MPM are hooking up with Mocambo Productions and unearth two lost steel band covers of classic Meters songs.
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band was founded in 1963 by brothers Cyril and Lionel Bishop in Port of Spain. During the 60s and 70s they played the hotel and holdiay resort circuit in Trinidad and Tobago and recorded a couple of albums for local labels with the usual staple of Calypso and lounge classics. But at neighbourhood parties and family functions the Bacao Rythm & Steel Band played a different kind of set, h influenced by the soul and funk sound from the USA. Similar to the 20th Century Steel Band and The Trinidad Esso Steel Band, who are known for their Stax and Motown covers (?Theme from Shaft?, ?I Want You Back?), the Bacao Rhtym & Steel Band played their own staple of downright funky tunes.
When Mocambo mastermind Björn Wagner visited Port of Spain during a holiday / digging trip two years ago, he got in touch with a steel band collector who was also a grand nephew of the Bishop brothers. Through this contact Wagner managed to track down the master tapes of some never released songs by the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, all recorded in heavy funk mode. Two songs from this session were released on Mocambo Records earlier this year with a limited run of 300 copies.
The single sold out within days and caught the attention of Hawkeye who has re-edited "Ease Back" and "Look-A Py Py". We will release those edits on a 7" in early November.