Spread across a handful of records spearheaded by King Floyd’s ‘Groove
Me’, a new sound in soul appeared in late 1970 that put Jackson,
Mississippi’s Malaco Studios on the recording map, seemingly overnight.
The Malaco Sound might have felt like it came out of nowhere, but it was
the end product of hard graft and some disappointment along the road to
After ‘Groove Me’ had been rejected by many important soul labels,
Malaco put it out themselves, initially as a B-side. A New Orleans-based
DJ went crazy for the track and began plugging it mercilessly. The
record soon busted out of the south and, with national distribution by
Atlantic Records, became a #1R&B/#5 Pop smash in early 1971. The
record established Malaco, their Chimneyville label and former mailman
King Floyd at a stroke, paving the way for more hit singles and two
extremely good albums over the next four years.
For the first time on a UK CD, those singles and the best album tracks
are collected here on “I Feel Like Dynamite”. The compilation contains
all of Floyd’s important dance hits, several of which have been sampled
by hip hoppers over and over again, plus the great deep soul sides that
were a highlight of his albums and B-sides. For those who have known
tracks such as ‘Please Don’t Leave Me Lonely’ and ‘Handle With Care’ for
years, but who have never owned them on CD, these and others like them
will be a welcome addition to their collections. For those who have
never heard them before, they will be a revelation.
When ‘Groove Me’ was first released, I was working in a record shop in
South West London, selling 45s mostly to a young West Indian and African
crowd. For many weeks it seemed like nobody who came into the shop left
without a copy. We sold out our initial batch of import copies of the
single within a few seconds of the needle hitting the vinyl for the
first time. In my mind’s eye I can still see a Pavlovian show of hands
from eager purchasers, standing up to six-deep at the counter, every
time I hear the intro of ‘Groove Me’.
40 years on, ‘Groove Me’ and other great King Floyd hits such as ‘Baby
Let Me Kiss You’, ‘Woman Don’t Go Astray’ and our title track sound just
as original and vital as they did when they were first released.
PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME LONELY
LET ME SEE YOU DO THAT THING
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOOL