Various Sister Funk 2

It’s taken noted UK DJ Ian Wright seven years to compile a sequel to the original Sister Funk collection and it’s been well worth the wait. Like its predecessor, Sister Funk 2 is an outstanding anthology of rare female funk 45s circa 1968 to 1978 full of heartbreak, passion, swagger and above all, a deep funk groove. "You’re Doing With Her — When It Should Be Me” is a chronicle of infidelity by Detroit’s Rhetta Hughes that is set to a hip-shaking groove, with Hughes’s agonised vocals riding over the rhythm. Tracks like Honey & the Bees’ self-explanatory "Love Addict” juxtapose sweet and sensual harmonies against punishing Clyde Stubblefield-like percussion, creating an atmosphere of tense sexuality. Ironically, the finest song on the disc is from the well-known Barbara Mason, of "Yes I’m Ready” fame. "You Better Stop It” is a haunting mid-tempo ultimatum to a manipulative lover that is driven by Mason’s ethereal phrasing and strong cascades of Philly soul-style strings. Sister Funk 2 is a vital document of some forgotten divas getting their just due. (Jazzman)