Ready for take-off from Soul Clap Records mission control is a very unique release beaming directly from the mothership itself. On our recent journey flying alongside George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, we’ve had the distinct privilege of meeting some of the many insiders who oil the multi-faceted funk machine. An incredible example is Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman, who along Clinton’s nephew Sa’D “The Hourchild” Ali have became our liaisons to Dr. Funkenstein himself! It is no surprise that these gentlemen have explored their own musical directions outside of P-Funk and it is with great honor that we present FSQ!
FSQ is a production team led by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman featuring contributions from Sa’D “The Hourchild” Ali, G Koop (part of George Clinton’s production team), Chas Bronz (Bostonian and friend of Soul Clap Records) and One Era. The name is an acronym for “Funk Style Quality” – three elements that make up the core ethos of FSQ’s sound.
Just as FSQ derives from deep musical history, so does the latest record called “Zulu Congo Call”.
In Fishman’s words:
“In about 2005, [we] started working a lot with members of the free jazz movement, John Coltrane acolytes and the like. We were introduced to saxophonist / flautist Prince Lasha who was living in Oakland via Philadelphia based saxophonist / flautist Byard Lancaster who previously joined [us] on several releases. Both legends have since passed on, which emphasizes our passion to try and record with members of the greatest generations of musicians. I was happy with what myself and G Koop did with Prince Lasha, reinventing his 1962 song with Sonny Simmons, “Congo Call” from a straight ahead jazz number to a disco funk song, “Zulu Congo Call” but the song never saw a proper release.”
This EP features a reworked original by Chas Bronz plus remixes from One Era, AbJo (from the Soulection crew) and Mr CV, all curated by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman. Lastly as a musical bonus we’ve included FSQ’s superb remix of Nick Monaco’s “Naked Is My Nature”, which takes a total bath in Northern Soul and throwback psychedelic feeling!