Review: Releasing five albums over five years on labels such as Salsoul, Dream and 10, Ohio-based Slave-offshoot Aurra recorded this in 1984 but it never saw the light of day. Until now... Oozing MOR soul and funk, polished with distinctive 80s production techniques, Family Groove have done these lost tapes justice. Highlights include the Estefanesque slap-bass jam "Perfect Date", the electro-influenced late night star-gazer "Turn The Lights Down Low" and the soulful vocal harmonies and subtle soft rockisms of "Maybe I'm Wasting My Time." Satisfaction guaranteed!
Mary Holmes - "Living In A World Of Make Believe" (3:29)
Review: Family Groove continues to unearth serious gems in the archives of obscure American soul and disco labels. This double A-side affair is the result of this privileged research. On the A-side you'll find a previously unreleased disco-funk workout from Goodie that was discovered in the master tapes held in storage by Total Experience Records. It's a fantastically driving but groovy affair rich in rubbery electric bass, warm electric piano and some particularly hazy vocals. On the flip Capricorn Records has shared a previously unheard end-of-night slow jam from Mary Holmes entitled "Living in a World of Make Believe". It's as slick, sugary and loved-up as you'd expect.
Review: A couple of years ago Family Groove Records offered up a tidy seven-inch single featuring previously unheard music from Latrell, an overlooked and obscure artist who briefly recorded solo material during the boogie era. Here they go one better by delivering an album of long-hidden and unreleased cuts recorded by the American electrofunk artist in 1983 and '84. The standard is dizzyingly high throughout, with Latrell and his musical accomplices giddily sprinting through an octet of kaleidoscopic synth-funk jams that sound like a dream studio collaboration between Prince, Parliament, Roger Troutman and Rick James. In a word: essential.
Review: In 2016, Family Groove Records released a 12" of previously unheard 1979 demo recordings by Webster Station, a boogie-funk band from Dayton, Ohio whose studio efforts were initially binned by Warner Brothers for not being commercial enough. Demand for Family Groove's limited 12" of their recordings has remained high, so the label has decided to do a reissue. There's much to admire throughout, from the high-octane thrills of opener "Are You For Real" and the spacey warmth of the super-soulful "Can You Feel My Love", to the sugary sweetness of the Latin tinged ballad "Lady" and righteous closer "If You Feel Like Dancing", a killer combination of spacey synths, crunchy drums, urgent vocals and killer Clavinet lines.