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Lo Fidelity Allstars Present Abstract Funk Theory

By Miles Hawthorn

Here is edition ten of the series where artists compile an album of their musical influences. The Lo Fi Allstars’ choices are bookended by two personal favourites of mine: Mercury Rev's Holes off Deserter's Songs – the song that opens the collection, and Rhythim is Rhythim's all-time classic Kao-tic Harmony, which closes it. In between it’s mainly old funk, northern soul and Motown, plus Lambchop's big tune Up with the People. Some of it is fairly iffy though, I mean Kid Acne? They also include an exclusive mix of their own On the Pier, plus an unreleased mix of the Charlatans' You're So Pretty. Quite how they are supposed to have influenced themselves I am not sure. So there you have it: a couple of dead certs, some personal exclusives plus some old funk and soul. Not bad.
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