Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974 - 1984
by Various Artists
Released: May 2012
Label: Chocolate Industries
Personal Space isn't just a superb collection of obscurities; it argues an alternative narrative for soul's evolution: Maybe the genre's warm earthiness didn't totally succumb to the cold, technological drive of disco. Rather, in the years following the rise of Sly and P-Funk, the genre birthed its own sub-movement, one that stressed stridently do-it-yourself recording methods and sonic experimentation. Indeed, the bulk of these tracks are deeply experimental, especially US Aries' phantasmagoric "Are You Ready to Come? (With Me) Pt 1" and The New Year's moody psych-rocker "My Bleeding Wound."