Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Ranked #56 in the Soul Strut 200
During Soul Strut's "Good Old Days" (2002-2004), there was a hot debate over what was "better", UK Hammond Funk or US Hammond Funk. I tried to locate the thread to no avail. Unfortunately it is buried in the pre-2005 Soul Strut Wayback Machine archives. Anyway, while the US had greats like Jimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes, the UK had that Alan Hawkshaw fire! It's apples and oranges if you ask me. In the late 60s, Hawkshaw assembled a studio band called the Mohawks to deliver organ-laden instrumental mod-soul with tight, funky horns. The single "The Champ" was their take on the heavily covered Lowell Fulsom tune "Tramp." The track and subsequent LP failed to make any noise until the hip hop sampling revolution in the late 80s. The rest of the album has the same vibe as the coveted title track; tight punchy organ grooves delivered in a slightly sterile way that became what we grew to love about the UK KPM library LPs in the early 70s. Check out the track "Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue" for more sips of the juice.