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ARTIST
TITLE
Stay/Hot Footing It
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
PINKY 002EP PINKY 002EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/3/2021

Far Out Recordings present reissues of Brit funk classics. Keep In Touch (PINKY 001EP) and Stay were the first two 12" singles by the iconic Freeez, both self-funded passion projects of its founding member John Rocca, for his own Pink Rhythm imprint. It all started over the counter at Derek's Records on Petticoat Lane, London in the mid-70s. Rocca -- at the time a budding teenage percussionist -- met the prolific guitarist, composer, producer and all round brit funk fixer Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick (also the father of Far Out producer Daniel Maunick). Best known as the founding member of Light of the World, Incognito, and more recently Str4ta, Bluey's involvement in the origins of Freeez are lesser known, but no less crucial. Bluey invited Rocca to a weekly jam session in an East London basement, where they would develop their craft, form their first band Freeez and develop the idea for "Keep In Touch". Still giddy from the experience of having produced and pressed his first record Keep In Touch at the age of just 19, John set out to do it all again with "Stay" and "Hot Footing", enlisting Bluey & co. once again. This time Rocca attempted to take things to the next level by adding vocals into the mix. Though this new arrangement initially backfired and cost John the deal with Pye / Calibre who weren't feeling the slight change of vibe, original copies of the Stay 12" have become one of the most in demand from the brit funk canon.