bmr>HOTSPOT>[album stream] Aurra ‘Body Rock’ (’84 unreleased album)


[album stream] Aurra ‘Body Rock’ (’84 unreleased album)

Aurra - Body Rock

スレイヴのメンバーから派生、80年代に活躍したディスコ~ファンク・グループ=オーラ。2013年にも、1983年~84年制作の完全未発表曲集『Satisfaction』がリリースされ話題を呼びましたが、同じく83~84年に制作されたという未発表曲集『Body Rock』が発売。ボートラ(タイトル曲のミックス違いバージョン)を除く全曲がフル試聴できます。

『Body Rock』は、オーラのマスター音源の権利を2012年に獲得したFamily Groove Recordsが、『Satisfaction』に続いてリリースする第二弾。スレイヴ/オーラのスティーヴ・ワシントン&妻のシーラ・ワシントンが監修、ミックス/マスタリングされたそう。12月11日発売のはずですが、Bandcampでは11月11日発売になっておりすでにCD/ヴァイナルで購入可能。そしてオーラの大ファンで、昨年Family Grooveから“Somebody (DāM-FunK Re-Freak)”も発表したデイム・ファンクがライナーノーツを書いているようで、「オーラのメロディアスなファンク・サウンドは、10代の俺の人生におけるサウンドトラックだった」、「スレイヴは3G、オーラはLTEという感じ。完璧な、洗練されたファンク。俺がずっと追い求めていたものだ」などとコメントを寄せています。『Satisfaction』の全曲フル試聴もあわせてどうぞ。


1. I’ll Let You Go
2. It’s Up To You
3. Somebody
4. Are You Foolin’ Around
5. Who Are You
6. Body Rock
7. Danger Zone
8. Body Rock (Original 1984 Mix) [*CD/Digital Only]

The melodic Funk of AURRA was the soundtrack to my second decade of life on Earth.
I remember waiting up on late nights in the year of 1981 with my Mom staring at the old 8-Track component set w/ built in radio located in the Den, tuned to 1580 KDAY for “Are You Single” to come rumbling on the AM dial.
It was a magical moment every time for a few weeks.
I also remember an old girlfriend I had a crush on the following year (1982) having AURRA’s second album in her house.
Must’ve been her parents or an older sibling because she was too young to have bought it on her own.
I looked at the cover, pulled the record out, and put the needle down on song 1 on side 1: “Make Up Your Mind”. I was blown away.
Years later in high school I found that record along with every other AURRA album released. I immersed myself into Steve Washington’s productions finally realizing it was the same Steve Washington that was the ‘fearless leader’ of SLAVE.
It began to all make sense. Steve’s Funk was different. It was sophisticated. It was melodic. It was beautiful. It was how I felt inside.
Songs like “Still Free” took me back to 1982 even though I had backtracked in high school via collecting all of their output over time.
SLAVE was 3G. AURRA was LTE. That simple. Perfected sophisticated Funk. What I was always after. -DF