Skull Snaps (LP)


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Format: LP
Label: Mr. Bongo
Year: 2018

Media Condition: New
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New

TRACKS:
A1 My Hang Up Is You
A2 Having You Around
A3 Didn't I Do It To You
A4 All Of A Sudden
A5 It's A New Day

B1 I'm Your Pimp
B2 I Turn My Back On Love
B3 Trespassing
B4 I'm Falling Out Of Love

As Amir Abdullah once wrote: “If you don't have Skull Snaps in your collection, your collection is weak."

Skull Snaps is a legendary funk album that has long been shrouded in obscurity. Skull Snaps were originally known as The Diplomats, a soul vocal group whose members hailed from the DC area.  The band recorded this self-titled LP and a handful of singles in 1973, and then vanished without a trace. In recent years, their vinyl has become ubiquitously sampled and highly collectible.

The monstrous break that opens up their classic cut, 'It's A New Day,' furnished the beat for countless hip-hop hits of the mid-'90s (along with James Brown's 'Funky Drummer' and Sly & the Family Stone's 'Sing A Simple Song,' 'It's A New Day' contains the most sampled break in music history). More than just a treasure trove for the hip-hop community, though, Skull Snaps stands as a classic in pure funk and soul.

The band's irresistible sound embraces the vocal group sound of early '70s Temptations, Chi-Lites, and Dramatics, cut with an unmistakable originality. Every song is blessed with a gospel-soaked call and response dynamic that contrasts gritty lead vocals with the band's perfect harmonies.

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