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Pre-release - Con Funk Shun / Jay Cee - Last Bastion Records


Pre-release - Con Funk Shun / Jay Cee - Last Bastion Records magazine cover

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CON FUNK SHUN ‘MOVE ON UP’ / JAY CEE ‘I’VE BEEN THINKING’ (LB03)

Two contrasting, previously unreleased sides, Ltd to 300 (no repress) with picture sleeve

Now available to order here: http://shop.detourrecords.co.uk/CON-FUNK-SHUN-/-JAY-CEE-Move-On-Up-/-Ive-Been-Thinking-7-P/S-NEW

 

CON FUNK SHUN ‘MOVE ON UP’

The A side is exclusively licenced from Con Funk Shun, a previously unreleased recording. (The only other release was an album length version on Con Funk Shuns’ 2015 ‘More than love’ cd).

Con Funk Shun signed to Mercury Records in 1976 and almost instantly became one of the most successful and prolific North American Soul n Funk artists of that generation. Today their US hits also feature in charts worldwide via countless rap/hip-hop samples drawing in a whole new generation. With sellout live performances (featuring original members, co founder Michael Cooper, Felton Pilate and Rev. Karl Fuller) and recent recordings including the highly acclaimed ‘More than love’ cd release, their popularity continues today. A 32 track greatest hits compilation, ‘Con Funk Shun - Con-funkshunizeya (The Mercury Anthology)’ was released in 2020. Con Funk Shun's music is also soundtracks of films including ‘Gone In 60 Seconds’, ‘Next Friday’, and ‘American Pimp’, which was featured at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Against that background, Andy Bellwood of Last Bastion Records explains “with 11 chart albums (one Platinum, four Gold) and 20 hit singles (eight top 10 RnB chart, one No.1) in the US, it’s still hard for me to comprehend that the 3rd release on Last Bastion Records is from these soul & funk legends. David & Goliath comes to mind, after all it’s a small indie label which only came into existence last year and operates out of a converted donkey stable in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park!”

CON FUNK SHUN ‘MOVE ON UP’ VIDEO

 

JAY CEE ‘I’VE BEEN THINKING'

‘The Jay Cee track additionally delivered another label aspiration, a new artist release.’

‘Move on Up' was recorded in 2014 at The Soundform studios, California and it’s already an in demand, pre release, requested sound in dj sets and radio shows via an acetate & test presses. It’s the sound of New Orleans and the Louisiana swamps blending that Zyedeco beat with an accordion/squeeze box and Con Funk Shuns’ formidable horn section. The result; a unique and infectious arrangement - a dance groove which doesn't diminish the socially conscious lyrics which would surely have Curtis smiling. …

”this is music that could get the most reticent of dancers itching to get out on the floor – and that is pure magic…” Ian Cantley (MorethanWar.com) On the B side, it’s Nu-Soul with 'I've been thinking' (lightly sampling a Northern Soul/Popcorn classic) and first heard to rave reviews as a rough mix via an acetate on the dj decks of Yorks' Waterfront Blues and Soul Club sessions in 2016 where Jay was one of the resident djs. It’s also now the soundtrack to a short film produced by Connor Blackburn at Blackburn Films.

 

JAY CEE ‘I’VE BEEN THINKING' VIDEO

 

REVIEWS

“Con Funk Shun sprinkle a helping of Cajun spice across their tasty re-working of 'Move on Up'. York based Jay Cee showcases his Nu-Soul talent on 'I've Been Thinking', his debut release. You shouldn't need to, err, 'think it over twice to define the sample. High quality, on both contrastingly different, sides, another Last Bastion winner.”

Mark 'Sarge' Sargeant (Scootering Magazine and Rare Soul DJ )

“Con Funk Shuns 'Move on Up' is the perfect example of the under ground soul scenes’ acceptance of an alternative musical formula. A hint of Caging, a perfect vocal delivery and a musical amalgamation that is set to be a new classic.”

Simon Hunt (Rare Soul /Northern Soul DJ & record dealer)

“While looking to cover a song from the 70's, we could think of nothing better then to call on master Curtis Mayfield’s song of awareness. With our love of Zydeco, New Orleans and Louisiana, we wanted to shake things up a bit with the old squeezebox.”

Michael Cooper (Con Funk Shun)

“WOWZER! BRILLIANT Supercharged, pumped up funky driving punchy attitude dance floor detonator and sure to shake the dancefloors and will most definitely be in my DJ box.”

Sean Chapman (Northern Soul & Mod DJ, collector & Chapman Records)

“Con Funk Shuns’ ‘Move on up‘ a great, must have, upbeat dancer and a fabulous alternative to one of the all time soul classics.”

Ray ‘Ginger’ Taylor (The Worlds’ No.1 Northern Soul DJ)

 

 

Further info, please contact: Andy Bellwood @ Last Bastion Records c/o Detour Records

Detour Records, P.O. Box 18, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9YU. Tel: 01730 815422

Tel: 01730 815422 Email: detour@btinternet.com www.detourrecords.co.uk

Pre-order via Detour Records Store

 




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Many thanks Mike . 

This is what Detour Records (the distributors ) have said 

‘DETOUR RECORDS are immensely proud in bringing you the much anticipated third release on this newly formed label. There has been much talk about this release and NOW you can pre order it. Don't hang about as the first release on this label sold out within TEN days of going on sale.’ 

 

 

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Mike,

Ordered one but 'Out today'?  The website states a release date of 9th SEPTEMBER 2022.  Just for clarity mate in case folks order expecting a 45 to drop on their mat by weekend.   

regards,

Dave 

 

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9 minutes ago, Dave Moore said:

Mike,

Ordered one but 'Out today'?  The website states a release date of 9th SEPTEMBER 2022.  Just for clarity mate in case folks order expecting a 45 to drop on their mat by weekend.   

regards,

Dave 

 

info on the 'revised' release date of today was direct from @Andybellwood

so am taking it as 100% Dave 👍

edit hang on

wait out...

 

 

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ok may have got this wrong

@Andybellwood can you confirm

that this is the actual release date...

RELEASE DATE : FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2022

and 1st July was the  launch date of the pre-order malwarky

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11 minutes ago, Dave Moore said:

Mike,

Ordered one but 'Out today'?  The website states a release date of 9th SEPTEMBER 2022.  Just for clarity mate in case folks order expecting a 45 to drop on their mat by weekend.   

regards,

Dave 

 

Hi Dave . Sorry for any confusion. It’s now available as a pre release advance order exclusively from Detour Records . Delivery is then expected (hopefully worst case senario ) 9th September . Detour & myself prefer to under promise but things are starting to improve in the vinyl manufacturing supply chain so fingers x’d could beat the 9th September advertised date . 

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1 minute ago, Andybellwood said:

Hi Dave . Sorry for any confusion. It’s now available as a pre release advance order exclusively from Detour Records . Delivery is then expected (hopefully worst case senario ) 9th September . Detour & myself prefer to under promise but things are starting to improve in the vinyl manufacturing supply chain so fingers x’d could beat the 9th September advertised date . 

No dramas,  I bought one and then realised it was a pre order which I don't usually subscribe to but my fault entirely, I should have paid better attention.   LOL!

Good luck with it. 😉 

Dave   

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2 minutes ago, Andybellwood said:

Hi Dave . Sorry for any confusion. It’s now available as a pre release advance order exclusively from Detour Records . Delivery is then expected (hopefully worst case senario ) 9th September . Detour & myself prefer to under promise but things are starting to improve in the vinyl manufacturing supply chain so fingers x’d could beat the 9th September advertised date . 

so the 1st July event was a 'pre release advance order'  launch

ok looks like my fault for not clicking on, I took it as an actual release launch date

original article now edited

anyone caught out by my error and wish to cancel then pm me 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Source said:

so the 1st July event was a 'pre release advance order'  launch

ok looks like my fault for not clicking on, I took it as an actual release launch date

original article now edited

anyone caught out by my error and wish to cancel then pm me 

 

 

 

Similarly , if anyone has pre ordered today not realising delivery is later and not happy , please pm me and I’ll gladly arrange a full refund via Detour Records . 

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13 minutes ago, Steviehay said:

thought it clearly states on their web page SEPTEMBER  

yep that's right

our news post was based on email info from the label owner, which I read wrong and treated pre-release date as a release date

cheers now

 

 

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had the below passed on for a post

Record Collector Magazine July 2022 - Reviewed by Ian Mac (Ian McCann) 

Review of Con Funk Shun/Jay Cee Move On Up/l've Been Thinkin - Last Bastion LB O3 


Blimey, what a roster. Last month, we enjoyed Last Bastion's Steve Marriott release, now it brings us something totally different. You may remember Con Funk Shun as mega-selling, highly sampled 70s-80s groove giants. They still exist and in 2014 committed this genuinely remarkable makeover of Curtis Mayfield's call for self-betterment to tape.

Move On Up surfs on a spanking electro-funk groove circa 1981; it's adorned with delicious harmonies, lush strings and horns, and to top the lot, zydeco accordion! A song you've probably heard enough of by now is totally refreshed, in a highly original manner. Organic electronica? Folk-electro-soul? I've never experienced the like: whatever it is, it's fabulous.

As if that wasn't enough, the flip brings us soul DJ Jay Cee borrowing bits of Sam Fletcher's Northern monster l'd Think It Over to create a cool, ticking, rising and falling song of desire. It is contemporary, yet bears vintage echoes of the likes of Work Song and Johnny Lytle's Village Caller without aping either.

Very limited edition: one side would be enough to make it worth snapping up; both are gorgeous.

 

 

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Been asked to clarify .  It’s a special pre release order price of £13 plus p&p exclusively from Detour Records . 
(£15 plus p&p thereafter when in stock - subject to any availability) 
 

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