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The King Rooster: Bush Drop (vinyl 45) Burning Sole Records

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UK release date 04.11.2022

Deep funk practitioners The King Rooster are back with a bang with two belters on their new 45 on uber-cool Burning Sole Records, based in Basel Switzerland.

Side A, "Bush Drop", sees the band in fine fettle. Sam Moreno's organ brilliance is at the fore, bolstered by James Forster's stinging wah wah guitar lines. This track is filled with dynamic vibrancy and that unmistakable brisk rolling beat, courtesy of Mark Claydon and Ian Stevens' bobbing bass, which sits perfectly in the mix, keeping things fresh and exciting.

In an age where bands on the scene seem to be getting softer, these guys are still going in hard and chanting simply "Bush Drop" with its cockroaches-in-the-pants yelping vibe, adding the icing on the cake.

B side, "Dirty Cop", keeps the party going with a riveting and savage guitar solo and general all round breakbeat blessedness. The band are teasing us and playing mind games, creating a mirage and a stellar barrage of impossibly rare 70's-induced funk, nugget mania!

No need to pay triple-digit prices for obscure records when you have this label and this band around. Also, deejays will love it as both tunes are in the same key so they segue perfectly! Aggressive and polished at the same time - a top-notch release.
Words Emrys Baird

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