Soviet Funk Vol. 2Secret Stash
SSR LP 269
***The second installment in Secret Stash’s Soviet Funk series. This collection of Soviet Funk was all recorded by PAVEL SYSOYEV in Abakan, the capital city of Khakassia between 1971 and 1976. Sysoyev was an employee of the USSR State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcast (state controlled media). He ran a recording studio intended to create content solely for the government media entity. However, Sysoyev frequently brought in his friends and run late night recording sessions when no one else was around. Rooted much deeper in the jazz quartet tradition than the R&B styling of James Brown and The Meters, a small group of musicians tapped into a way of playing jazz with a relentless groove that Secret Stash endearingly refers to as funk. Secret Stash Records was contacted by Sysoyev himself in mid 2009. In a matter of weeks a deal was reached granting the label rights to release these funky rarities. Hundreds of hours have been spent digging through stacks of dusty old master tapes to find the best of the best. Soviet Funk Vol I was just a small sampling of the vast catalog of recordings produced by Pavel Sysoyev and his friends, and is just a little glimpse of things to come (more volumes). Listen closely and from time to time you will find elements of Russian classical music in the precision execution of oddly metered unison parts, complex poly-rhythms, and the use of time signatures other than 4/4 (so commonly found in most American funk). Pressed on split black and red vinyl. Includes a download.