“The originals are a gift for reworking, and hot grooves, racy lyrics and a sexy, tongue-in-cheek attitude remain intact. The updated digital palette and percussion accents add fleshy bulk and sometimes a different slant, all with real savoir-faire.”
“A cunning A&R swerve from the consistently reliable Citinite, who draft in some new school talent to cover tracks from this old school disco-not-disco outfit.”
“The production on ‘I Need A Freak’ is up there with the freshest sounds I've heard for a long while – these sounds really tear and bite in a sinister and aggressive manner. ‘Exercise Your Ass Off’ has future-punk-funk stylings of the highest order and ‘If I Gave You A Party’ totally defies any kind of categorization or words. The production and ideas on display throughout this EP are some of the most exciting and inspiring sounds I've ever heard. If only 10% of people take inspiration from this release, then we are surely at the beginning of something mind-blowing ahead of us.”
Give It To Me Hot is a 4-track EP that pays tribute to one of the hottest, raunchiest (but sadly short-lived) funk/punk groups from the early 80s, Sexual Harrassment.
Sexual Harrassment was started by radio DJ Lynn Tolliver whilst he was working at MCA Records, and the Cleveland-based group had a gold single on the Heat/Montage label. Their rarer 6-track album from 1983 has become a collector’s item.
To do their tracks justice, we asked modern day artists who are synonymous with a sex-driven funk attitude to either cover or reinterpret the originals.
LA-based vocalist Lil’ Kenny starts us off with a sweat-inducing rendition of ‘You Are My Sexual Connection’. Backed by limit-pushing production from modern funketeer Dâm-Funk, the powerful bassline, searing rides and deep-throated vocals are as honest and uncompromising as we could have hoped for.
Sweat.X’s interpretation of Sexual Harrassment’s most famous track, ‘I Need A Freak’, follows. Spoek Mathambo and Markus Wormstorm’s compulsively dark vision, with its broody, frustrated funk sound, riffs on themes of unsated desire and pleasure-pain.
Jimmy Edgar contributes a backing track unlike anything he has ever done before for little known gem, ‘Exercise Your Ass Off’. Combined with the energising vocals from G.rizo, the track reminds us of the 70s New York alt music scene whilst simultaneously feeling like the beginning of the next wave.
Finally Robert O’Dell rides in with his unique style for ‘If I Gave You A Party’. Co-produced by Jeppe Loverman, this version is by turns unsettling and thrilling and has proved to be the most popular on the EP amongst DJs we promoed the tracks to.
It’s a fine way to close an EP that we hope stays true to the candid, fun and untempered spirit of the originals.
Artwork by Xosar