October 11, 2015

Boscoe - Boscoe (1973)

Boscoe is a more obscure 70s funk group that was stuck between the organic shimmering of The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band, the zoned-out psychedelia of early Funkadelic, the prog gloss of Mandrill, and the guts of Gil Scott-Heron and Curtis Mayfield. The group also received some reverberations from the initial explosion of Fela Kuti in Nigeria, the emerging influence of Lee Perry and Bob Marley in Jamaica, and the voodoo cries of Exuma in the Bahamas. Those comparisons should convince you how much rootsy socio-political outcry is moving through this record. This album is unfortunately not too creatively constructed to hold up its worthwhile messages and comes close to the description of sounding like just another forgotten funk album from the early 70s, yet Boscoe flirts with some tight grooves and decently sweet horn harmonies and should be pursued by anyone looking into the next level of funk or those looking for a cool synthesis of the music that was happening during this transitional time period. A good portion of this album seems decently tied to a lot of the Kraut shit flourishing in other musical communities as well.