Tony Cook, James Brown‘s longest serving drummer is to have his solo works collected and re-released by one of our favourite labels – Stones Throw.
Back to Reality is made up of tracks that were originally recorded between 1982 and 1986 and are undeniably proto-garage / house blueprints that merge the funk Cook was known for with his paymaster JB and the emerging sounds of house. It is perhaps no surprise that his track ‘On the floor’ has been called the "Grandaddy of house records".
Check out this version of What’s ‘On Your Mind’ – originally recorded in the early eighties, but updated with a fresh 2010 vocal by Dam Funk;
Back to Reality is available now as a double-LP with a worldwide digital/CD/vinyl release on January 25th