- Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm
- Soulciety Records
The Munich based funk band The Poets of Rhythm started to form in the late 1980s or very early in the 1990s when Boris Geiger and Jan Weissenfeldt got into the world of late 1960s and early 1970s American musical phenomena often called deep funk or raw funk. They started to get their band together and soon the first line-up was ready; Boris Geiger on vocals and percussion, Jan Weissenfeldt on guitar, Max Weissenfeldt on drums, Jan Krause on bass, Till Sahm on organ, Michael Voß on trumpet and Malte Müller-Egloff on alto saxophone. Their first 45 was released on 1992 and the next year was released their debut album Practice what you preach. They had recorded material even earlier but it had to wait until the 21st century to be released. The band was notorious for having a numerous different aliases that they used when releasing 45s during the years. These aliases included Bo Baral’s Excursionists, Bus People Express, Dynamic Soundmakers, Karl Hector & The Funk-Pilots, The Mercy Sluts, The Mighty Continentals, Neo-Hip-Hot-Kiddies Community, The New Process, The Pan-Atlantics, The Polyversal Souls, Soul Sliders, Soul-Saints Orchestra, Whitefield Brothers and The Woo Woo’s among some others. They also released a couple of “compilation albums” where all the tracks were actually performed by them under different incarnations.
The Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm EP was one of these compilations. It had only five tracks on it, but they’re all performed by The Poets of Rhythm under a different name. And they’re all quite typical Poets of Rhythm sounding midtempo tracks - except the last one, that has a little more pace. First one is a flute driven funk track called “Into space and time” performed by The Poets of Rhythm. The second one on side a is a little heavier but slightly monotonic funker “Fifty yards of soul” by Whitefield Bros. “Spooky grinder”, by The Woo Woo’s opens the b-side. It’s followed by Soul Saints Orchestra’s “Bag of soul”, which is an instrumental take of their Christmas funk track “Santa’s got a bag of soul”. Last one is a live take called “Breakdown to tighten up”. It’s an uptempo part of the live set of The Poets of Rhythm with a massive break in the middle.
The Poets of Rhythm - Into space and time
Whitefield Bros. - Fifty yards of soul
The Woo Woo’s - Spooky grinder
Soul-Saints Orchestra - Bag of soul
The Poets of Rhythm - Breakdown the tighten up (live)