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GoGo Get Down is the latest compilation from Dave Lee aka Joey Negro to be released on the Z Records label in the UK.
A mammoth and rare retrospective of Washington DC’s spectrum of Ghetto Funk, this collection showcases the visionary side of the GoGo scene while bringing its key artists the modern exposure they deserve.
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Advance copies of GoGo Get Down are available now from the Z Shop.
As someone who has more or less made a career out of being a music lover, it’s a great buzz to put together and release albums of these semi-forgotten genres like GoGo or our recent Brit Funk compilation.
Many of the tracks included on this album are ultra obscure local-only releases which I’ve picked over my years of digging, alongside some straight up GoGo classics from the likes of Little Benny, Rare Essence and EU.....many of which have never been on CD before.
Seeing a project like this through from the initial concept to the final product is quite a task at Z HQ and at points you can’t help but wish you’d never started the damn thing.
However, all of the graft is forgotten once the finished release arrives and you’re listening to those bumpy DC grooves in all their re-mastered glory.
GoGo Get Down compiled by Joey Negro
by Various Artists
GoGo Get Down is the latest compilation from Dave Lee aka Joey Negro to be released on the Z Records label. A mammoth and rare retrospective of Washington DC’s spectrum of Ghetto Funk, this collection showcases the visionary side of the GoGo scene while bringing its key artists the modern exposure they deserve.
Joey Negro gives us an insight into the vintage rhythms and chiming cowbells as well as the dedicated soul screams that pierce through the retro soul rhythm that gives GoGo its distinctive sound.
“As someone who has more or less made a career out of being a music lover, it’s a great buzz to put together and release albums of these semi‐forgotten genres like GoGo or our recent Brit Funk compilation. Many of the tracks included on this album are ultra obscure local-only releases which I’ve picked over my years of digging.
Seeing a project like this through from the initial concept to the final product is quite a task at Z HQ and at points you can’t help but wish you’d never started the damn thing...
However, all of the graft is forgotten once the finished release arrives and you’re listening to those bumpy DC grooves in all their re‐mastered glory”
Dave Lee aka Joey Negro
Developed first by jazz guitarist and singer Chuck Brown (whose group the Soul Searchers were at the top of D.C.’s scene), GoGo is characterized by its laidback but dynamic funk rhythms accented with loose conga beats, freaky keyboard leads, and strong, emotional brass arrangements. It’s also been a staple of the mid‐Atlantic scene for the past 35 years.
From remarkably full‐on, joyous grooves this unique collection aims to celebrate the potent yet smooth GoGo sound, with its well represented roots flirting through a framework of lightly layered keys and horns. GoGo Get Down is a high quality and deep snapshot of this highly regional Washington D.C. brand of funk featuring delights from the likes of the Godfather of GoGo, Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited, and many more forgotten classics…
I started buying Funk and Soul records from Soul Bowl in Norfolk in about 1980, John Anderson the owner had a big barn full to the rafters with vinyl, he would travel the breadth of the States - bringing back container loads of rare music.
So many in fact it was a daunting prospect to know where to start in that crazy Barn... endless shelves many of which you could not even get at as there were so many piles of records stacked on the floor. It was here that I first discovered Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers…. ‘Ashley’s Roach Clip’ was the sort of track title that would grab my attention?
According to John it was “shite” from Washington DC… from that album I hunted out many more records, slowly putting the story together and thus finding GoGo. I even went on a pilgrimage to Washington in about 1986 on a record-buying trip… Had to ship ‘em back and pay a stupid amount of tax but those tunes still rock and those toms will always roll…” Jon More (Coldcut), March 2012
GoGo Get Down is a must for have any serious soulful record collector” Jazzie B, March 2012
These GoGo tracks certainly brought a smile to my face. I have a monthly conversation with Ross Allen regarding the GoGo revival which we both think will happen. Wishful thinking! So it's great you guys are doing a comp of GoGo killers which in the scheme of things could prove us both wrong. A fantastic selection and believe me I shall be throwing down very hard! Put your hands up for D.C.!” Ashley Beedle
|01.||Little Benny & The Masters - Who Comes To Boogie||7:34|
|02.||Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers - Back It On Up||6:35|
|03.||Donald Banks - Status Quo||10:00|
|04.||Rare Essence - Body Moves||7:21|
|05.||Experience Unlimited - Rock Yer Butt||4:05|
|06.||Expression - Release Disco||5:38|
|07.||Osiris - War (On The Bullshit!)||10:18|
|08.||AM-FM - You Are The One||5:49|
|09.||Familiar Faces - The New Dance||4:08|
|10.||Backlash - Hang With The Gang||5:14|
|11.||Static Disruptors - DC Groove||3:42|
|12.||Jackie Boy & Nature's Creation - This Groove Is Made For Funkin'||8:31|
|01.||Experience Unlimited - Somebody’s Ringing That Doorbell (Express Yourself)||9:16|
|02.||Davis Pinckney Project - You Can Dance (If You Want To)||7:43|
|03.||Trouble Funk - Get Down With Your Get Down||6:52|
|04.||Code Red - Virginia Gone GoGo||5:55|
|05.||The Mighty Peacemakers - Feel It||6:55|
|06.||Class Band - Welcome To The GoGo||6:02|
|07.||Soul Searchers - Boogie Up The Nation||5:32|
|08.||C.J's Uptown Crew - Satisfaction Guaranteed||6:02|
|09.||Ovation - Boogie Groove (You Got To Do It)||7:14|
|10.||Jim Bennett & His Bumpin' Crew - Bump & Roll (Give Up The Funk)||5:24|
|11.||Experience Unlimited - E.U Groove||3:51|
|12.||Dr Skunk Funk - Skunk Funk GoGo|
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GoGo Get Down compiled by Joey Negro - Album Sampler
CJ's Uptown Crew's leader, Big Brother CJ, is one of the founding fathers of the Go-Go movement with over 50 sound recordings to his credit.Most notable was “Movin and Groovin” recorded by Redd's & The Boys and written by CJ Jones and Derrick Pearson. CJ also has to his credit TV shows and documentary films of which most notable was “The BBC: Welcome to the Go-Go.”
“Satisfaction Guaranteed” was the song that CJ and Derrick felt was recorded before it's time.Released in early 1990, this grown and sexy Go-Go/R&B single had all of the elements to be a billboard smash hit.It had great lyrics, a slick hook, a bang'n funky horn arrangement, and a hard, but well produced Go-Go percussion drive that will keep you doing the happy feet dance.
This classic featured notable musicians and Go-Go legends like the late Go-Go icon Little Benny on vocals,JuJu House (EU – “Doing Da Butt”) on drums, and legendary horn arranger Tom Tom 88 (Earth Wind & Fire) who added more grit and power.
Also, the opportunity to collaborate with Mike Scott (Prince) on lead guitar with his smooth strokes and Derrick Pearson with his masterful, solid bass line became the perfect formula for CJ to not only showcase his funky flute and Go-Go sax solos, but to showcase his slick lead vocals beside Sir Eric Handon of EU and Sylver Logan Sharp (Chic), famous for her elegant vocal styles.
Most of the members of CJ’s Uptown Crew moved on to achieve great music accomplishments and to perform with some the most celebrated artists in the industry like Prince, Justin Timberlake, Chic, The Whispers, and the Dells.
CJ, who is now known as Big Brother CJ, is an award-winning media personality and voice over professional.
He is the executive producer and key talent for The Big Brother CJ Radio Show, a Christian radio show that is heard around the world, and the CEO of Big Brother CJ Productions, a voice over production company.
CJ is gearing up to record a Christian CD that will revolutionize gospel music along with long time recording partner, Derrick “Doc” Pearson who is one of the most sought after award-winning Christian songwriters and producers.
Derrick recently released the new CD entitled “You and Me Time” which features CJ doing radio interviews and vocals, Washington DC’s icon Al Johnson also on vocals, and Mike Scott on guitar on the hit single “Calvary.”
For bookings, call Big Brother CJ Productions @ 202.241.5409
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