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Various Don’t Stop: Recording Tap

  • Words: David Ma
  • Label: Numero Group
  • XLR8R Rating: 8/10

Numero Group’s latest finding is from New York’s forgotten Tap label. The obscure songs range from early hip-hop (“Rub a Dub Dub”), soul (“We’ve Had Enough”), funk (“So Nice”), and disco (“Invisible Wind”), and are packaged with a booklet detailing the characters and stories behind the music. The tunes are lively and reflect a time when those genres all proudly coexisted. Bonnie Freeman’s ballad “Does He Really Mean It” is achingly soulful, while Missy Dee & The Melody Crew’s “Missy Missy Dee” is an early female rap anthem that never was. The sound quality is superb, while the liner notes document the painstaking process behind the making of the compilation. Numero does it again with class and quality.

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