BEWITH050LP

An essential companion piece to Synthesis from the same year and, again, this is basically minimal G-funk from 1974, with strong overtones of primitive acid house. Ridiculously good. And, until now, ridiculously expensive.

This is one of Hawkshaw and Bennett’s wilder joints but remains an amazingly consistent funk LP throughout, aeons ahead of its time. With tough drums provided by Brian Bennett underpinning the prominent bass, keys and bubbling synths high up in the mix alongside Hawkshaw’s deranged clavinet-funk-rock, there’s heavenly break loops galore.

Opener "Mon Amour" is ultra-smooth funk, all inter-weaving melodic lines whilst the seminal "Oddball" is an incredible hard electro strut with a knocking break. "Mile High Swinger" features a tranquil Spaghetti Western whistling theme over double tempo rhythmic movement and the pulsating "Auto Pilot" has a percussive groove elevated by electric piano and synthesizer. Check "Driving Force”, “Home Run” and "Pacesetter" too for electroid prog-funk dripped in acid squelch.

The final five tracks feature beatless synth workouts, ranging from further tough funk to the pastoral. Because they can.

Originally produced exclusively for use by film and TV studios and never commercially released, library records have long been a goldmine for the collector and sampler alike. The music was created to evoke moods, situations and emotional responses and, at it’s best, it was truly extraordinary. Creative and futuristic, it is now regarded as some of most inventive music of its time.

Crafted by the some of the greatest musical minds of the late 20th century, these expert musicians and innovative composers revelled in the freedoms offered, paradoxically, by this most corporate of fields, indulging themselves in ways they couldn’t on records made for general release. The calibre of the musicians certainly raised the bar, too. Robin Phillips, who ran KPM in its heyday, wanted only the best. “You couldn’t do an album of the quality Robin demanded without the A-team,” as Brian Bennett recently recalled.