Terrestrial Funk aims to birth and perpetuate timeless music through the ages. Our catalog connects a global audience through expressive, emotive, and invigorating sounds. Music is the most powerful tool man has harnessed--through it, we all can speak a universal language. It is this deep human emotion that is conveyed in our releases. A yearning for true freedom.
LANG COOK - SHE'S HOT WITH 2,000 WATT'S
Our first release is a reissue of the ultra rare Miami funk LP, Lang Cook's 'She's Hot With 2,000 Watt's'. We've been working closely with Lang on this release and aside from officially licensing the music, we've produced both a music video and full length interview with Lang Cook, the original guitarist Teddy Studstill, Miami soul legend Willie Clarke, and Andrew 'Le Spam' Yeomanson. The album is Lang's sole body of work, only preceded by a 7" single of one of the included tracks 'Chocolate Stuff'. The synth heavy record was certainly ahead of it's time. Miami's own TK Records turned down the release and when Lang's girlfriend at the time, Bo Griffin, played 'Chocolate Stuff' on WEDR, the station's manager busted in asking "What is this chocolate shit?!" A deeply passionate musician, Lang poured his heart and soul out through his own vocals, the Fender Rhodes, Roland SH-2000, bass, and guitar. On the majority of the tracks he played and overdubbed every instrument but the drums. This individual expression is clear throughout the album as Lang lends a unique style and approach to the recording process. The only track that really takes in another voice is 'Chocolate Stuff' which had it's disco ecstasy guided by the wise mind of guitarist Teddy Studstill. We're so grateful to have the opportunity to found our label on this fantastic music as it guides us to a slew of exciting releases ahead.
PAT THOMAS & EBO TAYLOR
Terrestrial Funk's second release takes us across the Atlantic Ocean from Miami to the shores of Accra, Ghana. We welcome Ghanaian legends Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor with a reissue of their 1984 self-titled album. As spiritual as it is danceable, the LP has been hidden in obscurity compared to the duos other records, yet houses some of their deepest cuts. Pat's voice and Ebo's guitar have earned them widely successful solo careers that continue to give. Here their instruments meet as the heart and soul of Ghana.
AIRPEOPLE - 7 DEADLIES
Rave is king. Oozing out of 1995 into the year 2020, Terrestrial Funk awakens Airpeople’s 7 Deadlies to a dystopian future in need. Otherworldly electro on the A and a highly hypnotic techno tune on the B. Cerebral breakdowns and absolute relentlessness. This hi nrg 12” pushes the tfunk catalog further into the unknown after a string of rarity reissues from old Miami, Ghana, Sarasota, and a grand new DMX Krew album.
SILK ROAD: JOURNEY OF THE ARMENIAN DIASPORA (1971-1982)
Terrestrial Funk’s sixth release explores over a decade of Armenian disco, funk, and soul. Compiled by Darone Sassounian who spent three years tracking down the records and artists; fulfilling a calling to lift his people’s voice, a people that have always faced the threat of erasure. The music was made a generation after the Armenian Genocide, a testament to perseverance. The seven tracks featured are incredibly inventive and unique in their interpretations of Western seventies sounds. This compilation comes at an urgent time as 2020 set the stage for Azerbaijan and Turkey to perpetuate genocidal rhetoric as they invaded Armenian borders and bombed civilian cities eventually resulting in the loss of lives and land stewarded for millennia. All while the western world paid little notice. It is with great gratitude and purpose that Terrestrial Funk rebirths this music and uplifts the voice of the Armenian Diaspora.