Demon Fuzz – “Afreaka!” LP
An album that is a super-league treat for any purveyour of lost sounds and treasures of times past. Demon Fuzz – named in reference to their treatment recieved, as Commonwealth immigrants, at the hands of the Metroplitan police force – were able to effortlessly blend together psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and acid rock. Proper musicians, with an attitude (the LP’s sleeve kind of says it all). Released in 1970, their first album went straight into obscurity for no other reason, you have to presume, than because of the overt racism of 1970s Britain, and this is despite them being regular in-house performers at Ronni Scott’s jazz/blues club. No suprise, this got picked-up and celebrated by sample-hungry DJs in the 90s onwards.