Today some classic Electro. Wild robo-funk jams and smooth, soulful serene vocoder melodies and outrageous drum programming. Funk master John Davis - no to be mistaken with the second half of The Folk Implosion, the Classic composer and yes the reborn Christian country rocker with the same name - previously only known to addicted electro collectors, is perhaps the last remaining electro-funk pioneer to be rediscovered. In 1984 he made a couple of legendary party jams which have been said to have inspired artists ranging from Juan Atkins [Detroit’s Cybotron, model 500] to I-F [Dutch electro revivalists].
John Davis was born in Anderson, South Carolina to musical parents, and started playing the guitar when he was seven years old. He went on to learn the bass guitar, drums and keyboards and began his musical career travelling around
John recalls, ‘I had a friend, Manfred Radtke, who had a small studio in
These tracks reminds us of a more electroid Zapp, Prince, Rick James and a more mellower Egyptian Lover. As an experienced producer he worked in the early 80’s with Terry Lewis of The Time [Prince prodigies] and in the 90’s moved to
The bottom-line is that he produced a couple of brilliant, futuristic lost classics which are now for the first time collected on the second release of a new electro/funk label, based in London, called Citinite.
- Surprise surprise! John Davis is also the real voice behind Milli Vanilli but don’t let that scare you off -
some other lalala later on because of complaints. I will make a elaborate compilation of early electronic music some day which will feature a selection of John Davis' music. Maybe I will switch over to a podcast system. I don't know yet.