Dig Mag - Feature

The British Magazine Dig Mag sent us an inquiry a while ago on a feature for their Boogie Funk Special Issue. For those that have not heard of this Zine, DIG Mag is a CD-sized magazine that celebrates the musical discoveries of some of the best diggers out there. We contributed a review of Lonnie Jordan’s Song „Fine Foxy Lady

Lonnie Jordan is known for being a founding member, keyboard player and lead singer of the Funk band WAR.
In 1982, he released the second of his three solo LPs called „The Affair“. The album offers a nice variety of Jordans skills as a composer. From dance to sweet Soul and Jazz Funk. It's all in there.
The album contains the song „Fine Foxy Lady“ on the B side which is funk banger and really stands out. A dance floor filler with that good feeling vibe which make you want to dance straight away.
The song is a good example for the Funk sound of the early 80s which has a different approach compared to the late 70s Disco era. The combination and use of well-chosen instruments results a balanced mix and make it pleasant to listen to it.
The real drums give you that natural feeling layered with drum machine clap sound and its big reverb tail which is characteristic for the 80s sound production.
The interaction between the synth bass and the accentuation of the slapped E-bass really defines the term FUNK if you ask us how to describe this genre. The rhythm guitar supports the groove and it is only played where is needed.
The use of the Prophet 5 synthesizer sounds are a nice contrast to the rhodes piano especially int the chorus part where the hard sounding lead sound played over the mellow chord progression. Lonnies outstanding voice is well layered with the ideal reverb amount and make it sit in the mix perfectly.
Glad to have found this LP two years ago in a record store in Berlin and hope to discover more treasures like this in the future.

The Magazine is finally out and you can get your copy at a local Record Shop or order online. Here you can even listen to the Mix of all Songs, that have been reviewed for the Magazine.