeve and will be strictly limited to 500 numbered copies.
The Hammond organ based funk band was formed by Justin Dodsworth in 1997 along with Mark Evans on drums, Anthony Reed on Guitar and Harry Furnell on Bass.
A handful of 45's were released between 2000 and 2006 on labels such as Blow it Hard, Raw Wax and Soul Cookers as well as the band's own private pressings.
These 7"s become staples on the funk circuit with vinyl crate diggers and DJ's, and sold out within weeks of release quickly becoming sought after collectors items.
The band's songs also featured on several Acid Jazz records compilations (Exile on Hammond Street etc.) and the legendary Soulshakers compilations on Italy's Record Kicks label.
Stoned Soul Picnic's debut LP was released by French label Soul Cookers in 2006 launched by a live appearance at the inaugral Saint Paul Soul Jazz festival.
Along with the band's trademark gritty Hammond intrumentals, the album featured guest vocalists and additional musicians contributing to several tracks.
A boxful of reel to reel master tapes containing unreleased material was recently discovered and transferred to digital format to be mixed and mastered.
The first 2 songs to be released here were personally chosen by the record label owner Paul Phillips (aka Dr Soulmaker), following on from his highly successful previous 7" by Mod favourites The Fay Hallam Trinity.
The A side of the new single is a collaboration with the Queen of Ska Pauline Black, best known as the lead singer of The Selecter, also star of stage and screen who portrayed the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone in her award winning theatre show in the 2000's.
It was during this period that the recording of Nina Simone's arrangement of the Gibb brother's classic 'To Love Somebody' was made in a Nottingham Studio with Pauline's impassioned, dramatic vocal track beautifully capturing the emotions and essense of the song.
By contrast the B side is a tough uptempto instrumental Hammond killer written by Justin inspired by the late 60's funk of The Mohawks, opening with a drum break that leaves you hanging before the ensemble come in with reverb drenched organ, heavy driving bass and wild guitar!
TO LOVE SOMEBODY