DJ Soul Sister selects rare grooves and funky album cuts from Dayton, Ohio, including tracks from Ohio Players, Faze-O, Slave and Zapp.
DJ Soul Sister selects rare grooves and funky album cuts from Dayton, Ohio, AKA the Land of Funk. Today’s show includes tracks from Ohio Players, Dayton, Heatwave, Faze-O, Slave, Zapp and many more. Below are some further Dayton, Ohio, funk resources for your interest:
Welcome to Dayton, Ohio: The Land of Funk – CityLab
Is Dayton the World Capital of Funk? – Cincinnati Magazine
The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center in Dayton, Ohio
Dayton - The Sound of Music (12” Mix) (1983)
The band Dayton was originally formed by members of Sun and Over Night Low, and released five albums between 1980 and 1985.
Platypus - Street Babies (12” Mix) (1979)
Platypus started in 1972 as The Four Corners. They changed their name to Platypus which, as vocalist Arthur Stokes told writer Christian John Wikane, “A platypus is a mixture of a few different animals. . .. The interesting thing about that is our music was a mixture of different sounds. It went on to represent what our music was.” The group moved to Los Angeles, performed internationally, was mentored by Roberta Flack, and received its first recording contract with Casablanca, who issued their only two albums, Platypus (1979) and Cherry (1980).
New Horizons - Something New (1983)
Produced by Dayton funk hero and talk box pioneer Roger Troutman of Zapp.
Sun - We’re Gonna Party Tonite (1982)
Taken from the group’s final Capitol Records album, Let There Be Sun.
Lakeside - It’s Got To Be Love (1981)
Originally called the Ohio Lakeside Express, the group found its greatest success on Solar Records, based in Los Angeles.
Aurra - When I Come Home (1980)
Aurra was the brainchild of producer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Washington, co-founder of the group Slave.
Faze-O - Good Thang (1978)
Faze-O recorded only three albums for She Records, a boutique label started by Clarence “Satch” Satchell of the Ohio Players. Satch produced their recordings, like this title track from the group’s second LP.
Ohio Players - Glad To Know You’re Mine (1977)
The first of the Dayton funk bands to enjoy worldwide success, the Ohio Players set the template for all others to follow. This cut from the group’s Angel album features vocals from leader and guitarist Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner.
Slave - Dreamin’ (1980)
From the group’s gold-selling album, Stone Jam, and featuring the signature Slave sound of bassist Mark Adams.
Roger - Maxx Axe (1981)
Though he recorded previously with Sun (1976), Roger and the Human Body (1976), and Zapp (1980), multi-instrumentalist, producer, and talk box pioneer Roger Troutman released his first solo album in 1981 (The Many Facets of Roger), which is where this song is taken from. On it, Roger plays all keyboard, synthesizer, and guitar parts.
Heatwave - Eyeballin’ (Special Disco Version) (1979)
Heatwave was founded in Germany by Dayton native Johnnie Wilder, who later recruited his brother Keith Wilder to join him on co-lead vocals. Among the assortment of the group’s multi-racial members included British keyboardist and songwriter Rod Temperton, who found find great success working with Quincy Jones and writing hit songs for Michael Jackson, George Benson, and others.
Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame - Sugar Momma Baby (1984)
Drummer, percussionist, and lead vocalist Steve Arrington performed regularly with Slave from 1978-1982, before releasing solo albums starting with 1983’s Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Vol. 1. This song is from his second Hall of Fame album, Positive Power.
Bobby Glover - Your Spell (1984)
Zapp vocalist Bobby Glover released only one solo album produced by Zapp leader Roger Troutman.
Dayton - Let Go (1980)
From Dayton’s debut album, released on United Artists Records.
Slave - Be My Babe (1982)
Included on Visions of the Lite, the first Slave album to be released after vocalist Steve Arrington departed the group.
J.S. Theracon - Shake Like T. Mofo (1981)
Theracon is aka Junie Morrison, the mysterious and genius multi-instrumentalist who helped shaped the Ohio Players’ sound in the early 1970s and then, after releasing three solo LPs, helped shape a new P-Funk sound as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic in the late 1970s. By the early 80s, he resumed his solo career, for the most part. This independent release on his own Akashic Records features him on all instruments except horns and percussion, provided by P-Funk colleagues Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, and Larry Fratangelo.
Faze-O - Breaking the Funk (1979)
The title track of the third and final album for this Ohio Players-mentored offshoot group.
Zapp - Funky Bounce (1980)
Talented multi-instrumentalist Roger Troutman had been playing throughout Ohio area with his brothers in various bands. But his Roger & the Human Body group was discovered by Bootsy Collins of Cincinnati, Ohio, and George Clinton, who rechristened the group as Zapp, named after Roger’s brother and group member Terry “Zapp” Troutman. Zapp originally was part of Clinton’s P-Funk empire. “Funky Bounce,” which is from Zapp’s debut album co-produced by Collins and Troutman, was the basis for the hit single “More Bounce to the Ounce.” According to Collins, “George Clinton just happened to step into the studio this night and he really liked this one part that we had already re-did on ‘Funky Bounce’. He advised us to loop that section and put the other talk-box parts over it. At that time, this was considered a genius act, because you had to actually cut the tape and make the right cut, line it up and loop it.” Clinton confirmed this in an interview with DaM-FunK for the L.A. Record: “(‘More Bounce to the Ounce’ is) that same loop that starts ‘Funky Bounce.’ All I did was take it off of there and loop it.”
Junie - Freeze (1975)
Between leaving the Ohio Players in 1974 and before joining Parliament-Funkadelic in 1977, Junie Morrison released three self-produced solo albums. “Freeze” is the title track of the second of those, and he plays all instruments and provides all vocals on the recording.
Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame - Speak With Your Body (1983)
From Steve Arrington’s debut solo album, released after he left Slave.
Platypus - Love The Way You Funk (12” Mix) (1979)