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Various Artists

Black Feeling, Vol. 3

Freestyle Records

Released: 25th September 2015 | 12 track jazz-funk album

Black Feeling, a rhythmic feeling, a soulful feeling...

The previous two volumes of Black Feeling compiled a wealth of new and old discoveries culled from our musical explorations around the globe. In many instances the recordings were unearthed from unreleased master tapes, private-press vinyl recordings and little-known local releases. It is now with great excitement that we present to you the latest instalment in the series. And what sonic treasures does Volume 3 hold in store for you, the listener?

Among the recent discoveries a real jewel-in-the-crown is the Mkali Bahari (Swahili - English translation: 'Raging Sea') Orchestra's version of 'Black Rite'. The 12-piece group released only one album in their homeland The Democratic Republic Of The Congo in 1974, from which this cut is taken.

Other rarities include Kyoto-based Toshio Asukatei's take on the Herb Alpert staple 'Rotation', which was mastered directly from the only known copy of the 7 single (please excuse a small amount of vinyl 'noise'), and the never-before-heard rendition of 'Valdez In The Country' from Florida State College band The Cuba Libre Allstars.

From the far-flung corners of the globe come two selections from New Zealand and Australia: Jazz/Fusion act 'Antipodelica' liberally stretch out on Dexter Wansel's 'Life On Mars', and the Auckland-based guitarist Glenn Eden deftly lends his vocals to the opening theme of 'Buckingham Palace'.

If the South American sound is your thing (and it has very much become 'THE SOUND' for the current crop of hipsters) then steer your stylus toward the two selections included here from ensembles originating in Rio de Janeiro: The Nova Catalina Octet and The Manuel Azevedo Quartet. Both artists are well known as Jazz stars in their home town, but here they incorporate more traditional Brazilian rhythms into the fray and the results are scintillating.

Elsewhere, Texan organist Sonny Benton and his Typhoons deliver a brooding and insistent rhythm on 'Brothers On The Slide', and Chi-Town high school band The Sentinels graduate in flying colours on 'Razorblade'.

Now hold on to your armchair (or the one you love), as we take off at a speed of thirty three and one-third revolutions per minute to the enchanting, evocative and pulsating rhythms of Black Feeling Vol. 3.

Nelson Frucage

Senior Lecturer - Dept of Musicology, University Of British Columbia

Presenter of The Soul Experience Show - Radio Tonga

"Love it...top cookies. There is nothing here I cannot play. How often can you say that?"
Alan Brown, Play FM, Vienna
"My absolute favorite volume of all three, really great music all over."
Renegades Of Jazz, Agogo Records/Mojo Club
"This was just the perfect album for me in 2015. It sets out to be a collection of long lost nuggets from way back, but everyone knows that it is the New Zealand born Melbourne resident Lance Ferguson getting his pals together to cover some of his favourite songs. Above all this guy has 100% pure unadulterated funk running though his veins and knows how to deliver grooves that are simply impossible to stay still to!"
Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music
"What a great release. I've been following these compilations since the first one, this is the best volume so far. Eclectic and tight!"
Jon McCulloch, Eastside Radio 89.7FM
"wow! hugely impressive, some gorgeous version, brothers on the slide a special fave"
Tom Findlay, Groove Armada
"After the brilliance of the first two installments, there had to be a third...Lance is definitely showing off here! I can't wait to do the same for my listeners!"
Christopher Lawyer, 88 1 KDHX FM, kdhx.org,
"Great grooves as always and a few interesting cover choices"
T-Bird, Something Else! Radio
"Pure gold! I love this series."
DJ Junior, Recordbreakin.com
"Love the concept - The Bump is going on the next Sly Players mix!"
Tal M. Klein, Goodgroove, Anilgital Music
"Esperanto is stil in my 45 Dj-Box, other tracks are so well done! Especially the Mandingo tune rocks!"
Florian Keller, Funk Squad Club nights,