Monday, 16 July 2007

I level Give Me

One of the funniest and most electrifying dance trax to come out of the early 80's, sort of a prelude to Temper's "No Favors", I-Level was the poor man's Loose Ends straight out of the London disco scene. The lead singer resembles the same style of Carl McIntosh.
On paper this should be a classic record: relaxed jazzy-soulful-disco arrangement (reworked on Sandy Kerr's "Thug Rock") plus memorable vocal hook (borrowed on Greed's "Give Me") but somehow it manages to add up to slightly less than the sum of it's parts. Flip side is an instrumental version that cries out for a more radical treatment – if only they’d called in UK dubmeister Dennis Bovell. That said, it remains a seminal piece of Brit-funk and demands a wider hearing.

I Level - Give Me


Soul Weekender Girl said...

They may well have been a poor man's Loose Ends, but their vibe was awesome. Their track called 'Minefield' blows me away every time, from back in the day to current times :D

Club Dancer said...

Hmmm.., as someone who lived this era when it came out, I have to agree with 'Soul Weekender Girl', as I feel the previous Disco Dave was being rather disingenuous.
This band was popular because they identified with every youth into Soul and Funk at the time.
Rework the tune? Why? The sound was a typical Brit Funk sound. Never polished like the US styles, as invariably the studios were small, and the large studios way out of reach budget-wise.
They were still made with love, care and attention, so much so that Virgin still turned a profit with them.

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